Posts Written OnOctober 2014

Jason and I love to scuba dive. We first got certified together over a decade ago and ever since we’ve tended to plan our vacation destinations around where we could go and dive. So when we started planning where we would move to, being near a body of water that we could dive in was one of the key components. But as our income stream was revised down by leaving our full-time – and full-paying – jobs so did our ability to dive often (it is definitely not a cheap sport). In addition, over the years while we’ve had some…

Xcalak snorkeling

It’s pretty obvious to me that we’ve been taken some things here in Xcalak for granted. The second largest barrier reef in the world (that’s right the WORLD) is in my front yard, in fact I can see it in front of me while I’m typing this, and yet we hadn’t been out exploring it in a couple months. When we first arrived in Xcalak, snorkeling was a given, a thing we couldn’t wait to do and we were out there almost every other day. But then that enthusiasm slowly tapered off. Granted there were one or two things that prevented…

Sargasso Sea

I’d love to be able to say it’s been the summer of love or money here in Xcalak but in my mind it’s actually been the summer of the Sargasso Sea. Nice to look at, not so nice to smell, this stuff washed ashore for a good many weeks here and, from what I’ve heard, many other parts of the Riviera Maya. I tried to do some research to find out what it’s all about. Is this a common occurrence? Does it come every summer? Where does it come from? What does it do? And when will it go away? I’m still not sure…

The other day I noticed that the lid to one of our gas cans had broken and needed to be replaced. Not a big deal right? Except for the fact that there isn’t a shop in Xcalak that sells them. There’s a possibility of finding one in Mahahual but that would be a three hour round trip and I needed a fix faster than that. So like any self respecting Xcalakian (Xcalakense?) I headed to Seamart to get what I needed. A few minutes later I not only had a replacement cap but two spares as well. Due to the…

It’s Oktoberfest again! I know we’re a little late to the party but finding German beer in Xcalak is just not an option. Luckily we had a friend coming down from the States and the guys at Club de la Cerveza heard that we were in need and graciously sent us down some German beer with him. Their delicious beer saved the day for us and started us off on the right foot for the weekend. Here’s hoping your weekend is filled with good friends and the libations of your choice. Salud!

I fear that we may have done the grocery stores of Xcalak a major disservice on this blog in recent months. In past posts we have detailed getting food from the food truck, driving to Mahahual for small items and stocking up in Cheutmal but until now we’ve never addressed the grocery stores of Xcalak. We haven’t addressed them because other than an occasional stop for a snack and a drink on the way someplace else we’ve never really shopped in them. It takes at least 30 minutes to get to Xcalak from our house so rather than shop there…

Coffee

There are very few things that I cannot go without. In fact that list has actually continued to get smaller the longer we live outside the United States. But there are a few things that I consider my lifeblood and right at the top of the list? Coffee. Okay, maybe wine too, but without my coffee not only am I miserable but everyone around me is as well. When traveling I always make sure to scout out where my source of coffee is going to be the next morning. So once we had gotten most of the pertinent information out…

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