The old Spanish Fort San Juan de Ulúa still stands watch over the bustling port of Veracruz, Mexico, but it is no longer filled with many tons of silver and gold.
This fort was built in 1565 on the isl... Read more
One of the great advantages of traveling, or better yet, living in a different country, is to see how others live their lives. If we are open to it, we can gain perspective and insight, not only into the human conditi... Read more
So, you want to build a house in Panama?
Be patient, be real patient. Everything will take longer than you are accustomed to. You will have to make many phone calls. You will n... Read more
We have been asked several times to compare the lifestyle of the very well known and established expat locations San Miguel de Allende with Ajijic, both in the Mexican Highlands. Let’s start with what they ... Read more
Las Posadas is the name for the popular celebrations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States and Panama during the nine days before Christmas (December 16-24... Read more
Three years ago UNESCO recognized two of my favorite places as World Heritage Sites.
One was a mountain in Italy and the other an ecosystem in Northern Mexico. Both places have something in com... Read more
When starting from where we stayed in our planned community in the agricultural countryside (“compo”), we would drive into the center (centro) of San Miguel de Allende in one of two ways, depending on whether we wante... Read more
The first Christian worship service in Mexico was in
1519 in La Antigua, Veracruz. Four years later the first chapel in the Americas was built by Hernán Cortés and is named the Chapel of the Ro... Read more
As we left the tropical splendor of the Ajijic area and drove generally east, it didn’t take long to be surrounded by farmland. Gently rolling hills dotted with trees reminiscent of Northern California chaparral l... Read more
In early 2014 my partner Vanessa and I sold almost everything we owned. Vanessa sold her house in the UK, and I sold my small island home in Panama.
NOTE: You can read more about this in my previous "Best Places... Read more
Are you unhappy with your life? Miserable at work? Don't like the area you live in?
Or maybe you are yearning for adventure, excitement and new challenges?
The reasons for dec... Read more
Making new friends in Mexico is EASY!
It seems that everything I do gives me opportunities for new friendships. Even on my first trip to Mexico, as a high school student, I made friends. I would... Read more