Friday, January 23, 2015

Living in Bucerias


November 17's post, you may remember I shared photos of the botanical gardens of Los Arroyos Verdes where we've rented a casa for the winter. I mentioned I was putting myself on a strict schedule and spending my time in writing mode. I was so certain once I became acclimatized, a routine would present itself and I'd finally finish my current WIP. It's disheartening to realize I've turned into one of those well-meaning persons who can't get anything done past getting her nose burned.

Recently someone asked, "Do you write more from May to October in Canada or from November to April in Mexico?"

We had a heatwave in central British Columbia last summer (averaged 37C/98F) and I still produced more words during the hottest week than I have in almost 3 months here in Bucerias. Through no fault of mine, it's far too easy to wander outside with no apparent goal in mind than to smell the flowers, listen to Sunday's visiting band playing poolside, watch the surf pounding on the shores of Bay of Banderas, or feast in quaint restaurants in the most obscure places on those I-don't-want-to-cook nights



Next to the Santander Banco on Boulevard Riviera Nayarit is a small restaurant that makes the best fajitas ever. Down the road on Las Palmas, delicious gluten-free pizza at La Quinto di Francesco's on Las Palmas is best served up with a bottle of my favourite cabernet Monte Vino.

Every writer knows how lonely writing can be. Life on a quiet lake is the perfect backdrop for creating memorable characters. True. Yet, after 30 years of wanting nothing more than to write, suddenly I find myself needing the companionship of living--breathing human beings. I need good conversation. Laughter and great food. I want to hear their story and witness life through their memories.

In the next few months, I'd like to share more of life here in Bucerias. If you've visited Mexico enough, you know they are a loving, gracious people who feel the music deep in their souls. They love good food, good friends, and absolutely nothing is more important than family. What's so incredibly wonderful is how quickly they make you feel a part of theirs.

Some of the reasons why I'm so captivated by this place:





















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  1. Oh wow! Beautiful photos. I don't blame you for being distracted. I'm sure you'll settle back in to writing soon. :)

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  2. The dude on the beach is funny.
    I wouldn't get any writing done there either. Too much to see and do.

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    1. A little scary, don't you think? I wasn't sure, but it looked as if he was staring at me. LOL. Very intense fellow.

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  3. Yeah, wayyy too nice to stay inside. :)

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  4. It looks so beautiful. With bad weather in our forecast for the next few days, I'm beyond envious. Pizza and wine sound like a plan for dinner.

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    1. Good idea, Susan. Wish I'd thought of pizza. We had shrimp and wine for dinner. Thanks, Susan!

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  5. Those are beautiful. I'd be out taking photos all day long.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. I'll write in between snapping photos.

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  6. I can see why you are capitivated by the place, Joylene, and very envious. You are living my dream, can to an end when my husband became ill. Always wanted to live on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, oh well, many happy memories - enjoy every moment.

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    1. It was my mother's dream too, so I'm very grateful. Thanks, Carole.

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  7. You are soaking up your beautiful experiences so you can write about them later...sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous setting.

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    1. You're so right, Laurel. Chances of that happening are very high.

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  8. Have you ever read Tony Cohan’s book, “On Mexican Time”? He and his wife went to Mexico and became captivated by the people and their way of life. So much so that they went home, sold their house in California and moved permanently to San Miguel de Allende! I'm not suggesting you should do the same. Just forewarning you that you could fall under the same spell. LOL. But the photos are wonderful. I hope Ralph's arm is healing well.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. As a matter of fact, I can see us buying a place down here and lapping up the sun on a day to day basic. It is so beautiful.

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  9. Oh wow, I love the photo's it looks amazing there.I would love to travel one day and see a bit more of the world, but I don't think it's likely to happen for a while. Maybe once my son is all grown up or when I have fewer animals :)
    I think it's ok to be distracted when you have so many beautiful people and places to get to know and explore. Enjoy yourself and don't worry too much about the productivity side of things.

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    1. Thanks, Joss. I always wanted to travel. We had to wait for retirement, so I understand how you feel.

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  10. Oh, my, I'd be waaay toooo distracted there. I have a hard enough time concentrating since I got a new upstairs home office overlooking a pond, lol. I've never been to Mexico, but my mom did once & has always said it's her #1 favorite place she's ever visited. I don't think any of us will judge you too harshly for not writing too much there, but of course, we want another book to read!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit Mexico one day, Jamie. It really is magical. Thanks.

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  11. The place looks gorgeous! I can understand the desire to spend your time appreciating it. Always remember that just because words aren't being written doesn't mean you aren't doing something important. You're living. You're experiencing new things. You're stocking up on ideas that may lead to inspiration for the future. Why don't you consider a new book set in Bucerias?

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    1. I like that idea. I haven't thought of a new book in a long time, but I do have an old one that is set in Chile. Just as easy to change that to Bucerias. Thanks, Lexa!

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  12. Wow, Joylene, what a stunning place! Don't worry, what's happening to you happens to every writer. You are not alone!! :-) Keep the faith. You will get there.

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    1. Thanks, Yvette. I believe that too. Cheers.

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  13. Hi, Joylene!!! I love all of the photos. I especially love the painting in the 7th picture!

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    1. This place is crawling with talent, OE. The mural you're referring to is in the plaza. It's a magnificent painting in amongst other magnificent paintings. The ones on both sides are full of colour, which make that one stand out even more.

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  14. Very beautiful. I would suggest you allow yourself to be "distracted." Isn't that what it looks like to others when what's really happening is the writer is gathering and storing away material for future writing? :)
    Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. I'm doing just that for a while.

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  15. When I first moved to London it was hard to sit down and write. I could stare out my window for hours. Looks beautiful there. I would be struggling for sure.

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    1. Thanks, T. BTW, loved your interview with Ross Eliot. His book sounds fascinating.

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  16. Hi, Joylene. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing all of the pictures.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit, Susanne!

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  17. Joylene, your pics are GORGEOUS!!!
    Especially the one with the blue gates, the girl on the horse, the painting with bunch of flowers in the foreground...
    Ah, just imagine the amount of 5-sentence-fiction pieces I could write from these prompts...?
    How on earth do you get any writing done, in what appears to be such a blissful location...?

    (Btw, your definition was the winning one in my weekly Fun With Whacky Words challenge... brilliant answer!)

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    1. I won! Kewl. Made sense to me. Mourning over the loss of his one true love, Val. Haha. That was fun, Michelle.

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  18. HI, Joylene,
    Becerias does look like a lovely place to live. The beach looks especially lovely.

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    1. Yes, that's another reason we love it here. Hi Joy.

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  19. I can see why you are so taken with your home away from home. I am sure you will hit your stride with writing before long. After all, you need to savor and enjoy the new place before you can totally focus. I'll write you a note excusing you from a regular writing routine for a bit longer. :)

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    1. Oh, thank you for the note, Karen! You saved me!!!

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  20. Looks nice, but I'd probably die in the heat. I think Michigan is too hot sometimes.

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    1. Thank God for A/C, Ken. We leave it off during the day, but turn it on for a few hours before we retire for the night. What a blessing.

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  21. I'm always captivated by the colores de mejico. The art, the sky, the sea and the people are a delight of vividness. Great place to imagine, consider, and write.

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