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We were recently interviewed by Todd Nevins for his Go Hunt Life! podcast.

Todd interviews people who have pulled the ripcord on life and have made a big change. It was a fun conversation! And we realized that we have a number of mutual friends with Todd – pretty cool.

Unfortunately, I say “um” about 12,000 times. Dang! I have to work on that.

Check it out – Dodging Goats and Selling it All For a Life Working in and from Mexico 

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Nopales - YouTube

Join Total Health by Elizabeth and Dona Sonia & Chef Marco as they show how to shop for, clean and prepare cactus pads (leaves/paddles).

A few things discussed in the video:
  • How to shop for nopales – what to look for,  what to avoid
  • How to clean and store them
  • How to cook them. If you’d like the recipe in this video, click this link.
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Washing Fruit & Vegies in Mexico - YouTube

Join Total Health by Elizabeth and Dona Sonia & Chef Marco as they show how to make sure that you stay safe and healthy while visiting or living in Mexico.

Covered in this video:
  • Why you want to wash your fruits and vegetables even if you live in the US & Canada
  • Pros & Cons to the different methods: Microdyn, vinegar, bleach
  • Organic vs Conventional produce
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I know I’ve already posted a bunch of pics from San Miguel de Allende, but I can’t help it – the city is beautiful.

Parraquia

The domes remind us of Florence

Fountain

Church

Hand door knockers and pineapple lights

Wedding

One afternoon there was a wedding, All of the guests paraded through the square. There were musicians, dancers, guys on stilts, puppets – it was quite a fiesta!

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As part of our first trip to San Miguel de Allende, we took in as much food as we could handle!

Coffee

There’s a bunch of adorable coffee shops around town.

Cafe!

Mas Cafe!

Food Tour

One day we did a food tour with Taste of San Miguel. We LOVE doing food tours when we travel, as it’s a great way to see the city and experience a variety of good eats.

Peruvian Ceviche

Kitchen

Tortilla soup

Cochinita Pibil and margaritas

Black Mole Enchiladas

Ice Cream

Local Beer

Café San Agustín

Churros con Chocolate and Coffee at Café San Agustín. Best churros we’ve ever had.

Great food everywhere

In addition to the food tour, there’s good eats everywhere.

We walked a ton – and that builds up an appetite.

Ant Eggs and Grasshoppers!

Calamari and a good bottle of Italian Red

Chilaquiles with Cecina

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Recently we took an extended weekend trip and visited San Miguel de Allende. I took about seventy zillion pictures, so I’ll likely break this trip up into multiple posts.

The colors in the city are incredible. Everywhere you turn there’s a beautiful building, church, painting, flowers, or people.

San Miguel is well over 500 years old, and is an amazingly beautiful colonial city. Because of its location and higher elevation, the weather is perfect. Slightly cool in the mornings and evenings, and 75 and sunny during the day, all without humidity. It’s a perfect escape from the heat and humidity of where we live in Quintata Roo.

San Miguel de Allende

Old-school transportation

Getting There

We flew from Cancun to Leon, which is about a 2.5 hour flight. We flew on Interjet, which is one of the smaller Mexican airlines. Similar to JetBlue, Interjet seems to be competing by offering a better experience. They offer a lot of legroom (34″ of pitch!), free checked bags, free snacks and drinks (including free alcohol!). We had a great experience flying Interjet.

We then hired a car service (Viajes San Miguel) for the ride from the airport in Leon to Sam Miguel. It’s about a 1.5 hour car ride.

Hotel

We stayed at Casa 1810, which is a boutique hotel in the center of San Miguel. It’s a 1-minute walk to the jardin (the central park) and the Parroquia (the famous pink church).

It’s a beautiful hotel with excellent service.

On the rooftop bar of our hotel

View from the rooftop bar of our hotel

Around Town

View from a cool rooftop bar we stumbled upon

Elizabeth and a mojiganga

Colorful homes are everywhere

So festive!

Perfect little vignettes are everywhere

Wrap Up

OK, I think that’s enough pics for now. More to come later…

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This weekend we went to the Cirque du Soleil JOYÁ show for the first time – it was simply fantastic! The theater is at the Vidanta resort, which is only about 15 minutes from our house.

We chose the Dinner, Show, and Champagne tickets.

We arrived a bit early to walk around the beautiful grounds and have a pre-show cocktail in the bar.

Pre-show cocktails

The bar

Pre-show entertanment

We then were escorted to our seats – front row!

There was an assorted of snacks to get started with, and a bottle of champagne waiting for us.

Before the show is about an hour for dinner and pre-show entertainment. There were live musicians on stage – and they were crazy good.

Dinner

Just like the show – the dinner is a spectacle unto itself.

Champagne and starters

Appetizers

Dragon’s Breath

The main course – Short Ribs

Post dinner – they bring out a book…

…which opens to reveal an assortment of desserts

All of the food was delicious – and the presentation was over the top. Every course was filled with oohs and aahs!

