ordinary nomad mark wetzler

My name is Mark Thomas Wetzler, first of his name. I’m from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA, where my family moved when I was 11 and where I consider my home and hope to one day die.

At this moment, at the moment of writing this, I’m in Guadalajara, Mexico. I’m often asked why I came to Mexico. I don’t have a great answer. In Spanish you can say, “Queria un cambio de aires.” I wanted a change of airs. In English this doesn’t really make sense. You could say: “I wanted a change of scenery.” “I wanted to mix things up.” Or simply, “I wanted a change.” This is sort of true, but doesn’t really get at the root of it. This blog might, after several thousand posts get at the root of it.

Also at this moment, I’m drinking mate. If you read my previous blog you’ll know I’m mildly obsessed with mate. Emphasis on the “mildly.” And also on the “mate.” And also on the “obsessed.” I’m at a place called El Rincon del Mate, and I come here several times per week. I’ve never come here not by myself. This is because I don’t really have friends in GDL. It’s not that I DON’T have friends, it’s just that I definitely don’t have friends. Like, not a single one. I’m on the verge of making friends with an Argentinian guy who works at a tea shop that I frequent. Apparently he just bought mate and we’re going to drink it together one of these days. But that’s about it.

A couple of other things about me: I’m left-handed, I grew up playing the piano and now play a few times per year, I’m obsessed with chess, not with playing it, but rather watching videos on YouTube. I like tamales. I’ve never thought San Francisco was a cool city. I’d much rather live in Vancouver, BC. My Spanish is good and my French is decent. The language I currently want to learn is German. I’d like to someday speak Russian conversationally. I started a blog called Ordinary Nomad because I’ve been traveling for the last 10 years, and as soon as I started it I promptly moved somewhere and haven’t been on a trip since. I don’t know when I’ll go on a trip next. Maybe I never will again.

Another thing you should probably know is that I plan on either succeeding with my writing career or going insane or dying. At this point I’m a 34 year old who’s never been successful (at least in Western, capitalist terms of success) at the thing he loves. I plan on changing this. Partly because I think it will be fulfilling, and partly because I want to prove to myself (and I think to others) that I can. Which is why, this time around, I’ve monetized this blog. I have affiliate advertising. I have Google Ads. At the end of every month I ask (see: beg) people to sponsor me on Patreon.

Ever since I moved to Guadalajara I’ve had a singular feeling: That I’m no longer putting off my life, that this is it. Which is a good feeling.

Thank you for visiting this blog. I hope you find it funny, informative, and at the very least, entertaining. I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite authors, and leave the translating to you.

“La vida es una sucesion de errores que nos conducen a la verdad final, la unica verdad.” – Roberto Bolaño

– Mark Thomas Wetzler

February 24th, 2018