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Reviewed: Hotel Ibis in Merida

Having stayed in our share of small Mexican hotels that are trying to copy the larger chains, usually with limited success, we had been regarding the newly-opened Ibis Hotel with a bit of a raised eyebrow. An overnight in “the big city” is not uncommon for us; we book a hotel room at the drop [...]

26Feb2010 | | 8 comments | Continued
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Renovating Our Beach House, Volume 7

If you have been following along, you know it has been a long road to take our squat, one-level “beach box,” a structure whose only intended purpose was to have a shady place for a wealthy Meridano to hang a hammock and drink a Sol in the summer, and turn it into a modern, year-round [...]

5Feb2010 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Renovating Our Beach House, Volume 6

As we may have mentioned in prior volumes, our house was built by the previous owners one room at a time, as money allowed, with no (as far as we can tell) over-arching plan driving the whole thing. Because of this, the bedroom was tacked on to the house with a separate entrance, which meant [...]

3Feb2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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… And We’re Back (But Not For Long)

As it turns out, as we have proven, you can abandon your pressboard life, board a plane to a place you’ve never been and carve out an existence – and a pretty sweet one at that – in an uncanny valley far, but not too far, from home. We didn’t drop off the edge of [...]

2Feb2010 | | 12 comments | Continued
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Dropped Out.

Jillian: How will it end, I wonder? In order to address this unanswerable question with poetry and symmetry, I look back to the beginning. Rereading the early entries, from the planning stages to our first enthralled weeks in Mexico, through all the trials up to this present moment; as I listen to the waves, I [...]

4May2009 | | 20 comments | Continued
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Only in Mexico: Electrified Flyswatter

In Mexico, there is a general assumption that you, as a member of the public, are going to try not to do anything stupid. In particular, you are going to take basic steps to avoid hurting yourself. Our favorite working example of this attitude, and one you are probably tired of hearing us repeat, is [...]

2Apr2009 | | 14 comments | Continued
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Renovating Our Beach House, Volume 5

Our never-ending quest for a life more awesome recently completed its most important chapter: the renovation of the living room. This was an important step, for one reason only: We will finally be DRY. Look, when you are still in the States, the idea of a beach house sounds like total paradise. And most of [...]

9Mar2009 | | 26 comments | Continued
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Renovating Our Beach House, Volume 4

Like many beach properties in Chelem and Chuburna, our house was pretty basic when we bought it. The “Beach Box” style of construction was, for a time, very popular in this area, and houses were purely functional. Wealthy Meridanos would use their beach homes for only a month or two per year, and houses were [...]

8Dec2008 | | 23 comments | Continued
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What Happened in Cancun

Just back from our second adventure in Mexico’s capital of ugly shorts and shake marijuana and we are exhausted. Saturday morning we packed up a rental car with my father in law and some egg salad sandwiches and set off across Highway 180. A blown back tire and 319 pesos in tolls later we arrived [...]

6Oct2008 | | 9 comments | Continued
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The Notion of “Expat Bars,” and Amigo’s Bar and Grill in Progreso

Before we dive headlong into our review of the newly-opened Amigo’s Bar and Grill in Progreso, there are a few things that need to be mentioned about so-called “expatriate bars,” in general and particularly as they exist in present-day Progreso. Many fellow Americans and Canadians living here in Yucatan have mentioned to me that they [...]

21Sep2008 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Renovating Our Beach House, Volume 3

You may remember when we teased you a few weeks ago with the unofficial “Volume 2.1” in the never-ending, 3,000 volume “Renovating Our Beach House” series. When last we spoke, all that had really happened was that all of our bedroom walls had been sledgehammered to the ground, which, though it made for some impressive [...]

4Sep2008 | | 10 comments | Continued
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If You´re Ever in Progreso and You Need to Get Online

Careminet laundry service and long distance phone call shop plus loteria desk also happens to be the best internet cafe in progreso. Yeah, I was as surprised as anybody. You may not be aware that I have been coming attcha from various spots in Progreso last week and today rather than nestled in the office. [...]

21Jul2008 | | 2 comments | Continued