La Tourista

Felipe and I moved to Mexico with 50,000 dollars, and a dream to create a self-sustainable life. During our first three years here we: acquired 17 acres of land, erected a small comfortable house, constructed opened and sold a store, raised dairy cows and made cheese, raised steers, irrigation farmed sugar cane, planted corn and sorghum for market. We worked: as a waiter, on a road crew, ran for public office, wrote a book, and went flat broke, so we’ve been too busy or too busted to explore much of Mexico.

One unexpected perk of writing vsvevg is that we’ve made new friends, two of which live close enough that we have been able to meet in person. Larry and Viny own a day spa for men in Tepoztlan. This week we went for a two-day visit. Felipe hadn’t had a vacation in five years, we were both very excited.

Tepozspa is 15-minutes outside of Tepoztlan. It’s location couldn’t be more ideal for a weekend away; so close to a small but cosmopolitan community that has somehow managed to maintain is cultural character and have amenities, like good service, a great cup of coffee, and variety of products and services. These things are unusual to nonexistent in our area. Our first excursion into the community was to attend an Indian drum concert given by the world renown artist Charanjit Chatur Lal. Larry wisely made reservations because the room was packed, but due to his forethought we had good seats and were treated to a fascinating and informative concert.

The spa and our apartment were beyond beautiful. Larry and Viny designed and decorated the entire facility themselves, including the buildings. Viny’s refined style of lighting, and landscape are perfect backdrop for Larry’s distinguished, diverse, often whimsical art collection.

They lavishly filled our apartment with gorgeous flowers and anticipated every need we may have including a bowl of dog food for my dog Elvis, who they graciously allowed us to bring, and were even willing to come and pick us up and take us home so that he could accompany us.

Elvis enjoyed good company as well. Larry and Viny have 11 dogs the majority of whom they have rescued. They have provided extensive medical care for many, and a loving and safe home for all.

For the return trip Larry suggested a visit to the Brady Museum in Cuernavaca and the ruins of Xochicalco. He has quickly learned our tastes; I adored the Brady and Felipe values indigenous Mexican culture.

All of the luxuries, art, fine dining, shopping, and culture were a wonderful treat, but for Felipe and me the best part of the trip was realizing that we are building a friendship with two interesting, socially conscious, humane, fun, and exceptionally generous people. Gracias Amigos, we only hope you enjoyed our company as much as we did yours.

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About vsvevg

Hello, I'm Abby Smith. I started this blog in 2010 to write about the pursuit of a self-sustainable life in rural Mexico. In 2015, my then-husband and I moved to Nicaragua, where we created a successful farm-to-table and in-house charcuterie program for a high-end beach resort. In 2022, with mad butchery and cheese-making skills under my belt, I started a sustainable food systems consulting business. Happily, I also have more time for my first love-- writing about food and the complexities of the simple life.

4 thoughts on “La Tourista

  1. You did ALL THAT in three years Abby? You make me feel like a total slacker. Larry and Viny’s place is fantastic and so, obviously are they! So glad you and Felipe had a mini vacation!!!

    • Techically the book was written in the 5th year, but the experiences for it occurred in the first 3, and I had to keep up with Felipe! Thanks for continuing to read Shelley, paz A.

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