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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

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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 ...
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 ...
How to Become a Digital Nomad — By Jennifer Shipp
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How to Become a Digital Nomad — By Jennifer Shipp

We’ve traveled for years. When John and I first met, we traveled with a band (he worked as a professional musician at that time). Then, a few years after Lydian was born, we sold almost everything and packed up what was left to travel full-time in an RV. We stayed in the United States for our travels when we were young. But when Lydian turned 10, we started traveling overseas. With each year that passed, we ...
Writer’s Block or Self-Censorship? — By Jennifer Shipp
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Writer’s Block or Self-Censorship? — By Jennifer Shipp

I sit down to write, because this is what I do…I write. But right now, and for the past 9 months, nothing happens. I have nothing to say to my Self. The voice that writes is silent and scared. It waits.

What is it waiting for?

My hands are poised above the keys.

I’m ready.

A voice says,”not until you get back…”
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Lydian Talks about Her Sapito Session
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Lydian Talks about Her Sapito Session

Lydian's Sapito session was really dramatic. She thrashed around and screamed, but she doesn't remember very much of it. But there's not denying it, she's been happier in the days following Sapito. In this video, she talks about the experience of taking the sapo medicine, what she remembers of the experience, and how it's affected her in the five days following the ceremonia de medicina in Guanajuato, ...
John Talks about His Sapito Session
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John Talks about His Sapito Session

Five days after the Sapito Session in Guanajuato, John talks about his experience and how it's impacted his thinking and habits. He talks about what he was feeling during the Sapito experience and then its after-effects. For him, the sapo medicine lasted only about 10 minutes. For Lydian, it lasted closer to 20 minutes. For me it lasted almost 45 minutes. The Sapo Frog Medicine affects everyone very ...
Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part II — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sapito: The Sapo Frog Medicine Part II — By Jennifer Shipp

We really didn’t know anything about sapito before we arrived at Karolina’s on the Saturday following the summer solstice. I’d never heard of it before and though I did a little research, I wanted to be careful about doing too much research because there’s a lot of bullshit and fear-mongering online. Americans are taught to believe that all entheogens and psychedelics are bad and there’s a lot of ...
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