Puerto Vallarta

Wow – this place does not disappoint. We started our visit staying at an idyllic place called Casa de Los Arcos, run by Susan Wiseman and David Lord. They are friends of friends who are now our friends. We started with sharing appetizers and Margaritas with the hosts, watching an amazing sunset from high above …

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Finally Ready to Move on from the Holidays

So, we have just wrapped up the third holiday weekend, Epiphany/Three Kings Day. The grand-kids have had another round of gifts, and we had a great Epiphany worship service at our Anglican home church, yesterday. Our priest, Gillian, provided a stirring homily for keeping our eyes on Jesus in dark times confronting the word. I …

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Comparing Mexico to Hawaii Pt 2

We are staying on the southwest part of the Big Island (Kailua-Kona) and have seen some parallels with life in Mexico. For example, we enjoyed having diner, in the harbor, while watching boats ferry tourists out to a gigantic cruise ship. I expect we will have a similar vantage point when we visit Puerto Vallarta, …

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Comparing Mexico to other Retirement locations – Maui

We are on another demanding business trip for our tough taskmaster, MexpatLife. I was not sure, at first, why we needed to travel to Maui, and then Hawaii, the Big Island. But the logic has revealed itself, as we wrap up our week in Kihei, Maui. I recall, as a young fellow, recalling how Maui, …

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Traveling Back to U.S.

So, one of the retirement planning strategic goals we have is to establish the capability to travel more easily. As Expats, living with family, in Mexico, we are able to lower the cost of housing, and thereby freeing funds for traveling. SouthWest Airlines has been building there network for Mexico, making it easier to fly …

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The World is Upside Down

We went to Mexico City, last Monday, to visit with some friends, from Germany, here to see family. We thought, why not stay an extra night, to be entertained with Election results, since we do not have cable, at home. We heard that Mexico City folks were planning a celebration of Trump’s defeat, per the …

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Facility with Learning Language

No question, that getting older affects learning a language. I remember teaching myself Italian, when I was on my Foreign Exchange Midshipman Cruise at age 21, with the Italian Navy. I suffered through learning French for 5 years, in High School and college until I completed my minimum level for my B.A., and then took …

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Halloween

When I was a kid, Halloween was my favorite holiday. Probably like in many homes, access to sweets was limited…except on All Hallow’s Eve. Costumes were exciting, and the adventure out into the night, in those days, was safe. Here, in Mexico, we have an entire holiday season We started, here, on Sunday, October 30th, …

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Visit to Red Cross

In the U.S., we think of the Red Cross as the place for donating blood, and the organization that provides medical care in disaster situations. While that is also true in Mexico, it is also a place to go for Urgent Care. Those without funds can get medical care for free and others are provided …

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Enjoying Mexican Culture

One of the things I love most about Mexican culture is the integration of two cultures: Indigenous (in our area, Nauatl) and Spanish. The case in point is the Corn Festival, which happened, here, recently. The Spanish version of the holiday centers on the event of St. Michael, the Archangel, fending off Satan. There is …

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