We left one paradise for
another and our route took us across the Mexican-Guatemala border to one of our
favorite towns, Comitan,
Family-centered Comitan has great weather,
clean streets and little crime
After a week at Hotel Las
Faroles at 350 Pesos per night for our mini-suite and kitchenette, we bused to Tuxtla Gutierrez where we caught a
VivaAerobus flight to Guadalajara for a net price of $58 USD each. VivaAerobus as well as
are newer discount airlines and offer some great prices within Mexico as well as
routes to the U.S. such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and
We landed in Guadalajara,
and for 300 Pesos we taxied to
Chapala - well, actually Ajijic, a town to the west of Chapala - which is a
large Gringo haunt. For five weeks we house sat a beautiful 3 bedroom home for an even
more beautiful lady. This gave us a completely new perspective of
our "old" stomping grounds and allowed us to see these same places through
All the comforts of home
- our house sit in Mexico
Once we were settled in,
Akaisha took off for
California leaving me "home alone" for a month. I tried my
best to get into trouble and dined regularly at - by far - the best
seafood joint Lakeside called Tabaka. For 49 Pesos a plate, the
Spanish chef cooked to perfection sea bass, grouper, or any number of other
fish. A couple of unique salads, freshly made bread and a side of garlic butter
completed the meal. I could have my choices of wine by the glass or maybe a cappuccino
as I leisurely spent a couple of hours in this open-air restaurant.
By mid-July our house
setting gig was up so I relocated to central
Chapala, right in the middle of daily activity, to await Akaisha's return. A
stone's throw to the Plaza and 6 minute walk to the malecon, our studio
apartment was an ideal location to spend the last few days before heading back
on the road.
Chapala's malecon offers natural beauty and
Our house sitting plans in
the Colonial City of
Antigua, Guatemala were solidifying, so more air-tickets were
purchased and travel arrangements were made to get us the 900 miles back to Guatemala.
A great area to travel
Basically, we reversed our previous
journey, however this time staying in San Cristobal de las Casas where we would
meet up with a friend. Jon invited us to stay at
their place on the
coast of the Mexican Yucatan and has since moved to San Cristobal.
Our $25 a night digs in San Cristobal
He made it possible to stay
in a large 1200 sq. ft. apartment in his complex for $25 USD per night and we very much
enjoyed the wine bars and bohemian lifestyle that
San Cristobal offers. We had a time commitment
and couldn't linger in San Cristobal so we bused back into Guatemala staying one
Huehuetenango and then headed on into Antigua to set up house.
We have a
lightweight lifestyle, but to keep connected with family, friends, news, and
to run our website, we must have internet.
We have been traveling
through Mexico and Guatemala now for two years and have purchased Internet Dongles or
3G USB devices
allowing us to connect via cell phone/towers. Basically they work like a prepaid
cell phone, so anywhere there is a cell connection you can connect your computer
to the internet. They are not perfect nor inexpensive, but they are a good backup for when we
are on long distance buses or in places without Wifi. We have found that having
these broadband devices gives us more freedom in our travels.
Internet dongles or 3G broadband device
In every case where I
have purchased one of these dongles they have asked for my name, local address,
passport and passport number in order to register the device. It is not a simple matter
of purchasing it and installing it myself. My personal information is required before the sale is complete.
At this point I ask them to
install the device on my computer. Installation can be as smooth as silk but most
likely it takes an hour of trials and tech support. Each time - and there have been four
so far - the techies have come through for me and I have left the store confident
that I will have internet from wherever I have a cell connection.
dongles usually come with a “free” two weeks - to one month access, depending on usage. I
have run out of a one-month trial in ten days, but I am a heavy user and this
was expected. At this point, I simply go to any place where I can add Pesos,
Quetzales or other currencies to the Sims card number provided at time of purchase to receive more access. After
this, I am
Entrance to "our" place in Antigua
Happily, "our" place in Antigua is in a
native neighborhood, a short
distance or about a 20 cent bus ride to the Central Plaza, which is the hub of
sitting has become an addition to our method of travel, providing new
perspectives and an added level of comfort. "Our" place in Antigua comes with a
5-day-a-week maid who will cook, clean and shop for us as needed. We have two
garden terraces where we can enjoy the sun, views of lush green mountains and
the surrounding volcanoes, and much of the house is open air.
Garden views from the bedrooms
chosen lifestyle continues to surprise us with amazing possibilities which we
had not considered previously. As we change and grow, our needs and wants change
Being open to implementing these possibilities enriches our retirement
better at every turn, so why limit ourselves?
you? Are you making the most of the opportunities in your life?