WE LIVE TODAY
are all alike, but every rain is different. Some rains come through
my bedroom window, some come with winds that threaten my trees, some
come down heavy and others light. During thunderstorms I disconnect
my laptop and watch downloaded episodes of the Sopranos in bed.
In my garden
When I decided to retire to Puerto, after 20 years as a high school
Spanish teacher and a previous career in journalism, I asked Joanne
of the Hotel Flor de Mar'a for advice. She said the most important
thing for living here was to have "a project" to occupy
my time. Wise words. A friend has noted that during their first year
in Puerto, many people build a house, the second year they plant a
garden, the third year they drink, and then they move away.
I am fortunate in that I came here with both long term and short-term
projects. I built a house and planted a garden, but I also continued
to teach and to write. Which is not to say that retirement is not
challenging, at least for me. I may be the captain of my ship, but
I sometimes sail into the doldrums.
A major attraction of Puerto for me was the nightlife. I've always
enjoyed going to clubs, hanging out with friends and new acquaintances,
and listening to live music. Even in the low season, there are places
to go. I've met so many interesting people from all over Mexico and
the world just by going out at night. The one thing we had in common
was time to talk and think and live the moment - the magic of Puerto.
Daytime also has its joys. There are so many activities and so many
opportunities to share in the life of the local community. Many of
the classes listed below are taught in Spanish and most of the participants
are from Puerto, but they all welcome non-Spanish speaking foreigners.
I keep hoping that the patience and courtesy of the Oaxacan people
will rub off on this city girl.
One pleasant surprise about finding myself with so much free time
is that I have actually developed new interests. I am presently teaching
myself how to make music videos to put on YouTube. My son, 33, says
I'm a typical 15-year-old. So be it; I have passed through the difficult
years of child raising and careers, and now like a school kid on perpetual
summer vacation, I look for ways to pass the time. I can stay in bed
as long as I want, but it's so much more satisfying to get up and
do something before I go to bed again.
Sol de la Costa, August 2008