Cafe Mozart

One of our guilty pleasures is to take a walk, down “the country road” to our favorite cafe – Cafe Mozart. We enjoy the jumbo hot dog (with green chilis, of course,to make it a Mexican dish). Then there is the Sacher Torte (a la mode) and Strudel de Manzanilla (apple strudel). I enjoy either …

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Sharing our Home

There are two Wrensare building a nest in a “Sun” ceramic display on the wall of our terrace/balcony. In Maryland, we controlled where Wrens built a nest, by providing a bird-house. Here, in Tepoztlan, we are sharing our home – or at least a space that is part of our home. This seems to fit …

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Rainy Season

“Into each life…some rain must fall,” my mom used to say. I used to think it was just another zany New England expression. But now I see it as a call to embrace the totality of our experiences. And the rainy season is such an important part of living here. There is a arroyo (dry …

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Returning to Mexico

We experienced, for the first time, “returning Home” in Tepoztlan. What a different feeling….but not a “first” for me. I was a Navy midshipman, on a foreign exchange cruise, in 1996, when I experienced the feeling of “Home” like this. My ship, the Italian Navy cruiser, “Dulio” was docked in Algiers. We toured the “Casbah” …

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Finding Nemo

One of my grand-daughter’s favorite movies is Disney’s “Finding Nemo.”  During the scene when Nemo’s Dad, Marlin, and c0-traveller, Dori, get swallowed by a whale, Mila would get a little scared and crawl into my lap. This was a special honor, and as I held her, I would  reflect on how being with Mila was …

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Sparkling Friendships

Over the past four weeks of our return visit, the quality of our visits has attained a dimension I equate to a “sparkle.” Since we are seeing each friend just once a year, we have to make the best of the short time available. And the things we discover and enjoy have to last the …

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Paradox – Revisited

One of my favorite concepts is “Paradox.” This involves two maxims that seem to be mutually exclusive — but turn out to be both true. Discovering them requires expanding our vision for the context of the statements. The coolest thing is finding out why two truths that seem to conflict can coexist – and are …

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Returning to Our Roots

I have noticed that one project that seems to be popular among our fellow retirees is exploring their ancestry, and I have been participating in this pastime, as well . Going back to the U.S. provides an opportunity to make some strategic visits. The first place I picked was Historic St. Mary’s City in Southern …

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Navigating Airports

As advertised in the previous post, there were key revelations that came to light during this trip. At this point, I see a pattern. As expats, we need to do more strategic and performance planning, now, than ever before.  And it starts with the international travel system. We got caught, first, with inadequate time (2 …

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“Mexpats” Returning “Home”

We have traveled  to the U.S. after almost a year living in Tepoztlan. This trip back “Home”  has been an Odyssey. We are two weeks into our one month trip. While I had a sense that we would be gaining some revelations about our retirement journey, my expectations have been surpassed. In fact, it will …

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