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…

Oaxaca

Dirt Floors and Ginger

February 26, 2022

I disliked Cozumel with a passion, and my shoulders rose an inch. Warning bells bounced around my brain.

I knew this was going to be a place that drained my soul from me as I skirted around obnoxious touts selling ridiculously priced tours – 14 people on a small boat – COVID restrictions relaxed, breeding grounds, small talk, and lots of beer.

We stepped foot on the island, and horror descended on me.

Cruise ships were throwing up their passengers in Hawaiian print shirts with bellies that overflowed their pant tops as they headed to Hooters or Señor Frog’s, and The Hard Rock Cafe for watered-down margaritas and chips gouging out from the fake guacamole bowl. Continue Reading…

Quintana Roo

A Cabin On Lake Bacalar

February 12, 2022

Sometimes my first impressions are spontaneous rather than learned or developed.

I need to learn to settle in. Suss things out. Beauty does not always get recognized immediately.

That’s what happened to me with our Airbnb in Bacalar. Continue Reading…

Musings

At The Click of A Button

January 27, 2022

I broke down and did it.

My husband, the lovely man that he is, might not have fully understood my rising need, but he understands my heart and knew I needed to hear “The Click.”

That sound a camera, a “real” one, makes. 

I needed to hold the solid heft in my hands, to focus on possibilities. 

Have a moment frozen in time.

My iPhone does that, but not in the same way.

A “click” is firm, fixed, and sturdy. For me, it is a mental thing.  It brings me into the moment.  It brings me into romance and a courtship of sorts. Finding the best of something. That angle, that light, that composition – realized. Continue Reading…

Quintana Roo

A New Isla Holbox And Not A Better One!

January 21, 2022

So, our last post documented how I flipped out in the midst of too many stimuli after a red-eye from Tijuana to Cancun followed by a bus ride and ferry crossing. Wow has the mellow island changed! And, from our perspective, not for the better.

Construction is evident all over and twenty-somethings weave through it. Not that we have anything against twenty-somethings. On one hand, we are thrilled that people are learning about the world around them. Expanding their horizons. But a good number of them seem to be all about the wardrobe, the driving beat of house music, moving in packs, demands, and getting subscribers.    Continue Reading…