Joyfully Colorful is a new kind of enterprise here in Merida. The theme is “Art for your Attitude” and it’s the love child of Kellie McRae, one of the beloved members of the community here. We went to the grand opening and are really excited about all the possibilities for creative activities. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about Joyfully Colorful in the near future. If you are in or visiting Merida, be sure to pay a visit. www.joyfullycolorful.com
Fátima is a central Portuguese town that’s home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a Catholic pilgrimage site. While neither Kathy or I are Catholic, we were very moved by our visit.
There is a breathtaking basílica as well as many other religious buildings. Fátima was an easy bus ride from Lisbon and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there, walking through the little town and seeing the sights.
There is a glass enclosure marking the sight where Mary, mother of God, appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children. The three children were Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
We were especially moved by all the people who were lighting candles. I did so and sent up my prayers for peace and healing in the world.
If you are visiting Lisbon, a day trip to Fátima is a lovely way to spend the day.
We were blessed with tickets to a baseball game for our local team, Los Leones de Yucatán. Art Charles, one of the players, gave us amazing seats right behind home plate! These are the best seats I have ever sat in!
The game was very exciting and full of lots of family fun! There was the team mascot, cheerleaders and lots of between innings activities for the kids.
Rain storms are very common here and getting out of the rain in the first inning was part of the fun!
Of course, a big part of any baseball game is the food. It was a little different here in the Yucatan. No foot long hot dogs, ice cream or nachos. There were lots of marquecitas, sandwiches, empanadas, kibbis and my new favorite, piedras. Literally meaning stones, these treats are savory bites of breaded beans, served with a garlicky salsa. Deliciosas!
The game was won, in the ninth inning with amazing plays by Art Charles and Christian Adamo!
Win or lose, baseball games are wonderful fun!
To read more about Los Leones and baseball here in Merida check out this great article.
When in Barcelona don’t miss Parque Güell. It is a beautiful privatized park system composed of gardens and architectural elements located on Carmel Hill. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudí, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. Wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking. We really enjoyed our day in the park.
The medina (walled city) in Fez is the oldest and largest one in Morocco. We spent over 6 hours there today, exploring the narrow streets, admiring the beautiful goods for sale and enjoying a day amidst the hustle and bustle of a Saturday in Fez. Everyone was very friendly although some of the sellers were a little pushy. Our guide, Mohammed, was very informative about this UNESCO world heritage site, built in the 9th century.
We visited the ancient Jewish quarter of the Medina. There is a rich history of Judaism in Morroco, although sadly not very many Jews remain.
We entered the medina through the famous Blue Gate. You can see that the exiting side is green.
Another highlight, although quite smelly, was a visit to the tannery. There, over 600 families ply their centuries old craft of turning goat, cow and camel hide into leather goods. Although smelly, the view from the top was awesome!
We also saw the river that used to divide the medina into 2 sections (Spanish and Tunisian) but is now connected by a bridge.
A visit to the medina of Fez is a must if you are here. Be sure to have good walking shoes and water. Have questions about our visit to Fez? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently on a 14 day transatlantic cruise. We left from Fort Lauderdale Florida and will end in Barcelona Spain. There are 8 long days at sea before our first port call, which will be in the Canary Islands. I’m loving long days at sea, lots of trivia, music, good food and spending time with my beloved and my best friend
Congratulations to us! We are now official residents of Mexico. We have our green cards and can come in and out as we please. We no longer have to get tourist visas to enter. At this time we have a 4 year temporary residency. We intend to apply for permanent residency at the end of those 4 years.
This is the program that we were qualified under. https://mexicorelocationguide.com/special-residency-program-in-mexico/
If you are not in Mexico you can apply for residency at any Mexican Consulate but the process is much more complicated (but still doable).
It was very helpful to have Vikki and Carlos of Mexican Expat Services assist us, every step of the way. If you have questions or are interested in applying for Mexican residency, they can help. Contact them through WhatsApp at +52 999 112 4795. They also have a wonderful Facebook page .
It gives us a lot of peace of mind to have residency. We are very happy in our Mexican home!
About 30 minutes from Merida is the charming little town of Motul. It’s a great place for a day trip. The town is the birthplace of Huevos Motulenos. This is a delicious dish of egg, tortilla and beans, covered with a tomato sauce. We ate at the famous Done Evelia’s and then enjoyed a delightful morning of shopping and exploring the town. Enjoy the pictures.