Even Nomads Need A Home Base

There’s no doubt that both Leslie and I are nomadic by nature…more than 80 countries visited between us can attest to that. An old friend recently asked me if I would ever give up the nomadic lifestyle, and if so, where would I decide to settle? It was a good yet tough question, and I replied that, although I’m sure I would always be nomadic, I don’t think I had ever been to that Shangri La place that might one day be called home, though there have been some very strong contenders.

However, one thing that has been a commonly recurring topic of conversation between my fiancee and I in recent months is the desire for a home base, somewhere to hole up when we’re tired of constantly packing, somewhere we can recoup and relax without having to pay for the privilege of hotels…somewhere to call home! Because even nomads need a home base.

We’re very lucky. In the last 12 months we have called several places home; Ulsan, Korea- Koh Yao Noi, Thailand- Darwin, Australia- Paris, France, and in between all that we managed to visit Cambodia, India, the USA, Indonesia & England. But after our time in France came to an end, we decided that a trip to Mexico was in order, and in particular to the much fabled artistic city of San Miguel de Allende, recently voted by Conde Naste Travel Magazine as ‘the World’s Best City! It’s true that we had a sneaking suspicion before we arrived that we would love it here. But we had no idea just what an amazing and beautiful city San Miguel is. After just 2 or 3 days of wandering around the ancient & technicolor cobbled streets, and eating at delicious restaurants and thriving amid the artistic and writerly atmosphere that shimmers over the vibrant city like a layer of creative magic, San Miguel felt like home. Twenty First century Nomad San Miguel de Allende

Sometimes an impulse, a gut feeling, is all it takes to inspire swift and drastic decisions, and when you both have those same instincts in the same place at the same time, then you know it must mean something significant. Over the ubiquitous beers that so many of our important life decisions are made, Leslie and I agreed that we could definitely see ourselves at home beneath these perpetually blue skies, and we decided to make some enquiries. The next day we viewed a house and its magnificent garden…and what a house and garden they are. We fell in love with both, agreed a price with the lovely owners, and a week later it was ours…is ours!Twenty First century Nomad San Miguel de AllendeTwenty First century Nomad San Miguel de Allende

 

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At the moment the house is empty. We are flying to California for 6 weeks next Wednesday to visit Leslie’s family, but when we return we’ll be on the look out for furniture and housey things so we can live comfortably albeit temporarily upon our return. As I said at the start, we are and always will be nomadic, and after our December wedding we’ll be head back over to Korea for some more teaching and freelancing. We miss that country and the lifestyle it affords us, and from there we know that a quick hop over to Japan or The Philippines, or anywhere in Asia really, is a great option.

But after Korea, whether it be one year or two, now we know that we can head on over to Mexico, take our keys out of our bag, and step inside the door into…our home.

And that sounds simply lovely.

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11 Comments

  • […] ever met. Little did we know that within a week of our planned 6 week stay, we would have bought our first house together. It was surreal. We only went there to avoid the nightmare U.S. immigration system, and yet without […]

  • Reply April 19, 2014

    gallivance.net

    Steve, Your new home is just stunning. Gorgeous photos! And I think I could live forever in that garden! I can’t believe you made the whole transaction happen so quickly. Congratulations. We did a similar thing when we arrived on St. Simons Island, happily homeless after our RTW. We just planned to visit, but stumbled into a great little place that we bought for our home base. It feels good. Wishing you and Leslie all the best, Terri

  • Reply April 19, 2014

    David Haines

    Looks great Steve. Having just returned to our bolt hole after 5 months up in the Alps, I totally agree with your reasoning. It’s wonderful to be somewhere we call ‘home’, if only for a few weeks before we shoot off again to the island of Cavallo for the summer. By the way – how’s your Spanish?!

  • Reply April 17, 2014

    Lisa Hobbs

    Your home looks beautiful Steve 🙂

    • Reply April 17, 2014

      mogsaway@hotmail.com

      Thanks Lisa…you’d be welcome to come visit sometime. Cheers x

  • Reply April 17, 2014

    Jamie

    I feel you guys with the need to have somewhere to call home, somewhere to rest your head when you need a break and no longer want to stay in rented accommodation. Awesome to see your stunning new base, congratulations.

    • Reply April 17, 2014

      mogsaway@hotmail.com

      Thanks Jamie. Please know you’d be welcome to come and stay anytime you’re over this way. Cheers mate.

      • Reply April 17, 2014

        Jamie

        In your lovely house in that great looking place, I might have to take you up on that offer!

        • Reply April 18, 2014

          mogsaway@hotmail.com

          Welcome any time!

  • Reply April 16, 2014

    corlie

    Oh wow guys this is so stunning!! I’m quite green with envy 😉

    • Reply April 16, 2014

      mogsaway@hotmail.com

      Hey Corlie. Actually, we can’t quite believe our luck to have found this amazing place at what we believe to be an equally amazing price. We will get to live in it for a few months later this year, but it will probably rent out fairly easily too, so will almost be paying for itself while we’re away. Win win, and when we are over the next stint in Korea, she’ll be there waiting for us. Yay!! Cheers.

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