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Duck Duck Mongoose Duck Duck Mongoose

Duck Duck Mongoose

The mongoose is one of the fiercest creatures, in the animal kingdom, when it comes to killing SNAKES!
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Por Favor Señor Postman Por Favor Señor Postman

Por Favor Señor Postman

A trip to the Palacio de Correos de Mexico, one of the most beautiful buildings we've ever seen!

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All Dolled Up All Dolled Up

All Dolled Up

With beautiful craftsmanship and detail, the Otomi dolls of Queretaro have become the national doll ambassador of Mexico!
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For What Ails You For What Ails You

For What Ails You

We stepped way outside our comfort zone and experienced an ancestral healing in Cuenca, Ecuador.

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Pigging Out in Cuenca Pigging Out in Cuenca

Pigging Out in Cuenca

One thing we've learned, as travelers, is to have an open mind when it comes to food. We opened our minds, as well as, our mouths and enjoyed many traditional foods of Cuenca, Ecuador.
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The Eco-Incredible Incas The Eco-Incredible Incas

The Eco-Incredible Incas

Museo Pumapungo in Cuenca, Ecuador, is rich with ruins, artifacts and knowledge about the Inca Empire and their agricultural genius.
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Heads Off in Ecuador Heads Off in Ecuador

Heads Off in Ecuador

The Shuar tribe, outside of Cuenca, Ecuador, is known for shrinking the heads of enemies killed in battle, and then when European and American demand for the treasures became so huge, more than just enemy heads were...
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Hats Off to Ecuador! Hats Off to Ecuador!

Hats Off to Ecuador!

One of the coolest things about being here in Ecuador is the hats, specifically Panama hats! It took us a little digging to find out why a hat created and manufactured in Ecuador was named after a different country,...
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Dem Bones Dem Bones

Dem Bones

We found this quaint, delightful museum while we were seeking indoor adventures, as it rained in Cuenca, Ecuador.
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Walking the Talk Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk

We got over our aversion to being labeled tourists to experience the Historical Walking Tours of San Miguel de Allende, and we loved it!

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Paint the Town Paint the Town

Paint the Town

San Miguel is an artist's mecca. One of the coolest parts is the Guadalupe area where every street is a feast of color, creativity and eye candy.

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Holy Holy Holy Holy Holy Holy

Holy Holy Holy

This year in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was the best Easter we have ever had! 

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Mexican Mask-erade Mexican Mask-erade

Mexican Mask-erade

Visiting the San Miguel Mask Museum was a blast...and we learned so much!

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Plastic Madness Plastic Madness

Plastic Madness

San Miguel de Allende creative art exhibit made from plastic trash found on beaches.
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The Hurricane Diet The Hurricane Diet

The Hurricane Diet

This was a story we did last Halloween while we were still on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. No electricity, no running water, no cell reception and no Internet. Thus, no posting! Halloween came and went and this one...
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Butcher, Baker, Chocolate Maker Butcher, Baker, Chocolate Maker

Butcher, Baker, Chocolate Maker

One of our favorite things about traveling to new places can be summed up in one word:  FOOD! 
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Bringing Home the Bacon Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the Bacon

I’ve had a love affair with bacon all my life. In fact, it’s the main reason I’m not a vegetarian. But folks, Ed and Peg’s bacon is no ordinary bacon. It’s more like meat candy.
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Cooking Belizean with Chef Rick Cooking Belizean with Chef Rick

Cooking Belizean with Chef Rick

If you really enjoy eating, it's great to have good friends that are professional chefs. We lucked out with Chef Rick, here in Belize!

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Ajaw - The Chocolate Maker Ajaw - The Chocolate Maker

Ajaw - The Chocolate Maker

I love chocolate. Always have, always will. But, to be honest with you, I've never given much thought as to where it comes from. I’ve always been aware that there was such a thing as a cacao bean, but frankly,...
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Care Packages Care Packages

Care Packages

September is definitely hurricane month for this part of the planet.  They happen.  They are serious business and should be taken seriously when they occur.
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Where Everyone Knows Your Name Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

How does this sound to you? The coldest Belikin beer in Belize with a side flask of Caribbean Rum…with your name taped on it.  Or throwing darts with a group of locals and expats that make you feel like...
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Holy Cow! Holy Cow!

Holy Cow!

Before coming here I thought that Belize was basically one big jungle. I thought we’d see exotic jungle animals everywhere, like monkeys, toucans, and maybe even crocodiles. But we’ve never...
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Beware the Tata Duende Beware the Tata Duende

Beware the Tata Duende

One of the most popular tales told, to even tiny children, is one about a troll-like characters called Tata Duende.  He is creepy, tricky and downright scary, so be afraid, very afraid.
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Fish Monitor Fish Monitor

Fish Monitor

When I’m writing or cartooning, I get really absorbed in what I’m doing. If you write, or have ever lived with a writer or artist, you know what I’m talking about.
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Shell Shock Shell Shock

Shell Shock

So, here we are at a wonderful housesit on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, also known as the Mexican Riviera.  It’s gorgeous, however getting here was arduous, at best.
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To Market, To Market To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market

John and I have always loved going to estate sales, yard sales and farmer's markets.  There’s something about buying from local community members that is special and we have always made it an adventurous...
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Meet the Menagerie Meet the Menagerie

Meet the Menagerie

Prepare to be wowed by some of the cleverest, cuddliest and cutest animals south of the “wall.”  Meet the menagerie of Rancho San Francisco.
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Maybe Mañana Maybe Mañana

Maybe Mañana

Reflections on 2017, looking to mañana, 2018.

