When one visits a place they have been in before, she begins scanning each place in her mind. 'Here is where we had that amazing taco.' We walked down that narrow street and got lost in it, remember?' 'That rooftop has a chill garden vibe.' It is a scan of one's memory. Sealing the experiences of the past - to clear room for the experiences of the present.
We boarded a plane off LAX and made our non-stop three hour way to Sayulita.
We double masked our faces - was actually surprisingly comfortable but a longer flight would surely be a drag - and we put our stress away by watching 'Knives Out' on the plane. Before we knew it, we landed in Mexico and were about to begin the journey into traveling to another country during a global pandemic.
As the plane was making its way down to land, I looked at the landscape and the small miniature homes from a bird's eye view, and was reminded of the importance of PERSPECTIVE. How crucial it is sometimes to step outside of one's self in order to see better.
As I made my way through customs, through rental car companies, through the town and the beach at sunset - I noticed right away: There is a lot less fear over this virus here than in the US. Is it because there are less cases? Is it because there is less political drama? Is it because the tropical jungle and the warm waters puts people at ease...? I wondered as I started examining my own senses of fear and stress, and allowed some sense of relaxation to creep in. And just then... the night came. And with it, my hopes and dreams for my upcoming week: Relax. Rejoice. Relief. Revisit.
To be continued...
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman