Posts Written OnJuly 2014

The Conch Zone

I am a very clumsy person (trust me, there are people I know vigorously nodding in agreement at that statement). Whether it’s due to my inattention, an inner ear imbalance or forces at work in the universe putting things deliberately in my path I have no idea. But I have a long and storied history of accidents that have led to bumps, bruises, broken bones and a whole host of other injuries. I’ve fallen up and down stairs, off of bikes, off a horse, off of a treadmill and through doors. I’ve hit my head, my hands, and my hips on kitchen…

Xcalak Hot

  Hot. Holy crap it’s getting hot here in Xcalak. Like egg-frying on the sidewalk, face (or candle) melting hot. It is the tropics, yes, but we normally have a nice breeze coming off the water and between that and staying in the shade we’re usually okay, even when the heat index goes over 100 F. But then the breeze stopped a few days ago. Just died. And now there is no escaping the heat. There’s no air conditioner and while the fans are putting up a valiant fight I think they are losing. Right now we feel like these…

Xcalak Snake

One of these things is not like the other. I came across this guy the other day while out and about in the yard. Once I saw him (or her, I’m an equal opportunity scaredy-cat) I went running. This is not our first encounter with a snake here in Xcalak – it is a jungle that we are living in after all – but this is the first one that stuck around long enough for a photo op. And this one was tricky because he blended right in. Now all twigs, tree branches and sticks are under suspicion and after every snake spotting I walk…

This list has been rattling around in my head for the last couple of weeks and while it has it exhausted me, it is nowhere near exhaustive. It’s primarily things about living in Xcalak we barely even notice anymore but that “normal” people might find inconvenient, if not downright crazy. From what I can tell so far, being a caretaker in Xcalak seems to require people with a rare blend of patience and fortitude mixed with a “can do” attitude and just a touch of insanity. After all, we’re miles away from, well just about anything, taking care of someone…

HouseHunters International Playa del Carmen

First came Snooki and The Kardashians. And now? AWOL Americans. That’s right, there are reality stars here in the mix. We haven’t got our own reality show, but eons ago we did film an episode of the US television show House Hunters International and this week our episode is airing. For those of you aren’t fans or haven’t seen it, the show is a delightfully addictive television show that follows a person or couple as they look for a place to live in parts of the world outside the US (there’s a version called House Hunters for those looking for real…

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