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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…

Haciendas of the Yucatan

House sitting has given us the opportunity to stay in, and take care of, some pretty amazing homes. Big homes. Homes with pools and gardens and beachfront access and tons of acreage and lots and lots of rooms. Much nicer homes than we could ever expect to own. But those homes all pale in size and scope compared to some others that we recently visited. I think I may have found our next desired house sitting gig. But first, my friends, a little history lesson. Don’t worry, I’m not Jason so we’ll make it as quick and painless as possible. The haciendas…

uxmal

Universally, I think most people are proud of their town and its surroundings and quick to make suggestions to visitors. What to see, where to go, best places to eat and so on. In Kansas City I would tell you to eat at Joe’s Kansas City or Justus Drugstore , not to leave town without visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and National World War One Museum and to try taking in a Chiefs, Royals or Sporting KC game with a Boulevard beer in hand (Tank 7, do it). In Baca, lots of people recommend various dances and fairs and to take in some of the…

Patzcuaro Vendors

Landing in a new location every few weeks or months can be a bit disorienting. It’s not just trying to remember where the bathroom is in the middle of the night or the trick to getting the key to work in the front door. It’s also trying to figure out where the grocery store is, where to find staples such as wine and coffee, and where the hospital is because, as my history has proven, there’s a good chance it will be needed. We’ve found that the best way to orient ourselves in a new house sit and start to feel…

janitzio

As you’ve probably surmised by now, I am a lover of boats, lakes, history, islands and cool old towns. So far though, I’ve only been able to enjoy one or two of these things at the same time (rough, I know) so when we had the chance to step our game up and do all of them at once we jumped. Where could we possibly do this you ask? The island of Janitzio of course. Janitzio is the principal island of Lake Patzcuaro and is only accessible by boat, you know, because it’s an island. But it’s not just any island,…

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…

cascada misol ha

When driving to the United States from the Yucatan Peninsula it’s generally accepted that you should drive North in order to get there. But I feel that it’s not going to be that surprising or shocking to you to learn that Deidre and I don’t always do things in the manner other people might and so we decided that turning south and driving through the Mexican state of Chiapas was the best route to Kansas City. Why you say? It should be noted at this point that everything we own was already in our car, our office fits in a laptop bag…

Elder in Senor

The Riviera Maya is a pretty special place. And because of that, as we’ve mentioned, the population in the area is growing at a pretty rapid rate. Last I heard, Playa del Carmen is the fastest growing city in Latin America. That kind of growth brings lots of opportunities to the area, including lots of jobs and lots of money all based around tourism. Currently, though, the tourism seems to only stretch so far and is managed (and profited from) primarily by big corporations. There are large sections and people of the Yucatan Peninsula going ignored and undiscovered. Which is…

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