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Like We Never Left: Progreso, Mexico– By Jennifer Shipp
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Like We Never Left: Progreso, Mexico– By Jennifer Shipp

I was afraid of returning to Progreso for fear that we would merely have a repeat experience of last year, God forbid. Not to say that last year was bad. It wasn’t. On the contrary, I really loved Progreso, but I just don’t want to be bored or puss out when grander travel experiences beckon. Needless to say, on our trip this year to this little city in the Yucatan, I’ve been surprised by many things.We ...
The Progreso, Yucatan Vacation Rental Part III — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Progreso, Yucatan Vacation Rental Part III — By Jennifer Shipp

This evening, we got our first glimpse of the furnishings in our new vacation rental. At 5:00 PM we got to move our things into the house. Shortly after that, “Rueben” arrived.Rueben is a tall white fellow with a long pony tail. Marta told me (in rapid-fire Spanish) that he is a friend and a student. Based on what I heard her say, he came every day to the Idiomas school to learn the Spanish language. I ...
The Progreso, Yucatan Vacation Rental Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Progreso, Yucatan Vacation Rental Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

The vacation rental was supposed to be ready yesterday. Yesterday Marta told us the house would be ready this morning, but it’s 4:20 PM right now and we’re still taking up residence at the Café La Habana on the malecon here in Progreso, Yucatan, sipping coffee and watching the waves roll in from the Gulf of Mexico. It's not a horrible situation, but we haven’t really seen the house we'll be living in yet. I ...
The Progreso, Yucatan Vacation Rental Part I — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Progreso, Yucatan Vacation Rental Part I — By Jennifer Shipp

This morning we set out from Cancun to Progreso, Yucatan. Our first and primary goal when we arrived was to find a rental property in Progreso for our five weeks here. The first vacation rental that we ever rented was in Progreso, Yucatan in 2011. It was called the "Casa Sol Mar" and it was owned by a family, half of which resided in Canada, the other in the UK. We learned from the time spent living in that ...
Going South: In Search of Enlightenment or at Least a Good Story — By Jennifer Shipp
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Going South: In Search of Enlightenment or at Least a Good Story — By Jennifer Shipp

Whenever I glimpse my own craziness or frivolous behaviors, I start referencing various religious perspectives to justify my behavior. What would the Christians say? Well, it’s Christmas so I suppose if I were truly good or godly or whatever and not just another everyday Jane trying to cope with the grim realities of life on earth, I would probably give the money from our flight to Mexico to some poorer, ...
How We Ended up in Progreso, Yucatan… Again — By Jennifer Shipp
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How We Ended up in Progreso, Yucatan… Again — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday we were on our way to Guatemala. Today, we’re going to Mexico. Actually, yesterday we were going to be passing through Mexico. Tickets to Cancun were cheap even on the 17th of December. But we had intended to continue on from Cancun to Guatemala via land travel. Our trip to Mexico was concocted one afternoon as we lamented the darkness and the cold in Nebraska. We considered the idea that we were ...
Day 3 in Progreso, Yucatan: Last Night We Moved into our House — By Lydian Shipp
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Day 3 in Progreso, Yucatan: Last Night We Moved into our House — By Lydian Shipp

We finally moved into our Progreso vacation rental. It is a nice house… I like it!Last night, I was going to play my guitar, but there was a man who was apparently going to put some curtains up in my parents’ room. That wouldn't have been a big deal if there had actually been curtains when we went up to see the “finished” project. We kept wondering what was taking so long (the whole “project” took about ...
Day 2 in Progreso, Yucatan: A Variety of Happenings that Probably Don’t Go Together at All — By Lydian Shipp
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Day 2 in Progreso, Yucatan: A Variety of Happenings that Probably Don’t Go Together at All — By Lydian Shipp

So we haven’t moved into our vacation rental in Progreso quite yet. Supposedly, the place will be ready at five o’clock tonight, but we’ll see if we actually get there. We learned today that the place that we’ll be staying will not have internet until January 4th, which I think is probably acceptable because we have other places that we can go for internet, like the café that we’re sitting at right now. ...
Vacation Rental Problems in Progreso, Mexico — By Lydian Shipp
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Vacation Rental Problems in Progreso, Mexico — By Lydian Shipp

We officially came back to Mexico, and then finally decided two nights ago that we were going to stay in Progreso (the same city we stayed in last year). I like Progreso. I liked it the last time we came here too, but it’s changed since we last visited. There are a lot of things that I didn’t notice the last time we came here. For instance, the little walkway along the beach was under construction last ...
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Where to Go Next

