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Changing Places: Tracy Verdugo on Mexico



Ode to Mexico

Mexico, sweet Mexico!

Land of vibrant colours, rich history and fiery foods. Where smells hit the senses with blunt and honest force, practicality rules and whimsical, fatalistic humour abounds.

Land of a thousand contradictions; outrageous wealth and brutal poverty, a deep seated reverence for Spirit intertwined with a stark and brutal violence.

We have travelled your potholed roads over mountains and from coast to coast, by plane, by bus, and in our old chevy truck complete with our little casa on top.

We have experienced your beauty as young childless travellers, and with our children, as babies, toddlers and teens. Every time you beguile me and I grow a little more into the person I was meant to become.

You have taught me the value of compassion, the beauty of difference and the wisdom of trusting in the journey.

You have filled my world with the joy of colour and helped me to recognise the dormant artist within.

I have learned to welcome new friends into our home as countless Mexicanos have welcomed us into theirs, and through these connections and experiences I have learned that there truly are no accidents in life.

I have come to realise that faith is a wondrous thing and that miracles and magic exist in all of our lives when we are willing to let them in.

I have learned that we don’t need as much as we think we do and that when you are generous in Spirit your own world becomes far more beautiful and bounteous.

I am still learning to laugh heartily and spontaneously and it may take many more visits before I can dance with freedom and without inhibition.

I cherish the memories and hold the future promise in my heart.



Tracy lives with her family in an eclectic adobe home in a small coastal village in Australia.  She’s an artist and creative workshop facilitator and will be taking her magic to the States later this year, leading workshops there.  Find all the details on her blog.

Changing Places is a guest post series about the power of place to change us.  You can find more stories in the series here.  If you’d like to share your own story, please contact me for submission details.

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Such COLOR... and Tracy expresses it all so well, a really beautiful tribute to a place. I have Mexico on my list... especially as I love the art of Frida Kahlo. :o) Happy Days, Helen ((HUG))

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Thank you for the chance to share my love of Mexico Helen! I hope you get there soon to experience it for yourself ♥

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Verdugo

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