Puerto Life Lessons: You Can Do Hard Things

As our year in Puerto Escondido comes to a close, our family is filled with emotion.  This tropical paradise and these beautiful people have taught us lessons that will stay with us for life. Most of all, the ever-constant reminder that from discomfort, comes growth.

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Dogs, Fireworks, and Cock-A-Doodle-Dos: My Wish for You This Christmas

The Christmas sun is setting here in La Punta, Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

I am relishing in the calm after the long-awaited, and highly planned-for celebration, that is Christmas.

Last night for Christmas Eve, we ate dinner at the incredible restaurant below our apartment.  Loyal to my Italian roots, I enjoyed a mouth-watering seafood spaghetti.  It made me feel closer to home, to my family.

The small, cozy space was filled with many people that we have met over these past two weeks. It was comforting to feel the energy of our newfound community.

Our family of four said Buenas Noches, and headed to bed at 10pm.

That’s when the locals began their celebrations.

We are quickly learning that there are no noise rules in Mexico. Literally, NONE.

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We Made It To Mexico! (Tough transition, but SO worth it!)

It’s Saturday night in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The girls are asleep, Arjan is reading in the balcony hammock, and there is live local folk music playing in the distance.

Today we truly ARRIVED.

What a transition these first five days have been...

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