Another House in Mexico

I like the art in our bedroom.

We have moved from a cliffside condo outside of Puerto Vallarta to a hillside rooftop in on of the oldest sections of the city. My daughter has returned to work and Monsieur's family are with us now. Our accommodation at the Casa Chile is mostly open air except for the bedrooms and bathrooms. Monsieur and I have a small bedroom with Mexican art on the walls. I like the Talavera lamps and the attention to decorative detail throughout the casa.

la cocina en Puerto Vallarta

I have been collecting painted ceramics for many years. Our kitchen at home was a soulless galley until we renovated with terracotta floors and Mexican tiles. The current trend towards stainless steel and grey/black does not seem to suit my collections or my disposition.

rooftops and spiked fences

This is not a resort neighbourhood. Our landlord is an American who lives downstairs full-time. We have spiked wrought iron fences and some mean looking razor wire around our unit. The food has to be  kept in  the cupboards because of the visiting cats. It takes courage to cross the street and the climb up the hill is brutal. Some of our group are complaining about the noises of the night: mostly music and some traffic.

another bedroom painting
It's funny how our standards of accommodation differ. For me, this is  a luxurious city rental where I could easily spend more time. I've met some Canadians in a shop nearby and a friend's husband lives only  5 blocks away. I know where the used book store is and the nearby shop has a give and take shelf. I've found the local corner  food store and exchange greeting with the señora. There's wifi so what else do I need?

Travel is a subjective experience. I enjoy practising my Spanish and living in a diverse neighbourhood. I've enjoyed all-inclusive resorts with Monsieur but they would not be my first choice. Condominium rentals are mostly inhabited by other Canadians. It seems that there are more
Canadians than Americans in Mexico.

I enjoy spending as much time as possible in a country and feeling free to wander at will. I've read four books in the last two weeks and played many games of online Jeopardy. The open air and the warm temperatures are great for relaxation too.

We've only two more days before we return to Canada. Already there are snowdrops blooming and we seem to have escaped much winter weather. We are so fortunate in so many ways. I have been writing this blog for 5 years and I am amazed at all of the different experiences we've shared.

Hasta Luego!

For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim's time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort. 

Aldous Huxley


  1. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog earlier and leaving your lovely 'footprint' in my comment box. I so enjoyed the opportunity to visit you and see where you are living at the moment. I do like the artwork you showed us. Shops nearby, a bookstore and a place to give and take books, with wi-fi... truly life sounds blissful. What part of Canada are you from? I'm in Alberta. Wishing you a beautiful day and week ahead. Brenda

    1. I'm back in Canada now. I live near Steveston in B.C. I'm going back to Oaxaca, Mexico in March. I volunteer in a library there.


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