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Moving to Mexico I - Holbox

Updated on October 16, 2018

It all started on Isla Holbox

On a rainy night in early February of 2011, I found myself in an ancient golf cart bouncing along a muddy trail towards a destination unknown. Our hard, grim-faced driver didn’t speak as he navigated in what to me was complete blackness. It was raining hard and the wind whipped the cold water into every possible opening, penetrating jackets, necklines, and socks. Our bodies were soaked and our spirits crushed by the unexpected deluge. After what felt like an eternity, and long after the point when we realized that shielding ourselves from the driving wind and rain was an exercise in futility, we pulled up to our lodging. The driver quickly shuffled us and our bags off and went back into the void to retrieve the other half of our group who were waiting at the docks.

If you're happy and you know it, FLY!!

Just what the doctor ordered

My mismatched band of international nomads and I arrived on Holbox, a small island off of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, by ferry an hour before and waited patiently for a golf cart taxi. This was my first time in Mexico, a fairly sudden vacation choice to get my mind off of a recent breakup. My spirits and those of our group were revived by the appearance of the hot Mexican sun the following day and we enjoyed the rest of a week lounging, sharing stories, drinking tequila and debating, in that order.

Our Final Hoo-rah together

Instant friendships were forged overnight

There were nine of us all together. The story of how we all ended up there is a tangled mess in itself and shouldn’t be addressed now. Suffice to say there were four women and five men, the nationalities included a Portuguese, four Mexicans, an Argentinean, two Spaniards and yours truly, the Americana. The husband and wife that rented us the space in the adjoining room were hospitable and generous, often staying up late with us and tolerating our abuse. The host played his Spanish guitar for us, he was very talented. I had my moment in the sun when I picked up the acoustic and perfectly picked out “Wish you were here” for roughly 45 seconds before I forgot where I was supposed to be going. The local tequila is strong and plentiful: make a note.

Me at Pepenero's Shisha and Cigar Bar
Me at Pepenero's Shisha and Cigar Bar | Source

When in Mexico, drink from Cahuamas and eat local

We worked with the owner of the place to hire locals to get us the best of the fresh stuff. We trekked across the island on the first day to meet the fishermen coming in from the day’s work, hoping to buy the best of the catch. When there was nothing available, we knew the storm from the night before had been particularly bad. The local market held us over and we hired the fishermen to take us island-hopping. The nights were full and flickering from the always burning fire, endless cahuamas (like quarts of beer), and the steady drum of someone’s music coming through the community boombox.

Throwing it all way, in order to gain the world

It is difficult to say whether my next decision was made during that first week on Holbox or afterwards when we returned to Tulum. Regardless, I had decided to stick around for a little longer. I cancelled my return flight by failing to go to the airport by departure time, got drunk at a local shisha bar, and staggered back to my room just in time to avoid the jarring morning sun. When I woke up, I lay there for a long time…considering my options for the first time. I would have to find a job….

Isla Holbox, Mexico

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    Steven P Kelly 

    9 years ago from Tampa, FL

    @Robert Pummer- I did check out lulu, and I appreciate the head's up. I would love to make more stories like this but I think my rolling stone days are at an end. Thanks for reading.

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    Robert Pummer 

    9 years ago from Kentucky, USA

    This a crazy story that reminds me of me when I was younger. You go round once. Make the best of it. And, go over to lulu.com and see what you can do with your books.

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    Steven P Kelly 

    9 years ago from Tampa, FL

    I ate a lot of the traditional Mexican food that everyone knows and loves but among some of my favorites (and not really in the realm of interesting I know), were from the street vendors in the city of Tulum. The tamale lady had chicken con salsa verde or pork with chipotle- for ten pesos each! That's Mexico's version of the McDollar menu :) There was also a place that opened after 8pm that sold costilla (pork rib meat that has been slow roasted for hours) tacos. The optional toppings included sliced avocado and a bowl of diced onions with cilantro, lime wedges for a squeeze or tart. Most amazing food in town! Don't even get me started with the breakfast chilaquilas!!

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    summerberrie 

    9 years ago

    Nice pictures. I like the slide show. What kind of interesting foods have you eaten?

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    Steven P Kelly 

    9 years ago from Tampa, FL

    I uploaded some more pics, btw. I will add more to the second part. Thanks for reading!

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    Steven P Kelly 

    9 years ago from Tampa, FL

    Hi Summerberrie! Everyone sort of split up when we returned to Tulum. The couple from Badalona stayed with us for a week and migrated west to Chichen Itza. I will write Part II tonight or tomorrow. It definitely gets better... ;)

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    summerberrie 

    9 years ago

    A regular "Rum Diary" experience! I am so envious! Did your friends decide to stay, too? Hope you find an unusual and fascinating job-would love to hear about your future experience in Holbox. Thanks for sharing- would love to see more pictures.

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