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Akaka Falls

Hawaii. What does one say about Hawaii that you haven’t heard or seen on TV a million times? I’ve heard about it my whole life, you’ve heard about your whole life and it all looked super appealing. But, I have a confession to make. I really never had the desire to go to Hawaii. There, I said it. Even after watching “Magnum P.I.” and “Hawaii Five-O” and those “Brady Bunch” episodes I still just didn’t put it on my “want to travel to” list. I bet you never heard that about Hawaii before have you? Before you call me a self-entitled jerk, or…

Sleeping in Maui airport

Since we’ve temporarily settled into Mahahual for a good portion of the year, our travel has been reduced quite a bit. But those times when the homeowners come down to enjoy their house? Well we’re off to catch up with family and friends and house sit in as much of the world as we can in that time, hopefully as inexpensively as possible. But here’s the thing with trying to travel cheaply – it typically means you have to forego some things or sacrifice a bit. Look, we have way more time than money (way, way, way more time). So…

Mahahual Sunset

We’re tired. Tired of constantly packing (and unpacking) the car. Tired of constantly trying to find groceries in a new town. Tired of a feeling of being uprooted every few months. In short, we’re tired of constant travel. Not travel in general mind you, just the churn of constant travel. The other day I sat down with Google Maps to figure out how far we’ve traveled in the past five years. Before I’d gotten even 18 months into our journey Google told me I’d reached the maximum destinations allowed on one map. Even Google thinks we’ve been going too fast…

Exploring Chattanooga

Well folks, we’re on the move again! Believe it or not, the owners of the house that we’ve been taking care of in Mahahual came down to use their house and that was our queue to start packing the car. For some reason, they wanted to come down to enjoy their beautiful home on the beach, spend time with their pups, escape the Canadian winter and just relax for a while (so selfish* of them, right?). Which means after 8 months, we needed to find a place to live new house sitting gig. No problem, that’s all part of this lifestyle. Plus, it means…

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…

So come to find out, island time is a real thing and, despite the clever name, is not strictly limited to people who live on islands. The renowned online knowledge repository Urban Dictionary defines island time as “The time vacuum created by the ocean’s presence” and it is a very real and dangerous thing. Typically when we move from one house sit to another there are a few off the grid days for us as we drive to our new location, meet the new homeowners and pets, learn the ropes of the new house and city and then get ourselves settled in…

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…

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