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Finally Finished: Our AirBnB Properties in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Finally Finished: Our AirBnB Properties in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

A long time ago, John and I talked about owning a six-plex. That was back in the days when we struggled to buy bread and eggs. We looked at six-plexes in those paper publications put out in the mountains of Colorado about a decade and a half ago, but we didn’t have the funds to make it happen. In fact, we had no funds at all. And when we moved to Mexico, it was initially our intention to build an apartment ...
Under the Sheen of Perfection — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Under the Sheen of Perfection — By Jennifer Shipp

It could be some time until all of the things arrive. The things that I need to make all of this look and seem like perfection.

It could be some time until notable progress is made. Notable. NOTABLE…what does this mean?

The trash. The half-eaten chicken carcasses in what will become my living room. The lack of respect. The lack of consideration. The lack of love. The ...
Update on John’s Spot: At-Home Cancer Cures and Cancer Prevention Everyone Should Know About – By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Update on John’s Spot: At-Home Cancer Cures and Cancer Prevention Everyone Should Know About – By Jennifer Shipp

John still has a lightly colored spot on his forehead where he developed melanoma last year. The spot doesn’t look or behave like melanoma now. No doctor on earth would diagnose him with melanoma because it isn’t melanoma anymore. It doesn’t look like melanoma and John isn’t sick. But last year, the spot was very dark and growing rapidly. We never saw an oncologist. We never tried to have it removed or ...
Life Without Facebook — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Life Without Facebook — By Jennifer Shipp

About a year ago, I started wondering what life would be like without Facebook. What would I do with the time that I normally spent on Facebook? I knew that I’d fill the time with other activities, but I wasn’t sure what I’d do. How would my face-to-face relationships change? Would I have more in-person friends? And what about my general sense of connection/disconnection from the world? I wanted to know…did ...
Flag Theory and the Financial Benefits of Crossing Borders — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Flag Theory and the Financial Benefits of Crossing Borders — By Jennifer Shipp

Today we went to INM to re-up on our temporary residency permit in Mexico. I try not to get nervous for these tramites, but it makes me tense. There are lots of reasons why. One reason is because it’s important. Another is because it has to do with the government and thus I’m powerless to fight against whatever happens to me, John, or Lydian. But I think more than anything, one of the things that makes me ...
Humans: A Natural Disaster (More Construction in Mexico) — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Humans: A Natural Disaster (More Construction in Mexico) — By Jennifer Shipp

You know what?

Life is hard.

There are tornados. Earthquakes. Fires. Hurricanes.

But the worst natural disaster is humans.

We are our own worst enemies.

There’s a man named Terrazo. He’s an old guy with sad eyes. I think he has cataracts. I think he’s partially blind and partially deaf. When I first saw him, I ...
On Getting Scammed: Construction in Mexico – Part 1000 — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

On Getting Scammed: Construction in Mexico – Part 1000 — By Jennifer Shipp

I wish I could be cynical about things right now. Cynical would be a step up from where I’m at emotionally at the moment. I’m working toward cynicism. If I could pick one tarot card to describe my current life situation it would be the 9 of Swords, Lord of Cruelty card. It’s not because I’m being cruel but because I’m feeling the effects of other people’s cruelty. But let me explain. When I say “cruelty”, ...
Accidental Weight Loss and Other Magic Tricks – By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Accidental Weight Loss and Other Magic Tricks – By Jennifer Shipp

When I was in high school and even junior high, I compulsively worried about my weight. Realistically, I had an “eating disorder”, but let’s not be dramatic. In retrospect, I would say that most Americans have an “eating disorder” in that they wish they could lose weight, they try to diet, starve themselves for a day, and then binge for three days to make up for the lost time. For me, the problem was ...
A Flood of Mud, a Flood of Crud…a Flood of Goobledy-Gobbledy-Gud: More on Construction in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

A Flood of Mud, a Flood of Crud…a Flood of Goobledy-Gobbledy-Gud: More on Construction in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp



Around 9:00 PM last night, John said, “I’m so tired…I hate to do this, but I’m going to bed.” The weeks have been long. There are so many decisions to make all the time. And he bears the brunt of it right now so he’s tired.

What color should the cracks between the tile be? Do you want the grout to be shiny or dull?

