Trip to Narnia

How does one describe a trip to an other-wordly place? Narnia came to mind as we returned to explore the park on the slope of the mountain near our home. We had seen Matte trees, earlier and they seemed almost magical. And we saw more of them as we climbed the winding paths carved out …

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Milestone reached – one month in Tepoztlan

We came for adventure – and we found it. It has not been easy. But if we wanted easy, we would have stayed in Orlando. “Easy” is tempting but holds only the illusion of happiness. For us, the move here was not only about moving to Mexico – it is also about recreating the extended …

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Exploring the mountain

The mountain, in the nearby national park, is quite magical.  It is not only beautiful at a distance, but has many surprises, when we explore new paths or roads into the forest covering the slopes. Walking with Alison and Mila, today, we found exquisite butterflies and birds. We also came upon an amazing villa, up …

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Fireworks – Redux

The fireworks start at 0545 – not early by Washington D.C. commuting standards.The fireworks can go throughout the day and evening. Almost every day, there are festival celebrations for various saints, accompanied by loud detonations. The decibels are equivalent to cannons firing – as inr Revolutionary or Civil War re-enactments in the U.S. The challenge …

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Stampede!

My son-in-law, Carlos, and I were on a walk with baby Mila, when we encountered cows sauntering down the lane. The roads, here, tend to be walled, so the cows were eating grass within the walled lane. The cows were on a daily walk, with no escort. They knew where they were going. Then a …

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Journey at the foot of the mountain

My daughter, grand-daughter, and I took a hike into the national park, here in Tepoztlan. We were in search of the waterfall – announced as ‘cascadas’ on the sign beckoning to us. First of all, the surroundings seemed magical – very different from the environs of hikes in the U.S. the boulders had sharp edged …

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Winds of Change

July 23, 2014 – Here we are in Tepoztlan, Mexico. It is a beautiful small town (20 minutes from Cuernavaca – a major city in the state of Morelos) about one and a half hours from Mexico City. We are renting a villa for not much more than we paid for our 2 bedroom apartment …

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