Daniel Gómez Llata arrived in Provincetown almost by accident—an accident that was clearly Meant To Be. “I was living in San Francisco,” he remembers. “A friend had invited me to come spend a week at her auntie’s cottage on the Cape. I arrived in Boston to discover that the trip had been called off! My friend suggested I just go to Provincetown anyway, on my own. I hopped on the next ferry, and immediately fell in love. Even before I got off that ferry, everything inside me said, This is the place that’s going to make it all happen for me.”
That was nearly thirteen years ago, and he’s still just as much in love as he was that first day. “What I love most about Provincetown is that we’re all just a little off, we’re all a little different,” he says. “But whereas in other places you can be successful in spite of that, here you can be successful because of it.”
Before landing in Provincetown, Gómez Llata spent most of his adult life traveling and working his way around the world in so many different positions and professions that the mind boggles. He taught English in Japan for four years, in what he calls his “favorite job” because “being a foreigner is a lot of fun.” He worked as a researcher and senior project assistant at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, and as a diplomat at the United States Embassy in Madrid. He was a live-in barman at a traditional London pub, and worked as a methadone maintenance counselor at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. In Provincetown, he’s worked as a photographer, cook, videographer, and postman, and was carnival coordinator one year. Currently he’s serving on the Provincetown 400 committee. He smiles. “Who knows what adventures I might encounter next?”
One assumes the question is rhetorical. There will be many, for sure.
Gómez Llata is especially proud of his membership in the Masons. “I’m next in line to become the one-hundredth Worshipful Master of King Hiram’s Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, the oldest continuously operating institution on the Outer Cape, having been chartered by Paul Revere on the 12th of December, 1795,” he explains. “My duty is not only to carry on the centuries-old traditions of a venerable institution, but to keep the organization vibrant and relevant as an active and valuable local charity.”
His love for the town runs deep. “There are so many reasons to visit Provincetown!” he exclaims when asked. “Here on the east coast, most people know very well that we are a quaint little seaside town with great food and architecture, GLBTQ-friendly of course, with world-class beaches. But there’s so much more! As a washashore westerner, I was fascinated to learn about the rich history of this place, the vibrant art scene, the dunes and the whales, the quirky character of a tiny little town surrounded on three sides by the sea. I’d like to see Provincetown gain recognition among a much larger audience, to take our place on the cognitive map of the wider world.”
Does he have a motto? “Well, I love people,” he responds. “My passion in life has always been to meet and get to know as many kinds of people as possible. So my motto might be, to conciliate true friendship among those who might otherwise remain at a perpetual distance.”
Not a bad way to go through life.