I wasn’t looking for a new favorite country.
For the last four years, I’d been in a relationship with India. I loved India from the moment I arrived in 2012, even though she challenged and frustrated me. India was the crazy hot chick, the girl who is fun and exciting, wild and exotic – and a bit dirty. Our passionate relationship was made all the hotter by our feuds and struggles.
In 2014, I met a sweet, friendly and beautiful place named Indonesia and I fell hard for her, too, and I probably could have claimed her as my favorite, but I wasn’t ready to break it off with India just yet. The thing about a hot love affair is that it is hard to move on. Look, Indonesia, it isn’t you, it is me.
Then last fall, Mexico walked into a cantina and gave me a lascivious wink. She bought me a Dos Equis and we began to flirt. I spent two months traveling across her country, from the north to the south, from the Baja to the Yucatan, and when it was all said and done, I’d fallen under her hypnotic spell.
Maybe it was the tequila talking, but Mexico seemed to love me as much as I loved her. She welcomed and embraced me. Perhaps it is because I can speak
fluent remedial Spanish, or maybe because I was raised on Tex-Mex, but Mexico was exotic and familiar at the same time, just like a good lover should be.
Even though India still has a place in my heart, I think I’ve matured to a point where I am ready to accept my true love. I no longer need the bad girl. I don’t think I would appreciate the drama and chaos of India as much a second time around. I need something more stable in my life. Make no mistake: Mexico is no demure, subservient lover – she is still a hot-blooded Latina. But compared to India, she has all the fun qualities without the stress and drama. In short, you can take Mexico home to meet your mom.
So, Mexico is my new favorite country. There, I said it. It has as much diversity of things to do as any country in the world. In Mexico you can ride a train through the awe-inspiring Copper Canyon one day and swim with whale sharks in turquoise water the next. You can wake up in a 400-year-old colonial city and hours later by in a forest surrounded by millions of monarch butterflies. You can scale majestic Mayan ruins then cool off with a swim in an otherworldly cenote. Mexico has 68 recognized indigenous languages and pre-Columbian culture exists all over the country, yet modern buses and hotels make traveling comfortable and simple. And in Mexico, there is always the chance of encountering a rocking fiesta. Mexico is bewitching in a way few places are.
As much as I’d love to start a long-term relationship with Mexico, I am, ultimately, not ready to settle down yet. I am a ramblin’ man with places to see, other countries to check out. I have every intention of retiring in Mexico someday, and I’d happily move there now if the opportunity to work there were to arise. For now, we will have to have a long distance relationship. Mexico knows that I love her and that it would take something special to take me away.**
Photo Essay: What I Saw in Mexico
Here are 21 sexy photos that offer an overview of the great country, giving you a glimpse on why I fell so hard for her. (If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen these before.)
Do you have a favorite place?
Do you share my infatuation with Mexico?
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