Meet Vibrant: Retired and Wandering

She must have been in her 60s. She was retired with children about my age. She was reflective and open-minded. Her energy and enthusiasm for life, people, and travel were wicked-awesome, without being over-the-top annoying. She brightened up my days. I met Vibrant in the dorm room one afternoon on Holbox Island. I was just…

Barefoot in Mexican Paradise

I haven’t worn shoes in 5 days. I also haven’t seen a McDonald’s, Starbucks, brand name hotel or any other chain business in this time. I’ve been doing yoga every day and have been to that spot  you see in all the beach vacation ads –  you know the one you think doesn’t actually exist, where…

Mexico’s Single Story

When I arrived in Cancun, I was sorely disappointed. The beaches were lovely, albeit a little busy, and the town was alive with tourists. But it really is not a beautiful city. It has no “wow” factor, nothing special to offer. It does not make me smile to see it, does not please me to…

NYE in the tame Valladolid, Mexico

Those of you who know me know that I don’t really care for New Year’s Eve. I just don’t feel the hype. But I do like special events, music, and wine. I rung in this new year in a quiet, relaxed kind of way – this is starting to be the routine. Valladolid is a small,…

Hola Puebla!

I’m told the Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I hear that many people think this is Mexico’s independence day. How shameful! In fact, Mexico’s independence day is September 16, and celebrated throughout the country. Cinco de Mayo, on the other hand, is only really celebrated where the Battle of Puebla was fought… in Puebla! Unfortunately…

A Day in Queretaro, Mexico

It was an early morning for me. I had big plans to head to Wal-Mart to pick up some things I couldn’t easily get in the smaller Mexican stores. I had been staying with a friend (Rocio) and her husband and son (Mario and Isaac). On a typical morning, I may have lazed in bed…

Warm Mexican People

What’s my favorite thing about Mexico? I love the food, the cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, ancient ruins, beaches, the food, the relaxed way of life, how they drive, the fact that movie seats are reserved… But what do I love most? The people. The warm, compassionate people. After Spanish class yesterday, I began wandering through…

Ridiculous and Ridiculously Awesome, Week 2

Week number 2 of this feature. Still looking for feedback (should I continue? Should I modify it? Better title suggestions? Something else?) Enjoy! For the past couple weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of wandering the streets of Queretaro, Mexico, eating the food (which completely put me out-of-commission my first weekend here!), interacting with the people, and…