Have you ever dreamed of living south of the border? We have. And we are going to do it! Although we've vacationed in Mexico many times, we only recently visited the Merida area, where we want to live. This blog is about that trip, about our plans and preparations to move, and eventually, about LIVING THERE. We can't wait!
When we visited the Yucatan, we decided to visit a hangout we'd often heard mentioned on the expat forums, but when we finally located it, we discovered that new management was taking over and the building was being remodeled. Alas. We'd missed our chance.
The new manager, however, recommended La Playa in Chelem to us, so we took off in search of this restaurant we'd never heard of. We found it. It was down a drive lined with old picturesque boats and palm trees.
The outside was not what we expected, just because we aren't yet used to the real Mexico. But we decided to try it. It was probably originally a motel, and we peered into the empty rooms as we walked past the fishing boat in front of the main building.
Two young Mexican men walked out to greet us and led us into the restaurant. We were the only customers on that weekday mid afternoon.
We could see through to a table perched right by the ocean and asked to be seated there. Where the restaurant is located, directly east of the Progreso Pier, has a real beach erosion problem and the waves lapped right up to the bottom of the the covered concrete patio where our table was situated. We wonder how long it will be until it is actually eroded away. That will be sad.
Actually, all we wanted was a beer, mostly, and that was about all we could afford because we hadn't located an ATM in Progreso yet and they didn't take credit cards. I scrabbled through my purse for all the pesos I could find and we ordered two Solas and a ceviche to share.
Chef Carlos strolled out to talk to us as we enjoyed the best ceviche we experienced on our entire trip. And we sampled quite a lot. We love ceviche. He told us how he came to start the restaurant and that he climbs down from the patio onto the crumbled concrete by the waves every morning to buy fresh fish from the fishing boats.
We were told by a friend later that many Mexicans refuse to eat fish in the afternoon because by that time, it isn't fresh enough for their standards. That's one reason that I'd love to live by the sea. I would love to exist on mostly fish. What fun to buy it from the fishermen and have it that fresh!
We ordered a couple more Solas as we finished every last bite of Chef Carlos' ceviche. The wind was brisk. A bird trying to make headway, fighting against the wind put on quite a show for us.
We left La Playa planning to return, although we weren't able to do so on this trip. We will be back, however. We were very impressed.
We found this tiny restaurant by the sea by accident, but discovered before we left that it is a big favorite for the local expats, both those that live at the beach and many who live in Merida.
Everywhere I go...to get my hair cut, my nails done, or to the doctor, the question is, "Are you ready for Christmas?"
So are YOU ready for Christmas?
Myself, I am struggling with stocking stuffers. So,while I am combing online articles and Amazon for the perfect stocking stuffers, I thought I'd just share what I am finding. I know EVERYONE is doing the same thing!!
I have three boys and a girl (well....men and women) to stuff stocking for this year. First, I always buy Christmas ornaments and try to find something appropriate for that person that year. I bought three of the four online, and here's what I got: This truck ornament is for someone who just bought a new truck (although not red). Link This sailboat toy ornament is for someone who spends much of his summers on his boat (although it isn't a sailboat). Link
And let's just say that the receiver of this flask ornament is hard to buy for.... Link
Then there are the gag gifts. I bought the same thing for all thr…
In the first two blogs we explored some very important topics concerning why you might buy a drone, why would you ever want to get a drone sUAV license, and potential problems you might encounter if you take your drone to Mexico.
Well here we are a week or so later and we have actually purchased our first drone!! As of this writing, it is on a FEDEX truck somewhere in Illinois heading to Tulsa.
So how did we go about deciding which drone to buy?
It is very tempting to make your first drone purchase a very, very inexpensive one - let’s say less than
$150 or so. I went down this path for a while and read the reviews and watched all the videos. The
consensus seemed to be that you were getting what you paid for, and many reviewers had the sad
experience of losing control of their drone on either the first or second flight, and then crashing and burning, with the obvious result that they were both pissed off and felt that they had wasted their money. So how did this happen?
We finally took our first trip to Costco. It opened north of Brisbane shortly after we moved here, almost a year ago. We've always wanted to visit a Costco. Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we're from, doesn't have one, although they are getting one later this year! That Costco coming to Tulsa was one factor that finally got us to the Brisbane store. What we've heard about the crowds and the distance from our home have kept us from visiting before this, but now that we can use our card when we return to Tulsa, the time has come.
Costco wasn't so different from the Sam's Clubs we used to visit, but it was a really fun trip. Almost like a visit back home. We will not renew our Sam's membership when we return. Costco is a much more responsible employer. They pay their employees a living wage and treat them with respect and still make great profits. We feel we need to support a company like that with our dollars.
So here are a few fun observations from our first trip to Co…