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Today was the first day that everyone really felt 100%. We have all pretty much acclimated to the altitude although poor Cole is really suffering with the dryness. His poor lips are chapped and cracked despite our best efforts with lip balm. While Rob closed up some deals, the kids and I wandered around town and went in search of a little Japanese hole-in-the-wall that had been highly praised online. Read More...
Today was kind of a bust as Rob woke up to find his back out. Not exactly an unusual occurrence during a vacation and I quickly ran out to the nearby farmacia to grab some strong pain-killers and anti-inflammatories. This kids and I went to La Trattoria for a nice lunch which turned out to be some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten since we moved to Mexico. Read More...
With just one day in town, already we could see that this is an area in Mexico that is truly flourishing. Smartly dressed business men and women and hip university students seem to make up the majority of the people we see in town, sprinkled with tourists, mostly Nationals. Guanajuato's economy has long benefited from its silver mines, which are among the richest in the world. Read More...
It's that time of year again! Halloween and Dia de los Muertos parties are starting to be announced! Just a few years ago, there was only one place to be on Halloween in Playa del Carmen and virtually no options for children hoping for a chance to dress up and "trick or treat"! Now there are all kinds of festivities and fun to be had for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. Read More...
There are lots of expats from the United States living and working in Playa del Carmen and all along the Riviera Maya, ourselves included. If you are one of them and you are anything like us, about this time you might start to feel a little homesick. With the 4th of July almost upon us, we can't help but remember the backyard BBQs, block parties and spectacular fireworks displays that we all enjoyed during our years NOB...north of the border...and start looking for a fun way to celebrate our own Independence Day with like-minded gringos. Read More...
The second stop on our tour was the village of San Antonio Arrazola, famous for its fantastic alebrijes, the fanciful painted woodcarvings now ubiquitous to Oaxaca. Read More...
Our first stop was to see the archaeological site of Mont Alban. Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years by a succession of peoples...Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs..the terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Albán were literally carved out of the mountain and are the symbols of a sacred topography. Read More...
Not every single day can be Go! Go! Go! Sometimes, you just need to relax and take in your surroundings, let the sites and the sounds and the smells of the city waft by you and that's what we did for a day or two. Read More...
One of the sticky things we deal with every year around this time is Cole's birthday. Every year, it falls during our road trip forcing us to host the expected birthday party with all of his friends often weeks in advance of the actual birthday AND find something fun to do (kid fun, not grown-up fun) on the actual day. This year we decided to check out one of Oaxaca's most famous natural landmarks, Hierve el Agua. Read More...
Here's something else you might now know about my DH. He loves to shop. Mind you, it is possible he has never seen the inside of a grocery store and all of his clothes shopping is done online but when we go on vacation, Mr. Kinnon gets his shop ON! He is crazy for art and textiles and will spend hours and hours looking for just the right pieces to buy to bring home from our adventures. Read More...
Fortunately, the next day Rob was feeling much better and, after spending so long in the hotel alone, was ready to get on the road. We had planned to spend a day or two in Puebla but decided just to stop for a nice lunch instead and then continue on to Oaxaca City. We picked up our car at a rental place near the airport and with a little help from our iPhones and Google maps, we were on our way. Read More...
Today was the day we were scheduled to leave for Oaxaca. A car rental had been arranged in advance and the plan was to drive to Puebla, spend a day or two checking out the city and then carry on to Oaxaca where we were to spend the remainder of our vacation time. What we did not plan was for Rob to come down with a horrible stomach bug that would keep him in our hotel room and in bed in definitely! Read More...
Over 100,000 American teenagers and young adults travel to resort areas throughout Mexico for Spring Break each year. While most enjoy their vacation without incident, a small number are arrested, become victims of crime, or even die. Using common sense will help you avoid trouble. Read More...
Coco's Cat Rescue is a non-profit organization started by Laura Raikes in March of 2009. Since Laura was a young girl she was helping her dad in farming and started rescuing all kinds of animals from bats to dogs, cats and even bottle feeding goats and lambs. One of the rescued cats was Igor who had only one eye after an attack by a crow. He is still a much loved family pet back home in Wales. Read More...
Since 2000, a group of kind-hearted residents of Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya has helped local non-profits connect with those who need a little extra attention during the Holiday season. Read More...
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