The dust and heat of the dessert were heavy, oppressive as we sped south in the car. I was immobilized in the passenger seat and Remi, more highly functional in the hot weather, was pretty much solo-piloting our southward road trip. Passing the border in Tijuana, things didn’t cool off much as we headed south down Baja California. The relentless movement of it: what were we running from? Or running to?
Things are in season, fresh, local. The vendors themselves are almost as colorful as their veggies, young and old. People from all over the place live in the city, and the accents you’ll hear are, like in much of the city, diverse.
I wanted to put down my bags (at least for a little bit), stop bopping around and feel at home, to create a space for myself. I searched and searched: for months it felt like I would never find what I was looking for!
A secret garden open to all in the midst of the urban jungle of Mexico City. Collectivity, cats, fresh produce for sale, good vibes and clean air.
Litchi’s are in season here. Their peels litter the road and their residue on my hands is sticky and so satisfying. They are sweet and delicate and they saved me on the way up from the castle today.
Slowing down is beautiful because it allows you to get on intimate terms with a place. You can make lasting friendships, really learn the language, feel the textures and rhythms of a place, living so fully even as you’re on the road.
I came to the sea seeking many things, but perhaps refuge most of all. The sea welcomed me in, her watery arms open as I came to touch her vastness. She witnessed my pain and administered my healing.
Read about a weekend in Tequila, indigenous markets, traditional healing, and chance encounters of the best variety.
We surge away from the shore; the land disappears behind us and we lose sight of our trusty Subaru Forester that we’re abandoning for we don’t know how long. There’s a sort of shift, a crossing of some imaginary line as we enter this realm that is apart: a watery world where the sea meets a series of inland rivers, salty sea water mixing with fresh river water.