I met cutie-pie Larry while traipsing up and down the Baja peninsula a few years back. Me and a few girlfriends got the bright idea to drive from Chicago all the way to the bottom of the Baja peninsula (7,000 miles on my good old Ford Explorer, thank you very much) and along the way, we stopped in a tiny seaside town called La Ventana.
On our 2nd night there, we were walking around the dirt-street village on the hunt for tacos and margaritas and I saw Larry scooting around on his rickety old moped. We shot the shit for a minute (as strangers always do in Mexico) and the next day, he showed up in the kitchen of Baja Joe's, our rough-n-tumble (yet AWESOME) hotel on the beach. Since me and the girls were shooting some footage for a TV show, later that week, we sat him down in his trailer and grilled him on being an expat in Mexico.
Turns out, he spends half the year in Baja, and half the year in the US. He basically builds houses and chases the wind...La Ventana is one of the best places in the world to wind surf and at certain points of the year, the minuscule village swells up with loads of boys and girls looking to drink, wind surf and god knows what else.
Larry had just bought a spit of land over looking the Sea of Cortez and was about to build a house on it. Meanwhile, he was living out of an old trailer and enjoying the view and the population of gals that rolled thru town. I though La Ventana was a pretty special place--it was the first time I'd seen the moon rise; the first time I'd tried to wind surf; the first time I'd really gotten to the bottom of what it's like to become an expat; and the place that I re-fell in love with the Mexican way of life.
These little villages exist all over the world. They are my favorite ones because they have a sprinkling of an expat community and are still pretty off-grid. Best of both worlds. And...they are all somehow magically wi-fi connected! This one was cool because there were so many young people there, truly living the good life--thank god for the wind, eh?
I wrote a blog about the whole driving Baja experience for MSNBC, so if you are interested in Baja adventures, check it out here: Tracking Expats in Baja