Do you want the windows to be 30” ...
San Cristobal de las Casas vs. Guanajuato vs. San Miguel de Allende in Mexico
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

San Cristobal de las Casas vs. Guanajuato vs. San Miguel de Allende in Mexico

A lot of people compare San Cristobal de las Casas to Guanajuato and there are strong opinions on both sides. Until last week, I’d never been to San Cristobal so I couldn’t weigh in, but now that I have I can say that I’m very glad that Guanajuato is my home. That’s not to say that San Cristobal isn’t a really cool place. It is. It’s beautiful. It reminds me of the higher altitudes in Colorado. But ...
No Reservations Along the Breadcrumb Trail — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

No Reservations Along the Breadcrumb Trail — By Jennifer Shipp

I love to write, but I struggle to accept that I’m a writer. Or that I’m anything. I want to be more than a writer. Or not just a writer. I love to travel. So I guess I'm also a traveler. Sometimes I've been other things too, I suppose. Movement and transition is a form of stability for me. I want to live everywhere and try everything I can. I want to live out a whole lifetime in every country or at least ...
Loneliness in the United States: A Blog Post That’s Too Long, Too Opinionated, and Too Complex — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Loneliness in the United States: A Blog Post That’s Too Long, Too Opinionated, and Too Complex — By Jennifer Shipp

Many years ago, in China, I stumbled across a Japanese woman who’d evacuated her home country due to the nuclear meltdown that was going on there at that time. She was sitting in a park with her daughter when we crossed paths and she and I sat while her daughter taught my daughter how to use a Chinese yo-yo. This woman and I shared very few common words but I had a pad of paper and somehow, I don’t remember ...
Luggage Filled with a Lighter Lifestyle — By Jennifer Shipp
ChiapasMexicoNorth AmericaTrips

Luggage Filled with a Lighter Lifestyle — By Jennifer Shipp

We’re not jungle people. Yes, there was a time when I cultivated fantasies of building a tree house in an extremely isolated place like a rainforest, that was before I’d actually been to a rainforest. Now, having racked up at several months of my life in various jungles in different parts of the world, I know better than to think that I could live with the ants, the mosquitos, and the general sense of chaos ...
Four Stories — By Jennifer Shipp
ChiapasMexicoNorth America

Four Stories — By Jennifer Shipp



I’m not sure what this story is about. Is it about the drive between Guanajuato and San Cristobal de las Casas? Or is it about biomagnetism and how to cure a disease with a couple of magnets? Or is it about how workshops in Mexico suck a little in terms of interactivity and hands-on learning?

I could talk about Julian, the fellow who sat in front of us, giddy to chat about ...
Construction in Mexico UPDATE—By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Construction in Mexico UPDATE—By Jennifer Shipp

There’s a mirror on our bathroom door and I can see the reflection of our kitchen in it. Sometimes it helps to look at things turned backward because it’s easier to see what’s really there. The backwardness makes me look harder and study the parts that I otherwise ignore. Backwardness has that kind of effect on things. Today, when I saw our kitchen reflected back at me, I noticed that there’s a cadence ...
Weather Metaphors Matter — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

Weather Metaphors Matter — By Jennifer Shipp

Today I woke up in a bad mood. I’m not sure why exactly although I have a few guesses. For one, it’s been really rainy here in Guanajuato…more rainy than usual in fact. Rainy might be an understatement. There have been landslides and torrents, overflowing flood gates. That kind of thing.

I thought last week that we would be moving into our second floor this week, but the rain has ...
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Roman’s Bloody Thumb and the Homemade Table Saw

Felipe made a table saw out of my circular saw. He used a piece of plywood and cut a little slit in it so that the saw blade stuck up far enough to make cuts. Then, he took scrap wood and screwed it onto the ply as a “guide” for cuts. It was clever. I congratulated Felipe for the idea and Felipe smiled and was proud of it. The make-shift stuff our workers concoct to get a job done never ceases to amaze and ...
My Pixelated Life – By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

My Pixelated Life – By Jennifer Shipp

Two days ago, we moved into an apartment in our new building that we’re constructing here in Guanajuato, Mexico. We moved everything we have in and/or on our little FJ Cruiser. It took 8 trips back and forth from the rental in Marfil. A part of me is impressed that we have so little. Another part of me is pissed off with myself for having burdensome things like furniture. John put our living room ...
A Worm In My Mexican Lettuce — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

A Worm In My Mexican Lettuce — By Jennifer Shipp

There was a worm in our lettuce that we bought at the veggie vendor today. John said, “You’d never see something like that in the states and…if you did…” I finished his sentence, “…you’d take it back to the grocery store and ask for a new head of lettuce.” But rather than being upset about the worm, John and I celebrated his presence. First of all, our head of lettuce cost us less than a dollar. So whatever ...
UPDATE: Building a House in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
GuanajuatoMexicoNorth America

UPDATE: Building a House in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

When John and I lived in the United States, we built everything ourselves. As a rule, I did the carpentry and he did the plumbing and the electrical work. When we had to build really heavy things that had to be structurally supportive, we worked together. We had quite a synchrony and both of us were good at working with wood. But here in Mexico, the wood is so hard and so heavy that I could burn through one ...
Bruised Banana