I don’t have to go anywhere. But I want to go.  When I go, I don’t have any particular place that I have to visit. Our family has worked hard to create a lifestyle that can accommodate this sort of travel-oriented flexibility. John (my husband) and I have always wanted to travel and it seems that Lydian has already caught the travel bug as well (she’s 12). But sometimes, especially when it’s time for me to ...
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Lydian – Day 56 – Tortuguero National Park: The Turtles

It’s been a little bit of time since we went and saw Tortuguero, but the time has given me the opportunity to process the whole thing (It needed processing, trust me). The whole turtle seeing thing felt a little scary to me, to be honest. We were in the middle of no where, and we were being led off in the dark to some unknown place far away from far away from civilization.We started in the town, which ...
The Problem with Writing Reviews on Vacation Rentals — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Problem with Writing Reviews on Vacation Rentals — By Jennifer Shipp

Since we’ve been to Costa Rica, we’ve stayed in two different vacation rentals, one in Alajuela, one in Atenas, and a small hotel in Tortugero. I have opinions about all of these places, but I can’t seem to bring myself to rate any of them. I have an ongoing moral dilemma that plays out in my mind about writing reviews about vacation rentals. I know it would be potentially helpful to people to hear our ...
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My Opinion of My Opinions…Regarding Dogs and Other Things

Yesterday, for the first time, I got to see the dog next door that has awakened me every morning and often throughout the night as well as interrupting and disrupting my days ever since we’ve been here in Atenas, Costa Rica. I have envisioned a Chihuahua. An ugly, stupid little dog that’s completely annoying and lacking in personality. I have pictured myself kicking this annoying, stupid personality-less ...
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Lydian – Day 51 – Okay… I’ve Had Enough of the Whole “Little Bugs Are Crawling All Over Me” Now.

I’m serious. I’ve had it. As I write this I feel like I have various bugs of all different shapes and sizes crawling on me. My mom got bitten by a creepy-crawly yesterday (Ick!). They all hate me, and they all want to kill me, and they refuse to go away. I want to go home to my bug free environment, and that’s just what I’m going to do in seven days.Yesterday night, I came across a bunch of ants that were ...
Fred, the Expat Costa Rican Landlord — By Jennifer Shipp
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Fred, the Expat Costa Rican Landlord — By Jennifer Shipp

Fred is our landlord here in Atenas, Costa Rica. I won’t give out his real name because I’m not interested in hurting him, but I have to describe this man, not because he is unique but because he is  a character I keep running into in my life.Fred is an expatriate from the United States. He flew airplanes for an airline that went out of business in the 1980’s. He told us his life story as he was driving ...
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Culture Shock and Adopting Kids Abroad

There are five more days left of our Costa Rican experience and every morning right now I wake up with the same thought: I can’t wait to go home.  I have many many other very complicated thoughts and emotions that tangentially relate to this main thought, which has caused me to become…mentally constipated. I honestly don’t know where to start and a big part of me just wants to focus on going home and stop ...
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Lydian – Day 50 – Don’t Trust the Guidebooks

Now that I’ve finally gotten over my cold that I’ve had, and had time to process the whole experience of going to Tortuguero, I suppose I’ll start posting again. So, like I said, we went to Tortuguero. Driving there was bumpy. The roads were horrible after getting close to La Pavona. La Pavona is a small farm, not a town, but there are signs leading to it. You just have to look hard enough.There’s a large ...
Jennifer-Day 49-Lightning, Thunder, Earthquakes, and Insect Bites
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Jennifer-Day 49-Lightning, Thunder, Earthquakes, and Insect Bites

Yesterday around 2:00 PM, the lightning started striking areas near our house. It was sharp lightning and only milliseconds after we saw it flash, the thunder would crash so loudly that I found myself ducking instinctively. Rain started pouring soon after that and the ceiling above my bed started leaking. Moments later, the electricity went out.Three hours later, it came back on again.Last night, when I ...
Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero National Park — By Jennifer Shipp
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Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero National Park — By Jennifer Shipp

Our turtle tour was scheduled to start at 9:00 PM. John was coming down with a cold and he was anxious to “get it over with”. He wanted to be there and wanted to see the turtles, but a good bout of a cold is enough to make most people wish for a comfy chair and a good book, at the very least.Our hotel was several paces to the left from where the boat docked. A man was standing at the dock with a sign ...
Tortuguero National Park- Part I (How to Get to Tortuguero National Park)
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Tortuguero National Park- Part I (How to Get to Tortuguero National Park)

Last minute on Thursday night I decided that Tortuguero National Park would be our weekend destination from Atenas, Costa Rica. We were going to try to go to Nicaragua, but changed our minds because frankly, I’m still not sure why we’re going there. Once I identify our destination and the reason why we would go through the ordeal of getting there, then I’ll be able to put together the final details and ...
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