Posts Tagged“Xcalak”

Our Xcalak Backyard

We have shared before how we weren’t sure if returning to house sitting in Xcalak was a good idea for us. It had nothing to do with our feelings on the town (which we love) or the people here (who we love), and more to do with a concern about having ‘been there, done that.’ We started a life of travel in order to escape repetition and consistency so we’re constantly checking in on ourselves to make sure that we’re not getting too comfortable or complacent. Because of this, we certainly had a concern or two heading back to this town we…

House sitting

Lately there’s been one question I keep getting asked that I really, really hate, primarily because I have absolutely no idea how to answer it – “what’s your address?” Because as full-time house sitters, a permanent address just isn’t a thing. That’s right, we don’t have an address. If I try to tell the person asking that I don’t have an address the looks I get back are incredulous. I believe they think I’m lying or homeless or just trying to avoid getting junk mail. I noticed I got asked this question a lot when we were back in the…

We’re currently in the United States celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and it’s reminded us of just how many things we have to be thankful for. We’re extremely thankful for the many incredible experiences we had while living in Xcalak and to you our faithful readers for following along on our adventures. We’ve put together a little video recap of our time in Xcalak (both good and bad) to celebrate and we hope you enjoy both it and your weekend!

Deidre

We just spent 16 days in our car driving 4,000 miles through 2 countries and countless cities and states. There’s only so many times we can listen to our music on repeat, play the alphabet game or admire the view, pretty as it was. Which means I’ve had a lot of time to think about, and reflect upon, our time in Xcalak. Part of the appeal of house sitting is that we get to experience life in different places and it is helping us figure out where we might want to settle more long-term someday (maybe). One thing I thought…

Jason and I love to scuba dive. We first got certified together over a decade ago and ever since we’ve tended to plan our vacation destinations around where we could go and dive. So when we started planning where we would move to, being near a body of water that we could dive in was one of the key components. But as our income stream was revised down by leaving our full-time – and full-paying – jobs so did our ability to dive often (it is definitely not a cheap sport). In addition, over the years while we’ve had some…

Xcalak snorkeling

It’s pretty obvious to me that we’ve been taken some things here in Xcalak for granted. The second largest barrier reef in the world (that’s right the WORLD) is in my front yard, in fact I can see it in front of me while I’m typing this, and yet we hadn’t been out exploring it in a couple months. When we first arrived in Xcalak, snorkeling was a given, a thing we couldn’t wait to do and we were out there almost every other day. But then that enthusiasm slowly tapered off. Granted there were one or two things that prevented…

Sargasso Sea

I’d love to be able to say it’s been the summer of love or money here in Xcalak but in my mind it’s actually been the summer of the Sargasso Sea. Nice to look at, not so nice to smell, this stuff washed ashore for a good many weeks here and, from what I’ve heard, many other parts of the Riviera Maya. I tried to do some research to find out what it’s all about. Is this a common occurrence? Does it come every summer? Where does it come from? What does it do? And when will it go away? I’m still not sure…

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