“I traveled for a year and stumbled across San Pedro, Guatemala for a weekend. I stayed for almost ten years. I opened a hostel and sold it. Then I opened a piercing studio. I built a house on a mountain with a view of the lake. A few months ago, I put it on Craigslist and a singer from New York bought it.
The Mayans are amazing people. They are simple but they taught me so much about life and shaped who I am. They are witty, happy and smart. They have dirt floors and adobe houses. Sometimes there are ten people living in a house but they are so happy. It helps you set your priorities and see what you don’t need.
I grew up in West Virginia and went to L.A. to work as an environmental consultant to save enough money to travel. I grew up in a small town and knew I wanted to get out and live somewhere different. I don’t want the American dream of settling down and working 9 to 5. I am in the rat race a little bit working remotely for a tech company so I can save money.
I was peaceful in Guatemala for many years until I started getting antsy and decided to move to the Yucatan in Mexico. I have my suitcase, my little dog, my motorcycle and my RV and stopped Fairhope for a couple of weeks to get things together before I move to the Yucatan.
I don’t know if I am looking for something or running from something. I like being around water and ancient cultures. I like being in small towns with a mix of misfits and people looking for simple lives. Experiencing new places makes me feel alive. There is a lot of this world I still want to see.”
(Farrah is holding the stick with a hook that she used to help remove fishing wire from the legs of a goose at Fairhope beach)