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The Opera and the 1 hour dress

Thursday, on a whim, I purchased tickets to the opening night of The Marriage of Figero. One of the things I love about living in Merida, is the availability of culture. There is a symphony, both the Russian and Cuban Ballet have performed here, there are lots of museums, and there are art galleries. Admittedly, I don’t attend all those things, but I like being around the people who do. Occasionally, Husband and I will go to the symphony, I’ve been to a couple of string recitals,and we periodically do other cultural things. Now that I have my INAPAM card, I’m eligible for all sorts of discounts, including a 25% one on opera tickets. For less than twenty dollars each, my friend, Carol and I sat in heaven. The 3rd row balcony seats in the newly refurbished Peon Contreras Opera House. Opening night was yesterday, after spending the morning at the Hospital O’Horan (I’ve enrolled in Seguro Popular, but this ...

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Our Cancun adventures continues

We timed our Cancun adventures well, turns out we arrived during Labor Day weekend. To be honest, we forgot it was a US holiday. I love traveling during off season. It’s less crowded and the rates are better. Occasionally the weather is worse, but it is worth the trade off.  Settled into our room, we set out to explore and, of course, find out about the lobster night. I had visions of finding cheap crustaceans in Cancun, something which had eluded us in Merida. After wandering around our floor, we entered the walk-in refrigerator disguised as an elevator to tour the grounds. The plantings catch my eye, which means I take photos of landscape ideas;man-made stream wandered between the family and adult areas filled with turtles and koi, a fountain, and a secluded garden. Eventually, we came to La Palapa restaurant. Alas, low cost lobster seems to only exist in Salinas, Ecuador, where lobsters went for $5 usd each and me with no ...

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We finally took a vacation in Cancun

We’ve lived in the Yucatan for almost a decade and last week was the first time we took a vacation in Cancun . Oh, we’ve been to Cancun to use the airport.We passed through Cancun on our one and only Isla Mujeres trip, prompted by the first LABC  (Latin American Bloggers’ Conference). Cancun doesn’t appeal to us. While I’ve toyed with the idea of going just to shop– the shopping is supposed to be better in Cancun—I can’t think of anything that I want that is worth spending 7 hours of my life in transit, even on the ADO Platino bus. So what prompted this momentous decision? Why did we decide to finally visit Cancun? My best friend, BK and her husband received a free week at the Royal Cancun Resort and invited us along. We’d been invited to come along on all-inclusive vacations before but never felt that they were worth the fee. The Royal Cancun Resort isn’t an all-inclusive, ...

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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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Exile or Expat?

Simple economics made us chose Mexico as our retirement home. It has never been my dream to live in Mexico. My dream has always been a hobby farm somewhere in the countryside. After reviewing all our possibilities and realistically looking at our resources, we picked Mexico. I told Husband that I would feel less like a foreigner in Mexico than I would in Missouri. No insult to my friends from Missouri, but there aren’t too many Cubans there. I mention Missouri because I was terribly tempted by the idea of buying an abandoned farm there. I like it here, I love my life, I like my neighbors, I am glad that we ended up here. Sometimes you chose to do something because of one reason, such as move to Mexico because of economics and find that it was the best choice for so many other unconsidered reasons. I also think it helps when it is a choice, I don’t see ...

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Some more Mexico blogs!

Being the stereotypical blogger that I am, I love it when my readers leave comments. When it turns out that my readers are also bloggers, it’s like a two for one deal! What I like about these three blogs is that they represent people who are in different stages of their Mexico move. Chrissy and Keith are moving to Mexico, they say that they are researching the move, but I think that they are definitely moving. I love the title of their blog Reason 99 why we will live in Mexico! , theirs is a new blog with only eleven entries, but that means a blog post every other day so far. This will be fun, seeing it all from the beginning. Pete y Lynn en Mérida is also a new blog. They have a month head start on Reason 99 and are already here in México, in fact, they are in Mérida too! The photos on this blog are ...

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Ruta Puuc Trip

Lin reminded me that I never posted about our Ruta Convento- Ruta Puuc trip. The highlight for us was Tekax, pronounced tay-KASH. You know how some towns just grab you? This one did that for us. We parked next to this copper roofed gazebo and wandered into the town square. There we looked through an open door into a large room, which was empty except for a lady dressed in a huipil seated at a card table in a far corner chatting with another huipil clad woman. On the walls were mounted large photos from inside the local grutas (caves). When she asked if we needed help I replied that the photos had caught my attention. She beckoned us in. When we were done admiring the photos, I asked about the building. She explained that it was the tourism office for Tekax and asked if we wanted to sign the guest book. The building had been a private home that ...

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More photos from Isla

Here is a typical street, at least in the section we were in. I love how everyone walks in the street rather than on the sidewalk. Some of the streets were actually closed to traffic and most of them were one way. If you look closely you will see the golf cart rental place on the right.This is the cemetery , I am fascinated by Mexican cemeteries, they look like model cities. This is a bar, I loved the way it flowed, a softer version of southwestern style archecture. I think this is going to be a malecon. Lots of building was happening on this part of the island. I was fascinated by these displays of how to wear sarongs and scarves. This first one has a buckle similar to the type that was the rage in the 80s (?) to thread your tee shirt through and make it look “sexier”. This one looks like it would make a great ...

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Gardenbloggers Geography Project

While I suppose I am not a pure garden blogger, gardening is one of my passions and I do blog about it. Bloomingwriter is one of the blogs that I regularly read. I admit to a bit of jealousy when I see what she can grow, but I don’t think I am ready to trade my Mèrida heat and humidity for her snowfall. Where am I going with this? I have decided to participate in the Gardenbloggers Geography Project. In this project you write a post about where in the world you are,well here is where a quote is better than paraphrasing: “Tell your readers a bit about your hometown, your state, province…something that really tells us where you are in the world. What’s really special about your community? Pretend you’re trying to entice visitors to the region, and remember—what might be obvious to you isn’t necessarily obvious to even the blogger in the community next door. Use maps, photos, ...

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