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Our flight out of Tijuana was non eventful - after paying the surprise $38 “6 month visa” fee. Any trip longer than 7 days requires a 6 month visa. However, the walk through the CBX (Cross Border Express) and the bridge to the actual airport, was fairly easy. Tijuana airport is modern and there’s room to grow. Jo and I enjoyed a quick breakfast, hopped on the plane, and 3 hours later- Mexico! Luggage took a while, but traffic slowed Diana, so all was well. What people say about traffic here is 100% true. In a city of over 21 million, things are often reduced to a crawl. Add in a thunderstorm, rush hour, no lines painted on any road, side streets that appear to the left and right out of nowhere, honking horns, and topes...speed ... read more
They hate him here, too...
Molé!
Bougainvillea Madness

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Guadalajara July 12th 2019

Teuchitlan is the tiny pueblo that is the home of Guachimontones (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guachimontones), an important archaeological site in the Mexican state of Jalisco, near Guadalajara. Click for url=https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Guachimontones/@20.6916485,-103.8515682,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x84260dc27af7e84f:0x78f4a7f5526a5a9e!8m2!3d20.6954172!4d-103.8363279?hl=en&authuser=0MAP. You may have seen my posts about the url=https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHWA_enUS613US682&ei=OMIoXYSSIMPysQX7sJSgCw&q=voladores&oq=voladores&gs_l=psy-ab.1.3.0i203l6j0j0i203l2j0i10i203.2880.2880..11665...0.0..0.111.111.0j1......0....1..gws-wiz.ZNtCeEI2LicVOLADORES. Well, this is where they originated. There are a bunch of photos, so check them all out. Click on the links and read. Interesting things to know: If you ar... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo July 10th 2019

"Learn to Hit Curve Balls; Life Rarely Pitches Straight". ~ Hello all - thought it time we check in via the old blog to let you know how we are doing & what we've been up to. Many of you were concerned about us leaving on our trip given our recent loss. As many of you know by now, Allan lost his cherished sister Shannon (& only sibling) on June 19th, completely out of the blue & without warning. I don't want to delve into too much here given how painful & shocking all of this is, so I'll try to keep this blog as light as I can. Words have always come to me rather easy & writing has always been a wonderful outlet for me. Words to me are healing; words are my friends ... read more
Arrival day; tired but grateful for the love
sombrero and all...
Our princess

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Tequila July 5th 2019

The Lake Chapala Society sponsored a July 4th trip to the town of url=https://www.google.com/maps/place/Amatit%C3%A1n,+Jalisco/@20.8324465,-103.7859895,12.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8426175b15d027ef:0xca64a9cea24bcac0!8m2!3d20.8364544!4d-103.7318129Amatitlan , near the town of Tequila and home of the Tres Mujeres Tequileria. Since it allowed us to go and return in plenty of time to care for our doggie, we jumped at the chance. We left from La Floresta in Ajijic. The one way trip took roughly an hour and a half in a big multi-passenger van. On the way, we saw a lot of fields planted in agave which is the plant Tequila is made from. Agave takes seven years to grow to maturity and when it flowers, it signals that it is time to harvest. The flower shoots up on a stem that is 20 - 30 feet hig... read more
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Almost Ready!
Agave growing

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Ajijic June 2nd 2019

Our drive back to Lake Chapala from Sayulita was made a bit more interesting by not one, but two overturned mango trucks. They pack those little trucks to the gills and they pack them high. Imagine how much ONE milk crate of mangoes must weigh. Multiply that by HUNDREDS. One of the crashes had already cleared except for the thousands of mangoes littering the side of the road. People, especially on easy to stop motorcycles, were helping themselves to the delicious free fruit. We got stuck in the second one, but luckily only for about a half hour, when the police starting one way traffic around the crash site. Again, plenty of free mangoes for the taking. Did Rose stop and let me grab even one? Nope.... read more
After just sitting parked for a half hour, one way traffic started to move.
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo June 1st 2019

Day 27 1/06/2019 Edmonton We decided to get up early as we were going to the Duchess Bake house for brunch. We ate croissants of all types and coffee and they were yummy, so much so we bought some for tomorrow morning’s breakfast before we head off to Banff. Karly and I dropped Ron and Scott off as they were going to the shooting range to play with the guns while Penni Karly and I were going to buy the food for the Charcuterie board which is an antipasto board. We dropped Penni back at home and then Karly and I went shopping and looking for Pandora beads that represent our holiday. We met the men back at home and Penni Karly and I laid out the board and then we all sat around and enjoyed ... read more
Mother daughter shopping day
Charcuterie board
Cheese board

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo May 31st 2019

Day 26 31/05/2019 Cancun – Edmonton One last final breakfast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a brief walk around the grounds and then it was time to check out and head to the airport. The Cancun airport is so modern and clean it leaves Melbourne well behind. As usual my case was overweight and Ron’s under, so again we moved a couple of items out of it and into our hand luggage. We had a coffee while we waited for the plane to board. Unfortunately we were not able to get seats together, lucky us Ron was seated next to a mum and a 2 year old, and I sat next to her husband with a 4 year old. All I can say is thank heavens for earphones and loud music. We had a quick stop ... read more
Last morning

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Sayulita May 30th 2019

Today's episode is dedicated to the hard-working (if not annoying) comerciantes ambulantes, the ubiquitous walking sales people selling every sort of junk souvenir, tee shirt, bag, bracelet and anything else they can imagine to make a peso. If the picture does not contain a wandering merchant, then it is just a random beach pic that I thought you might enjoy.... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo May 30th 2019

Day 25 30/05/2019 Poolside We had the usual breakfast routine this morning with added heavy rain. Off to the pool under the cabanas for the last day of leisure, sun and drinks. We lazed the day away by the pool. A family positioned themselves beside us today and they had brought fruit down to the pool in their bags. There are always a number of animals roaming around the resort looking for food and the racoon type of animal came sniffing around. The teenage children were fascinated by them and the animal started to scrounge around in their bag looking for food so the father grabbed out a banana and broke some of it off and gave it to it. Then the teenage daughter tried to feed it by hand until it snatched the remaining banana ... read more
Feeding the animals
Deer and iguana

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Sayulita May 29th 2019

We have not published a blog for a while, mainly because we were....well, BORING. And you are not here to read or see boring stuff, so we saved that boring stuff for the people on FaceBook who mainly want to know if we are still alive. So finally, we are doing something a bit more exciting. We took a few days to enjoy ourselves in Sayulita. Sayulita is north of Puerto Vallarta and south of Playa Pancho and Playa Lo de Marcos. We took a nice little AirBnB that has an air conditioned bedroom, something we have not enjoyed since we got to Chapala, and boy did we sleep well last night. We spent some time on the beach and today we went to La Playa de Los Muertos, appropriately named since you literally have to ... read more
The Beach Starts Here
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