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Jace Dances for the Camera During Callejoneada in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Jace Dances for the Camera During Callejoneada in Guanajuato, Mexico

On his second day here, Jace took a tour of the city of Guanajuato following a group called the estudiantinas. Lydian plays with this group as a professional musician. Mexicans definitely know how to party and on much of the callejoneada, they were dancing or singing so Jace went ahead and danced for the camera too...Related Posts:Lydian and the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo ...
AirBnB Inside Out — By Jennifer Shipp
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AirBnB Inside Out — By Jennifer Shipp

John, Lydian, and I have been staying in AirBnB’s since 2011. We consider ourselves to be experts on the AirBnB experience because we’ve looked through the lens into many properties all across the world to choose dwelling spaces to live in for months at a time in nearly 30 different countries. But in addition to our global experience shopping for, choosing, and then sometimes regretting or being grateful ...
Cool Things to Do in Guanajuato, Mexico: Callejoneadas
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Cool Things to Do in Guanajuato, Mexico: Callejoneadas

The estudiantina groups and callejoneadas are a tourist activity that a lot of Mexican tourists know about and expect to see when they travel, but a lot of American, European, and Australian tourists miss out on these events just because they don't understand what's going on or how to get involved. If you're visiting Guanajuato capital in Mexico, the callejoneadas (which are performed by estudiantina ...
Lydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico

In this video, Lydian performs with the estudiantina group in Guanajuato, Mexico. She decided she wanted to join this group a few months ago and since that time she's been slowly working on songs. The song list is long and she's not really very familiar with very many of the them except "De Colores". All of the lyrics are in Spanish and when the "Profe" (the professor) gives her a new song to learn, he ...
On the Way to San Antonio to Get Jace: Photo Gallery
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On the Way to San Antonio to Get Jace: Photo Gallery

Related Posts:Lydian, John, and Jace on a Callejoneada in Guanajuato, MexicoCool Things to Do in Guanajuato, Mexico: CallejoneadasJace Dances for the Camera During Callejoneada in Guanajuato, Mexico

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Callejoneada in Guanajuato
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Callejoneada in Guanajuato

Callejoneadas are a unique way to see some of the most fascinating areas of a Mexican city.Related Posts:Lydian and the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo GalleryLydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, MexicoLydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato: Part IIDe Colores: Callejoneadas en Guanajuato Parte IILydian, John, and Jace on a ...
Callejoneada en Guanajuato
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Callejoneada en Guanajuato

Callejoneadas are a unique way to tour the back alleys of cities in Mexico.Related Posts:Lydian and the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo GalleryLydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, MexicoLydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato: Part IIDe Colores: Callejoneadas en Guanajuato Parte IILydian, John, and Jace on a Callejoneada in ...
Lydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato: Part II
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Lydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato: Part II

At the beginning of the callejoneadas, the estudiantina perform in front of a church near the Jardín Union in Guanajuato capital. Lydian is still learning the set list for performances with the group. The songs and the theatrical performance varies and she doesn't ever know in advance which songs will be played. On top of that, she doesn't get the "key" of the songs the way that she's used to doing "keys". ...
Jace’s Plane Arrives in San Antonio
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Jace’s Plane Arrives in San Antonio

Jace, a 14 year old from Nebraska, arrived in early February in San Antonio, Texas to come and live with us in Mexico. This is a video of his plane pulling into the terminal.Related Posts:Lydian, John, and Jace on a Callejoneada in Guanajuato, MexicoJace Dances for the Camera During Callejoneada in Guanajuato, Mexico

On the Way to San Antonio to Get Jace: Photo Gallery<br ...
Dreams and Nightmares of Mexico — by Jennifer Shipp
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Dreams and Nightmares of Mexico — by Jennifer Shipp

Since we moved to Mexico, I’ve had to get used to a lot of things. Some of them are big, some are small. The process of assimilating and acclimating to a new culture reminds me of an acid trip with surreal and indescribable peaks and valleys pertaining to situations and ideas no one in my home country would know or fully understand. I haven’t spent much time seated at my computer to spell out the ...
Jace: Spanish Beginner Learns Left and Right
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Jace: Spanish Beginner Learns Left and Right

