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ISLA MUJERES

ISLA MUJERES

In March, we returned to one of our old homes — the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico where we enjoyed a vacation with family ...


ISLAND LIFE

SNORKELING

 

VISITING RUINS (COBA & TULUM)

EXPLORING CENOTES

A LIFE OF CONSTANT, POSSIBLE SHIFTS

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A LIFE OF CONSTANT, POSSIBLE SHIFTS

During a recent trip to Baja, Mexico, we spent a lazy morning at a café in Todos Santos, drinking smoothies and for fun, tallying up the costs of traversing the world’s longest road—the Pan American Highway. It would be a massive journey—19,000 miles from Seattle, Washington to Ushuaia, Argentina in Dave, our 1982 VW Westfalia. Plenty of time to be waylaid by breakdowns or disasters; no guarantee that we would make it all the way to the end. Yet, for some reason the idea captivated us and we began to envision it ...

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CABO PULMO

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CABO PULMO

“Muchas ballenas”, Carlos said over his shoulder, pointing at the hazy, blue horizon as we bounced over jagged inclines and deep ruts. “Lots of whales,” I said, turning to Tor who was hunched forward, peering out the windshield. The truck gunned sharply up a hill and barreled around a curve. Below, there lay only rugged coast ...

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LA PAZ

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LA PAZ

The rules were simple: no computers, drives, power strips or thicket of cords. One carry-on backpack each, two books, two passports, swimwear. Shut off all thoughts centered around productivity, deadlines and goals. Embrace only sunlight, the empty expanse of time and an ocean in which to float …

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CHAN-KAH

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CHAN-KAH

Known for its legendary Mayan ruins, the town of Palenque sits in the heart of a very dense, very steamy rainforest in Eastern Chiapas. While being a bit sweaty seems an entirely appropriate side-effect of being in the jungle, it must be noted that Palenque’s particular brand of tropical heat in the warm months (Jun – Sep) gives even Tulum’s humid climate something to aspire to ...

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10 COOL THINGS ABOUT CAMPECHE

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10 COOL THINGS ABOUT CAMPECHE

For the past several weeks we’ve been on the road.  Doing a sweep of some of our favorite spots in the Mexican states of Chiapas, Campeche and Quintana Roo and seeing some wonderful new things along the way.  A recent second visit to Campeche reconfirmed our love for this Spanish-Colonial, seaside town. Here is a recap of a why it continues to rank high on our list of favorites …

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5 THINGS TO DO FOR UNDER 50 PESOS

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5 THINGS TO DO FOR UNDER 50 PESOS

Our neighbor, Paty comes on Saturday mornings and shoos us out of our house so that she can clean it. This is well worth the money and leaves us with around five hours to kill. Here are a few things that we often find ourselves doing while banished from our house ...

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SWELL IN SAN CRISTOBAL

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SWELL IN SAN CRISTOBAL

Greetings from San Cristobal de Las Casas!  We are now 650 miles west of the Caribbean’s sun-toasted shores, and 6800 feet higher in elevation and are pleased to report that the fresh mountain air has welcomed us fully into its rarified embrace. We feel it's worth mentioning that getting here was surprisingly uncomplicated.  The Aero México flight from Cancun to Tuxtla Gutierrez (the nearest airport) was so uneventful it was almost disappointing.  Our flights were all on time, the aircrafts were squeaky clean and our seats were comfy ...

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OUT TO SEA IN TULUM

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OUT TO SEA IN TULUM

Here's a question: if one lives on a tropical island, where do they go to "get away from it all”? Yes, it seems like an unforgivably rhetorical question. Nonetheless, this past November, we were curious to find out where other islanders like to go for a quick change of scenery, so we asked some friends on Isla Mujeres for their input. At the top of the list? Tulum. Ah, yes. A name we had heard uttered many times before by urban-dwelling and bohemian friends, alike. The beloved mecca of the eco-friendly faithful ...

