El Bufalo Ranch and Restaurant

El Bufalo Restaurant and Ranch in Tabasco, Mexico

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Every once in a while during your travels you find yourself at the right place, at the right time, without any intention of actually being there. Chance, pure and simple. And such was the moment when one of Cristina’s life-long friends invited us out to his budding ranch during our recent trip to her hometown in Tabasco, where she is resting up after her surgery in March of 2014.  Read More


Life on the Road – A Day in the Real Mexico

Posted by | Live Like a Local, Mexico, Quality of Life | 11 Comments

For long-term readers, ever since the end of March we (Cris and myself) have made some changes in the direction of the blog. We put the Playa del Carmen guidebook on hold due to her emergency surgery, and since then we decided to head back to her home town in the state of Tabasco of Mexico, just on the border with Chiapas on the Usumasinta River. Until the end of August, 2014, I’ll be bouncing back and forth between Playa del Carmen and here as well as Palenque.

The following is a closer look at local life in the heart of rural Mexico. Read More

Tulum, Mexico

The Maya Ruins of Tulum, Mexico

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No visit to the Riviera Maya would be complete without checking the world-famous ruins of Tulum. And while I’ve been there multiple times in the past few years of being based out of this part of the world, I haven’t yet written anything about them despite the numerous photo albums we have. When Cris’ sister came to town at the end of March of 2014 while she was recuperating from her surgery, I finally took the time to shoot some video of the park, and get around to writing a blog post about one of the easiest day-trips you can take while visiting this part of Mexico. Read More

Cris and Tim

The Scare Of My Life

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On the off chance you weren’t keeping up to date on our Facebook page, the last week was a nightmare.

It started off on Tuesday afternoon, March 25th. Cristina and I were out for an evening jog and roughly five minutes in she was doubled over in agonizing pain, barely able to walk. We made it back home over a 30 minute time period, me basically carrying her as she hobbled step by painful step. I wanted her to visit the doctor but she said not to worry, took a couple of Advil and it passed within a few hours.

However, the next day the pain was still there. Dull and throbbing, but still there. She spent all day in bed. Then Thursday in bed. And in the afternoon around 4:30 she got up to take a shower. She finished, and I was working on the laptop when I heard crying coming from the bedroom. I went to investigate and found her in bed, doubled up in pain again, this time in full-blown emergency mode.

She took a couple of Advil and then we went straight to the hospital (we almost NEVER take pills; the pain was intense enough for her to even consider taking something). Read More