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url 2019-11-30 12:08
High Quality Mexico Luxury Real Estate

Buying and selling Mexico luxury real estate can be quite complicated, and you need to work with a knowledgeable realtor who will ensure you make the soundest financial decision. At Run Away Realty, we are local experts and believe in giving our clients the highest level of customer service.

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text 2019-11-27 06:54
The Extravagant Stay at Puntamita Beachfront Villas

It is one of the most hectic tasks for a person to plan a perfect holiday. Each and every small amenity has to be taken care of for a satisfactory holiday experience. But we have got the answer to this question. We have found a perfect destination for your next holiday i.e Punta Mita beachfront rentals villas.


Answer For Your Next Holiday Destination

The first thing that people expect when they are on a vacation is a world-class service. They do not want any compromises when it comes to comfort. The next destination which should be on your travelling list should definitely be Punta Mita.


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Why Punta Mita Should Be Your Go-to Destination?


  • Stretched within a 1500 acre peninsula situated in the Riviera Nayarit, just north of Puerto Vallarta, this is one of the few places where dream tropical fleeing away becomes a reality.
  • It consists of various luxurious options to choose from popularly called Punta Mita luxury villa rental which will provide you a breathtaking experience.
  • Besides this, it is home to 15 residential communities with various ownership options.
  • Keeping in mind the contentment of the people, Punta Mita is equipped with golf courses, a tennis center, and two top-shelf hotel brands.
  • Even at the time of high gathering of people, you can enjoy the bliss of nature by listening to the soft melody of birds and the echoing sound of ocean waves.
  • With its close adjacency to major airports, it is adjudged one of the places for a quick holiday plan.
    Beachview Casa China Blance Punta Mita
  • Considering the privacy of the visitors, the place is surrounded by some private villas popularized by the name Punta Mita private villa rental. These villas can be owned by visitors for a time being to enjoy a luxurious stay.
  • With water surrounding the place by three sides, it provides visitors with some heavenly experience and a sense of peace and calm. All this due to its incomparable geographical location.
  • The place provides the people with two membership options namely Resident and Premier.
  • Under the residential category, people are welcomed at golf courses, tennis centers, and beach clubs but the premium members are privileged with access to some of the best clubs and community facilities the place has to offer.
  • The expensive villas are being provided with a personal butler assigned 24/7 at your service.
  • Punta Mita includes world’s best golf course and is solely available to the exclusive members and resort guests.
  • People can embrace the artwork, history, and philosophy being celebrated in the community.
  • Visitors who are fond of drinking can savour themselves with a diverse range of wines, tequilas, and margaritas.
    Leisure Villa Casa La Vida In Punta Mita, Bay Of Banderas

With this number of reasons, the hard task of choosing your next holiday destination has become quite easy. These amenities will surely make your trip worth remembering. The vacation villas in Punta Mita will serve you with a heavenly experience and will make sure that it stays in your mind for a long time. So, for a soothing  witnessing of events, you are free to choose Punta Mita as your next destination.

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url 2019-11-16 08:47
Vacation Rentals In Mexico

All income earned in Mexico carries a certain taxation. Regardless of how it’s distributed or gifted, paid in pesos or USD, or any other monetary valued payout. It has to be reported as income.

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text 2019-11-05 19:45
24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 - Día de los Muertos / All Saints' Day: Task 4

Task: Do you have any traditions or mementos of happy memories of a loved one that you feel like sharing?


OK -- I decided to keep it topical for this task and talk about a trip to Mexico and Guatemala that my mom, my BFF (Gaby), my "cousin in law once removed" (I'm pretty sure that's wrong; anyway, he's the brother of my eldest cousin's husband) and I took almost exactly 25 years ago.


There are many things I remember from that trip; not least, of course, the many amazing places we visited.  Of the "people memories", two things stand out in particular, and both of them have to do with Gaby.


She was born with several disabilities, which even in daily life fills me with constant awe at the way in which she not only manages situations that for the rest of us are perfectly normal but to her involve a challenge, but she also does more than her share of things that constitute a challenge to most people (e.g., her day job requires her to take trips to parts of the world that are politically unstable and / or infrastructurally challenged, and where travel requires quite a bit of organization even under the best of condititions, not even taking into account her special needs).  We've known each other since high school, so I know this sort of achievement did not always come easily to her but was hard-fought for; by dint of experience (not least, the experience of practically growing up with major surgery, sometimes yearly or even several times per year, from her earliest childhood on), the experience that sometimes surgery can fail and make things even worse than they have been before, as well as sheer stubbornness and learning how to balance a flat-out refusal of the notion "I can't do this" with situations that she just has to accept, even if she'd very much like to change them.


