Jan 15, 2017

A Twenty Dollar Lock on a Three Dollar Chain

Your beliefs don’t make you a free thinker. 
The ability to change your beliefs
based on new information does. 

Fuerte (fort) de San Jose el Alto.  Entrance to fort on top of hill.

Campeche has a lengthy history, especially if you compare it to the western side of the US where anything older than 50 years is considered ancient…  Having left my hometown of Québec and visited Europe so long ago I had forgotten what it felt like to be surrounded by so much history, a feeling that we are enveloped with so many rich layers, each interesting in its own way.  The quietness of such thick walls and the spaciousness of tall ceilings adding to the charm. 

Jan 10, 2017

On the Other Side of Mexico… Another Side of Mexico and a New Year!

Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, 
sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.

Bob Dylan

Santuario de Guadalupe.  Decorated for the holidays.
From West to East mainland Mexico.

I am fully aware I should have known better than to think all of Mexico is the same but somehow, I did.  Because it is a foreign country I suppose, I did not expect to see new things after visiting it for five years, or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, no longer finding the things I had become accustomed to. 

Jan 5, 2017

May the New Year See You Loving, Giving and Living!

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. 

Dalai Lama

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Jan 1, 2017

From Waves and Tides to Potholes and Ruts, The Long Road to Campeche

I would rather have a mind opened
by wonder than one closed by belief.

Gary Spence

Tuxan (place of trees), our home sweet home for our first 2 weeks here
As stated in the prior post, we traveled by land (car) rather than boat to come to Campeche near the Yucatan on the east side of Mexico.  As the quote aptly states above, we feel we didn’t see much, traveling at 65-70 miles/hour, but we were rushing a bit to get away from the cold of winter and see the Monarch Butterflies.  We will hopefully travel more slowly on the way back.  Thankfully, while ‘wintering’ in the Campeche area, we can hike, bike, and take our time visiting.

Dec 28, 2016

Where They Left Us – Spontaneous Roadside Shrines

A man's dying is more the survivor's
affair than his own.

Thomas Mann

Lonely against dry grasses and blue sky
After driving over 3,500 km to get to Campeche Mexico, where we will be spending nearly three months exploring the greater area, and seeing many shrines lining the various roadways we took, I thought I’d try to get a better understanding of this phenomenon.  We were lucky that it was soon after the Day of Dead celebration when most families spruce them up.  They are very colorful for a few months.