Preparing For Your Move Abroad

My friend, Kimberly, has written an excellent post. So much good advice about preparing for your trip abroad. With her permission, I am sharing it with you, our BOLT followers.

Black Broad Abroad

Preparing for your new life abroad can be both an exciting and stressful time. The idea of such a big move can be quite overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Making something as simple as a ‘to do’ list is an effective way to help you to organize your move. But of course you’ve already made a “to do” list right? I’m sure that list includes things such as packing up your personal items, donating non-essentials or things that you are unable to take with you, and of course spending time with family and friends before the big move. So, since you’ve got the basics covered, allow me to help expand on that list to include things you may not have thought of. Things that can assist you making a smooth transition abroad. Did I make copies of all my documents?  Did I remember to cancel my gym membership?…

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A Bit About Puerto Peñasco


Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, is a Mexican fishing in the state of Sonora, Mexico. It’s got a long and interesting history. Pancho Villa fostered revolution here. Al Capone sold alcohol here. The U.S. government saw it as a strategic point during WWII.

Puerto Peñasco is the closest beach to Arizona. This weekend it was filled with beach goers from both sides of the border.

It is also an RV paradise with over 10 RV parks, many of them right on the beach. It’s a favorite spot for ATVers. We see dune buggies and quads everywhere. You can ride horses right on the beach if ATVing is not your speed.

It’s a city of contrasts to me. I see fancy beach resorts and houses but I also see a lot of poverty among the residents.

We like Puerto Peñasco, but we haven’t met any black folks or made any friends yet. It’s home for the next month and I’m enjoying exploring.

Descanso, BOLT Style

Descanso means rest in Spanish. After 7 lovely days on the road in Baja California, Mexico we crossed over into the mainland. We are currently in the Mexican State of Sonora in the town of Puerto Peñasco.


Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, is a Mexican fishing and resort city on the Gulf of California. It’s known for dune-backed Sandy Beach and Bahía la Choya’s tidal pools.

For BOLT, Puerto Penasco will be a place of rest. We have found a lovely RV park, just blocks from the beach, and plan to stay a month.

Sunset RV park has a beautiful salt water swimming pool, an area for barbeques, laundry facilities and everything else we need.

Kathy and I are looking forward to a wonderful month of descanso and exploration of this part of Mexico. We are very close to the U.S. so please come visit!

Cooking with BOLT!

One thing I love about RV life is lots of time for cooking. I didn’t cook much in Thailand because, well, Thai food!

Anyway we cook a lot while road tripping. The kitchen in Winnie is small but it has everything I need. From time to time I thought I’d start sharing some of my recipes with you.

It’s cold here and so I thought today was the perfect day for my Lentil Chilli. Here’s what you need and what to do:

  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 green or red bell pepper
  • 1 pasilla chilli
  • 2 zucchini or chayote squash
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes
  • Olive oil for sauteing
  • pound bag any color lentils
  • Chilli seasoning (garlic powder, cumin, chilli powder, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper)
  • Grated jack or cheddar cheese
  • Fritos

Cut all veggies into chunks and saute in the olive oil until tender.

Add lentils and cover with water.

Cook on medium heat until lentils are tender (about 2 hours).

Add seasonings to taste.

Serve topped with grated cheese and Fritos.

Perfect for a chilly day in Baja California! Healthy and vegetarian too!

Chiang Mai to Ensenada… We made it!

I’m too tired and jet lagged to write much but the BOLTs have arrived safely in Ensenada, Baja California Norte, Mexico.

We are reunited with the BOLT dog, Kahlo.

And are back in the cozy Winnie.

The trip was grueling with a 5 hour layover in Bangkok and a 12 hour one in Tokyo. We ventured out from Narita Airport, by bus, into Tokyo. I don’t recommend this. The bus ride is 3 hours round trip and all we saw was the big, bustling, business part of Tokyo. We will definitely visit Japan when we have time to explore and enjoy.

We arrived safely in San Diego after a 10 hour flight. From San Diego we enjoyed the Blue Line Trolley which took us right to the Mexican border.

Crossing the border was easy, the Mexican immigration folks are lovely and friendly.

We took a taxi from the border to Ensenada, less than 2 hours, for $80. There are cheaper ways to go (by bus) but we were very tired. We arrived safely at the Mona Lisa RV park. And are enjoying the Pacific Ocean Views.

Chiang Mai Magic!

There’s just something about Chiang Mai! Kathy and I came here over 3 years ago and stayed over a year that time. Yes, we visited other cities and countries but we always came back to Chiang Mai. This time we came and have stayed a solid year. Except for a brief visit to Bangkok we have stayed in Chiang Mai for the whole time.

It’s hard to describe the magic that happens in Chiang Mai and I’m not sure if you can feel it during a brief visit.

Chiang Mai Magic occurs in the over 300 temples, places of such sacred beauty that I never get tired of visiting them.

Chiang Mai Magic is at the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, one of my favorite places to practice self care.

Chiang Mai Magic is in all the wonderful festivals that occur throughout the year, especially Yi Peng, the Flower Festival and Songkran.

Chiang Mai Magic is overwhelmingly at Inthakin Green Village. There is so much magic and healing here that I have written several blogs about it.

Chiang Mai Magic happens for Kathy on the motorbike. She experiences magic on her many rides in and around the city. If you want to experience Chiang Mai in this way, I highly recommend the Honda Safety Riding School.

Most of all I think Chiang Mai Magic is the people, the beautiful Thai people, the fabulous members of the African American community here and beloved friends and family who have visited. The magic is in planned events and random meet ups. The magic happens just walking down the street where I always see and greet someone I know.

We leave Chiang Mai and it’s magic tomorrow. I’m sad to leave all this magic behind. However, part of the magic of Chiang Mai is that I know we can’t stay away for long. BOLT loves you Chiang Mai and we’ll be back soon.

Inthakin Green Village: One Day of Bliss!

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Inthakin Green Village is a health and wellness center located in the heart of the Mae Teang jungle, about one hour north of Chiang Mai. Owned by my dear friend, Wanvisa Inthep, it is a miraculous place of beauty and healing.

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While many people visit Inthakin for longer (3-4 weeks) stays, they also offer a wonderful one day experience. Here is what you can expect.

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All treatments at Inthakin Green Village are individualized, based on your personal health concerns and needs. Every visit starts with a brief health consultation to determine how you can best be served.

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Weather Permitting you will receive a banana leaf body wrap treatment. As you lie in the warm sun toxins are drawn from your body. Cool off in the Himalayan Salt water pool before going to the sala for more treatments.

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20180619_1426171938340629.jpgIn the sala you will experience the herbal body grill. This is an ancient Lanna therapy which heals body aches, increases flexibility and warms the joints.  You will lie on a bamboo bed, covered in herbs grown at Inthakin. The bed is heated, from below, and you  slowly turn from your back, to front and both sides. It is hard to describe but this is the most relaxing experience, my favorite at Inthakin!

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Following a delicious lunch, prepared by the award winning chef, you will return to the sala for more treatments.

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Back in the sala, you will experience an hour and a half massage by the highly trained therapists. Energy lines will be cleared, knots will be released, aches will be healed and you will emerge completely relaxed!  You will then conclude you visit with time in the herbal steam sauna. 20180620_1405021462984871.jpg

A one day experience at Inthakin Green Village includes all of the above treatments, lunch and pick up/drop off in Chiang Mai City. The experience is normally 10,000 Thai baht but right now there is a “family and friends” special for 5,000 Thai baht. Additional treatments like the eye spa (shown above) are available at an extra cost. Please contact inthakinvillage@gmail.com or visit our website to arrange your visit.