My name is Dancing Chef Cherine from Cabo San Lucas. My story – or so I’ve been told – is one of boldness, courage and bravery. I personally tend to look at it differently. Let me tell you the story of me and my family and then you, dear fellow Chef, can come to your own conclusion.
Montréal, Quebec, Canada, is where we call home. To be more precise, we lived in a small community about 55 minutes north of our big beautiful city where our landscaping was one of mountains, scattered lakes and ponds, swaying corn fields, picturesque shops, cafes with terraces and fresh fresh air. My family and I live a happy life in French Canada. Our 4 well-rounded and grounded children enjoyed their lives as much as we adults did. It was nothing spectacular, we had a typical home in suburbia, worked hard, enjoyed the outdoors, friends, family, you know, the classic.
Living in Quebec means very long, cold winters and very short, hot and humid summers. Anyone living on the East Coast of North America will live a much happier and longer life if and when they chose to ‘blend’ with the season, instead of resisting them, meaning: in spring, you clip your early tulips and create thin but beautiful bouquets rather than grieving when the inevitable late April snow storm covers and wilts the premature ones.
In summer, you dive into every cold lake, pond or fountain at every opportunity you get rather than waiting for the rain to pass and the sun to shine. In fall, my personal favorite season, you drive and snap a photo, have a picnic and take in every ounce of the magnificent festival of natural colors, without crying over your diminishing and very costly gas tank. And in winter, button up and go outside to ski, skate and snowboard, snowshoe, play hockey, build forts, crazy slides and igloos, compete in a snowball fight and throw yourself to the frozen ground to create life size angels instead of locking yourself up hermetically with stale viruses from previous colds and flues waiting to complain about the premature wilted tulips in what seems a lifetime away. So we as a unit (or tribe as some of our friend used to call our family of 6) did our best to enjoy every season that was thrown our way.
One cold December evening after chilling (or should I say thawing) by the fireplace, I received the phone call that was to change our lives. A friend of a friend was ‘Moving to Mexico’ to work in real estate. Being in the midst of a very succesfull Real Estate career myself (with no intention of sounding smug), I listened carefully, hung up the telephone, gently turned and asked my husband if he wanted to move to Mexico. His answer was simple…..”Sure!”
Less than 12 months later and after many budget drafts, shopping, selling, convincing, re-assuring, renting, moving, more budget drafts, virtual interview, crying, celebrating…. you can see the picture I’m trying to paint, we uprooted 4 kids (no teenagers then, Thank God) and moved away to unknown territory.
That was 4 years ago.
Living in Baja California Sur, or more precisely at the very tip of this breathtaking peninsula means very sunny and warm winters and very short, humid and humid summers. Anyone choosing to call Baja their home will live a much happier and longer life, if and when they chose to ‘blend’ with this one extended season, meaning: wear sunscreen to go for a walk, learn to befriend the sea, help the baby turtles to find their way, surf, sup and boogie all in one day, speak Spanish the best you can, sip chilled jamaica tea water with friends on the beach, decorate a Christmas Cactus, expand your flip flop collection, learn to feel good in bathing suit, take up Salsa dancing and Salsa making! Decorate your homes, offices and lives with bold colors and discover the many uses for Tequila.
Although the tribe is permanently tanned, the adults are still working hard and the children are growing up differently, I think we are more sensitive, humble and appreciative of what our new home has taught us.
Do you know what stands out more from this radical life change? That is was relatively easy to do, all you need is to want to do it, the rest all kind of falls into place…
Yes, there is paperwork to be done, yes there will be times when you feel frustrated at the differences in culture and language limitations, but nothing compares to the experience of raising my children in a friendly atmosphere full of culture, traditions and different flavors…. One thing is for sure: our life is definitely richer thanks to the cultural background we live in.
I’m glad that I can combine my Real Estate career with being a Dancing Chef and I look forward to welcome you in Cabo San Lucas!