Paul Theroux, the prolific writer of travelogues and novels, is a favorite of ours. Through his books, we’ve followed him around the Mediterranean, India, England and Africa . . . as he has travled on trains, ferries, and even on foot.
He inspires us to stretch ourselves until our comfort zones tingle . . .
It was after she strapped the mask over her mouth and eased on a pair of rubber gloves, that I started to feel nervous; about the time the reclining chair began elevating my feet higher than my head.
“Paul Theroux did it, so can I,” I told myself. But when she had me open my mouth and the instrument she held began whirring, I thought, “Do I really need to do what Paul Theroux does?”
Our first stop in Bucerias, Mexico was to have our teeth cleaned thanks to an article of his published in many U.S. newspapers that told of his walking into Nogales, Mexico. While its focus was on border crossings, among his experiences was returning with cleaner, whiter teeth.
Each of our cleanings took about an hour and included an exam by the dentist. The total cost for both was $91US. When compared to the cost of having it done at home, the savings had nearly paid the cost of one of our airline tickets.
We are not advocating an exodus to Mexico for dental work. We tried it and were so comfortable with our experience that a future cleaning might prompt our next visit south of the border.
While the article sparked the idea, we went to this dentist because he came recommended by gringo friends who’ve gone to him for years. His web site explains his qualifications, has photos of his office that we reviewed prior to our trip. (The waiting room was never empty and every patient was an American on the afternoon of our visit.)
There are hundreds of web sites citing both pros and cons of having dental work done in Mexico. We didn’t research any of them prior to our trip simply because if Paul Theroux could do it, so could we.
What travel experiences have made your comfort zone stretch until it tingled?