Then: a suburban housewife and part-time writer from Dallas, Texas with a color-coded daytimer of everyone else’s schedules and fond memories of living in France in my twenties.
Now: an adventurer, volunteer and full-time writer going second round at dream of living abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Changed: country, language, lifestyle, world view and wardrobe.
Kept: not much besides supportive relationships and a huge sense of humor.
What I love about Mexico: mangoes, open markets, the Spanish subjunctive (all dreams and wishes), mountains, outdoor concerts, cool nights, cultural patience, no comfort zone and no-holds-barred living.
One of my earliest acquaintances here said, in all earnestness: “Susana, to survive in Mexico, you’ve just got to embrace the chaos.” Am doing.