Monthly Archives: February 2011

Zapopan Arco (Arch)

While visiting Zapopan, our second stop was to be the arch. We couldn’t find it at first, but we asked directions. We discovered that we actually could have seen the arches from the Zapopan Basilica if all the displays and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me

The bugles sounded, the band played, and the flag was raised. Thus began my birthday yesterday, and it was the best birthday I’ve had in many years. The bugles, band and flag were actually to celebrate Mexico’s Flag Day, as … Continue reading

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Mexico's' Dia de la Bandera (Flag Day)

Today is my birthday, and it is also Mexico’s Flag Day. We had been trying for months to watch the army lower the flag, which I thought was supposed to happen every Thursday at 6:00 pm. Several people in the … Continue reading

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Earthquake in New Zealand

Several of our friends have asked about Andrew’s family in New Zealand after hearing the news of the earthquake last night. If you’ve not seen the reports, here are a couple of links: New Zealand earthquake: 65 dead in Christchurch … Continue reading

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Zapopan Basilica

We’ve been meaning for a long time to drive the half hour to Zapopan to see some of that historic town, which is on the northwest side of the Guadalajara metro area. We finally took an afternoon to visit there. … Continue reading

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Buying a Business Suit for $124 USD

As we’ve previously mentioned, many things cost less here in Mexico than in other places. Electronics are NOT one of those things, but clothing and tailoring certainly is less expensive here than in many other places. While we were downtown, … Continue reading

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Renewing My United States Passport in Guadalajara

It is often difficult to make a reservation to apply for a passport at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara.  It seems that they only open a couple of weeks worth of appointment times, and those often fill up very quickly.  … Continue reading

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Dinner at La Pizza Nostra in Puerto Vallarta

For most of our meals, we ate very cheaply. Breakfast was included in the price of the room at Hotel Mercurio and is served between 8:00 and 10:30, so we ate breakfast there each morning. We had brought cereal from … Continue reading

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Lazing on the Puerto Vallarta Beach

Each morning we found something to do here there and everywhere. But the afternoons were more relaxed. We simply borrowed a couple of the huge Hotel Mercurio beach towels and walked the block and a half to the beach. From … Continue reading

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ZipLines in Puerto Vallarta

One thing we wanted to be sure we did on this trip was to ride on some ziplines. During our last trip, we had only one afternoon and one early morning, and none of the ziplines fit our schedule. So, … Continue reading

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