Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Living in Mexico More Lessons Learned eBook Has Been Released!

 Healthy Living in Mexico eBook #5 is Available!

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Jon and Terry have been living in México for almost seven years now. They are still learning lessons about the culture, new places to visit, alternative ways to travel within the country, and some dangers in everyday life. Health care, buying and selling real estate, and end-of-life planning differ from those north of the border, so there is much to learn about these important issues.

Living the rustic life in a Sayulita barrio, a Mexican neighborhood, for six years was fun. But what happens when medical and dental care needs are not met in that small beach town? Time to reevaluate where to live and consider a move. Using the pros and cons list they compiled for the book “Retirement Before the Age of 59” (Healthy Living in Mexico #2) and recent experiences, they began considering a move to a bigger city with more to offer. Researching condominiums near the ocean led them to Puerto Vallarta.

Jon and Terry may have retired from RVing, but they still travel to interesting places in México. Follow them on their adventures and in everyday life as you read their stories about the last two years—more lessons learned during life in México.

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Spring Colors of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico


Primavera Tree and Bougainvillea in April

     The Spring colors here in Puerto Vallarta are amazing and include the many hues of the rainbow. These photos are only a sampling of the colors in our neighborhood, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, also called Old Town.
Two Old Bougainvilleas Intertwining their Colors
     Some colors occur naturally from tropical flowers. Others are from the gorgeous blues of the sky and ocean as they change together from day to day.
Red Bougainvillae a Few Blocks from Our Home
     Gay Pride week brought rainbow-striped flags and banners. Murals add more color to our view as we walk around the Romantic Zone. Colorful mosaic tile benches are being created daily in Lazaro Cardenas Park--something new to see every time we walk through.
Getting Ready for Gay Pride Week
Gay Pride Parade Beginning

Gay Pride Colors Against Blue Sky
Murals Add Color to the Neighborhood
New, Pretty Mosaic Tile Bench in Lazaro Cardenas Park
A Costumed Dancer on the Beach

Squirrel Building Her Nest in the Mango Tree

     The blue water in the pool, ocean, and sky soothe. Then sunsets bring the most amazing oranges and golds.

      Photos don’t begin to capture the beauty here. But it gives a sense of what you will see when you visit or move here. We're glad we live in Puerto Vallarta full-time.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Similarities Between Isla Mujeres and Sayulita--Are All Pueblo Mágicos Like This?

Isla Mujeres, Mexico Centro

     Isla Mujeres reminded us a little of Sayulita which is also a Mexican Pueblo Mágico. Both towns started as small fishing villages and then were discovered. They’ve become popular and crowded, especially during high season. Both towns have narrow streets filled with tourists driving golf carts and motos. We were glad we had experienced the dangers of an out-of-control golf cart flying toward us much too fast, driven by an inexperienced person who had just been handed the keys for the first time and likely had already enjoyed two or three margaritas at the beach bar. We know of too many pedestrians in Sayulita who have been hit by amateur golf cart drivers. Best to be ready to jump out of the way while walking the streets of these tourist towns!

     One other thing that reminded us of Sayulita was the electricity outage. One evening while lounging in our condo on Isla Mujeres, the power went out—all over the island! It was a hot evening in early Spring and most likely too many people had turned their air conditioners on and overloaded the capacity of the village’s electrical system. Déjà vu—memories of hot summer nights in Sayulita with no air conditioning because the power had gone out and stayed out for hours, sometimes days. That was another reason we’d moved to Puerto Vallarta.

     By morning, much of the island had electrical service restored. But not at the north end where we were staying. A crew of four men and a woman were working on the electrical transformer next to the condominiums—something must have blown out. We were told they would have the parts from Cancun in two hours. Two Mexican hours? We were without power for over 24 hours.

     The worst part was that there was no water flowing to the condos either.  Water was pumped into the buildings with electrical pumps—no electricity, no water pumps, no water. That meant no showers and no water to flush the toilet. Fortunately, we still had two-and-a-half garrafónes of drinking water and knew how to do the “bucket flush”. We poured a couple of gallons of purified drinking water into the mop bucket and then dumped it into the toilet bowl. Down went the waste products.

     I have to admit, after returning from our snorkeling trip to find we still couldn’t take a shower, we used the swimming pool to cool off and rinse the dried salt from our bodies. And we weren’t the only ones… Thankfully, the pool bar was open and the bartender was keeping all of us happy.

     Are all Pueblo Mágicos becoming too popular? Are the infrastructures not being improved quickly enough to keep up with the number of tourists visiting and foreigners moving there? I would love to hear some feedback on this before we travel to another Magic Village.

      This is an excerpt from my new book Living in Mexico More Lessons Learned (Healthy Living in Mexico #5). I hope you enjoy the rest of the book. Available worldwide from Amazon.

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