And I'd like to believe our trip to Mexico and Guatemala was a major step on that ladder of challenging herself to do things she previously might not have thought that she could do.


Not even the trip as such -- we had traveled together before (including visits to Monument Valley and other places in the Southwestern U.S.) and she had, by that time, also repeatedly traveled alone.  But quite apart from her other special needs, e.g. at airports, Mexican and Guatemalan national parks and historic sites aren't (or at the time, at least, weren't) exactly primed to be visited by wheelchair; and lest you say, well, that primarily sounds like a challenge to the person pushing, not the one being pushed (which undoubtedly it is, too), I'll invite you to sit down in a wheelchair for just a couple of minutes and have someone push you over rough, uneven ground made up of gravel, loose earth, spiky stones, grassy patches, puddles, potholes, and the like.  Gaby had to endure this for extended periods on a practically daily basis, and on that sort of ground there is only so much we could do to at least spare her the worst patches.  (Of course, her wheelchair was showing the effects after a while, too: We got to a point where airline employees started mumbling things like "no responsibility" at its mere sight, and we had to ensure them that "it's OK, we know what it looks like and how that came about -- we won't try to offload this one on you" to get them to even accept to load it.)


But, of course, one of the stand-out feature of Mexico's and Guatemala's historic sites are ... pyramids.  And while Gaby doesn't need her wheelchair to get around all the time, she does need crutches to walk -- and that, surely, would have limited her to admiring all those Aztec and Mayan pyramids from below, and put the notion of joining all us other visitors in climbing the pyramids quite beyond her, right?






After she had let herself be talked into trying one of the smaller pyramids in Teotihuacán on one of the first days of our trip (see above photo on the left -- incidentally one of my all-time favorite photos of the two of us together), she had her crowning moment of glory climbing about two thirds of the way up the Great Pyramid at Chichén-Itzá (the Temple of Kukulkán, aka El Castillo) later in our trip (see above photo on the right).  She didn't make it all the way to the top, and given how execrably steep those steps are, who knows what that was ultimately good for -- but it definitely was one of those "reset your personal boundaries" achievements that stay with you, and with everybody else who has witnessed it, forever after.


So -- Gaby and the pyramids.  That is one thing I will always remember about that trip.  (And of course, Gaby's wheelchair and its transformation into a cross country vehicle.)


The other incident (ultimately involving all four of us) occurred at the beginning of the final section of the trip, which we were spending in Cancún.  We had built the trip to Guatemala into the whole thing so as to fly to Flores (the closest town and airport to the Tikal Mayan site) from Cancún -- there used to be direct flights going both ways at the time *and* you were allowed to book one-way trips -- and to return to Cancún via Guatemala City and Mexico City at the end of the Guatemala leg of our tour. 


Tikal, Guatemala: On top of Pyramid IV, the national park's highest structure -- Gran Plaza (the photo in the upper row is taken from the top of the pyramid in the left photo below) -- and the four of us, on the steps of one of the pyramids in Gran Plaza


For some reason -- IIRC because she had made her own flight arrangements via a different travel agency -- Gaby ended up on different flights than the rest of us on the return trip to Cancún, so since this was a few years before the advent (or at least, the widespread use) of mobile phones, the rest of us spent the better part of the day worrying whether she had made it to Cancún alright after we had seen her off at Guatemala City airport.


As it turned out, Gaby had not only gotten to Cancún perfectly well, she'd also had had time to have dinner and a tequila aperitif by the time we got there at last, in turn.  Well, we sort of took our cue from her when we sat down for our own dinner later that evening -- with Gaby joining us of course ... and the rest of the evening took a turn which had the wait staff (amazingly the same people both that night and the next morning -- I wonder how many hours of sleep those poor people actually got) greeting us with wide grins when we came down for breakfast the next morning and inquire "Tequila?" ... instead of asking whether we wanted tea or coffee.


("Tequila?" has been a running joke with Gaby and me ever since.)


Unfortunately, no photos of that evening survive -- of course, in the days of mobile phones, such a thing could no longer possibly happen ... but here's us toasting the New Year earlier during the trip, while staying at an amazing place named Hacienda Cocoyoc near Puebla (which has been one of my all-time favorite hotels ever since that trip, and one I'd dearly love to return to one day):




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review 2019-10-30 13:32
Recommended to lovers of historical fiction, pioneer narrations, and women’s stories
Not My Father's House: A Novel of Old New Mexico - Loretta Miles Tollefson

I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team, and I freely chose to review an ARC copy of this novel.

