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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

Boys racing from the beach to lunch!

Which sums up the reason I decided that our family needed an extended vacation in a country outside of the US.  After much research and planning, we just arrived at our home away from home, for the next two weeks, in San Pancho, Mexico.  San Pancho is a small town just north of Puerto Vallarta, with a population of just under 1,000. It is safe to say that the town moves at a pace much slower that our entire family is used to, which is precisely the reason I chose the destination.  We were lucky to find a lovely rental home, Casa Asoleada, located right on the outskirts of town.  The cost for the 2 weeks is extremely reasonable, equivalent to what we pay for a long weekend in Central Oregon, mostly because it is the off-season for travel to Mexico.

Baby girl N hanging out with her Daddy

Though I’ve not written much about the recent change in my view of life (inspired in part by reading The Art of Nonconformity, by Chris Guillebeau, and Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts), this blog in itself is one part of my resolution to live, and in this case, parent, with intention.  One of my biggest concerns with the way we are raising our children, is the fear that they will grow up with a sense of entitlement, or the expectation that life should come easy to them.  Given that we live in one of the more affluent parts of Portland, OR and that none of the kids have ever known what it is like to ‘need’ anything, the point of this summer trip is to spend an extended period of time ‘living’ in a different part of the world to 1) give the children a global perspective of a world that does not center around Lake Oswego, OR, and 2) to introduce them to opportunities available to them outside of the US.  If they come to appreciate all that they are lucky to have in their lives, then that is a bonus!

Big Son N will enBig Son and me at lunch under the Palapas on Playa San Panchoter 10th grade in the fall and before long will need to begin thinking about colleges.  What better way to demonstrate why 4 years of Spanish language is so valuable, than to live in a Spanish speaking country. We want to give him the chance to practice speaking Spanish, to build confidence in his ability to communicate with other cultures.

I must say that there were many reasons we chose the sleepy town of San Pancho, not the least of which was the ability to tie in some volunteer work with the Project Tortuga conservation project. This amazing program recruits volunteers from around the world, to monitor the Mexican beaches for Olive Ridley sea turtles, who come to shore to lay eggs, and move the eggs to a hatchery to maximize the number of surviving turtles that make it to sea.  The hatchling season is from June – August, so our timing was perfect for this opportunity.

Tomorrow I will post on the adventures we’ve had since we’ve arrived in San Pancho, there have been many, so stay tuned…

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4 thoughts on ““Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

  1. Cindy McDonald on said:

    I hope you immerse yourself in the local culture with personal interactions and aren’t just there thinking that living in a lesser socio-economic area than LO will clue your kids in.

    One doesn’t need to be in a foreign country to use their foreign language skills. My son just graduated from Virginia Tech. His new job position has several non-English speakers reporting to him. One of his personal goals this last week was to translate several corporate documents into Spanish. Going forward, everything he generates will be dual languaged.

    Have a great vacation, but to really attain your goal may require going out of your way to see/interact in areas which may be “uncomfortable”.

  2. Diana Laboy-Rush on said:

    Thanks Cindy! Your son’s position sounds fabulous, and exactly the type of opportunity I’d love for my son to learn about. Our choice to visit a latin country was exactly that, to immerse ourselves in the community, and San Pancho is a wonderful way to do that. It turns out that there is a community center for the kids in town where we will visit to allow our children to get to meet some of the kids in town. I’m also going to try to get some cooking lessons at some of the local homes/restaurants – the food is fantastic!

    The goal is for all of us to “live” in a community where life is different from where they have been raised. Considering the children are half latino – my family is from Puerto Rico – both my husband and I feel it is important for the kids to have this type of experience. To be honest, this is fairly difficult to do in Portland, as you may know…

    Congratulations to your son and thanks for your comment!

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