My husband first traveled to Guaymas/San Carlos Sonora, Mexico for business in 2003. Over time, his trips became more frequent. I was excited for his experiences and proud of his hard work. I was even more thrilled that he could bring back authentic souvenirs for my elementary Spanish classroom.
I had never traveled to Mexico. I did create a Mexico unit for my kindergarten students. We pretended to visit thanks to great imaginations, YouTube videos, and clever lesson planning. So basically, what I am saying is that I had the knowledge of a kindergartner when it came to Mexico. And while I truly knew that Mexico was so much more than the resorts of Cabo,Cancún, and Cozumel; in my mind, Guaymas/San Carlos was one big all inclusive resort.
I imagined that Steve spent his workday in a hammock at the Soggy Peso Beach Bar, sipping margaritas between conference calls. Winter cold, darkness, and isolation added to my grand illusion. (Why were these trips always planned for the months with the most snow anyway?!) While pulling on a third layer before heading out to cover my morning shift in our school’s carline, I could practically see the tequila shots lined up on the conference table and the unlimited breakfast and lunch buffets he was eating. While I slipped and slid, flinging heavy shovels of snow off the driveway, Steve was surely flinging sand into his bucket on the beautiful beaches.
And then along came a job opening, an interview, and an offer of an incredible opportunity. We moved to San Carlos, Sonora in June of 2016. While definitely not an all inclusive beach resort, San Carlos is an amazing place. You are welcome to join us on our adventure, as I share our experiences here.