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4 Cancer Treatment Centers That Cure Cancer without Chemo in Tijuana, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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4 Cancer Treatment Centers That Cure Cancer without Chemo in Tijuana, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis. I’ve always felt that if a no-chemo, no-radiation cure existed for cancer, that would be quite a game changer in terms of how people view the world and their lives. What would you do differently if you didn’t have to worry about you or your loved ones undergoing chemo or radiation in a losing battle against cancer? No one wants to believe that they or their loved ones are ...
Driving in Mexico: Is it really dangerous? — By Jennifer Shipp
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Driving in Mexico: Is it really dangerous? — By Jennifer Shipp

I’ve heard so many bad things about driving to Mexico. I’ve seen so many movies that portray Mexico as such a hopelessly lawless place that, even though I’ve been there three other times, I still believe the hype. John, Lydi, and I drove from Cancun to Merida in the Yucatan on Highway 180D through Valladolid several years ago and that trip was so UN-dangerous as to be boring. A few days ago, we completed a ...
A Deadly Deluge or Just Wet Socks? — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Deadly Deluge or Just Wet Socks? — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday, I was in The Zone for just a few minutes. Maybe an hour. I was working on a project and for the first time since Trump got elected, I was chill.I wasn’t worried.I didn’t have anxiety.I was just working, but in a place just slightly south of the border.I have not been “chill” since November. And this is not a political statement. Not really. No. It’s an a-political statement about ...
Medical Tourism and Dental Tourism in Tijuana — By Jennifer Shipp
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Medical Tourism and Dental Tourism in Tijuana — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday, we crossed the Mexican border from San Diego to Tijuana. We’ll be heading south, by car to Guanajuato where we’ll stay for a while. But before we delve south into Mexico by car, John and I are getting our amalgam/mercury tooth fillings removed here in Tijuana.

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Crossing the Tijuana Border
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Crossing the Tijuana Border

Crossing the Tijuana border was a straightforward process overall once we figured out where to go to get our Banjercito permit (since we were bringing a vehicle into Mexico). The wait for us in January 2017 was reasonable (30 to 45 minutes), but finding the Banjercito offices was the real challenge. We blew right through customs into Tijuana, thinking we'd find the offices on the "other side" of something. ...
From Mexico City to Teotihuacan: The Pyramids and the People — By Jennifer Shipp
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From Mexico City to Teotihuacan: The Pyramids and the People — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s hard to say which was more memorable: the adventure of taking public transportation or the Aztec ruins that lie just north of Mexico City. Initially, when we started toward the ruins on the Metro in Mexico City, we  thought it would take about forty five minutes to an hour to get there. Teotihuacan isn’t that far away from Mexico City and though we were staying in Coyoacan (southern Mexico City), it ...
The Island of the Dolls — By Lydian Shipp
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The Island of the Dolls — By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective.)The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) was home to only one person, Julian Santana. He drowned in 2001 and there have been many suspicions about why exactly he drowned. The island is now run by his family members as a ...
Nudity, Chocolate, and Bamboo Mats in Mexico: The Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp
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Nudity, Chocolate, and Bamboo Mats in Mexico: The Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp

I can’t remember where or when I first heard about temazcals in Mexico, but it was incredibly difficult to find one in Guanajuato. Despite the fact that there was a temazcal located only about 200 yards (maybe less) from Escuela Falcon where we trekked every day for Spanish classes, no one we talked to there seemed to know where we could do one. I began my search for a temazcal and a curandero (or ...
The Legend of La Llorona – By Lydian Shipp
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The Legend of La Llorona – By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)The woman from the legend of La Llorona was once known as Maria. The story goes that she married a man of a higher class than her, and bore him 2 children. After a while, her husband left, and only came back home to visit his ...
Guanajuato Mexico Food Options — By Jennifer Shipp
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Guanajuato Mexico Food Options — By Jennifer Shipp

It’s much easier to eat healthfully in Guanajuato than it is in the United States. This is because there are vegetable vendors at every corner and we can go out every day for provisions on foot. At home, we have to get in the car and drive for about 10 minutes to the nearest grocery store. And the food is considerably more expensive at home than it is here (UPDATE: In 2017, our monthly grocery bill in the ...
The Search for Indigenous Healers in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Search for Indigenous Healers in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

