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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…

One of the first things Jason and I did together when we started dating (eons ago – at least that’s what it feels like some days) was get certified for scuba diving. It was something we had both been wanting to do and so earning those certifications together was pretty special. And of course we had to put those newly minted PADI cards to work so we started traveling to places to dive, Mexico being the top of that list. Our first ever dives were in Mexico and we were hooked right away by how beautiful it was and we…

I spent World Oceans Day netting my favorite fish, the Permit. There, I said it. Now I have something else to say – I abhor nets. Hate them to no end. Even the sight of them makes my stomach turn. In my experience, nets are often the tool of poachers, the very people who pillage and plunder the rich natural resources in the waters surrounding my beloved Xcalak and Mahahual. In the span of a day, a couple of guys (or ladies, I don’t discriminate) with a net can damage the ecosystem of an aquatic area so badly it may…

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…

A Journey

Now how’d that happen? Somehow while I was eating and drinking my way through the holidays the one year anniversary of the start of AWOL Americans happened. So did our 100th post. I tend to think of our “start” date as the one where we got in our car in Kansas City in the middle of a blizzard and started driving South. But there was so much prep and work and thoughts and emotions leading up to that moment that we started documenting it before we left for Playa del Carmen, hence our one year of posting here. Thank you…

When we decided to leave home for good and travel the world to live in foreign lands we expected to be overwhelmed by culture shock here and there. The last couple of weeks have been no exception. We spent time immersed in a culture with traditions and language that were initially incomprehensible to us. You may have heard of this culture and in fact, you may have even seen it on TV. This culture that I speak of is called golf. Now don’t get me wrong, we have heard of golf, my grandpa watched golf on TV and I went…

I spend a lot of time here sharing with you all the wonderful things that go along with living in Mexico. And ’tis true that for about 95% of the time, our lives here are pretty wonderful. But then some days? Well some days Mexico comes along and just kicks us in the ass. Hard. And those are the days you teeter on the edge of insanity, try to keep the tears in check and wonder what on earth are we doing here and why do we stay? Yesterday was one of those days. We were dealing with the bureaucracy…

A Day of Gratitude for Teaching English in Playa del Carmen

The school year is coming to a close here in Playa del Carmen which means our volunteer time teaching English in Playa del Carmen will be on hiatus until the Fall. I remember how awesome summer break was so I completely understand that we’ll be sadder than the kids when we part ways. ¬†As a sign of appreciation for the work that KKIS does for the school we were invited to attend Gratitude Day late last week. The program was held to thank not just us, but all those who had contributed to the Pelopidas School over the year be…

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