Posts Written OnJanuary 2014

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

Private airplanes? That’s just how we roll. Sort of. Recently we were on a flight (an Airbus 320 for you plane nerds – I think that’s a thing). This is a picture of our plane in flight. There were a total of 12 passengers on the plane including us. The crew came close to outnumbering the passengers. I’ve done my fair share of travel over the years and this? Well these days this just doesn’t happen. Such a huge benefit of having a flexible travel schedule. Travel karma is sure to catch up with us at some point, but we…

Xplor Awol Americans

Hate is a strong word so let’s just say that I am a dis-liker of amusement parks (unlike Deidre). I do not like heights, crowds, tourists or crowds of tourists. So when my sister and her family came to town and wanted to go to Xplor Adventure Park I was a bit skeptical. Skeptical? I thought it was a terrible idea. Xplor is by far one of the most visited destinations in the Riviera Maya (and has hundreds of parking spots for tour buses to prove it) and its centerpiece is the highest zip line in Latin America. That’s great…

As Sandra Bullock recently found out in the movie Gravity, reentry can be hard. Like shock to the system, hard to find your footing, possibly burn completely up on reentry hard. When we went to the United States for an extended stay over the holidays I was ready to ┬ábrace for reentry, I knew it might be hard. There are always some unexpected good things that surprise me – carpeting, drinking water straight from the faucet and salad bars – and some not so good – the cold, oh the bitter, bitter cold, having to drive everywhere and people being…

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

I’ve always loved this gate, I walk past it everyday on my morning walk and everyday I think “What in the heck does this thing mean?” The ocean is my heart? The sea is in my blood? Conch is good for cardiac health? Who knows? Anyway, since it’s right by the beach I’ve always taken it to be a symbol of how important the ocean is to the artist. Now that’s a sentiment I can get behind! After spending my entire life away from the ocean I can’t imagine living away from it now. Just a glimpse of those blue…

Cuban Public Phone

It’s been almost a year now since we left Kansas City for the warm and sunny climes of the Riviera Maya. Over the course of that year we’ve learned many things about ourselves, Mexico and something else near and dear to my heart – technology. A while back I wrote a post detailing how we were Staying Connected In Mexico and we’ve had many questions since. “Can you use American cell phones in Mexico?, “Can you watch American TV?” and “What kind of camera do you have?” seem to have topped the list. Since we’ve had so many questions and…

A Journey

Now how’d that happen? Somehow while I was eating and drinking my way through the holidays the one year anniversary of the start of AWOL Americans happened. So did our 100th post. I tend to think of our “start” date as the one where we got in our car in Kansas City in the middle of a blizzard and started driving South. But there was so much prep and work and thoughts and emotions leading up to that moment that we started documenting it before we left for Playa del Carmen, hence our one year of posting here. Thank you…

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