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New Zealand sits high on our constantly evolving list of places that we dream of house sitting someday. One day I was trying to articulate to someone why I want to go there and Jason piped in ‘it’s the wine.’ Guilty as charged. I’m sure it’s a lovely country and there is a lot to see and do there but here’s the thing – I love vino. I particularly love wine from New Zealand. Some people come to Mexico for the tequila, others go to Ireland or Germany for the beer. I want to go to New Zealand for the…

If “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is good advice, then I say “When in Appalachia, drink the moonshine” is also sound advice. So, the other day on the way to the grocery store when we saw a sign that said “Moonshine Tasting” next to a rutted dirt road we, of course, made the turn. As known connoisseurs of taking the road less traveled (both literally and figuratively), we’ve elevated getting sidetracked on the way to the store to an artform, but neither of us had ever been to a moonshine tasting before. We didn’t really know what…

Ahem, ahem. Check 1…2, check 1…2. Is this thing on? Hello? Can anyone hear me? It’s us, Jason and Deidre breaking our radio silence. It’s been a while since we’ve written anything and the last time we checked in with you, we were wading in poop water, tearing our hair out and considering running for the hills. Not a great cliffhanger to leave you on so I don’t blame you if you thought we quit traveling (and the blog) and that I’ve been spending my time ironing my Dockers and interviewing for office jobs. While I do forgive you thinking…

Semana Santa in Mexico

A big part of the appeal of moving around and living in different places and spaces is the opportunity to experience different events, different environments, different celebrations and different cultures.¬†What I hadn’t given much thought to is how different celebrations and observances can be from city to city within the same country. At least until now. As a predominantly Catholic country, Easter is a big deal here in Mexico. Big. Huge. Massive. The week leading up to Easter Sunday is called Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the majority of the people in Mexico¬†get the week off work, or take the…

San Juan Parangaricutiro Church

Admittedly, math and science aren’t my thing. Merely the fact that I consider them the same thing shows just how not my thing they are. But even my meager science knowledge is enough to know that giant holes in the earth that shoot fire into the sky until they form mountains are pretty cool scientific thingies and must be pretty cool to look at. So when we heard that there was a very famous fire shooter called the Paricutin Volcano within driving distance of Patzcuaro, well we knew we had to go take a look. And while not currently shooting…

semana cultura patzcuaro

Reason #456,796 that I love living in Mexico – random parades! This morning I noticed a bunch of confetti in the street and thought to myself,”Ah man, I think we missed a parade” before totally forgetting about it and continuing on to breakfast. A half hour or so later as I was tucking into some strictly average huevos rancheros and some strictly fantastic Chiapas coffee I heard something that peaked my interest. It was either the sound of an approaching children’s band or someone throwing some trumpets and drums down the stairs (you can never be sure). Either way, I…

Bacalar Lagoon

From time to time the monotony of the same ocean views and sunny skies (sorry, feel free to send me angry emails), the same meals made with the same food from the same truck and the same problem of continuing to not be able to catch the same fishies over and over again means an escape is needed, even if it’s just for a few hours. We’ve probably given you the idea by now that Xcalak is in the middle of nowhere, which isn’t quite true because we are in the middle of somewhere. We might be remote, but get…

xcalak pier

One of my favorite ways to wind down a hot day is to do a little snapper fishing off the Xcalak Pier. It’s a big, concrete jetty that sticks way out in the water making it an ideal spot to catch not only a few fish but also a great breeze and spectacular sunset. Another great thing about it is that you never know what to expect when you get out there. There might be a family enjoying the cool air, a young couple canoodling in relative privacy and/or some local fisherman catching dinner. Yesterday, we had all of that…

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