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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...