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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 ...
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 ...
Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp

On Wednesday, I had another English class with the 20-something college student. It was my last one with him, which I was very grateful for. I didn’t find out it was my last one until after the class was over, but that was okay. It was good news.I’d been trying to work with him from a more interactive way for the first three lessons. I prefer to take this approach since it’s more fun (usually) and as a ...
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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Mexican Funeral in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

Mexican funerals are a lot different than American funerals. We ran into this funeral procession in Guanajuato, Mexico near the Centro.Related Posts:Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo GalleryDia 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 ...
Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Museo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

The Mummy Museum (Museo de las Momias) is a major tourist attraction in Guanajuato, Mexico. The bodies became mummified due to the soil in which they were buried. Lydian at age 13, hated the Mummy Museum. She thought it was creepy and disturbing. We visited during Dia de los Muertos in 2013.Related Posts:Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico -- By ...
Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp

Tonight I taught an English class for a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. I was told at first they were two 11-year-olds, then that they were 8 and 9, but they both seem their age. I was nervous because I wasn't sure how I'd be able to handle two kids on my own. I've worked with kids a lot, but never really on my own in the way I would be working with kids in an English class.
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp

Today I taught my first English class. I spent the entire night last night going over my plan for the class in my dreams (and dreaming that I’d gotten ready to go at the right time and then somehow still ended up at least an hour late). I’d like to say it was good for me, but it wasn’t. It was totally unnecessary.

I had everything ready for the morning. My bag was packed with my English ...
Digital Nomad Life-Hacks: Global Health Insurance — By Jennifer Shipp
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Digital Nomad Life-Hacks: Global Health Insurance — By Jennifer Shipp

To date, I haven’t had a lot of interest in Global Health Insurance probably because I’m so sick of paying a super-high rate (in 2017 our monthly cost was $1400/month) for health insurance in the United States when I don’t intend to use the healthcare system there. I don’t like the U.S. healthcare system and I try not to use it EVER, even when we’re in the U.S. Over the course of a decade of travel, I went ...
Digital Nomad Life-Hack: Travel Vaccines — By Jennifer Shipp
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Digital Nomad Life-Hack: Travel Vaccines — By Jennifer Shipp

Although I don’t agree with everything the CDC does or espouses in the U.S., the CDC Yellow Book is a must-have for any world-traveler. When I first discovered it, I read it cover-to-cover as a primer in common diseases that occur worldwide. There are maps, charts, and other handy tools in this book to help travelers (and non-travelers for that matter) manage their own vaccination schedules, decide which ...
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