Current Location: Spain
I am back in Spain yet again. I love this country. Good thing I do because I’m currently “stuck” here for the foreseeable future.
But there’s plenty of inexpensive and tasty red wines for just a few Euros per bottle. Spanish hams, cheeses, egg tortillas, paella, seafood, olives… The list of delicious food is endless. I’ll probably put on a few pounds while in lockdown. But if I have to be stuck anywhere in the world, I’ll take Spain in a heartbeat.
After that? Who knows? The pandemic is certainly putting a damper on things. I’m not even sure WHEN I’ll be allowed to leave the country, so choosing my next destination is pointless right now.
Previous Location: Mexico
Some might say I grew roots while in Mexico. Working around the tourist visa limitations (lots of flights in and out to attend conferences and other events), I basically spent close to three years in the same small town by the ocean.
What’s not to love? Fun people, great food, wonderful beaches and turquoise water…
I’ve made great friends here, so I’ll most certainly be back (well, AFTER the pandemic is behind us all).
Previous Location: Canada
I spent the summer and early fall up north in Canada.
Time flew by then temperatures started dipping. I got to watch the leaves reach their colorful apex then drop the ground, leaving nothing but gray trunks and branches behind. Since I don’t particularly like having to turn the heat on, I left and headed south where the weather is warmer.
Cows don’t seem to mind the cooler Canadian weather, though. Doesn’t it look happy and peaceful in this picture?
Previous Location: Mexico
After too many months away from the ocean, I relocated to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I spent not one but two winter holidays here (working, of course!). The ocean is just a few minutes away. It’s nice to live in a place where I can just walk and dive into the warm and clear waters every now and then… (Not often enough, though.) And I’ve certainly filled up on tacos and other delicious Mexican food!
My ‘quick’ Mexican detour (originally planned to last three months or so) ended up lasting nearly a year and a half.
Previous Location: Colombia
I spent almost three months in the city of Medellín. I got a good first impression of the city. Sure, it’s big, and the smog tends to stay in the valley, but people are super friendly, and food is great (although not all arepas are created equal!)
The temperature was wonderful, and it definitely earns its name as the City of Eternal Spring. Never too hot, never too cold.
Previous Location: España
I rented a tiny house in one of the picturesque white villages of Southern Spain. Time flew by.
Surrounded by almond and citrus trees, the village I lived in was perched on a steep hill with an amazing view of the Alboran Sea. The local fish vendor and bakery delivery man drove right by my door. Now, that’s service!
Previous Location: Argentina
I spent over four months in la Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, exploring the city a little, but mostly staying home, working. I really enjoyed the mix of old and new architecture peppered with beautiful graffiti. The porteño accent certainly grew on me. I met wonderful people, enjoyed Argentinian wine, beef, chimichurri, empanadas, and dulce de leche.
Although I’m not a big fan of dancing in general, I went to two milongas to see tango dancers in action and listened to a live band play traditional folklore music. Very interesting.
Previous Location: Perú
I spent a month in Lima. I rented a bedroom in a wonderful woman’s house in a good neighborhood. The food was fantastic. The people I met were really nice.
The weather was much cooler than Central America, but that was a welcomed break for me. I love weather that hovers around 20 to 25C. I then visited Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Arequipa. Wonderful places.
Previous Location: Nicaragua
I spent a month in a tiny village on Ometepe, a volcanic island in the middle of Lago Colcibolca (Lake Nicaragua). I improved my Spanish a little and made friends with people from all over the world. Oddly enough, I probably spoke more French than Spanish…
Many travelers now choose Nicaragua over Costa Rica, and it makes a lot of financial sense. I met lots of people from Australia, France, Ireland, Canada (including lots from Québec in particular), Argentina, the US, and Nicaragua, of course!
I took a very short introduction to kite surfing and loved it. That will be something to pursue once I make more money.
I’m curious about what will happen with the planned canal that is supposed to be built here. The Nicaragua canal would be an alternative to the Panama Canal, allowing huge tankers (and other boats) to go from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea… Learn more here.
Blue: I’ve lived in that country for at least one month (or it could also be my current location).
Yellow: I’ve visited at least one town in that country (I don’t include airport stops).
I’ve lived in or visited 25 out of 217 countries to date. That’s about 11.52% of the world, but my goal isn’t to see 100% of it.
Before Nicaragua, I was in Villarreal, close to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, for nearly five months. It was a great experience and I met lots of wonderful people that I will miss, but it was too expensive for my limited budget.
Fall of 2014 was spent in Spain, my favorite country to date. I don’t know why, but I felt “home” for the first time in my life. I look forward to returning to Spain in the near future. In the mean time, I’ll keep working on my Spanish in Latin America so I can be better prepared for the fast-talking Spaniards.
Where to next?
Who knows. I’ve been thinking about Ireland a lot… I visited Dublin decades ago and loved it, but a friend told me it’s quite expensive. Too bad, the drinking would have been amazing, I’m sure.
I’ll likely go and spend the summer up north somewhere. Most likely Canada. Beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery. Then I’ll make up my mind and figure out what my next destination will be.
Asia has also been on my mind. I’ll see how things go…