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Deidre with Dengue

“Ugh” I thought one morning a couple weeks ago as I swung my feet to the floor. Everything just kind of hurts. Not too surprising really, it happens. I live in the jungle, it’s been unbearably hot for the last few weeks and, I had to admit to myself, I’m just getting older. But that day I struggled to keep up with the dogs on our morning walk, my steps slowing considerably, and by the time I had done the rest of my morning routine and taken a shower the pain had started to intensify and I wasn’t feeling so swift…

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…

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in Playa del Carmen for a year now. That’s right, 365 days ago we packed everything we owned into our car and drove away from a blizzard looking for a different kind of lifestyle. And 3,000 miles later boy did we find it! I’d love to tell you that living in Playa del Carmen has been all sunny days and starry nights but the truth is that there have been ups and downs and lefts and rights and everything in between. Deidre and I would both tell you that this adventure has…

I Could Get Used to This

We’ve mentioned how rich we are, right? No? That’s probably because we’re not. Like at all. I mean at all. We are not independently wealthy and we haven’t won the lottery. Which means if we want to pay the rent and continue to explore and take some awesome side trips sometimes we have to work hard. And sometimes we have to work hard to get work. So the past couple weeks we’ve had our heads down, computers on and our tans have faded away (well mine has, Jason’s freckles have stopped connecting). At some point between work and a very…

Playa del Carmen fishing boats

Every morning I take a walk down the beach. I pretend that this is for health reasons but it’s really just an excuse to put off starting the day for a little while and, well, to take a walk down the beach. Most days I start at the Calle 38 beach access where there are a lot of hotels and tourists, wander past Coco Beach where the fishing and dive boats anchor and end up at local favorite Punta Esmerelda where a freshwater cenote flows into the sea. Since I tend to walk the same stretch of beach several days…

Jason and I both have a touch of seasonal affective disorder (SAD – what an appropriate acronym). When we lived in Kansas City we suffered through long, dark, gray winters that often left us feeling depressed, lethargic and unmotivated. We were thrilled to leave those days behind when we moved to the sunny shores of Playa del Carmen. For several months we enjoyed nothing but sunny days punctuated by quick, cooling rain showers. But then the rainy season hit. And it hit hard. Oh, did we mention it’s been raining here? It was raining before we left for a trip…

Salvador Dali Melting Clocks

Just one tiny taste, that’s all it took. I’d been clean for almost six months but one trip back to the United States for a visit and within days I had backslid, fell off the wagon, returned to some bad habits. After making so much progress I took a couple steps backward. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s a good thing I’m now back in Playa del Carmen for some rehab. I’m talking about some real hardcore stuff here – time. Or more specifically my obsession with it. I struggled mightily when we first got to Mexico…

As we prepared for our move some of the questions we heard most often from people were about how we would deal with medical issues while living in Mexico including “Can you understand the doctors?”, “Are Mexican doctors “real” doctors?” and “Do you trust the Mexican health care system?” After living in Mexico for almost six months and having availed ourselves of the Mexican health care system a couple times now we are finally in a position to provide an answer based on experience rather than our extensive research. The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES!…

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