When I first read about this book, I was intrigued by the setting (one I must confess I’m not very familiar with but I’ve always been interested in) and the period of the story most of all. I’ve become an eager reader of historical fiction, and I’ve learned plenty about times and places I knew nothing about. This is another perfect example of the way novels can inform and entertain at the same time, immersing us on a time and place completely at odds with our everyday experience. This is book two in the series of novels of Old New Mexico, and although it can be read independently, I must admit I would have liked to be better acquainted with the previous lives of the characters.

Suzanna is very young. Newly wed and only sixteen, she is thrown in at the deep end. She is not very domesticated for a woman of the period (the story is set in the early XIX century): she does not know how to cook, and she was brought up by her father to love books rather than other more feminine tasks, although she does sew, cleans, and knows how to keep a house, more or less (but she did have help back at her father’s house, in Taos, and she still has some help here, because Ramón does the cooking, otherwise they’d die of hunger). She loves to be outdoors and grow plants and vegetables most of all and that is another source of irritation for her in her new location, as this is high mountain territory, and neither the weather nor the seasons are as mild as what she was used to at home.

Suzanna finds fault with everything and she is not the most likeable of characters to begin with, although as we keep reading, the sheer drudgery and harshness of her life, and her brave attempts at making the best out of it end up by endearing her to the reader. We also come to understand that there is something more behind the changes in mood and she needs help, although it is difficult to imagine what form it could take at that point and in that place. Gerald, her husband, does his best and tries to understand her, although he has little time and no workable solutions to make things better. Ramón is a quiet presence and a likeable one, as he is always at hand to help. A perfect example of the strong and quiet type, Mexican style. He and the main characters in the novel experience major and very traumatic losses, and they use different coping strategies to deal with very difficult circumstances. There are other very colourful characters that make their appearance in the book, including Native Americans of different tribes, trappers, Mexican Army soldiers, and assorted animals as well. Some of them, as the author explains at the end of the book, where real historical characters, and they seamlessly mix with the fictional characters whose story we are reading.

The story is a slow burner, rather than a quick page turner, and it is narrated in the third person, mostly from Suzanna’s point of view, but also from a pretty nasty character’s viewpoint (I’m trying to avoid spoilers, although the description will give you a fair idea of the plot), that gives us a different perspective and also creates a fairly uncomfortable reading experience, as we get to share in the thoughts of a man who does not seem to have a single redeeming feature. The author does an excellent job of capturing the natural rhythm of the seasons, and we experience the harshness of the natural environment, the difficulty of coping with extreme weather conditions and having to survive on one’s own wits, but she also brings to life the beauty and the joy of the landscape and the location.

Another very strong point of this novel is the way it reflects the mental health difficulties of Suzanna. Her dark moods, the way she is influenced by the seasons and the lack of light and exercise in the winter months, her irritability, her difficulty explaining her feelings, and how she is further hindered by several losses throughout the book and the effect the birth of her children has on her already fragile mental health are explored and made palpable. Because we share in her perspective, although at first we might think she is just too young and immature for the situation she has landed herself in, we later come to see how hard her circumstances would be for anybody. And when her father visits and explains that she’s always had difficulties in certain times of the year, but they’d managed it well, we understand that she had not been aware of these problems until she had to face them by herself, in more extreme and tough conditions. The author explains her research on depression (post-natal depression and also seasonal affective disorder) and provides the historical context as to how the condition would have been dealt with at the time, in her note at the back of the book. From my experience as a psychiatrist, having talked to and looked after many patients suffering from similar conditions, her portrayal is realistic and vivid, and it reflects well the feelings and desperation of the sufferers.

I learned plenty about the New Mexico of the era, its inhabitants, its customs, and its politics. The author’s research shines through, and she makes an excellent use of it without overbearing the reader. The book also includes an index of the sources used, and a list of the historical characters that make an appearance in the series.

I would recommend this book to anybody who loves historical fiction of this era and location, in particular people who enjoy books about the pioneers and the settlers of the Southern United States. It is not a book for people looking for constant action or for a light read. There are humorous moments, and there is light relief (mostly provided by the dogs. I loved all the dogs, although my favourite was Chaser), but there are also sad and scary moments, and although the book is not terribly graphic in its depiction of violence (and there is no erotica at all), there is violence and a sense of menace and threat that permeates a lot of the novel. If you are fans of Little House in the Prairie and prefer narrations that build up slowly but have a realistic feel, you must check this novel out. I am intrigued by the series, and I hope to learn more about the further adventures of Suzanna and her family.


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