Oaxaca Highs and Lows

***As I was putting the finishing touches on this post,  the news broke that Mexico City and Puebla had been struck by a 7.1 mag. earthquake. Having just left Mexico City, and deciding that it was our favorite place in Mexico so far, we helplessly continue to watch the ongoing … Continue reading

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Moving on to Puebla

When Spanish school was over and done with, Jeff and I wasted no time moving on to our next destination, Puebla, Mexico. It was bittersweet saying adios to our friends, but we were brain-dead from six-weeks of nearly non-stop studying, and ready to explore more of this beautiful country that we … Continue reading

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Overtaxed in Taxco

It’s over.  Not what you’re thinking. School is over!!  And I don’t know when I’ve ever been so relieved, except for maybe that time on the Jerry Springer show when I got my DNA results back and found out I wasn’t Charles Manson’s child, but that’s anther story… If you recall, … Continue reading

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Spanish For Dummies

Last year, when Jeff and I decided to become Mexicans, we agreed that we would have to do more than just pay our money, prove our worth and spend a sizable amount of time standing in lines. No, that was all necesita, but there was one muy importante task needed to complete … Continue reading

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Sea of Cortez, Part Two

Welcome back and thanks for checking in. If you haven’t already, please check out Part One of our Sea of Cortez adventures. As I was saying, there were things we loved about the Sea, and some things, well…not so much. The loving part was easy. The wildlife was so diverse, … Continue reading

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All is Swell on El Gato

Any sailor will tell you that a”schedule” is merely a suggested date and time. After 19 days, however, J Cruise has not only stayed on schedule, but earned a day, as well. We have managed to depart within 10 minutes of “tee-time” each travel day, and have arrived close enough to … Continue reading

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Introducing J Cruise

Tomorrow El Gato will begin the journey that we have dreamed of for…well, not for that long. A year ago, this trip wasn’t even on our radar. But since buying a boat in California, we decided to sail around Mexico and Central America before crossing the Panama Canal towards the Caribbean … Continue reading

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Southbound on the Baja Peninsula

Despacio, Por Favor!! Please, SLOW THE $#@% DOWN!!! Jeff and I are driving a rental car from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico and beyond, down the Trans-Peninsular Highway.  1000 miles of 2-narrow lane, mostly paved, sometimes flat, often steep, monotonously straight, blindly-curvy cactus-lined and shoulder-lacking highway. We’ve become complacent in our current living situation … Continue reading

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The Art of Drinking

Now that Jeff and I are Mexicans, we’ve resolved to explore our adopted country more thoroughly. So this weekend, we visited Baja wine country in the Guadalupe Valley. Most gringos aren’t aware that some of the best wines in North America come from this area. With over 150 wineries and a … Continue reading

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Shakedown!

I’ve been told, no, promised, that I’d see whales on our sail to Catalina Island. It has been 10 hours, and I haven’t seen one breaching baleen. What I have seen are hearts. Big, red, mylar heart-shaped balloons, a reminder of this past weekends Valentines Day. They are floating on the … Continue reading

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