Musings

Why My Camera Is Better Than A Dog

June 6, 2022

I, Ria, have a camera with no name. I could have a dog named Sam, but that would mean responsibility and I am launching myself into freedom and curiosity and a dog is too much baggage to bring along. 

San Miguel is a town of dogs and cameras. They are everywhere. Some people accumulate both, others settle for one or the other. Both bring attention to their owners. 

If you have a dog, especially a cute one, one with personality and a wagging tail – people stop. They coo and want to cuddle, have it lick their outstretched hand. Ask its name, find out its story. It is a conversation starter. A friend maker. Continue Reading…

Chiapas

A Cafe in San Cristobal de las Casas

April 21, 2022

We can sum up our visit to San Cristobal de las Casa with a cafe. Frontera Artisan Food and Coffee Cafe reminded us of Kathmandu; the Kathmandu Guest House, to be exact.

It had that traveler vibe – this time complete with Macs and iPhones. Gone are the days of Post Restantes. Not so paperbacks and cocktails, which were richly scattered about. When people weren’t working on computers, they were TALKING between themselves, in groups, about politics and philosophy. Of music and artists and books and Mexico and beyond. Commonalities and differences. Opinions, stories, and jokes. You could, and we did, sit there all day. Continue Reading…

Quintana Roo

Bacalar is a Gastronomic Wow 

April 12, 2022

Bacalar was a surprise!! A fabulous feast!

We gave ourselves a week this time to explore the town on the colorful lake of the same name. It was an increase from our first time there, two years ago, when we made a Christmas hop from Merida for a few days.

And, now we put the week into a top 20 list of places visited since we moved to Mexico in 2018.

The town has swirls and blocks of color – murals abound, hotels can be bright – and your eyes stay occupied. Continue Reading…

Oaxaca

We Played Swiss Family Robinson

March 14, 2022

When we saw the listing on Airbnb, we knew we would be in for a treat!

Just how much of one really surprised us.

We had our Airbnb host send a driver to take us from San Agustinillo to Puerto Angel – a small traditional fishing village with one good beachfront restaurant, an OXXO, a few great fruit and veggie stands, a nice little town beach, another one nearby, and not much more. Continue Reading…

Oaxaca

It’s All in the Family

March 12, 2022

The threesome.

Mazunte, San Agustinillo, and Zipolite.

There they are, on a strip. If you visit one, chances are you will visit the others. You might enjoy all of them, but you will also probably have a favorite.

Each member of the family has a distinct personality. Continue Reading…