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Driving from U.S. to Mexico

I distinctly remember four plus years ago when we announced we were moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico¬†and would be driving down to our new home. Several incredulous friends said “You can’t do that. You can’t just drive from the United States into Mexico.” ¬†Turns out you can. And we did. And we have spent a lot of time driving in Mexico and have driven back and forth between Mexico and the United States several times since (I just love proving people wrong). Are we crazy? Oh yeah, almost certifiably so. But not for the driving in Mexico part. Look,…

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…

Cuban Public Phone

It’s been almost a year now since we left Kansas City for the warm and sunny climes of the Riviera Maya. Over the course of that year we’ve learned many things about ourselves, Mexico and something else near and dear to my heart – technology. A while back I wrote a post detailing how we were Staying Connected In Mexico and we’ve had many questions since. “Can you use American cell phones in Mexico?, “Can you watch American TV?” and “What kind of camera do you have?” seem to have topped the list. Since we’ve had so many questions and…

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

Sometimes living in the tropics where rainstorms suddenly appear means you get to build cool sheet forts in your living room. We’re off right now on a super secret mini-vacation. We can’t wait to share it with you once we get home and are back online. And hopefully our sheets will be dry by then. Have a great weekend!

We get a lot of questions from you all, our fabulous readers. The questions range from the practical about living and working outside of the United States to the fun and frivolity of where to go and what to do while vacationing in Playa del Carmen to the personal about our former lives and backgrounds. I love reading and answering as much as I can, and if I don’t know the answer to something I make it my mission to try and find out. And I have realized that if one person has the question someone else might as well.…

Having missed Independence Day in the US this year we were pretty excited about celebrating Mexican Independence Day this week. That’s right, THIS week. Not Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is largely celebrated in the United States and commemorates a Mexican Victory over the French army in the 1860’s. In most of Mexico (including Playa del Carmen) Cinco de Mayo means just that, the 5th of May and not much else. Mexican Independence Day is a celebration of Mexico winning its, well, independence, from Spain after 11 bloody years of war and is celebrated on September 15th and 16th.…

Bus From Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

As a native Midwesterner I have a deep love of my car and a deep seated mistrust of public transportation, especially public transportation in an area that’s not known for keeping to a set schedule very well. To date almost all of our visitors here have had the luxury of riding in style to and from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen with the very reliable Jason and Deidre airport shuttle service. Unfortunately that shuttle service couldn’t help when the both of us left town recently, and we didn’t want to leave our car parked at the airport for…

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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