A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


Visit Expedia…

Expedia is my favorite place to book airfare, and they handle hotels, car rentals, cruises, etc. I like the organization of the site for figuring out what flights I want. Click on the suitcase to take a look.

I was very pleased to win an award for this blog! Even better for you: click through for lists of all sorts of award-winning travel blogs.

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Kelly and I have made quite a few short videos about living in Mexico. They are all up on Youtube, and I’ve also got them here on the site. If you hold your mouse over Watch Videos on the top menubar, you will see the list of videos in alphabetical order.

So… what can you watch?

The Ajijic Street Market is a video with a lot in it. I started at the bottom of the long street that becomes the tianguis every Wednesday. By the time I got to the top, where Kelly and our friend visiting friend Dave chat with the people we buy our produce from, you will have seen a lot of arts and crafts, everyday household items, food, and a lot of liveliness. (We don’t buy our produce in Ajijic — Carlos and Blanca come to our town of San Juan Cosala every Tuesday.)

At Home in Mexico is a slideshow celebrating two years in our home… it’s more like a slideshow-on-steroids really, as I had a subscription for a while to an enjoyable site called Animoto, and as you can see, they really work their magic on the photos I uploaded!

Beaches North of Mazatlan is a nice peaceful slideshow of just that, using photos Kelly took on our way down one time. (Kelly has been a professional photographer, by the way.)

Driving to Guadalajara is a video that can give you a taste of the trip in from here. I shot it while Kelly drove… I for one do not drive in Guadalajara! Kelly does fine but I go into overload!

The Historic Tour of San Juan Cosala is the only video that Kelly shot and edited. He used to be a professional videographer (as well as photographer) but now I am the main video person around here.

Las Pozas: Surrealism is another Animoto super-slideshow, where I tried to evoke the surrealism of this amazing place in the Mexican jungle with the way I put together the very short program.

Manzanillo is again an Animoto slideshow, but really there isn’t a word for Animoto does to the images I upload. Do watch at least one of them, to get the sense of it. Anyone can make free ones there for up to 30 seconds.

Mexico with Heart: Animoto again! Capturing some of the images from here where we live and from around Mexico.

San Juan Cosala: a slideshow of our town and activities around it.

Teaching English in Mexico: one of the first actual videos I did, interviewing our friend Peter Rice about this topic.

Lake Chapala Water Improving: Video excerpts from a presentation by Dr. Todd Stong, who does a huge amount for the communities around the lake, as a volunteer. Good news here.

Since these videos are on Youtube, if any of them would be appropriate for a website you have, you are most welcome to get the code and put them on. And if you specially like one, click on it to go to Youtube and comment or rate it!

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