After his first day of Spanish classes at Adelita Language School in Guanajuato, Mexico, Jace realizes that he needs to know how to say "right" (derecho) and "left" (izquierda) as well as "ahead" (adelante). In this video, Lydian and Jennifer give him these words so that he can find his way around this confusing city if he gets lost. It's one thing to know how to ask where a place is located...for example: ...
All Is Vanity and a Chasing After Wind — By Jennifer Shipp
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All Is Vanity and a Chasing After Wind — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s hard to know where to start. I had so many endings over the past 12 months. I seem to be experiencing my own personal Mini-Age-of-Kali; an epic downward spiral (at least today). Moving to Mexico opened up a Pandora’s box of possibilities that I’ve been rummaging through since last January. First, we thought we’d go on a Pan-American Highway trip. Then, realizing (and coming to terms with the fact) that ...
Me vs. My Things
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Me vs. My Things

It’s been months since I’ve sat at my computer with the intent to write something. I’ve had time to write. Oodles of it, in fact. But I’ve had nothing solid enough to put into words. Even still, as I sit here writing “this” and “that”, I wonder what my brain is going to churn out. What’s in there, Brain? Some things, many things, have changed and I’m not sure if all the parts that were there before are ...
Realities of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and the Rule of 3’s
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Realities of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and the Rule of 3’s

The most stable social systems in the world are based off of triangles. Think about it:  in order for you to have a stable couple-dom with another person, you need to share something in common. Maybe you both like to watch TV. Maybe you both like to travel. Maybe you have kids together or a cat or you own a house that you’re renovating. Without that third thing, or activity, or person to stabilize a ...
Experiences with Upwork: An Historical Overview
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Experiences with Upwork: An Historical Overview

My husband John and I started using the Upwork platform back in the days when Upwork was still two companies: oDesk and eLance. Before that, we’d been the owners of several businesses, some successful, some not successful. Between 1998 and 2002, John and I started an online business that worked primarily with getting newspapers onto the web. Then, between 2002 and 2010, we owned a web development business ...
In a Pool of Sweat, Tears, and Snot: The Grand Party
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In a Pool of Sweat, Tears, and Snot: The Grand Party

Yesterday, John and I went to the temazcal here in Guanajuato, Mexico. Each time we go to the temazcal, the experience is new and different. As Karolina cleanses our auras with smoke outside of the tiny “sweat lodge”, and I turn, arms out-stretched crucifix-style my ego is always on full-blast and my confidence unshaken. Then, I duck into the tent and take a seat and start smearing the “yuck” all over my ...
A Branch on the Tree of Life and Death
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A Branch on the Tree of Life and Death

We signed the papers yesterday. The school sold. The process so far has been simple. Eight months ago, I thought we’d live in that building forever. Now it’s gone. But that’s how it goes, I guess. The trees grow, they flower, fruit hangs heavy from the branches, and then…it hails.

But the fruit lands. And baby seeds plant themselves. And there new trees grow.

John and ...
Deshacerse De: To Get Rid of…
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Deshacerse De: To Get Rid of…

Before our last and final trip back to the United States last week from Mexico, I struggled to find the right words in Spanish to describe what we would be doing back in Nebraska. In English, I use the word “get” in conjunction with the word “rid” and the vague preposition “of” to describe the process. How do you “get” rid? You don’t. You “get rid of”. First you “get”. Then you “rid”. And finally, to wrap ...
How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp
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How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp

Our family has been traveling for decades, but our home base has always been in the United States. We are, after all, citizens of this country. But the more we traveled, the more we started to understand what “citizenship” means and how the tethers we had to our native country and even our state (Nebraska) was actually hurting us financially. After moving to Mexico “officially” in January 2017, John and I ...
Jennifer Talks about Her Sapito Session
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Jennifer Talks about Her Sapito Session

In this video, Jennifer talks about what it was like to smoke Sapito and it's after-effects over the five days since she did it. Sapito is a medicinal entheogen, or sacred medicine that's used to treat a variety of health issues from mental illness to the treatment of cancer. It can reduce inflammation in the body, diminish or cure depression as well as fight disease by enhancing the immune system. Smoking ...
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