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Paul Theroux on México

Here is my gift to you – if you have not read On The Plain of Snakes – A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux, buy it or download it or put a hold on it at your library, now. You can thank me later. Just don’t miss this book. I have read (and loved) most of Theroux’s books but this one is really special. His perspective as an elder and his serious curiosity and need to understand Mexico and Mexicans...

Announcing Vegetarian in México

I have been busy these last weeks working on a new website for vegetarians in México.  I hope you will take a look around and give me your comments.  Please be kind, though!  I have a long list of ideas and content that I will be adding over time.  There will be multiple posts daily for a while at least.  I’ve created a Facebook page too that you can like and where I will post when there is new content...

A Week in Puebla

A few years ago Paul spent two weeks in Puebla attending language school, and he told me over and over how much he knew I would like it. So when it came time to plan a summertime getaway, a week in Puebla was just the ticket. We flew in to the México City airport and caught a bus to Puebla. A couple of hours later we were getting settled in our nice Air B & B in Centro Historico. We...

Guadalajara instead of Mazatlan’s Carnaval this year

A friend who used to live here in Mazatlan offered to house and pet sit during Carnaval and Paul and I jumped at the chance to get away.  We do love Carnaval but thought it would be fun to get out of town for a change.  We decided to spend a week in Guadalajara, booking a rental in Colonia Americas.  The Americas and Lafayette areas are very lively and fun areas to explore. We were thrilled with our choice. We...

A weekend in CDMX

We are so lucky to have family close by – an hour and a half by plane in México City.  On the spur of the moment we made arrangements to visit, arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday.  Why not? Our granddaughter was so excited – she called multiple times, telling us how excited she was that we were coming.  We know we need to visit more often, it is such a treat to feel like grandparent rock stars. Our...

A week in Guanajuato

Guanajuato< City had been on Paul’s wish list for a long time – I had spent a day there when traveling with my daughter-in-law’s family (before she was my daughter-in-law) in about 1994 or 1995.  So it was high time for the two of us to get there together and explore for a longer period of time. We bussed to Guanajuato on the luxury bus line ETN, dozing, watching a movie, and reading for the six hour trip from México...

Exploring San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

  Last summer sometime our son and his family commented that they were going to be going to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas to attend a wedding in November.  When we heard that we immediately asked if we could tag along.  We love to travel with them and San Cristóbal had been somewhere we had been wanting to visit.  So in mid-November we met up with our son, daughter-in-law, their daughter and our granddaughter (who was living with...

August Visit to Tepoztlán, Morelos

Paul and I headed to Mexico City in August for a couple of weeks visiting family. Our youngest granddaughter Consuelo wasn’t back in school yet and our older granddaughter Erica is doing a semester abroad and living in Mexico City with my son and his family. So that’s a two-fer that we couldn’t pass up! (Two granddaughters at once, get it?) We spent the first three days of our trip in Mexico City. We explored downtown, got a tour of...

Applying for Social Security in Mexico

Last summer when I was in Washington State I visited the Social Security office in order to make sure everything was in order for my upcoming birthday, as I was going to be applying for benefits. After sitting in a queue for more than a half hour watching a video loop of them encouraging people to apply online I decided to take the hint… I’d apply online once I was back home in Mexico. So a couple of months ago...

Christmas in Tepoztlán

Paul and I had a great Christmas visit with our son and his family at their new place in Tepoztlán – our first time sharing the holiday with them in a long time.  We also planned our visit to allow us to be there for our granddaughter’s seventh birthday… and it was also a chance to reconnect with our daughter in law’s parents. At the top of this post is a photo of our granddaughter reading in the living room....

Summertime Summertime

What a fabulous time I had on my trip North this summer! Here are a few highlights:</ I flew to Seattle and took the airport shuttle North to Bellingham. Son Phil had broken his hand while removing the decking from his back deck so we had to scale back our activities a little but we still had a great time. I tried to convince him that we could all pitch in and work on replacing the wood while he supervised...

It’s that time again!

I’m on my way to Washington State for a visit with my son and his family and after that I’m heading to Minneapolis to visit with my sister and her husband. I am sure it will be a fun couple of weeks. The picture at the top is my son and his family last year on a hike at Mt. Baker. My granddaughter is about to start her sophomore year in college and my grandson has his driver’s permit and...

A few days in Barras de Piaxtla

We always like to take a little mini-vacation for Paul’s birthday in June, and this year we decided to finally visit La Rosa de las Barras in Barras de Piaxtla North of Mazatlán. We’ve known the owner, Gail, for a few years through her organic produce stand at the Organic Market here in Mazatlán. Her small beachside retreat and restaurant was a good choice for us this year. About an hour North of town, you really feel like you are...

Visiting a Pueblo Mágico – Cosalá

Last week we took an overnight trip with friends to explore the town of Cosalá. Cosalá is a mining town about two and a half hours from Mazatlán, and it is one of Mexico’s 83 Pueblos Mágicos. We had a wonderful time there – we stayed at a Hotel Quinta Minerva. The hotel has beautiful gardens, two pools, and is a perfect tranquil mid-week retreat. (They get very busy on the weekends and school holidays but mid week is usually...

Two Weeks in Roma Norte

Of course we had a great time in México City. We spent most days on our own, exploring, and most afternoons and evenings with the family… as our son and his wife both work during the day and our granddaughter is in school. We rented an apartment via Air B n B that was located about 10 blocks away from our family. What did we do? Here’s a brief rundown. We roamed around Roma Norte. Our son and his family...