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Ruined Part II: In Search of a Family in Yaxachen — By Jennifer Shipp
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Ruined Part II: In Search of a Family in Yaxachen — By Jennifer Shipp

We had driven for three hours to try to find the Cauich family whose house had burned down while they were out on a posada in Yaxachen, Yucatan. We had decided to give them some money, roughly the amount we would spend on a fun weekend “out” in the United States since our trip to the destination was both entertaining as well as educational. The newspaper article that inspired the trip didn’t show “before” ...
Ruined Part I: In Search of a Family in Yaxachen — By Jennifer Shipp
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Ruined Part I: In Search of a Family in Yaxachen — By Jennifer Shipp



We’ve seen Chichen Itza and Uxmal. We’ve even been to Palenque. We saw so many ruins in the Yucatan last year that it’s hard to remember which one was which.  Every morning we go jogging along the beach in Progreso. We’ve had plenty of sun and sand. We were going to go get SCUBA certified until Lydian caught an awful cold on this trip. So last weekend we had to be creative to come up ...
First World Bodies: Third World Furnishings in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp
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First World Bodies: Third World Furnishings in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp

I bought an air mattress before we left on this trip to Mexico, thinking that we were actually going to Guatemala. With the memory of Costa Rica’s various discomforts still fresh in my mind, I decided to scour the Denver REI for air furniture, hoping to find something that would cushion our delicate first-world bodies for the upcoming month in yet another third world country.I ended up in the camping ...
If Eddie Vedder Were the Vegetable Man: In Search of a Curandero in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp
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If Eddie Vedder Were the Vegetable Man: In Search of a Curandero in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp

Enrique left Cuba because of communism. He came here for better opportunities. He is not remotely strange. He didn’t shake any rattling objects at Lydian or blow smoke on her. Sadly, there was no chanting. But according to some residents of Progreso, Enrique is a curandero. A witch. Maybe I missed a crucial piece of evidence that he dabbles in the dark arts, but the portly fellow we spoke to who wore a polo ...
Stupid, Dead, or Unconscious in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Stupid, Dead, or Unconscious in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

So, we could still go see Tikal. Reading the Lonely Planet guide on how to get from Belize to Tikal and back, it sounds like no sweat. The problem is, though. I’ve also read that you shouldn’t wander away from crowds at Tikal. People will rob you and rape you even as you climb the steps of ancient temples.There are different types of violence in the world. We considered going to Israel, for example this ...
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Lydian – Day 16 – Dead Plants and Bitches on Rooftops

This morning I didn’t want to get out of bed for fear that I would get bored. It was also about 7:30 in the morning when I officially opened my eyes. As a general rule, I wake up after eight, no earlier. So I there I stayed, unable to decide whether or not to get up. I was in the process of lecturing myself about ‘being bored’ when I heard my mom begin her workout. Then, I went into a state of denial about ...
Grim News in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Grim News in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Instead of buying souvenirs when we go overseas, I buy newspapers in the countries we visit. I learn little bits and pieces of languages recreationally (except for Spanish, which I’ve studied in greater depth) and the newspapers are fun to decipher, they earmark the current goings on and the photo journalism often speaks volumes in itself. Best of all newspapers are easy to carry. They don’t take up much ...
Women in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp
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Women in the Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp

I’ve been reading a book called Women of Yucatan by George Ann Huck and Jann E. Freed. Last year, upon returning from Mexico, I ordered some books by Oscar Lewis (The Children of Sanchez and Five Families)  an anthropologist who studied Mexican families. The books have made me glad to be an American. In Mexico, rape isn’t considered a crime if a woman agrees to marry her rapist.According to some of this ...
New Year’s Eve in Progreso, Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp
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New Year’s Eve in Progreso, Yucatan — By Jennifer Shipp

The fireworks went on until the wee hours of the morning. When John left the house at 5:45 this morning, people were still partying. Last year, in 2011, we were in Palenque on New Year’s Eve, trying to escape from the obnoxious evangelist whose fire-and-brimstone voice echoed throughout Progreso from 7:00 PM to midnight. This year was much quieter, but since we essentially sleep in the open air with windows ...
Visit During the Off-Season If You Can…and Wander — By Jennifer Shipp
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Visit During the Off-Season If You Can…and Wander — By Jennifer Shipp

Everyone seems very hung over and distant today. The streets are covered with trash. People are still wasted from their Dionysian escapades. I feel tired just congregating with them, probably in part because I didn’t get any sleep on account of them.Now that the New Year has hit, the on-season is starting here. Tourists are getting thicker along the malecon. More vendors have set up their wares along ...
Wrought Iron Breasts and Cats Traversing Rooftops in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Wrought Iron Breasts and Cats Traversing Rooftops in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

I’m eating dates. That’s my snack of choice right now. Though they satisfy my hunger, they leave me emotionally unsatisfied. Perhaps I should have some peanut butter. Alas, there is no chocolate here that's edible for vegans. No bread. No jelly. And damn, I’m hungry.Lydian is finally feeling better. I can tell because she’s upstairs playing her guitar. A few days ago, I knew that she was still sick ...
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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