Posts Written OnJanuary 2015

Patzcuaro View

I was working at my desk a few minutes ago when I remembered it was Friday and I needed a picture for this week’s Mexico Minute. It being Friday, I didn’t want to work very hard so I just turned around and snapped a picture off the balcony outside our office here in Patzcuaro. Yep, this is it. The view from the office. A hundreds of year old church in the foreground, the massive El Estribo mountain in the background and barely visible in the center left is the giant statue of Jose Morelos on Janitzio Island. Not too shabby…

House sitting

Lately there’s been one question I keep getting asked that I really, really hate, primarily because I have absolutely no idea how to answer it – “what’s your address?” Because as full-time house sitters, a permanent address just isn’t a thing. That’s right, we don’t have an address. If I try to tell the person asking that I don’t have an address the looks I get back are incredulous. I believe they think I’m lying or homeless or just trying to avoid getting junk mail. I noticed I got asked this question a lot when we were back in the…

  All over Mexico you find trees in the most unexpected places. And boy does that make me so happy. I love that versus tearing the trees down they are incorporated into whatever is being built around them. I cannot tell you how many trees I’ve had to drive around because it was left intact in the middle of a road or seen ones like this where the wall or building has been adjusted to fit. Preserving the environment and history while development still happens? Now there’s an idea. It’s in with the old and the new. And just like…

Boats in Lake Patzcuaro

So we’ve been in Patzcuaro for a couple of weeks now and, wow oh wow, is this place cool. It’s a mountain town colonized by the Spanish in the 1500’s with its indigenous roots going all the way back to the 1300’s. It’s your quintessential colonial town complete with winding cobblestone streets, high walled houses with hidden courtyards, bustling mercados (markets), beautiful tree-lined plazas and ancient churches. Cool huh? But one of the best parts? It’s located on a giant lake named (conveniently enough) Lake Patzauro. Deidre and I are both water lovers so the lake definitely figured into our…

Between the topes (speedbumps), glorietas (roundabouts), using the shoulder as a driving lane and sometimes having the left hand turn lane be the far right lane, driving in Mexico can sometimes be a bit…challenging. It’s certainly not a place that you can be complacent while driving, best to keep your wits about you and eyes open. After two years I’ve actually become quite comfortable with the driving “laws,” but sometimes? Well, sometimes I still get surprised and startled by who or what we have to share the road with. That list includes horses, donkeys and lots of cattle. The part that…

Regardless of the title of this blog we certainly didn’t intend to go AWOL from here for so long. After a long – oh so very long – road trip through a good portion of Mexico and up into the United States we crashed and landed. And then spent a whirlwind few weeks catching up with friends and family while celebrating the holidays. And those friends and family? Well they cooked for us. A lot. And after our limited food options in Xcalak? Well we ate. A lot. And it was all oh so good. So I partially blame them and…

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