Posts Written OnFebruary 2013

Today was a long one but we are officially through immigration and deep into Mexico on our drive to Playa del Carmen. Customs and immigration wasn’t exactly a breeze but that was primarily because of the language barrier and overall it was still better than a trip to the Kansas DMV. The first step was driving across the bridge from Eagle Pass, TX into Piedras Negras, Mexico, paying a $40 peso toll (about $3) and pulling up to customs. When you pull up a stoplight looking thing flashes green or red and you proceed accordingly. We got green and just…

Day 2 on the drive to Playa del Carmen was smooth sailing all the way. We got a late start and took a small detour to check out Austin so we arrived in Eagle Pass, TX a bit later than we expected, but now we’re kicking back and enjoying a cool one while we get organized for tomorrow’s border crossing. Today was all about Texas, Texas, Texas! These folks are awfully proud of their state and they have a lot to be proud of – geographically speaking at least. The driving was a bit taxing, down here you’re either stuck…

Deidre and Jason Feb 2013

Having just dug out of a major snowstorm in time to pack for this trip and with Snowmaggedon Part 2 bearing down on Kansas City we decided to get an earlier start heading out on our drive to Mexico. We moved up our original start time by a few hours and hit the road around 5 a.m. There was no fanfare or waving crowds, just a couple of sleepy travelers (plus mom and dad mize to bid us adios) ready to roll. Day one and already Mother Nature decided to change our route. The original plan was to take I-35…

In the past few days it seems that Kansas City has been conspiring to keep us here. Twelve inches of snow on Thursday and another 6-10 inches projected for today, departure day. But we refuse to be deterred. This whole process has been in the works for so long and we are heading out of town No. Matter. What. We have been paring our belongings down over the last few days until we had a pile of what we considered “essentials” that needs to come with us. But until yesterday when we started packing the car we weren’t sure that…

First Cozumel vacation

Where did this idea come from? About 10 years ago I was laying on a beach in Cozumel, Mexico holding hands with my new girlfriend of a few months surrounded by a cloud of cartoon hearts, brilliant sunshine, soft sand and stunning turquoise waters. One of us took a swig from a cool Sol cerveza and said,”We should just live here.” The other one just sighed and said, “Yep” and took a swig off their own Sol – and that’s how this entire idea began. From that trip on we began thinking about ways to live in paradise and (forgive…

Well, as we are tying up all of our loose ends here in Kansas City in preparation for our move to Playa del Carmen Mother Nature threw us a curve ball and Snow-Mageddon hammered us with about 14 inches of snow. It pretty much shut the city down but since I had plans to have a last hurrah with some buddies we proceeded anyway. It gave me a chance to test out my new GoPro Camera HD HERO3: Silver Edition and it also reminded me of just how much I want to be on the beach! Here’s a snippet of…

Approved for Temporary Resident Visas for Mexico – We’ve gone legit! One and half hours at the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City (plus lots of documentation and paperwork) was all it took to get our temporary resident visas for Mexico. Once we reach Playa del Carmen one of the first things we’ll need to do is visit immigration in Cancun to finalize the visas. This will make them good for 1-4 years. Honestly, we’re not sure until we go to immigration how that length of time is determined. And the very nice Alejandro who helped us here in Kansas City…

Departure Day to Playa del Carmen- Three weeks and counting The days seem to be flying by. Of course our biggest worry about this transition is the ongoing income (or lack thereof). Jason’s web design business has been building and all of his networking and outreach (and working for people at a really reduced rate to increase his portfolio) has started to pay off. He’s seen an uptick in clients and leads lately. We do worry about making the transition and not letting the referral trail go cold, but will deal with that when it happens. I’ve been doing some…

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