Jim Collins

JCollins

Jim Collins

Jim Collins
Widowed in 2009 (wife Juanita Sutton-Collins). Two daughters, Kate Collins-Nunes and Colleen Collins. Granddaughter Elizabeth (Little-Bit) Nunes and son-in-law, Ron Nunes.
Retired health care executive and owner of Informed Decisions, Incorporated.
Home: Richfield, MN USA (Suburb of Minneapolis)
Born: Elroy, WI
Graduate of Regis HS Eau Claire, WI, Loras College, Dubuque, IA, attended University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Enjoy reading, writing, fishing, cooking, biking and traveling



North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 22nd 2016

Sunday Breakfast Went for a nice walk to Gran Square-Park. The pictures are of another unique custom in Mexico. The food vendors serve breakfast after Mass. I walked up to Santa Lucia Church and went to Mass. There was a delightful young lady, maybe 8 years old, next to me. We shook hands and then did a high five and a fist bump. Bought a pouch for my passport and $ and also a change purse. They are leather with Mayan designs. Had breakfast at Bistroel 57. Met a couple from northern Ontario, and a couple of ladies from Martha's Vineyard. Just a relaxing day and I will work on my blog. I cannot resist an opportunity to bore my family and friends.... read more
Sunday

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 22nd 2016

Celestum and Flamingos This is a nice day trip. The guide explained the flamingos. They fly down from Canada to breed. They eat 12 hours a day. They are shallow water feeding birds. The flamingo mates for life and has one egg per birth. They generally mate twice each winter. We went on the trip with two couples from Arkansas. The couples were friendly and one of the guys was a very knowledgeable fisherman. Both of the guys were lawyers.... read more
Celestum
Celestum

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 21st 2016

General Information and Impression of Merida Merida is a beautiful and safe city. It has a lot of police and they actually help motorists when their car breaks down. The police are everywhere. Every couple of blocks they have a park which is usually on a square block or half a block in size. There are two Churches within a half a block of The Grand Hotel. Merida is the oldest city in North or South America. It was established in 1540. The cathedral was built with the stone blocks from the old Mayan city of THo. The Cathedral is massive and very beautiful. The Cathedral was probably completed around 1580.... read more
VW Everywhere
Merida
Merida

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 21st 2016

Why Merida 1. There are Catholic Churches everywhere. Across the street there is one, down half a block. Beautiful Santa Lucia is a few blocks away, the first Cathedral built in the Americas, half a block from the hotel. 2. Every 2 or 3 blocks is a park - All the parks have Wi-Fi 3. Great music 4. Great people 5. Cheap living; a really good hotel room for 2 is 50.00 to 60.00 US$, a single is 38.00 US$. A good Mexican hotel is 10 to 30 per cent cheaper. 6. Great Food. It is all delicious but it is also a little different, different cuts and different spice combinations. 7. Great Museums and Art Schools. There are 3 or 4 within a block of this hotel. Museum Mundo Maya will blow your mind. 8. ... read more
Merida
Merida
Merida

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 21st 2016

Food in Merida I think my new friend Ron Call said it best – “all the food is delicious and just a bit different from the US”. He also took the cooking & market tour and loved it. I decided to wait until next year to take the class. My friend Donna will be here and I think we would enjoy taking it together. My favorite restaurants are Los Trompos, La Chaya and Las Vigas. Chaya is a plant in the Yacatan used for flavoring and to make pasta. The Chaya soup has chicken or turkey broth combined with Chaya. The barbequed ribs at Las Vigas are to die for. Most of the protein or meat is pork, chicken, turkey or sea food. One caution, when you look up food translations on the computer, you may ... read more
Girl
Church

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 21st 2016

Compeeche If you like the beach, I strongly recommend Compeeche. It is the capital of Compeeche state and about a fourth the size of Merida at a little over 200,000. The beach is about 5 K long. In the center is the old fort. They recommend you do not swim because of the strong undercurrents. It is a short 2 hour bus ride to Compeeche, about 180 K.... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 21st 2016

Surviving in Mexico I would like to make a few suggestions for the American tourist. I realize there are all kinds of people better informed than I but this has never made me hesitate in stating my basis and often uninformed opinion. 1. In riding a bus, always try to sit near the front. When the bus goes over the large speed bumps, the rear of the bus is cantilevered about 3 feet in the air. You can lose your teeth and your back in one easy drop. 2. When crossing a street, even with the walk sign on, try to get in the middle of a group of natives. The driver may not hesitate in picking off one person, but a group of people may make the driver reconsider. 3. Getting the check in a ... read more
Streets
Park

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 21st 2016

Uxmal – Kabah We took a day trip to Kabah and Uxmal. We were blessed with an excellent guide. Kabah was the ceremonial or religious center for this tribe of Mayans. It is only 4% excavated and it is still big. The tribe controlled about 170 Mayan villages in this valley. The valley has very fertile soil. Outside the valley, the trees are only about a third the size they are in the valley. Uxmal is huge and only 5% excavated. It was the government center for the trip. The major monuments where built over the former monuments five times over 271 years. Uxmal even had a University. The Mayan civilization was family based and very hierarchical, much like Europe. There was little or no merit based hierarchical movement. On the trip we met a delightful ... read more
Uxmal & Kabah
Uxmal & Kabah
Uxmal & Kabah

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2016

Lost in Merida Only an idiot can get lost in Merida, more specifically, this idiot. The streets are numbered odd going east to west and numbered even going north to south. It has been a fun day. Had an early breakfast and went to the language school. Everyone was teaching so I wandered around. The reviews of the school are excellent and I think the teachers spend their time teaching not writing good reviews. I was then going to walk up to the History Museum to see their new Mayan exhibit. Some- how, I turned around and got lost. So, I finally took a bus. That is when the adventure began. Old bus, no AC and it drove the back lanes. You could feel every bump and when he went over the speed bumps, the back ... read more
Plaza
Mexican Resturent
Plaza

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2016

Comments Mexico is so interesting and different. One of the surprises was Mexican wrestling on TV. At the Grand Hotel there are no English language TV channels, but with Mexican wrestling, you just sit back and enjoy the show. It would put Jessie the Body Ventura to shame. It is men wrestling men, women wrestling women and mixed wrestling. Many of the wrestlers wear masks. Maybe they do not want their mothers to see them. One I loved was the male bad guy beating the hell out of the good guy. The bad guy knocks out the referee and then the good guy drop kicks the bad guy and knocks him out. The good guy falls out of the ring and is hugged by a lady wrestler. She then kicks the hell out of him, knocks ... read more
City Hall
Carriage Ride
Concert in the Plaza




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