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“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

I have a big head

My daughter quotes the dinosaur in this clip all the time. I feel like that dinosaur right now. I have a huge head cold. It is making life miserable for me. I caught it in Cuenca and it incubated on the thirteen hour trip home. Now I have a full grown stuffy head, I feel like the NyQuil poster child. I have a lot of thoughts that I want to share about our adventures, but I am afraid that I my writing will be what I call Joe Genius quality. Joe Genius quality term papers were a specialty of one of my college chums. He’d get stoned,stay up all night and write a brilliant paper, so brilliant that no one understood it, not even him.

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You can’t get there from here

Long ago in another life, I knew someone who used to spend his summers working in his stepfather’s gas station. Being a bit of a smart Alec, occasionally, he would tell lost tourists who asked for directions “you can’t get there from here”.  He claimed that he only did it when he was standing under the huge area map they had in the office. I guess it bugged him that people couldn’t read maps. Husband, Mr Dog and I went for a drive today. As usual, we got a little lost, but this time we brought along a map! Unlike those hapless tourists who ran afoul of my friend, I pride myself on my ability to read a map and plot a course. Today, I was ready to throw in the towel. We missed our exit off the periferico (outer ring road), or rather we got off too early. Our plan had been to head towards Ticul and then return ...

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Light show

We went to Uxmal yesterday with some friends. Uxmal, like many tourist places has a light and sound show which naturally takes place after dark. Having never wanted to brave the 90 minute drive home in the dark we’ve never seen it. Neither had B&J so we made a plan,driving to Santa Elena and staying ovenight at the Pickled Onion . Leaving Merida around noon, we arrived in time for lunch and hanging around the pool. We left the Onion around 7:30 and returned after 9pm. I didn’t realize that I was hungry until we sat down in the restaurant and ordered food. I love the Pickled Onion and adore Valerie Pickles (you can read the interview that Yucatan Living did with her, here). It was perfect. Mr. Dog went to visit his grandparents, he has adopted grandparents who take care of him when we take our infrequent trips).In addition, it was La Muchacha’s day to come and work. We ...

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You can’t get there from here

It’s like that old comedy routine. The city slickers get lost. When they finally reach a gas station, the attendant shrugs and tells them “you can’t get there from here.”Husband and I have been making plans to travel around the Republic for what seems like forever. Mexico is such a large country with so much to see. The Yucatan, where we live is a unique region, mainly because it was so isolated from the rest of the country for so many years. It was easier for inhabitants of the peninsula to go to Cuba or even Europe than to go to DF.It seems to me that it’s still easier or at least cheaper to travel outside of Mexico than it is to travel in the republic! Husband doesn’t want to drive, for many reasons, but the main one is the he wants to be a passenger and enjoy the trip too.Travel by bus is pretty reasonable, the buses are comfortable ...

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Carrying coals to Newcastle

I had a real struggle with my luggage on the way home. Food Max which used to be Food 4 Less when I lived in California has an International Foods Section. In true FM style the bags are large, I enthusiastically purchased chana dal, gram dal, urad dal and black cardamon seeds, all except the cardamon, in what I thought were one kilo bags but turned out to be 4 pounds! When I went with the kids to Costco, I saw that they still carried the large bags of Basmati rice, I was able to resist, instead I bought organic Basmati at Trader Joe’s in a more reasonable 2 pound size. As my son loaded my suitcase into his car, he couldn’t resist making a comment about my taking rice and beans to Mexico. My son-in-law joined in to rib me, they thought it was hilarious that I traveling with 16 pounds of legumes and grains. They started calling it ...

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photographic evidence

My stand on taking photos of well known places is that there are plenty of professional photos around. I am not a photographer by nature or habit.Here is a collage of our trip.

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Dancing doctors and big heads

In Villahermosa we discovered the mosquito patch. It’s a patch you place on your clothes or an object and it keeps the mosquitoes away. Pretty cool idea, because Villahermosa is full of mosquitoes. It’s probably due to the river that winds it’s way through the town.The Olmec heads were what brought us there, and they didn’t disappoint. It was a short taxi ride to the Museo de La Venta, where various Olmec heads and sculptures from the La Venta archeological site are displayed. Having been warned, we wore long sleeves,long pants and the mosquito patches. The park also has a zoo attached, we wandered around inside a giant aviary, we also saw crocodiles, turtles and big cats.While we were walking, Husband slipped but gracefully recovered and didn’t fall too hard. He was a little shook up, but gamely agreed to tour the Museum of Natural History which shares the park. After wards, he drank a soda while I shopped the ...

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Still groggy after all this time

I am really groggy today, I have this feeling that my blog post will turn out like those term papers I wrote in college after staying up all night. They seemed brilliant and insightful while I was writing them but in the stark light of morning were revealed to be gibberish.I blame the bus ride from San Cristobal de las Casas to home, a thirteen hour all night bus ride doesn’t make for clarity of thought. Our plan had been to ride for six hours and spend the night somewhere. Apparently, that sort of agenda takes online planning because either the agent didn’t understand what I wanted or just didn’t know, but all the options that I suggested seemed to take longer. I asked if we could stay overnight in Palenque, she said that it was a direct bus so that would not be possible. Apparently, I don’t know what a direct bus is, because our bus had stops in ...

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Follow through is a foreign concept.

Husband and I decided to take a trip to Campeche. Our luggage went to Cuidad de Carmen. Eventually we were reunited. We extracted a promise from the suitcases never to wander away like that again. Bus travel is a good option for us, Husband gets his tickets half price which usually means financially it´s a wash compared to driving. We haven´t done enough traveling, but we are working on remedying that. The ADO (Autobuses de Oriente) primero is very comfortable and the UNO or GL class buses are even better. The CAME station is within easy walking distance of our house, it´s really a great option for us. We arrived in Campeche City around 4pm after traveling during the heat of the day, alternating between watching a couple of movie in Spanish and looking out at the countryside. We were feeling very good about bus travel. There were not much luggage in the cargo space, the bus was virtually empty ...

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Lessons learned from a road trip

Husband and I needed an adventure. California is a driving culture, both Husband and I were professional drivers at one time, as kids we went on road trips, as parents we took our kids on road trips. So it was natural that when our original plan of visiting an all inclusive fell through, we decided to take a road trip. One of the things that irks us about living here is the fideicomiso, in other words,we have to pay the bank a yearly fee to hold our house in a trust. If it was a tax with the money being used to fix roads, provide schools or feed the hungry, that would be different, the fideicomiso merely generates income for the bank with no benefit to anyone else. Husband and I are always on the lookout for some place outside the restricted zone (60 kilometers from the coast and 100 from the border) where we might want to live. We ...

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