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Finding music, moments and magic in Merida

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A young schoolgirl keeps the pidgeon population happy in Parque de Santiago on Calle 72 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
A young schoolgirl keeps the pigeon population happy in Parque de Santiago on Calle 72 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on a Friday afternoon.

The thing is, I really didn’t think I could afford the hat.

I liked it. It felt cool and comforting on my head. It sat naturally on my crown with no fussing. The roll of the brim had a slightly rakish appeal that the rest of me certainly didn’t exude.

Still, $3,200 pesos? Taxes are coming up. So is rent. And a trip or two back to the States for both Rose and me. Really, I wasn’t even sure that we should have been taking this mini-vacation to the beautiful colonial city of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula. Read the rest of this entry »

Street scene: Belizean mom multitasks on the move

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She was pedaling south on Nautilus Drive in the Boca del Rio neighborhood of San Pedro, about mid-afternoon on Friday. We were pedaling north.

She was a mom with two little girls.

I know this because the six-month-old was sitting serenely in the basket on the front of her bike, legs crossed yoga-style. The two year-old was perched side-saddle on the crossbar.

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Central Park on Good Friday afternoon

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Central Park in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, late on Good Friday afternoon.
Central Park in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, late on Good Friday afternoon.

Rose and I went for a late-afternoon bike ride on Friday.

North or South?

We almost flipped a coin to decide which direction to take. South leads us through chaotic San Pedro Town. North leads us along the beach past grand resorts, stately homes and palapa appointed piers. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Sleep-in Sunday on Ambergris Caye

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This is the view from the Ak'bol resort's restaurant, where we had breakfast last Sunday. The palapa at the end of the pier is used for yoga. A great thing to watch as you eat coconut French toast.
This is the view from the Ak’bol resort’s restaurant, where we had breakfast last Sunday. The palapa at the end of the pier is used for yoga. A great thing to watch as you eat coconut French toast.

Welcome to Sleep-In Sunday!

It is nearly 10 a.m. and I am drinking only my first cup of coffee for the day.

Sleep-In Sunday is a variation on Exploration Sunday, during which Rose and I get on our bikes and discover new places and spaces here on Ambergris Caye.

There are mainly two options for exploration: Read the rest of this entry »