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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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Loading Up the New Living Room

In this post, which I estimate will interest approximately four of our regular readers, one of whom will be my mom, I wanted to take a moment to show off how the living room is shaping up, now that we are loading it up with furniture. The fact is, shopping for furniture here is TOUGH. [...]

11Mar2009 | | 20 comments | Continued
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The Fussy Bus

On the unlovely busride to Playa Malcolm and I were joking that there should be a cross peninsula service for overgrown babies that offered sleeping draughts and Lazy-Boy recliners. Little did we know it already exists and once again becoming fluke millionaires slips through our fingers. On the way back over to Merida I inquired [...]

19Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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All By Myself (dont want to be)…

Alone in Mexico. All alone. Sadly, tragically and temporarily alone. Except for all the people and the 5 dogs I am hopelessly, existentially, maudlinly alone. Except for this beer swilling American on my left and that little guy reading The Bali Post to my right I am shipwrecked, abandoned, solo and sad. I used to [...]

23Jul2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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This Week´s Big Idea

I´ll never get around to implementing all my brilliant ideas so here´s one that´s up for grabs. Consider it my gift to you. What: a 1950s American kitch style soda fountain, serving milk shakes and patty melts, etc. It will appeal to expatting baby boomers as well as locals. Keep the menu simple and make [...]

18Jul2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Positive! Positive Positive Positive!

I have a tendency to forget. Why I wanted a break from the States and why being here was at first so enthralling. There are things I really love and appreciate about living in Mexico. Lets see if I can name a few… As mentioned in a previous post, I cherish the personal freedom to [...]

18Jul2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Veil Dropping In Merida

My first attempt at belly dancing class – in which, I chucked a U-ie on the Circuito Colonias where, apparently a U-ie ought not be chucked, and subsequently talked myself out of a ticket and ergo was escorted with lights flashing to a dance studio in the neighborhood of, but not precisely where class was [...]

18Jul2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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That Must Not Mean What I Think It Means

Mari couldn’t come to the house today because of a scheduling conflict: there is a junta at Marieli’s school that she was expected to attend. Unless the Progreso mothers are planning a violent overthrow of Candelaria elementary, that word must have a slightly less camouflaged coup d’etat meaning than I had previously thought.

29May2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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No Direction Home

It’s a very simple question, or it should be, and the answer was always automatic. Perhaps you pause before you state your age or invert the last four digits of your home and mobile phone numbers, but your home address you don’t forget. We’ve lived in Mexico for a year and a half and I [...]

24Mar2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Take My Puppy, Please

Further incentive for lovers of all things cute and small: the vermin that live on dogs may cause damage to baby making parts. According to Marcelo and Mari, who know a woman who was married for five years and didn’t have a baby, dogs were the cause. I am sure they think it is strange [...]

10Mar2008 | | 0 comments | Continued
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C’est Normal!

“Bureaucracy is the structure, and set of regulations in place to control activity, usually in large organizations and government.” It’s not all margaritas and siestas, folks. And we all know that before we move in, we do. It’s just a tiny bit maddening when you’ve been driving a rental car for 97 days and you [...]

6Mar2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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How to Not Be Mistaken for a Lady of the Evening (or late afternoon)

Don’t drink alone in bars (even if you’re reading a Difficult Novel) Don’t wear cowboy boots with denim shorts (AKA the Britney dictum) Don’t buy wine, baby oil and boy shorts on the same shopping trip (even if those items are truly unrelated) Don’t wave. don’t even raise your hand above your shoulders. not even [...]

18Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued