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Frugality is universal

One of the blogs that I read is Tightwad , when Emma asked if anyone wanted to trade guest posts, I volunteered. This is her post, and you can read mine on her blog. 

Tightwad’s frugal tribute to (New) Mexico

Road trips to Acoma Pueblo, being blessed by a Havasupai elder before hiking the Grand Canyon, watching a Zuni raindance, seeing the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, sitting in a kiva, winter camping, the smell of creosote bushes, seeing the sunrise in Sedona and the night stars at Shiprock – these are memories that Tightwad will carry with her for the rest of her life; memories gathered during a year’s hiatus in New Mexico and travelling throughout the Southwest US.
Okay she realizes that New Mexico isn’t Mexico – like for starters it’s in a different country– but Tightwad thinks that the connection to the past, the strong family connections and the relationship with the earth that she experienced whilst there is probably pretty close. And the food! From eating at the Shed in Santa Fe and the Casa Viejo in Corrales to little rustic restaurants – the food is unbelievable. Fresh chiles, sopapillias, guacamole, enchiladas and just-dropped from the tree pecans were diet main-stays. Eskies in Taos brews green chile beer – OMG good. Fresh bread on a pueblo that was baked in an outdoor oven is pretty close to perfection.
The thing is,Tightwad doesn’t remember all of these experiences actually costing much. We ate at home a lot; making our own refried beans from soaked pintos, brewing our coffee in a bodum (with fresh red chili powder for that extra little zing) and always travelled with our camping equipment in the car in the event we wanted to stay someplace on a whim. The food portions are so huge we always shared our meals… which always tasted fantastic after a day of exploring.
Is this what life is like in Merida? Is it full of culture, history and wonderful food? With some quick research Tightwad has confirmed that in fact, Merida has a rich cultural scene, fantastic beaches and significant archeological resources – and everyone gets a month off in the summer to relax! That’s living! Now, my question is, do you like red or green?

About Theresa

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Linda, Check out the list of links on tightwad, there is quite a variety there. Some of the tips don’t work here, LOL. But living a simple life does fit in.

    Refried Dreamer, send me an email theresainmerida at gmail dot com
    I have some recommendations, depends upon what you want. I even know some 80 peso a night places, but that may be too frugal. You should come in November for the bloggers conference!


  2. speaking of being frugal… hehe… you wouldn’t know of a place/home/decent hotels that I might find in Merida in the beginning of december, would you? thought i’d ask. thanks for the insight!

  3. Red!

    Thanks for the link to a new blog!

    Isla Chica

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