The loud speaker in my ear is blaring commands in Spanish, my ears picking up only certain words. Traveling to a foreign country is exciting and nerve wracking. With a 2 hour layover in Mexico City to my final destination of Merida, I stopped in at Starbucks for the universal language of coffee. Ordering my Cafe’ Vanilla Latte only understanding gracias and de nada, I realized how important a smile can be.
Evaluating my options of how to spend my 2 hours, I decided it best to pull out my laptop and write. Flying into this massive overwhelming city, I did not realize the skyscrapers that existed here. It is funny how tourism images paint a photo of a place in our mind. Most Americans associate Mexico to drug lords and beaches. Continue reading
50% of all babies from the baby boomer generation were women, and now they are all grown up and ready to retire. This first generation of women who worked and earned respectable money are done raising children, single, and looking for somewhere to retire abroad. Continue reading
A strong topic of debate in the United States is the cost and access of good healthcare. Many changes have occurred in the healthcare system during the current administrations term. Many people I know, are still without healthcare and unable to get access to affordable plans, even with Obama Care. Continue reading
For approximately fourty - fifty American dollars ($40-50) you can get on a 1st class bus and travel from Cancun to Mérida in approximately 4 hours time. This bus service is known as ADO, and is air-conditioned and tv, making your ride more comfortable... Continue reading
Americans flock to the beaches of Cancun to escape harsh winter months and the everyday grind in the United States. Miles of hotel-lined beach see an average of 3.3 million visitors a year, luring travelers with all-inclusive deals and booze.
Tired of the slurred conversations, sunburns, and the same guacamole and chips served daily, I searched for a new destination in Mexico. Party crowds were not fulfilling my need for a relaxing and stimulating beach vacation... Continue reading
Living in Mexico, does not mean giving up modern conveniences such as shopping and fine dining. The capital city of Mérida, has everything you could possibly ask for, including a side of charm. Getting my vote for the happiest city in Mexico, and quite possibly North America, Mérida offers state-of-the-art facilities to meet everything from cultural to medical needs. Respecting both sophistication and relaxation, this one-of-a-kind city offers an energy that beckons travelers from across the globe. Rest assured, your Mérida lifestyle can be as hip or laid back as you want it to be, but don’t take my word for it, visit to find out for yourself. Continue reading
Each morning, the sun rises in the east, and slowly makes a journey across vast skies before setting in the west. The ancient Maya believed the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, would shine in the sky all day before transforming himself into a jaguar at night to pass the Xibalba, the Maya underworld. Ancient Mayans were keen astronomers, recording and interpreting every aspect of the sky. Continue reading
Originally under the influence of Spain, Sisal, Mexico, was granted a port on February 13, 1810 by the Spanish Goverment. Gaining independence in 1811, Sisal became a key influence in Yucatan history, operating as the principal port for the state capital, Merida. Located approximately 32 miles from the city, Sisal was a natural and convenient choice for proximity to the sea and trade route access. Continue reading
Laying eyes on a flamingo in a bird sanctuary, zoo, or amusement park does not capture the true beauty and essence of this mysterious creature. Peaking through the mangrove-lined lagoon in Sisal, Mexico I was inspired by this pink feather dressed bird. This magnificent animal stands on what appears to be more no more than sticks, stretching as long as 30 to 50 inches long.
As I canoed through a private, unspoiled lagoon, I gazed at the American Flamingos that lined the shoreline as if they were a painting and time was standing still. This protected land of Sisal will… Continue reading
Mexico, Cancun or Chichen Itza is probably one of the first things to come to mind when speaking of the Mayans from the Yucatan Peninsula. Preserving this ancient history and culture is important to many in this Mexican state. Mayans carry a sense of pride. Proud of their heritage, families and work. There is a lot to be gained from visiting and getting to know those that live and protect this region of the world. Understanding their uniqueness and respect for each day is both inspiring and encouraging.
Merida offers something for everyone, including: History, Arts, Architecture, Crafts, Theatre, Culinary… Continue reading