A Pleasant Place to Get Sick

meriah nichols mexico-22Villa Corona is an adorable little town about an hour from Guadalajara. It looks just like I thought a small town in Mexico would. Sleepy and colourful, with efficient, friendly beautiful and hospitable people. Amazing food. A rich weekly market with vegetables that could be placed directly in a Whole Foods display. Fresh cheese mongers, bakers, soap makers, and makers of every other type of thing that one might find useful or delight in (- we got a kick out of the sticker-maker and her spins on Che Guevara and other revolutionary leaders) (we also got a kick out of the guy selling roosters).

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dogs on the roof…everywhere
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horses just walking around on the sidewalks

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It’s an interesting. An easy place. Yes, the place where my iPhone was stolen, so there’s that, but it’s still a good place.

It’s also a cool place. Like, literally, cool. Freezing cold might be more like it. In the morning, it’s just as misty as it was on the Lost Coast and every bit as cold. Our breath would hang in the air in front of us, catching and clinging at the sides before fading into a chilled oblivion.

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I don’t know if we became sick from the cold at Villa Corona or if Villa Corona gave us the sick from the cold.

Could have been either, but while we were all struggling to get well enough to leave, we enjoyed being where we were. Even if, perhaps, where we were was the source of our sickness?

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reading Amy Julia Becker’s “Small Talk” – excellent, by the way, review coming soon (kids soaking up Brave. Again. )

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Chumulco

This is a hot-springs sort of resort/RV park. It gave Mikey some pretty big dreams of starting our own RV park along those lines – with smaller, private pools and with an eco-friendly, disabled-hiring theme. And why not? This area is CHOCK FULL of thermal water, lots of land for sale. Discounted land, to boot, on account of everyone’s current fear of Mexico. You know the theme song from Portland? “the dream of the 90’s is alive in Portland, Portland…”? – I was getting it in my head with a twist, “the dream of the Inn is alive in VC, VC….”

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It was fun to be our version of spiders and spin dreams out from our heads in glittery, silvery silk, weaving elegant (fantastical!) designs to snare our futures upon.

It was wonderful to have the most thoughtful, generous, cheerful RV neighbours one could possibly hope for – I’m talking, taking Micah to teach him Scottish songs, baking us to-die-for cookies, gifts for the kids to entertain, you name it. It made Mikey and I feel bad to an extent – we’re a little at loss when people take us in and treat us like long-lost family. We don’t know what to do, how to reciprocate, we’re awkward with our thanks because “thanks” seems like such a small word for the big feelings of love and gratitude in our hearts.

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It was a good place to be.

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Here are some more photos:

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Meriah Nichols is a deaf artist, tech-junkie, Counselor (and sometime teacher), mom (one with Down syndrome), cat-lover, Trekkie, yurt-dwelling off-the-grid farmer's wife. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done.

8 Comments

  • OH MY GOD! I am so happy for you in such a beautiful, nurturing and loving environment! Love the photos of the 3 kids with the Scottish woman and also the ones with Moxie and the Mexican shakers…and all of the photos really – thanks for including them! LOVE THEM!!

  • I do enjoy your kazillion photos! Gives us a good feel of your experience. We were at Villa Corona in January but couldn’t even drive down some of those streets with all the streamers and low-hanging wires due to our height. Always fun to explore each new town, never know what/who you’ll meet.

    • Well.. Moxie still has a runny nose (more like a snot factory); I’m on antibiotics and stuff, but that’s it.
      Happy New Year!!! much love to you and yours, Kellie! xoxox

  • WHY did it take me so long to step into your blog? Am I slow or what? (Thanks, yesterday, at Preschool, when Bev showed your swimming in the pool pics to Taalin and all. Hello neighbors! The Lost Coast misses you all. I’ll try to read all you’re writing in the coming days. What a great collection of photos, wow!

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