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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…

Bacon

One of my favorite things about our slow method of travel is that we get to spend enough time in places to really get to know the area and especially the people much better than we would if we were just passing through. We normally stay in an area long enough to make some friends, get to know their families and, in general, have the privilege to see and do things that most people don’t. Recently we were invited to a birthday party for my friend Bacon. Okay, so Bacon’s real name is Beck but he’s universally known as Bacon…

Xcalak weather is not something to be trifled with. We’re on a tiny speck of land just a few feet above sea level and are surrounded on all sides by water. When it storms the wind howls as though we spit on its mother and the rain feels like the sea is rising up to take back that little speck of land like we’re late on the rent. And the kicker? You’re never sure when it’s going to happen. The Weather Channel has no bearing here (where is their closest monitoring station anyway?) and it sometimes rains when it’s sunny…

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…

palacio-municipal-merida

A heat wave here in Merida (109F yesterday) has us running for cover and brainstorming about places we can hide from the sun. You know an unexpected bonus about art? Art needs to be in a climate controlled environment and climate control, my friends? Well, that means air conditioning! So off to the Palacio Municipal Merida (Merida Municipal Palace) we ran. The Municipal Palace was once the home of the governor as well as the center of the government for the state of Yucatan but now is mainly a museum. It’s home to some stunning artwork portraying the (often bloody)…

flamingos

The road to our favorite beach in Telchac Puerto doesn’t really look like the road to a beach. It’s just a narrow, straight road through pastures and woods, through small towns and past the occasional horse grazing by side of the road. But after a few minutes on the road you notice the trees begin to thin out and change a bit and mangroves start to appear. Then your eye catches a flash of sunlight off of water and BOOM! you’re in the salt flats leading up to the ocean. And do you know who lives in the salt flats?…

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