The village of Ducaj near Boge, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Tirana Airport, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Porto, Portugal on June 25th!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thanks for setting us straight!

First, I want to thank everybody who left a comment on yesterday's post. The vast majority of you said we should be going to Guatemala, and of course you're right! So, as our facebook fans already know, we have made the decision to do exactly that.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


We're normally really good at being decisive about something. You weigh the pros and cons, and you make a decision. Simple, right? Well for some reason we've been having a hard time with this Guatemala thing. But I think we've finally made up our minds.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Time for a holiday!

We had our first telephone interview for a summer job yesterday morning. Not telling you what we're doing or where we're doing it until it's confirmed though!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day trip to Playa Roca Blanca

Our friend Alfredo only has Sunday as a day off work, so we took advantage of that by making a day trip out to Playa Roca Blanca. This is a beach about 40 kms (25 miles) north (west?) of Puerto Escondido. We've driven by the entrance to this beach several times with the motorhome and always wondered what it was like.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Geese can be mean!

A bit of a lazy day yesterday. You don't want to be doing very much activity's pretty warm down here. By 11:00am or so the temperature is up to 32C (92F) where it stays until the sun goes down.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Playa Ventura to Puerto Escondido

Yesterday's post was late so you might want to go back and check it first if you missed it.

So we took off from Playa Ventura at a few minutes before 9:00am. We have done this drive several times with the motorhome, and it's been about a six hour drive. To do 275 kms (171 miles). Slow going, lots of little towns and topes.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Acapulco to Playa Ventura

Sorry for the delay in today's post. Our cellular stick wasn't picking up a very good signal, so when we left this morning, we just decided to wait until this evening. Now that we're at Puerto Escondido, we're connected but it's very slow. There won't be much in the way of pictures if it doesn't improve!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Acapulco (day 2)

We're not actually in Acapulco. We're about 13 kms (8 miles) northwest of the city, up the coast on a spit of land that has a lake on one side and the ocean on the other. In fact, we won't be going in to Acapulco at all.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tent camping in Acapulco!

We left Taxco just after 8:30am. Tried to say goodbye to our couchsurfing host Efrain, but couldn't find him. Managed to say goodbye to his father though, and he'll pass on the message. Don't normally like to use couchsurfing for only one night, but we had expressed this in advance and Efrain was still very gracious to accept us. We had about a four hour drive ahead of us to get to Acapulco, so we wanted an early start.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Taxco, Guererro

We drove to the city of Taxco yesterday. It was a cloudy day and not great for picture taking. In fact, it was spitting with rain for the section from Valle de Bravo to Toluca. Our friend Paco met us in Toluca and guided us through the city to the highway heading south. Thanks Paco!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Acapulco tomorrow!

We're up early and hitting the road this morning. Overnighting in Taxco, and then Acapulco tomorrow. We've been in Mexico for two and a half months and haven't seen the ocean yet! I have to admit, I'm ready for some sun and sand.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A flooded town?

We had been told about a village near here that was flooded due to a hydroelectric dam that was built in the 1950's. Apparently the steeple of the church from the flooded town was still visible above the water line and it sounded like an interesting thing to see. But apparently there is more to the story...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hike with a view

We started out yesterday with a plan to drive around the lake, and then hike up to the place where some of the hang gliders take off from. The map looked like you could drive around, but it turned out the road was more suitable for horses!

Friday, January 18, 2013

In the middle of nowhere with no gasoline!

Yesterday, we decided to take the little blue car out for a tour. We wanted to go to the town of Donato Guerra, about 23 kms (15 miles) away. Well what started out as a tour, soon became a mystery tour!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kayaking is fun!

We took one of Chago's kayaks out for a spin on the lake yesterday morning. Almost a two hour spin! We made sure we left fairly early while the lake was still calm. The winds tend to pick up by 11:00am or so, and then there's a steady breeze most of the afternoon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The beach is nice, but...

