the places I visit on the island paradise where I live

Having left Ohio in 1981, I have been moving south ever since. First to Florida, then for the last 17 years, I have lived on the island of Cozumel with my husband and two dogs. Expat, designer, writer, photographer ... all my passions with a Mexican twist!

Sep 16, 2014

Kisses to Cabo

Cabo airport photo from Facebook
Living on the island of Cozumel, we all know what hurricanes are like. The devastation and fear, the worst part being after the storm passes normally. We were lucky with Wilma in one way, there was not a lot of loss of life. Property can be replace and it surely was. Now we need to send kisses to Cabo and the surrounding areas ... the Corridor, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the surrounding towns. These photos are so reminiscent of what we went through here in 2005.


The flooding and downed power lines are always a major problem after a storm. Here the municipio turned off the power to the town before Hurricane Wilma arrived. It made for a lot of inconvenience after the storm as each street had to be turned back on manually. Took tons of CFE employees from all over the country and weeks to accomplish, but it really saves lives.


Our hearts go out to all the people in the Baja Sur area where this took place. We truly do understand and commiserate.


Stay safe, Cabo, and hope your recovery is speedy. I am sure there will be relief efforts set up soon, with websites for donations. When I see them, I will add the links here.


Sep 15, 2014

Viva Mexico: Independence Day 2014 Part 2

Palacio Municipal September 2014
Definitely a deja vu experience. I know I had the same subject in a blog post from two years ago. I am not quite sure what they do inside this thing. Coca Cola bottles are stacked up in a circle with a different bottle in the middle. Maybe somebody can explain it to me.


Explain this to me?
Of course there will be rides galore and food to carry around and eat on the run, not to mention all the drinks. Everybody is setting up now and there are limited activities. Things will really gear up tomorrow and then our big day on Tuesday. 



Viva Mexico! Enjoy everybody. This is always a great time of year.


Just love all these colors!!


Sep 14, 2014

Viva Mexico: Independence Day 2014 Part 1

Cozumel Palacio Municipal
It is that time of year, our Independence Day is once again here. What I love most about it is all the colors and the excitement in the air. I love that the name Cozumel peeks out from under the banner at the Palacio Municipal, quietly announcing yes it is Independence Day - but Cozumel style.



The bandstand is set up in anticipation, and the event is a lot bigger this year than the last two years. Booths are set up from all over the country in all their glorious colors, both for food and drinks.

Food booth

Drinks booth
There is also a reenactment of the War of Independence showing some Mexican soldiers and on the other side of the main doors to the Palacio, the Spaniards. Who can identify the guy on the horse on the Mexican side?

Mexicans fighting for Independence in front of the Palacio

Spaniards on the other side of the main doors