Bicycling Bacalar – Practical and Spiritual

13 Jul

I find that living in small town Bacalar, Mexico, population 11,000 is an endless opportunity to be curious. I am curious about my chosen neighbors whose lives are very different from mine. What better way to observe unobtrusively than from the seat of my bicycle.

I ride on a daily basis, to visit a friend, stop by the market or pick something up at the pharmacy. It is both practical and spiritual. I must stay “in the moment” to avoid speeding taxis, less than friendly dogs, potholes and the never ending topes (speed bumps). It’s fun to ride a new street, nodding and greeting folks the way it is done all over Mexico, buenos días, or buenas tardes. Perhaps some day I will be as my friend Soco who has lived here all her life. It takes her twenty minutes to drive out of town on her way to work because she must wave, greet and sometimes stop and hug everyone she passes. What a lovely way to live.

Visiting the cemetary.

Visiting the cemetary.


4 Responses to “Bicycling Bacalar – Practical and Spiritual”

  1. emilievardaman July 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    I want to live this lifestyle! My house is for sale in a very slow-moving area. Maybe I will get there in four or five years.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 July 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      One day at a time. Be happy today and work toward your dream. Good luck.


  2. LJones July 14, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I love this post! I feel so happy when I think of the warm and friendly folks in Mexico and that, soon, I will experience this in Bacalar. Blessings to you both!


    • afish25 July 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

      I love my little toddles into town. Saves gas and is much friendlier. Since my spill, I wear my helmet which is a rare sight in town. Maybe I’ll be a trend setter!


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