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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 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....

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...

A couple of weeks in Ajijic

Paul and I just returned from a couple of weeks in Ajijic. We were a bit weary of the hot weather and thought that a break in the cool highlands would be just the ticket.  It worked out just great for us. We had rented a place through AirBnB that seemed as though it would be perfect for us.  But unfortunately the pool was empty, the internet was only available at a table across the property outside, and the kitchenette...

A Week in Guadalajara

I just got back from a week in Guadalajara with several friends.  We spent the week learning meditation and visiting Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, the Mercado Libertad, and much more.  The following pictures are just a few from our great week.  The video at the bottom is from Friday night, and was taken overlooking one of the plazas from our restaurant.       I’ve been to Guadalajara several times, but no matter how often you visit a place you always see...

My First Christmas in México

My first Mexican Christmas was in 1994.  My son was attending college in Colima and had just moved into an unfurnished house.  We spent the first week or so of my visit traveling and buying things that he needed for his house.  If you remember, in December of 1994 there was an economic crisis in México, and the peso rapidly devalued.  While this was a terrible time for those with their funds tied up in pesos, it made my funds...

Mérida and Mazatlán, my two loves

If you haven’t seen it yet, my second column in M! Magazine is included in the December issue.  The article is about Mérida, our favorite city in México – after Mazatlán, that is! Click here to go to the article. Please like and share this post!20...

A Weekend in Mérida, Mexico

We recently flew to Mérida for a long weekend – our excuse was to attend the Latin American blogger conference, but we were both just in the mood to get away. It had been more than two years since our last visit, which is just too long!  Jonna and Mimi invited us to stay with them, so once we arranged for all our critters to be cared for we were ready to go! Of course their dogs patiently waited for...

Oaxaca wrap-up

I had such a wonderful time in Oaxaca! If you’ve been reading Countdown to Mexico for a while, you know that I love to knit. I decided that I’d try to find some yarn while I was visiting Oaxaca. The rug weavers in Teotitlán del Valle are expert at using natural dyes to color the yarn that they spin by hand. I didn’t have time on this trip (here’s a link to our visit to Teotitlán del Valle last year)...