We have only about 3 “non-working” days off left here in Guanajuato and our Spanish language classes at Escuela Falcon have ended. Rather than seeking out every tourist destination on the roster, we’re going to try to find Mexican healers. Though I would rate our health as excellent, I thoroughly enjoy hearing stories of how people heal themselves and I'm endlessly fascinated by the various rituals and ...
Happy Thanksgiving from Somewhere Other Than Home: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Happy Thanksgiving from Somewhere Other Than Home: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

It feels good to know that I could meet you on the street anywhere in the world, with only your backpack and a few choice provisions and we could do something together. We could be a part of something larger than ourselves; perhaps a university, or a small language school, a drum circle, or maybe a dance class. And we’d love or hate each other just as we do At Home.We could pluck ourselves out of the ...
Prophecies: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Prophecies: Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

It doesn't really matter, but I am and we all are, like this place with its winding streets and dark corridors. The pulsation of life, loud and raucous with regular strains of peaceful interludes. Tiendas with small buckets of floral flavored honeys hidden behind boxes of pencils and motor vehicle parts. Gutted buildings waiting to be occupied by life and love. Pristine gardens teetering on the brink of a ...
The Virgin of Guadalupe — By Lydian Shipp
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The Virgin of Guadalupe — By Lydian Shipp

(NOTE: This post was written when I was 13. I edited it in 2017 for grammatical errors and other technical stuff, but maintained the content to preserve my 13-year-old perspective)The Virgin of Guadalupe:The Virgin of Guadalupe is a figure that is very prominent in Mexican history. She was revered for many years by the Aztecs as the mother goddess known as Tonantzin, and then in 1531, she became ...
Things to Do in Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Things to Do in Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

















For the past four weeks, John has been completely inundated with work. While he stayed home, Lydian and I went out to explore the city of Guanajuato on foot. Most of our day was devoted to classes, but during the three hours when we had no scheduled events, we tried to find ...
Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

We’re not really “museum people”, but we decided to visit the Museo del Pueblo in Guanajuato Mexico because it was a destination close to Escuela Falcon, the Spanish language school. It was a small museum with a few paintings and some miniature dioramas of early life in the region. It was definitely worth the 5 pesos to go in and the fun of just trying to find the place.I asked myself several times why ...
Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

I keep 10 pesos in my pocket for poor people on the street. I don’t give my 10 pesos out to every homeless, shabby-looking person I see, but sometimes, I wish I had the coins in easy access for shriveled up old ladies selling flowers at 8:00 PM at night or little kids selling garlic on the street. I’m working with a Huichol belief that whatever we give to others we give to ourselves. So, my act-of-kindness ...
Giftless or Godless: Christmas on the Other Side of the Border — By Jennifer Shipp
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Giftless or Godless: Christmas on the Other Side of the Border — By Jennifer Shipp

When we traveled to Mexico for the first time several years ago, we thought we were going to a Christian country. And by “Christian”, I mean American-style Christianity. We had been to Buddhist and Muslim countries and were enchanted by the different holidays that were the same and yet different from what we’d come to know in our own culture. But we weren’t sure we’d be enchanted by spending the Christmas ...
Santa Muerte: Saint Death — By Lydian Shipp
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Santa Muerte: Saint Death — By Lydian Shipp

Santa Muerte: Saint DeathSanta Muerte is the female personification of death. She goes by many names, such as Lady of the Night, Skinny Lady, Santa Sebastiana, and The Godmother among others. She is not seen as being a dead human being herself, unlike other Catholic saints, although some people do believe that she was once a real person. There are many people that follow the cult of Santa Muerte, but ...
Finding del Truco — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finding del Truco — By Jennifer Shipp

With 3 hours to kill between Spanish classes at Escuela Falcon, Lydian and I try to find sights to see in Guanajuato. When I say “try” it’s not because there aren’t plenty of sights, museums, and cool activities in Guanajuato. I don’t know if we’d ever run out of things to do here, but finding them is the hard part. Don’t misunderstand me though. I thoroughly enjoy the search and corresponding surprises ...
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