I bought myself a gift of a new fountain pen before I left Denver. I decided I wanted to write about my experiences and observations in Mexico and a new pen would be an incentive. I went to a parochial school where the nuns would have us practicing our capitals and lower case loops of “L”’s forever. I was a diligent (penmanship) student so the physical act of cursive writing has always been something that I enjoy.
So after I settled in a bit, I got out my beautiful new fountain pen and started to write. Or, a better word would be scrawl. WTF? I’ve haven’t really written in a while so I suppose it’s understandable. However, it put me off writing. And then I started writing the blog.
As I sat down to finish this blog post I saw the fountain pen sitting on my little desk. It made me think about the fact that I wanted to write and it turns out, I am. Cool enough.
And as I prepared to return to the US for a bit, I contemplated my return to Mexico. Yes, I will. And in thinking about my experiences thus far, I created the following…
Top ten reasons you know you’re no longer a tourist and you are really living in Mexico:
10. Well, for starts you bought a house and a car and got a Mexican Driver’s License
9. You realize that learning Spanish is no longer an option
8. You aren’t amazed at the size of the cockroaches anymore
7. You’ve stopped ordering a Margarita every day at lunch
6. You will never buy anything made of Polyester again
5. You know the gestation period of an avocado
4. You know which people to avoid at Tuesday’s organic market
3. You have started receiving spam and telemarketing calls in Spanish (seriously)
2. After you eat a quesadilla you automatically rub the grease on your elbows and cuticles, and
And the #1 Reason you know you are no longer just visiting…
1. You are beginning to understand the Mexican culture and finding that you came here seeking an “adventure” but are finding out so much more about life, love and family.