I had felt called to visit what is referred to as the 'Mexican Riviera' for some time.
Once Burt and I had decided that we were definitely going to fly south of the border just as soon as he was able, I began sniffing out opportunities. Via Facebook, I found a 'Worldschooling and Unschooling Families in the Riviera Maya' group. Scrolling down their page, I then came across a posting for Anahata Worldschooling Community. Anahata was the perfect stepping stone for our family. Burt was a bit nervous since he didn't speak Spanish and hadn't really traveled. C needed to be able to wake up, run out the door and spend the day playing with other children. And I needed an open-hearted group of women to drop into circle with as well as willing participants for my art and dance classes. :O) At Anahata, we had all of this and more. This worldschool's initial location was inside of a small, Mayan village. Thus, some of our programming included going into our neighbor's huts and learning how to make mais tortillas as well as a hot cacao drink. Our neighbors were also performers who shared their love for their ancient culture by busking at the local pyramids and performing their traditional songs and dances. They also openly shared their love for pok-a-tok - an ancient Mayan ballgame - with all of the children in their village. Living in village is ideal, even more so in a country as rich in culture as Mexico. We swam in cenotes (sinkholes); visited ancient pyramids, including a night time light and laser show on Chichen Itza; and did so much more with our new friends. Sight seeing together as a group changed my approach to travel on the whole. We spent a whole, summer month at Anahata and it was the greatest way to begin our travels. Most importantly, we made memories that will last a lifetime - especially with our beloved Papa Burt.