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3 MONTHS IN THE MOUNTAINS

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3 MONTHS IN THE MOUNTAINS

While we were in San Cristobal de las Casas last month, we took the opportunity to check out some rental properties, on a whim, really.  We simply were curious to see what was available.  In very little time, we came across a tidy, two-bedroom house on a hill on the north side of town that overlooks the church of Guadalupe and is within easy walking distance from the zocalo, the town center.  As equally charming as the house, was the fact that its owner happened to be looking for new tenants.  The owner also happens to be a noted anthropologist, an expert on the languages of the Tzotzil and Zincantan people, the local indigenous population, and lives in another house on the adjacent property when conducting research in Chiapas ...

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ALSO WONDERFUL: WATERFALLS

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ALSO WONDERFUL: WATERFALLS

If you find yourself in Chiapas on a sunny day with no pressing engagements, we strongly recommend an outing to Misol-Ha and Agua Azul, two breathtaking waterfalls. Be forewarned, however, that in order to get there you might need to find yourself agreeable with tight spaces, serpentine mountain roads, getting cozy with sixteen (or more) strangers and the Mexican equivalent of Mario Andretti behind the wheel …

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LA SELVA MARIPOSA

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LA SELVA MARIPOSA

Some places in the world offer a little more magic than others.  And while we didn’t machete our way in to the ruins of a mythical lost city, our stay at La Selva Mariposa did leave us feeling as if we were let in on a really great secret. Set in the lush jungle just outside of trendier Tulum, La Selva Mariposa (translated: "The Jungle Butterfly") is a handcrafted, jungle oasis designed built and run by owners, Lou and Moe in Pueblo Macario Gomez. It definitely gives the “cinco estrellas”, or 5-star hotels, a major run for their money ...

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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS AWESOME

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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS AWESOME

Okay, so it is not an exaggeration: we love San Cristobal de Las Casas.  A lot. Allow me to count (a few of) the ways ... For starters, SCDC is a sunny place. During our visit, we asked around and locals all maintain that one of their favorite things about living there is the climate. The temps are what we consider as near to perfect as you can get – sunny and in the high 70’s during the day with low humidity and a slight mountain breeze. We walked around in T-shirts and cargo pants and never once overheated, even after climbing up and down the ever inclining streets and flights and flights of stairs to reach hillside cathedrals. 

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PALENQUE

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PALENQUE

Few words can accurately describe how it felt to be in the presence of the timeless genius that surrounded us at Palenque.  As we did our best to absorb the staggering splendor of the temples, it occurred to us that little else can compare to it in the modern world ...

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CLEAN CLOTHES, HEADPHONES & DOGFISH BREAD

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CLEAN CLOTHES, HEADPHONES & DOGFISH BREAD

On Thursday, it became apparent that it was time to do laundry. Our hotel gave us the name of a lavanderia a few blocks over, so we gathered up our dirties and took a stroll down 59, turning south on Calle 12. At the corner, we stopped to gape at the former Templo de San Jose, the former Church of San Jose. It was built in the late 1600’s at the request of a brotherhood of carpenters and shipwrights from San Román in honor of their patron saint, San Jose. It’s known today as one of the most beautiful buildings in Campeche and even centuries later, its weathered glory is breathtaking ...

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CAMPECHE!

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CAMPECHE!

We spent a leisurely last morning in Merida down at the Café Club, chatting again with Bob, the Canadian. When we told him we were off to Campeche, he couldn’t say enough good things about the city, which made us all the more intrigued about going there. After checking out of the Hotel Maison Lafitte, we took a cab to the ADO CAME bus station. The tickets from Merida to Campeche were extremely reasonable – 162 pesos each (about $12 US) ...

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ADIOS, MERIDA

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ADIOS, MERIDA

Merida has been lovely in all ways. We came, we wandered, we browsed, we bartered. The people are friendly and the Yucateca food is tasty. When we weren’t working, we explored, mostly. Up and down the old, stone streets, on the narrow sidewalks, barely enough room at times for both of us to walk side by side ...

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A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY

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A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY

Saludos, todos. An early “Happy Holidays” to all, wherever you may be.  As for us, we are presently in Merida, at the front end of a month-long trip, during which we will travel to and work from five different cities in Mexico. After our time in Merida, we’ll be traveling on to Campeche, Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas and Tulum, making a sort of parallelogram through southern Mexico ...

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