I am still very surprised at how popular this blog has become. When I first started it, I had no idea of the impact a blog can have on a place like Mahahual. More and more I have people coming up to me and telling me they read my blog here.
Last night was a good example. It was getting dark and I was sitting there, it had been a slow day, only some Europeans and a couple of Americans on the beach all day. It is slow now because it is at the end of high season and no cruise ship in town this week, one next week. I was bored and I was about to go upstairs and call it a night and watch some TV, or read some.
I looked up and saw this guy walk by in a Harley-Davidson t-shirt and he kind of looked over and kept walking, and kind of stopped and looked over his shoulder. He had grey hair and a beard, and I knew he was an American. He stopped at the corner of the malecon, and looked down and looked like he was checking something on his phone. I figured he was lost or looking for an ATM machine or something.
So I got up and went over and asked him if he was looking for anything, and asked him if he was from the USA. He said he was from New Mexico, and had just got into town. I asked him what brought him to Mahahual, and he looked me and said, “You”. He told me he had been reading my blog for 2 or 3 years now, and decided to come check Mahahual out. He said he has been going to Isla Mujeres for the last 10 years. He said Isla now is full of tourists and he wants to live somewhere more quiet and off the beaten path.
He even had my photo on his phone from one the blogs I had written, and he knew I lived above the Tropicante so he was trying to find me. He even asked about things I had written on the blog, he knew all the stories I have written about port and here. He even asked me what happened to the pretty woman he used to see photos of on the blog. I told him she is off trying to find a husband and have some babies. (I get that question a lot, where is the woman in the Captain Huacho blog, what is she doing now, sometimes I think they look me up hoping to see if she is around)
He told me he had five or six more years until retirement, and then he was leaving the USA, and settling and retiring somewhere in Mexico. He came to look at Mahahual because he had read about it on my blog. We sat down at the Tropicante and had a few beers, and he had some cerviche and we talked about Mexico and Mahahual.
He, like a lot of other people our age is looking to retire and find his own paradise. He said that used to be Isla Mujeres, but all that is changed. He told me how it was there 10 years ago, and Mahahual reminds him of how Isla was back then. There is a certain kind of expat, me for one, who likes to live in the out of the way places, and not surrounded by tourists all day and night. I told him that is what I like about Mahahual, cruise ships leave at 4 or 5pm each day and Mahahual becomes a quaint and tranquil place again.
I had nothing to do, so I offered to show him around the malecon and the night life on a Friday night here. He met Steve and Maggie and everybody from the Tropicante. After the Tropicante closed, I decided to take him up the malecon to the Ibiza Sunset to show him the place, and meet Karla and Jackie. He is staying at the El Holito at the end of the malecon, so I was showing him some places on the malecon and different places to eat or drink.
We had a couple of beers and talked to the girls at Ibiza Sunset, trust me they are quite entertaing. What I like to do when people come to Mahahual to visit me, or look around, I always take them around to meet some of the locals to get different feedback from other people about Mahahual, not just my opinion or insight.
As we were sitting there at the swing bar, right on the beach, he turned to me and said, “I could live here”. I said I know, now you know why I am here.
Well after leaving Ibiza we left and walked back up the malecon to the Blue Kay, they were having karoake there that night. I thought he might enjoy seeing Mexican karoake, to end the night. We watched karaoke there for an hour or so. It was getting late and he had been up since 3am traveling so he wanted to go to his room and get some sleep.
It was about 1am and we walked back down the malecon by ourselves to his hotel, and he was surprised how safe and quiet it was here at night. I am never afraid walking around by myself at night I told him. He went to his hotel and we said goodnight. I am supposed to meet up with him and show him the beaches and the town today. He also wants to ask about maybe retiring here in the next 4 or 5 years, and what are the costs, etc. I told him no problem, trust me I have nothing to do this weekend, everybody is in Chetumal at a wedding, and I got nothing but time this weekend.
This is just an example of one blog reader that has looked me up in Mahahual, and I got a feeling there is going to be many more.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina