Adiós Carla

28 Jun

My friend Carla says adiós to Mexico and leaves for Europe with a one-way ticket tomorrow. She bought a little house on Laguna Bacalar, sight unseen eight years ago. For a long time she was the only person who spoke English in her pueblo.

While the view from her dock is beautiful, the little village she lives in on the east end of the Laguna is riddled with poverty, lack of education and little infrastructure. With Covid, there is more fear and crime.

Breakfast with Carla

We have been having breakfast together once a week for about a year. We talk politics, community drama, aging, and the tilting world we live in. I know she has been unhappy for quite awhile but hoped she could find peace.

Women’s March 2017

Friendship is not easy to come by among the expats in Bacalar. Actually anywhere. I will miss her.


6 Responses to “Adiós Carla”

  1. Kim Relph June 28, 2020 at 9:01 am #

    I’m curious, can I ask why she left? If that is too personal, that is okay. The virus is really rocking and rolling in Travis County. We are going to more stringent social measures again. Mostly to close down the bars – big mistake to open them in the first place! Hope you and family are staying healthy and safe.


    • afish25 June 28, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

      Fatigue from living in a very poor, dirty town where crime is going up.


  2. Deborah S. June 28, 2020 at 9:36 am #

    Carla will not be the only one…


    • afish25 June 28, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

      No she won’t. People come and go.


  3. Jack Scott June 29, 2020 at 3:33 am #

    Wishing you friend best wishes for the future.


  4. Emilie July 1, 2020 at 6:45 am #

    I hope she finds a place there she is more comfortable in.


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