We've been in Mexico for almost two and a half months now and haven't seen the ocean yet. That's okay, we're heading there next week. A lot of people come to Mexico strictly to spend their winter on the beach. I guess that's what they want, but we think that they are missing the best of what Mexico has to offer.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Grocery Shopping in Mexico

Yesterday was a day of rest. Well, until we had to go into town to do some grocery shopping. We relaxed most of the morning, and then had a snack before deciding to go into town and do some grocery shopping. We headed out around 12:30pm.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thermal Baths and Gorditas!

You might want to check out yesterday's post first because we were so busy that it actually didn't get posted until late afternoon. Why? We wanted to get an early start because we had another busy day planned. in fact, we were in the car by 7:30am, heading south to the spa town of Ixtapan de le Sal.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Toluca, a birthday party, and a wedding reception!

You'll notice that we're a little late posting the blog today. That's because we simply haven't had time until now! Non stop fun since we arrived here at Paco and Oti's and the fun carried through until today with a short break for some sleep last night. So, what were we up to yesterday...?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hike up the 15,300 foot Toluca Volcano

It's not as bad as it sounds, because you are able to drive to the 13,600 foot level!

And we never made it to the top of the highest peak, but we did make it to 14,700 feet, so we weren't far off. Still, it was a great day and we enjoyed the hike and we got some fantastic photos.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Nice day to do nothing.

We needed to rest up yesterday to prepare for a big day today...we're headed to the top of the Toluca Volcano. Never been at an altitude of 15,300 feet and still been on the ground! There's supposed to be a road that goes part of the way up, but we will have to hike the last 2 kms or so. Hopefully the skies will be clear and we'll get some great views.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Monarch Butterflies at Piedras Herrado

Yesterday, we drove about 35 kms (22 miles) through the town of Valle de Bravo, and then uphill all the way, into the mountains south of the city of Toluca. Our destination? The Piedras Herrado Butterfly Sanctuary.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mexico City is sucking up all the water!

As soon as we arrived here last Saturday, the first thing we noticed was the water level of the lake. This is the third time we've been here at Valle de Bravo and Lago Avandaro, and each time the water level of the lake has been lower than the time before.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What happened to yesterday?

Monday just seems to have disappeared. We didn't do much of anything, yet the day just flew by! We did manage to go out and get some groceries and we stocked up on some beverages for our time here. Speaking of which...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Settled in to the little apartment

Yesterday was a relaxing day. We spent the morning getting the rest of our things into the apartment and sorting out our "kitchen". This apartment does have a kitchen, but it's a separate locked room off the balcony and there's no key!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

What can happen in ten months?

Well, quite a lot apparently!

It was almost exactly ten months ago that we were here at Embarcadero Chago (Chago's Marina) on Lago Avandaro near Valle de Bravo.

Where do I start...

This is a fairly long post because it covers almost two full days! We keep fairly busy, so when we miss doing our daily blog post (like we did yesterday!) it's hard to remember where to start. Good thing we take a lot of pictures to help refresh our memories! Okay, when we left you last, we were about to hop on the local bus to go to central Morelia.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hacienda Contreras to Morelia

Originally planned on leaving at 10:00am yesterday morning, but it was almost 11:30am by the time we finally headed out. Said goodbye to some people, sorry we missed most of you! Had we stuck around to say goodbye to everyone it would have been another half hour!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hitting the road!

As much as we love it here at Hacienda Contreras, it's time to go out and find some new adventures! We're heading out this morning with the little blue car on a two and a half month Mexican road trip.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hiking in Guatemala

Yesterday was a wet and windy day, and it got even more wet and windy through last night. It was definitely an indoor kind of a day and I spent a few hours of it researching travel in Guatemala.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcoming in 2013

We went with Chris to Sahuayo yesterday morning. Had to pick up some minor grocery items for last night's New Years Eve party, as well as some wiring and special nuts and bolts to fasten Chris and Juan's solar panel to the roof of their trailer.