The Vagabondians Have Landed

After downsizing in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, packing up our necessities for storage at our friend Tere’s house in Chapala while we spent three months back home in Texas, we have come back to roost in a village beside the biggest lake in Mexico, Lake Chapala. We have a quaint little apartment with beautiful views of the calm lake and surrounding mountains. Dixie’s wishes for a rooftop and a garden were granted by the Househunting Fairy Godmother, so all is well.

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The Organic Tianguis -- we finally made it!

What the heck is a “tianguis”? you might ask. Well, I believe it’s loosely translated as a flea market. Back in Chapala, Jalisco, MX, they had the weekly tianguis, and you could buy almost anything there. Blocks of temporary stalls lining both sides of the street, everything from shoes to clothing to jewelry to toys; live farm animals and all kinds of fresh produce; stalls where savory food was prepared before your eyes.

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Glenn on the Sun Pyramid

Post by Glenn Dixon.

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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like'

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Thunder! Lightning! Shelf cloud!

Nice, rare thunderstorm here in the mountain valley. [March 8, 2014]

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Halloween Parade in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Post by Glenn Dixon.

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Death in Mexico!

Mexican traditional celebration of the Day of the Dead is coming up! Altars to the dearly departed are going up everywhere, homes, shops, public buildings. We are in one of our favorite restaurants this morning, and the altar here is being built and the entire floor is covered with pine needles. As the story goes, the spirits are invited back to celebrate and honor the lives they lead, and families and friends celebrate at home and in the cemeteries with laughing, eating, singing, even Mariachi bands.

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Squinting in San Cristobal

Last night was tamale night, picking up where we had left off with good friends and making new ones. Wes picked up tamales prepared by hand, wrapped in banana leaves, traditional for this area. Some had pork, the rest were a mystery since he didn’t quite understand what the abuelita (little grandmother) told him. Some had molé sauce (that’s “mo-lay,” not the little blind rodent) with shredded chicken, others remained unidentified.

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A Year In Mexico

La Pochota -- a kapok tree that has been here since the town was founded in the 16th century We enjoyed San Cristobal de las Casas so much we ended up staying there for six months. But towards the end it began to feel like we had stayed too long. Eventually we began exploring our next move. When we discovered that some friends from Seattle were going to visit Belize in January, our plans were set.

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Palenque -- the Star of the Chiapas Maya Show

Our final day tour began by walking out of our compound and catching a collectivo on the road into the park for 10 pesos. It stopped at the gate, we paid our modest entry fee, and rode on down to the drop-off point several minutes down the road. There we could hire a guide (we did not) to show us around, buy water, food, or souvenirs. We walked on the nice, easy paths and climbed to the top of many incredible temples at this huge site.

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