#TBT Living in Mexico! The year was 1992, I was 21 years old, and I was living in Newport Beach, California. I decided to move to Mexico … a beautiful country that I had already safely travelled to a few times (well, dozens if you count Tijuana on the SoCal border because in the U.S. the legal drinking age is 21 but … not in Mexico, so imagine how popular it is for U.S. teens!). It took me the whole of two weeks to pack up my life, leave uni, tell my parents (!) and throw the essentials into my white Jeep Wrangler. The drive down had a great effect on what happened to me later. I decided that I didn’t want to live and work at the Club Med-type resort that had hired me because I wouldn’t continue to experience ‘real life’ so I ended up rooming downtown with a local girl named Alma, a friend I had met on a previous holiday there. Another friend, Daniel, hooked me up with side work right away, too. For $20 USD per person, I would drive American tourists who wanted to surf up to Punta de Mita in my Jeep (where the @fspuntamita is today), and for $2 I would rent a board for them. Then I hung out all day on the beach, drinking aguas, nibbling on tacos al pastor and snorkelling. It was a pretty awesome life that paid a LOT of pesos in those days – enough for me to pay for all my friends drinks whenever we went out and live for a month from just one week of work. It was really fun!
FOR THE FULL STORY of my time in Mexico - including being attacked and shot at by bandits on a mountain road - visit my Facebook page :-)
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