Sunday, August 14, 2016

A “NON-BLOG” POSTING FOR THE “LOW SEASON”




It’s that time of the year in Puerto Vallarta, México when it’s hot, hot, hot! And did I mention humid! This time of the year is currently referred to as the “Low Season," but it was formerly known as the “Off Season." Since "Off Season" did not sound especially appealing to those in charge of promoting more visitors to the area it was modified to the current "Low Season."   I for one would have been just as happy if they had left it alone as the "Off Season"! 


Low season is when you can have the beach, the pool, and your Kindle pretty much to yourself!  


"Low Season" runs from May to the beginning of November, mas o menos, and is our favorite season. It is when we feel a real connection with nature and with the people of the area. We also refer to it as the “Quiet Season” even when the not-so-quiet-fun-loving Mexican nationals arrive for their annual summer vacations in the months of July and August. We are definitely an oddity in this regard since most visitors and winter regulars prefer the “High Season” when the weather is milder and when there is a lot of “gringo” social activity.


Nationals enjoying the low season before their amigos arrive in July and August for fun in the sun! 

This time of the year is when we go out early in the mornings to do our errands in order to be home by mid-day for a quiet siesta. The afternoons are when you come out of “hiding” in order to enjoy the “relatively” cooler temperature. Your reward for this lifestyle includes incredibly gorgeous sunsets and dramatic tropical rainstorms in the evenings. Life is very simple during the “Low/Quiet/Off Season” and is based on the rhythms of nature. 


When "bonding" with a Luna jellyfish is excitement during the quiet season.


Oh, no!  Another incredibly beautiful sunset during the low season.


So in honor of this time of the year I have decided to post this “Non-Blog” posting. What that means is that this posting will have minimal text (what you are reading is what you are getting), but heavy on the visual with a collection of some of my favorite photographs taken at this time of the year. The following is the link to my “LOW SEASON” photo album.  I hope you enjoy!

PV "LOW SEASON" PHOTO ALBUM



Don't be shy! Us bloggers love receiving questions, comments, or suggestions. Until next time, safe trails and happy travels. And thank you so much for joining me. Laura

AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO NEED A SIMPLE REMINDER OF WHAT THIS BLOGGING "BIZ" IS ALL ABOUT:

Definitions of BLOG (bläɡ):

*Noun: a regularly updated website or web page that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also: the contents of such a site.

*A blog (the shortening of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web (WWW) or the “Web” consisting of entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appearing first).

*Verb: (used without object), blogged, blogging to maintain or add new entries to a blog.

*Verb: (used with object), blogged, blogging to express or write about on a blog.


Defining what a Blog is all about can leave you feeling and looking a little frazzled!







Monday, August 1, 2016

GETTING AROUND IN LATIN AMERICA




My  husband and I embraced the joys and challenges (up to a certain point that is) in our nomadic lifestyle for almost eighteen years before he said "no mas." Now we are "settled" and I am blogging in order to recapture the memories of our nomadic years. For me those years were beyond exciting. I loved everything about discovering a new place, exploring it, and setting up a home base if it seemed right for us.

A very large part of our travels obviously involved getting from one place to another. It was called transportation and the challenges of transportation can be a real drag. But getting around in Latin America was a big part of the experience. It was often on the "getting around" part of our lifestyle that we met the most interesting people, saw the most interesting sights, and collected the most memorable memories.

Consequently, I have decided to share the different means of transportation which were most important to us during these years of our "getting around" in Latin America." In lieu of typical photograph captions, I will be adding quotes regarding travel which particularly resonate with me. So if you are ready, let's hit the road.  Or as we said most often to each other, "let's get back on the bus!"







"A  journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”  Anonymous
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” Aldous Huxley   

 
"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears." Cesare Pavese 


"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." Robert Louis Stevenson









“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust


“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson



“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” Gael Attal



“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” Paul Theroux


“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” 
Paul Fussell


“Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” 
Aldous Huxley


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”  Mark Twain



“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” James Michener


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 
St. Augustine



“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” Robert Louis Stevenson


“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” Ernest Hemingway


“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home,” Matsuo Basho



Please join me in this nomadic journey through my photographs which include descriptive captions in the following album link.  I look forward to your company!

GETTING AROUND IN LATIN AMERICA


Please don't be shy!  Us bloggers love receiving questions, comments, or suggestions. Until next time, safe trails and travel well.  Laura




                                           Memories are just a click away!