Posts in Agile Living
ALL ROADS LEAD HOME

It’s time for a ruminative entry, as this busy summer has left us with little time for some much-needed reflection. While we have been re-acclimating to life Stateside, we have been asked by friends, family and readers alike: Where is your “home” now that you are back in America? And while the simple answer is, “For now–Ann Arbor, Michigan,” the reality doesn’t feel that straightforward. “Home” has come to mean something much different to us than the 1000 square feet of space where our stuff happens to be. Lately, we have been reconsidering our collective perception of what “home” actually is ...

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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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MEXICAN ASIAN KITCHEN

Welcome to our Mexican Asian Kitchen.  Spicy, colorful, zen (for the most part).   We haven’t grown tired, per say, of Mexican food.  We simply find ourselves a little (okay, a lot) homesick for the Asian dishes that we enjoyed regularly in Seattle. While there are very few Asian restaurants on the island (two, maybe three?), there are plenty of grocery stores.  I had heard tell that Superama in Cancun had an “Asian” aisle, and so last Saturday, clutching my trusty “purse” (ziplock bag full of coins and 20 peso notes), I set out on the ferry to find out if it was true ...

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WAITING FOR RINA

On Tuesday morning, Janeen (who lives upstairs) came down and said, “I don’t mean to freak you guys out, but we should probably do some hurricane errands.” And so off we went, into town. Gassed up the moto, bought several reserve tanks of water, pulled money out of the bank, picked up cell phone cards, bought a robust supply of frijoles, elotes and other canned goods ...

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HEAVY METAL MUSIC

Recently, we were introduced to Carlos, who lives across the street. Carlos runs un reciclaje de metales, a metal recycling business. Some days, all is quiet on Carlo’s eastern stoop. Other days, he is going to town—wailing on something with a mallet or a buzz saw or some other bang-y implement. And the best part? He really likes his 80’s dance music. As in: muy, muy mucho ...

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5 STEPS TO ACCLIMATING WELL

It goes without saying that moving to a foreign country comes with a unique set of challenges. Foremost among them: acclimating to living full time in totally foreign surroundings, including a new language, new climate and a new culture. During our first three days in Mexico, Tor (who has not lived or traveled beyond the US and Canada) reported that he experienced waves of anxiety that varied in intensity and duration ...

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