The Road to Queretaro

Queretaro well

Land borders fascinate me. No matter how many I cross, I am always amazed by their peculiarity. I mean, a land mass is divided into ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’ and suddenly an entire way of life comes to a halt at a man-made line. Hard to wrap your head around, really. Especially at 6AM in the morning. Especially after six months in the US where Mexico seemed to be a distant (recurring) dream. These days I make the effort to be … Keep reading…

We’re Going Home

Home

I should be cleaning the house we are looking after right now. I should be packing. We drive to Denver to pick up the owners of the house tomorrow. Thursday, we begin the journey we have been craving for a while; the drive back ‘home’ to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I’ve spent almost seven years living in places other than my home city of Perth, Western Australia. I have certainly missed my friends and family (which is when I usually … Keep reading…

Finding Presence Amidst the Planning

Palenque Chiapas

Mexico has made it quite difficult for us to leave thus far. We tried to go to central America back in March but Guatemala chewed us up and spat us out (a little older and and wiser, I might add). When we crossed back over the border after an immensely confusing and challenging time with Tyrhone’s paramotor training, I could have kissed the ground. I think I may have, actually. It’s no secret I love this country. We both do. … Keep reading…

The Problem with House Sitting

isla corale guayabitos

Our first house sitting assignment is drawing to a close. It’s been a truly great experience and we have enjoyed almost every minute. While the humidity of the Mexican summer has certainly challenged us, it is starting to cool down and we are making the most of the fresh mornings and comfortable evenings. It’s been interesting to witness the sunset gradually move across the horizon and the days become shorter. We’ve loved watching the storms roll in over the mountains … Keep reading…

The long, hot Mexican summer: an update

El panorama Hotel

I think it’s safe to say we survived the long, hot Mexican summer! We arrived at our house sitting assignment in La Peñita de Jaltemba (don’t know where it is? Yeah, neither did we!) just over two months ago and it was HOT AS HELL. I settled into the high humidity by reassuring myself that my skin is always better in the tropics and threw myself into pool maintenance so I had someplace nice to cool off. Of course the … Keep reading…

The day Kim Kardashian stood me up

Kim-Kardashian-2

I was scrolling through instagram the other week and saw that my friend, Kim Kardashian was staying just an hour down the road in Punta Mita, along with her husband Kanye West and their baby daughter North. Punta Mita #mexiconightswithmysexyman “Perfect!” I thought as I quickly invited her and her ‘fam’ over for a pool party the following day via a comment on her instagram feed. I didn’t hear back, but I hadn’t asked for an RSVP so I took … Keep reading…

The day Mexico lost

Mexico lobster

The day Mexico lost to Holland in the world cup, we woke early to sip strong coffee on the roof terrace and watch the sun rise over the mountains. Deciding to take an early morning road trip, we bundled into the car and headed north on winding jungle roads. The town of Chacala was just waking up as we padded along its shores in the post-dawn light. We kept driving. The road snaked through hillsides and dense green jungle. We … Keep reading…

Bienvenidos a La Peñita de Jaltemba

Guadalupe-Guayabitos

Try saying that one five times! Welcome to La Peñita de Jaltemba, a small town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. We arrived on a rainy day.The clouds hung thick in the sky like sodden laundry and the streets, made from mud and stone, disappeared into giant potholes underneath our tires. “Uh ooooohhhh…” my internal dialogue began. I mean, they said it was local, but this is really local, I thought as we began … Keep reading…

A new design and a new direction

Pacific-view

The great thing about having a designer for a boyfriend is that you get free web design. The other thing is that you’re always last in the queue. Behind the projects of paying customers, behind TV watching and of course, flying. I’ve wanted to change things around here for a while. I’ve been busting to shake things up with a new design and slight change in direction but the truth is, it’s been good for me to be patient. I’ve … Keep reading…

Leaving San Miguel de Allende

Us

San Miguel de Allende was a soft landing for us. After the stress of Guatemala, mostly due to issues with Tyrhone’s paramotor training, having somewhere like San Miguel to gather ourselves and recover from such a challenging journey was an absolute blessing. We ended up in San Miguel because our friends Rob and Kellie were there. We had only met them briefly in Playa del Carmen but felt like we knew them well enough to impose ourselves at short notice. … Keep reading…