A Little Bit Of Bacalar in Austin?

21 May

When Lisa and I left Austin,Texas for the jungles of Southern Mexico, we were frequently asked along our travel route where we were going. Curious young camouflage clad men at boarder crossings, fellow tourists at hotel stops or pyramid climbing site seers would scratch their heads at two older women, one with totally white hair, driving a truck and pulling a trailer to a place called Bacalar. They had never heard of it! Ah, and that was one of the reasons we wanted to live here. I only wish it were still true. (International living.com)

Incredible! 2013

A lot has changed in the ten years since we made that drive. Stores and restaurants have exploded and hotels are multiplying like rabbits. The push to develop is due to the Mayan Train which is currently under construction and the many tourists it’s expected to funnel into this little village, On the positive side many new services have sprung up. Last week I was surprised to see an equipment rental store. It only makes sense with the amount of construction going on. But it’s a first.

Our entrance to the laguna.

Today I was reading online, and came across a very confusing story about Bacalar. It took me awhile to figure out that it wasn’t about our Bacalar but a restaurante soon to open in Austin named Bacalar. Award-winning Mexican super chef Gabe Erales, with familial ties to Bacalar Mexico is opening the restaurant and hoping to share the unique regional cuisine of this area with the world. The restaurant will be located in a young trendy downtown Austin area. I’m sure it will be a great success.

Gabe Erales

So much for anonymity. The cat is definitely out of the bag. One of my teachers in college in Mexico once told me, “there are getting to be fewer and fewer good places to hide out.” Ain’t it the truth.


6 Responses to “A Little Bit Of Bacalar in Austin?”

  1. Jack Scott May 22, 2023 at 3:42 am #

    Change is inevitable, I guess but I hope the developments don’t spoil your Eden too much.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Emilie May 29, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    I’m wandering the US right now and finding everywhere I had visited previously seems to have exploded in size. I’m housesitting right now in Durham, North Carolina, and the woman I’m staying for says that development has gone crazy in this area too. How can every place be growing? I don’t get it.


  3. Jan Barlow May 30, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

    Charlie and I have moved into a house in Las Cruses New Mexico. We sold our 5th wheel trailer yesterday!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 May 30, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

      Wow! Jan’s on the move. Congratulations. Why Las Cruses?


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