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Tips and Observations About Driving Through Baja California, and the Release of Your “Inner Mexican”

Four way stop in MexicoDriving…
in …
Mexico.
 
These three words are enough to strike fear into any news watching / Internet reading American. We are led to believe that we would either be kidnapped or just plain murdered within minutes of crossing the border. Even Mexicans who lived in the US advised us against driving in Mexico.
 
So, in order to add some firsthand experiences into the mix, and at the risk of contradicting...

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Watch What You Say, You May Be Taken Seriously

Across from our high rise in Coronado was once a small hostel, and its owner was a friend of ours.  But he had some quirks.  He liked animals.  Once he bought two large roosters, and they loved to crow at all times of the day.  One week I had a Colombian painter in my place doing some work, and the roosters started crowing.  I told him I wished those things would get lost.  Next morning he arrived with a box of doughnuts.  I figured that was nice of him,...

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Building a House in Panama Part 2- A Christmas Miracle!

Wall of house being built in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhat does it take to build a house in Panama?
 
This is what I was able to get done in the last 12 months:
  • Paint on the exterior walls.
  • Interior walls erected on the second floor.
  • The building permit, occupational permit, the power lined dropped and hooked up.
  • Purchased a car!
It was a productive year, apparently.  Although I didn't realize that until I took a look back and made a list of the year’s...

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