Inspired by the many characters of La Cruz

There’s something about La Cruz that inspires folks to do live outside the box sharing their talents with others. As the recipient of those talents I find myself constantly inspired by others.

Buying a vacation rental is somewhat brave but I know a few folks who came here on vacation, bought a condo, went back, sold their home, packed up everything and moved here to retire. To me that is most daring!

There are others, of which I fall into this category, that spend months here, then more and then decide they can’t imagine going back to what they had before; for me that included the frenetic city life, the grey and cold winters and the cost to keep up – whether it be the clothes, the dinners out and in general the stuff one accumulates in life. Here I appreciate my low maintenance flip flops and sundresses, my simple yet amazing gourmet meals and my friends who live the same lifestyle. Nights of delicious dinners and fabulous music with great friends never breaks the bank and reminds me of the simpler joys of life.

What truly impresses me is how people recreate themselves. I was immensely inspired this week as two of my fave people went out of their way to emerge differently than in their past lives. I plan to blog about them both but felt I couldn’t wait as hopefully sharing a little of their stories will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone to do something you’ve always wanted to do but have either been shy about, or thought you were too old, not talented enough or, or, or!

Fiona Clark, a recently retired teacher is reaching out to the youth of La Cruz and making a huge difference in their lives. Although not completely different from her pre-retirement skillset, teaching English to the young is as foreign as our new country. Why she donates her time?

I would love to see all the students learn English, but unfortunately it is not part of the curriculum and most teachers do not speak English themselves. Learning, reading, watching how people live here, my opinion is that the ticket to success is learning English, not just for those who can afford to send their children to private school, but for all children (and adults who would like to learn it). I would love to see more awareness about recycling, too… often in class I start my lesson by cleaning up the ground outside and inside the classroom, all the styrofoam, plastic cups etc. I would love to see more pride in this little paradise we have here!”

Although it’s difficult to be objective, I was completely inspired by my husband, who with his talented band ‘Vinnie and the Variables” performed their first concert last week. To watch Chris practice, put together a playlist, then a band, then the concert location and date and modify all over and over again I was gobsmacked how much energy it takes. He worked with amazingly talented musicians and learned from them all. To accomplish so much in his late 50’s I was honestly misty and awestruck!

You might have read in previous columns how much I adore living in the music mecca that is La Cruz, and I soooo do! These past few months I’ve a completely new respect of what it takes to share that talent… its so much more.

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via