by germinatrix | April 13th, 2009
I have never been in a boat on water as extremely blue – and going as incredibly fast! It took us about 40 minutes … about 3 margaritas … to get from Punta Allen to our destination – an ISLAND owned by our hosts.
Wow. Yes, Jorge is a really successful artist, and people are always in for an extraordinary adventure when traveling with him – but … WOW!
Our hosts are sponsoring the construction of Jorge’s latest architectural extravaganza – a hacienda/ retreat fashioned from the ruins of an old sisal factory. The plans are incredible. We will visit the site later on during our trip, but now it is all about being enfolded into the beauty of this secluded Island – this fantasy Island in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
I have to stop right now and let you all know that I realize how incredibly LUCKY I am. Who gets to DO THIS???
The family is vacationing on the island for Easter – during the next three days I am warmly included in every part of the exceptional life on the island . I was so touched that I was mood swinging between laughing with joy and being on the verge of tears. They all must have thought I was crazy – but people this gracious would certainly put that down to my ‘temperamento artistico’ and offer me another margarita. About 30 family and friends were cavorting around the pristine beaches and lagoons – birdwatching, fishing, questing for wild baby dolphins… and Jorge, Joe, and I were there for all the fun!
We drank fresh coconut water all day long – delicious! Every meal was made of freshly caught fish and tropical fruits, with flavorful Mexican dishes like chilaquiles, taquitos, and my favorite treat, Sopa de Lima ( a citrusy soup with a spicy kick) added for variety. The coffee served after meals was bold and I MUST know how to get it in Los Angeles – but I think it’s flavor also had something to do with our host’s manner of handing each guest a cupful with a smile and a wink.
Our hostess is an amazing woman who wants to do nothing less than change the world via the arts, and through education. We spent long evenings talking about plans for the hacienda garden. She led me through The Island she loves so much, and shared her passion for the Yucatan and it’s plantlife, wildlife, and culture. I saw that my job as garden designer has to be re-thought. This garden has to be on ANOTHER LEVEL… I can take NOTHING for granted here. I want so much to be up to the task – I am so amazed about this opportunity!
One of the thrills on The Island was a project everybody became caught up in – fashioning beach furniture out of driftwood. More on that in the next post…