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Road Trip to Mexico, Central America, and South America: What to Take with You, What to Leave Behind
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Road Trip to Mexico, Central America, and South America: What to Take with You, What to Leave Behind

As an American, we’ve been socialized to believe that we need a lot more stuff than we really do (for travel and for life). It’s part of our culture to place faith in our things to get us through tough situations, but as a general rule, it’s best to travel light. The value of being mobile and carrying very little rates high for us when we’re traveling. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have a cool gadget ...
Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Reality Before Sapito in Guanajuato, Mexico

"How do people heal themselves?" This is my biggest question...the question I ask over and over again in every country we visit, in every place we live. Life itself is a process of healing in some cases. In others, it's a process of accumulating baggage and burdens that we carry as long as we can, until someone shows us how to let go. I believe that many illnesses aren't physical. They aren't mental. ...
White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico

There's always something cool going on at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico. One weeknight, we walked down to the Centro to see men dressed up as giant white horses and people walking around on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Sad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in Guanajuato, Mexico (video) ...
Hoxsey Cancer Treatment Center: The Bio Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico
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Hoxsey Cancer Treatment Center: The Bio Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico

The Hoxsey Clinic (aka Bio Medical Center) in Tijuana, Mexico has been successfully treating cancer for years. The Harry Hoxsey Formula is affordable and it works. Patients need not undergo chemo in order for it to be successful. Canadians, Europeans, and Americans flock to this place for treatment because it represents a viable cancer cure that's simple and effective and much healthier for the body and ...
Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.
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Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.

After about a week of teaching classes at a local language school, Lydian arrives home to tell us that she's sick of being sexually harassed on the street when she walks alone.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher ...
Assos, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Assos, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery

Assos, Turkey was a tiny little town on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the island of Lesbos. Aristotle taught students in the area that's now in ruins. And St. Paul passed through this area on his travels in the early days of the church. We were concerned about driving the hills leading up to Assos, but they weren't that bad when we visited in 2010. ...
House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery

The House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus in Turkey was a thought-provoking find. Is it really the house where Mary, Jesus' mother lived? According to a nun and visionary, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, it is. And there were plenty of pilgrims who knelt on the floor of the house even during the short time that we were there, but who knows? The mere idea that Mary lived in this house was enough to inspire ...
Didyma, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Didyma, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery

The guidebooks raved about the Medusa face carved into the stone ruins at Didyma and on our first trip overseas, I thought that it would be something truly spectacular (otherwise, why would they talk about it?). We felt pressure and stress about getting to Didyma in time to see that Medusa face. But though the ruins were located in a beautiful landscape, they looked a lot like all the other ruins we'd seen ...
Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico

Right after she arrives home, Lydian talks about how she got chosen to teach English to two kids in Guanajuato, Mexico. Initially, she was just supposed to substitute for a teacher who took some time off, but the parents decided that they wanted Lydian permanently for their kids. Since this was only her first week of teaching, she was pretty excited about it.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being ...
Lydi Talks about San Miguel de Allende Health Food Shops
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Lydi Talks about San Miguel de Allende Health Food Shops

In the United States, health food items are only a few clicks away. It's easy to order things and it's easy to have them shipped, but Mexico is different. Finding health food items is all about hitting the streets to shop in-person at little shops. In this video, Lydian talks briefly about some of the stuff that she found in San Miguel that day. She spends a lot of time baking healthy foods for our family ...
Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico

Lydian just finished her associate's degree. She's only 17 years old, but since we took up residence in Mexico, she wanted to get started working right away. She thought about freelancing as a writer or a graphic designer, but she wanted to do something that would help her meet people. So she's getting her TEFL certification and she got a job at a language school in Guanajuato, Mexico. In this video. She ...
White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico

Whenever we walk down to the Centro in Guanajuato from our house in Pozuelos, there's always something cool going on. When John and I arrived at the Nuestra Señora church, a group of men dressed up as white horses were dancing along with a host of other characters on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, MexicoSad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in ...
Lydi Talks about Taking the Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Taking the Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

Public transportation is something that's uncommon in rural Nebraska, so it's taking some getting used to as Lydian finds her way back and forth from her classes in Guanajuato, Mexico. In this video, she talks about her experience finding the right bus that morning to take down to the Centro. Though she could walk to her classes, she can either take the tunnels (25 minutes) which are dark and dangerous for ...
St. John’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque in Selçuk, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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St. John’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque in Selçuk, Turkey: Photo Gallery

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The Ruins at Pergamon, Bergama, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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The Ruins at Pergamon, Bergama, Turkey: Photo Gallery

When we visited Turkey in 2010, we drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again. Along the way, we stopped to see the ruins at Pergamon in Bergama, Turkey. They were located up above the city, offering a spectacular view of Bergama down below.Bergama was a rough city and we were glad we didn't spend the night there after we saw a little bit of it. Though Pergamon itself was safe, Bergama was a ...
Pamukkale, Turkey – Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis: Photo Gallery
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Pamukkale, Turkey – Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis: Photo Gallery

In 2010, we traveled across western Turkey by car, stopping in places like Pamukkale to see the Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis. The Travertine Terraces was something I'd never heard of before we traveled to Turkey, which was surprising after we saw what a cool place it was. It looked like a giant snow drift, with water flowing down it and little idyllic bright blue pools of water on the way up, but ...
Priene, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Priene, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery

In 2010, our family drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again, stopping along the way at places like Priene, Turkey to see some incredible sights like Ancient Troy, the Travertine Terraces, and Ephesus.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Travertine Terraces  (video) Pamukkale, Turkey - Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis: Photo GalleryAncient Troy in Turkey: Photo Gallery Turkey ...
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

In 2013, we visited Guanajuato, Mexico during the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. This photo gallery shows both the daytime and night-time festivities.Related Posts:Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part I -- By Jennifer ShippDia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Part II -- By Jennifer ShippDia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Guanajuato, ...
Guanajuato, Mexico Vacation Rental: Photo Gallery
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Guanajuato, Mexico Vacation Rental: Photo Gallery

Our vacation rental in Guanajuato, Mexico sat at the top of over 100 stairs. Not only did we climb these stairs (and descend) daily, but John also carried 5 gallons of water up the stairs each day too. Not all of the houses in Guanajuato sit at the top of 100 stairs, but Guanajuato is located in the mountains so if there aren't stairs, there are hills. It's part of what makes this city unique. ...
Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

In 2013, we spent a month in Guanajuato, Mexico. While we were there, we took Spanish classes at the Escuela Falcon language school. The school hosts a lot of special events and activities outside of classes and while we were there, we signed up to make piñatas.Related Posts:Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon, Guanajuato Language School -- By Jennifer ShippMuseo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in ...
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