Trip up the mountain

Yesterday, we took a hike up the mountain, near our house. Once, again, we were amazed by the surreal beauty. Mila likes to hike, now, too, and for 19 months, she is quite the climber. We arrived near the top of our climb, and the views across the valley were great. As we were walking …

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Cuernavaca

We live a half hour drive away from this major city. It is the capital of the state of Morelos and home to about 350,000. During our visits, we have visited beautiful gardens, wonderful shops, and dined at restaurants with delightful and varying cuisines. Having visited various cities in the Mediterranean during my days, as …

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You Never Know What to Expect

Like many properties, here, we have a gate, at the driveway, with a door (to walk through) as part of one of two large swinging doors – for vehicles to pass through. We have a bell, that is rung by a cord, hanging at the side of the gate, and that bell is for alerting …

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River Park in Tepoztlan

We took a peek, under a bridge, in Tepoztlan, over the major river that runs through town. No trolls were to be found, but what a marvelous little park. There was a small stream, coming down a bank, to join the river. The stream bed was carved into a shape of a snake. The trees, …

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Benefits of the Journey

We are meeting friends, here. We had looked forward to meeting expats, from around the world, along with folks, from the region — all of whom have fallen in love with Tepoztlan and Cuernavaca. We are catching their enthusiasm and that is huge. Our first priority was joining our daughter, Alison, son-in-law, Carlos, and grand-daughter, …

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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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