domingo, 9 de septiembre de 2012

The happy life in Mazunte

I am one terrible blogger and lack the discipline to sit down and write about what I've been up to or about the cool places I've had the chance to visit. In any case, I downloaded the Blogger app for iPod this morning and I'm currently using up some of my free time to finally write an update. Pictures will follow... eventually. ;)

We've made it to Mexico and what's more we've made it to Mazunte, which must be one of the happiest places on earth. Mazunte is a gorgeous little beach on the coast of Oaxaca, between Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. Mazunte is inhabited by about 700 locals and a bunch of imported hippies, who've brought along a series of alternative businesses and shops. This includes several pizzerias (one of them is owned by an italian couple who figured out they'd be better off spending their retirement money on a beach in Mexico than in Italy), european bakeries, vegetarian restaurants, yoga studios, cafes and bars. The last time I was here, there was no cell phone signal and internet was only available through satellite. Now, WiFi has spread throughout the town, giving Mazunte's hippie population the chance to earn a living by playing poker on internet casinos, while sipping on café de olla, with the sea breeze in their hair.

Either way, it's always a pleasure to come back to Mazunte to relax for a few days. Despite its warmth, the sea is quite rough and you need to watch out for raping waves, which will throw you to the ground and rip your bikini off. True story and no surprise there, as neighbouring beach Zicatela is a premium surf spot. I wish I could give some sort of update on the amazing things I've done here but, truth be told, I've spent most of my days doing unproductive things: swimming (while holding on fiercely to my bikini), laying in the sun, playing cards and eating stone oven pizza.

So, instead I want to tell a nice little story. A few years ago, I came to Mazunte with Rodrigo, my boyfriend at the time, and we went on a boat ride to swim with turtles, snorkel and see dolphins. On that ride, we met an Australian couple who told us that they decided one day that their routine on Australia was unbearable, so they resolved to sell their house and use the money to do a 2 year long trip around the world. Back then, I had never heard of anyone doing anything like this before and I thought it was very cool and very brave. I still think it's very cool and very brave and I hope their trip around the world worked out safely and beautifully for them. Now I know a whole lot of other people who decided one day that their routine or their job or even their life the way it was at that moment was not satisfying and they chose to do something radical about it and find something else to do somewhere else, even if it wasn't a safe move. And I very much admire all those brave people who decided to get off the path, even if it was for a few months, and I'm happy to see that there are seldom regrets. So one thing I learned in Mazunte a long time ago (and that has only been confirmed ever since) is that taking risky decisions to end up doing things that make you happy tends to be more satisfying than sticking to a secure but unsatisfying life. So there, coming to Mazunte is not totally unproductive. I sometimes learn life lessons here.

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