The show

Obviously, the show itself is the main attraction.

There were trapeze artists, dancers, trampoline artists, incredible feats of agility and strength – all were incredible. The story line weaved its way through the entire show. Plenty of fun and laughs and smiles along the way.

We had only seen one other Cirque show, and it was a traveling one that came through Austin a few years ago. This was MUCH better!

Sorry – I didn’t end up taking pics during the show – I was too mesmerized watching!

Obligatory Tourist Photo

Like every good tourist attraction, they take photos of you and then try to sell you over-priced prints. What the heck – sometimes you just gotta embrace the tourist experience.

Wrap Up

We thoroughly enjoyed our Joya experience.  And it’ll be a great place to take friends and family when they come to town.

One of their tag lines is “An experience for the senses”. We would definitely agree.

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I was recently invited by some friends to be part of the crew sailing their catamaran from Mexico to Key West.

They’re normally based out of Key West, where they do sailing charters. Before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, they escaped Key West, and set sail for Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is a small island just off the coast of Cancun.

We’ve been trying to sail back to Key West for about a month, but it’s been one storm after another.
Finally we were ready to set sail, and then hurricane Nate blew into the Caribbean.  We saw a good weather window open up right after the storm passed.

So last Friday, we popped over to Isla Mujeres. We decided to ride the storm out on Friday night on Isla, then set sail on Saturday.

This was my first time on an overnight, open-water sailing trip – it was great!

I was with a great group of friends, and I learned a ton.

The Makara

The Makara is a 47-foot luxury charter sailing catamaran.

4 bedrooms (with queen beds), 4 bathrooms, galley, salon, cockpit – it’s a beautiful boat.

Lots more details about the boat are on the World Sailings Adventures site.

The Journey

We set sail on Saturday afternoon, and arrived on Monday afternoon – almost exactly 48 hours.

Total distance was 362 nautical miles. Average speed was about 8 knots, with a maximum speed of 13.0 knots.

It was nice weather, with just a small amount of rain here and there, and the seas were fairly steady. A few hours of occasional bumpiness, but overall it was a super nice sail.

You can’t just stop and anchor out in the middle of the ocean, so it was a non-stop voyage. We worked in 4 hour shifts – 4 on, 4 off. We were either manning the helm, available as support for whoever was manning the helm, or catching some Z’s.

Here’s a short video with some highlights from the trip.

World Sailing Adventures

If you’re interested in doing a charter with them, their website is https://worldsailingadventures.net or on Facebook at worldsailingadventures

Next spring they’re sailing to Bermuda, then to the Azores, then on to Ireland and Scotland.

I’m already trying to figure out if I can make it work and be onboard for at least part of that trip.

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We recently went to Xoximilco with a group of friends – it was a blast!

Xoximilco is a “floating Mexican fiesta”. You spend the evening on these boats that are poled through a series of canals. There’s dinner, and open bar.

It’s basically a drink fest – and it’s totally fun!

The boat captain is an entertainer, and does a lot to keep everyone having a great time.

Open Bar

Each boat holds about 20 people. The center of the boat is long table, and in the center of the table is a built-in cooler full of beers, water, sodas, canned margaritas, juices, and bottles of liquor (tequila, run, and vodka). It’a all you can drink all night. When one bottle of tequila is emptied, the boat captain pulls out another bottle. All night.  You’ll want to hire a driver or take a cab, for sure.

The boats – called trajineras

Dinner

There’a 4 courses – each person gets an appetizer platter, then quesadillas, then a dinner platter, then a dessert platter. The food is meant to be tastings of foods from around the country. They describe it as “various samples of Mexican gastronomy.”  Honestly, the food was average. Although you don’t go to Xoximilco for the food. You go to drink, hang out with cool people, enjoy some music, and do a little drunken boat dancing.

The website lists all of the details of the food.

Dinner, Appetizers, and Desserts

Chapulines (grasshoppers)

Fun!

My wife loves props!

Music

There’s a variety of live music throughout the evening – mariachi, norteño, ranchero, etc. As you go through the canals, you pass by musicians on land, and others on boats.

Fireworks!

I’m not sure if they always do fireworks or not. It was the weekend celebrating Mexican independence day, so the fireworks may have been a special celebration. Either way – it was a great end to the evening.

Fireworks!

México lindo y querido (Lovely, beloved Mexico)

Discount for Residents

If you’re a resident of Qunitana Roo, you get a 50% discount! 

Drink fest at a discount – even better!

La Conclusión

We had a fabulous time at Xoximilco! We went with a great group of 10 friends, and we would definitely go back. It’s definitely a touristy place, but even so, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Lots of tequila, lots of smiles, lots of laughs!

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Our little blog was recently listed in the Top 100 Expat Blogs and Websites for Expatriates!

We’re #62 on the list. Not too shabby considering that we just started this a few months ago.

We don’t blog for awards, but it’s still kinda cool to be picked up in a list like this.

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

OK, now back to creating real content. But first, maybe a celebratory margarita…

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