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Acclimation Acclimation

Acclimation

Our next house sit is in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.  Before jumping into a new culture and country, we decided that it would be best to go to the U.S. for a week to wash our salvageable clothes, take hot showers,...
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Bittersweet Farewell Bittersweet Farewell

Bittersweet Farewell

We said farewell to Vieques, Puerto Rico, on November 2nd. For us, goodbye is bittersweet, especially when it means we are walking away from memories, special friends, a weeping community and an island limping...
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Bug of the Day Bug of the Day

Bug of the Day

John grew up in New Orleans. He’s been through a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms.  He understands hurricane preparation, as well as hurricane recovery.  One of the things he tried to get me...
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What's My Line? What's My Line?

What's My Line?

We've learned so much about what it takes to be disaster/hurricane survivors.  Our friend Bill describes Viequense survival with the three R's:  resilience, resourcefulness and respect.  The people on...
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Telephone Hill Telephone Hill

Telephone Hill

We are three weeks past Hurricane Maria now. We’ve been told that full cell reception will be restored any day. Right!
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The Bare Necessities The Bare Necessities

The Bare Necessities

Last year when we downsized (sold our cars, home, furniture, business and personal belongings) to travel the world as house sitters, we thought we were trimming our lives down to the bare bones.  We kept only...
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Iguana Refuge Iguana Refuge

Iguana Refuge

Before we came to Vieques we had done our research about all the critters here on the island.  We knew that there were supposed to be a lot of iguanas here.  Either we weren't paying attention at the...
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They Call This Wind Maria They Call This Wind Maria

They Call This Wind Maria

Nothing that we went through during Irma prepared us for what Hurricane Maria did to us and the beautiful island of Vieque, Puerto Rico. We had followed the hurricane experts' predictions about Maria's path and we...
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20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma 20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

20 Things I Learned from Hurricane Irma

Yesterday was the 7th day we had no power, Internet, or water.  We have limited cell reception if you stand in a certain place on our upper porch and hold your head a certain way.  So all of our family and...
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Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

John is a hurricane pro. I’m a hurricane rookie. As we sit here this evening and wait for Irma, I can’t help but think that this past week’s hustle and bustle and preparations here on...
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Chanticleer Alarm Clocks Chanticleer Alarm Clocks

Chanticleer Alarm Clocks

Today's solar eclipse got me to thinking about how marvelously tuned in with the universe the feathered friends that share our yard actually are. They knew something cosmically weird was going on and they shut...
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Creepy Crawlies Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

Yesterday my younger sister Della snapped and sent us these two incredible photos of local beasties that inhabit the wily northern kingdom called Yellowstone, which is close to where she lives.
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The Legend of Mango Dump Road The Legend of Mango Dump Road

The Legend of Mango Dump Road

The house we are sitting, here on Vieques, Puerto Rico, is in a barrio called Monte Santo, which is right smack dab in the middle of the island. To get to either of the two towns on the island, we normally take the...
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Mosquito Pier Mosquito Pier

Mosquito Pier

Where else could you walk a mile over clear, turquoise water?  Where else could you swim with the turtles, and enjoy postcard perfect coastline views that will take your breath away with no crowds, no tourist...
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Monster Mango Buffet Monster Mango Buffet

Monster Mango Buffet

Today I learned a valuable lesson in proper mango management and what size vessels are needed when collecting mangos. Here's what happened.
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El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop

El Perro Negro and the Flip Flop

One of our favorite places here on Vieques Island is the National Wildlife Refuge.  It used to be a US Naval Base.  It has the best, most even stretch of paved road on the island.  At the end of the...
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Mango Munch Festival - Horses Welcome Mango Munch Festival - Horses Welcome

Mango Munch Festival - Horses Welcome

We’d heard that the horse to human ratio here on Vieques was about 1:3. One horse to every three people.  According to the latest census, the island’s population is right around 8000.  So...
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Doing the Mango Tango Doing the Mango Tango

Doing the Mango Tango

Growing up in Dallas, I can’t remember eating mangos or even seeing them in the grocery stores.  Mangos were just not on my radar. That completely changed when we arrived here on Vieques.  
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The Zapper The Zapper

The Zapper

John is a mosquito magnet.  He’s been this way since I’ve known him.  No matter how much toxic bug repellent he slathers on, they still seem to love taking a bite out of him.  Chiggers are...
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Adios Pinkie! Hola Stripe! Adios Pinkie! Hola Stripe!

Adios Pinkie! Hola Stripe!

We figured we'd take a leisurely stroll through San Juan, get an incredible deal on a new piece of luggage and then stroll back to the hotel.  A perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning in a beautiful city,...
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Luggage Lampoon Luggage Lampoon

Luggage Lampoon

Our plans have been to wander, as tourists, around San Juan before traveling to Fajardo then catch the ferry to Vieques. John booked us two nights in the Courtyard by Marriott  - San Juan Miramar and...
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Old San Juan Old San Juan

Old San Juan

This was John’s second trip to Old San Juan, my first.  I was amazed at how beautiful and clean it was.  Full of statues, history, friendly people and old world charm.  There was something really...
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