Monday, May 30, 2011

Tales of Chiapas - Part 2 - Bela's B & B May 2011

What a giant stroke of luck it was
to find Bela Wood and her B & B
in San Cristóbal de las Casas!

A couple of friends had mentioned it in the past and
I ran across her site while surfing for a place to stay
but I never anticipated making a new friend
or finding a place in Chiapas that I would long to
return to over and over!

I liked Bela instantly!
And Apollo and Lola and Coco and Chapis!

Bela is warm and hospitable, brimming with inside knowledge
about San Cristóbal and Chiapas, and best of all insanely patient with
with all our questions and requests for advice.
Who knew that behind these doors. . . 


. . .it would be so beautiful. . .

. . .and inviting. . .


. . .and incredibly YUMMY!

Manuela and Bela are the # 1 team to beat!

If you don't believe me. . .here's proof:

  • TripAdvisor
  • Bela's B&B in San Cristobal de las Casas has 123 reviews
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 
  • 5.0 of 5 stars 
  • Based on 123 traveler reviews
  • TripAdvisor Popularity Index: #1 of 26 B&Bs in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Go stay with Bela and give her a big hug for me
    and tell her I miss her!

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Tales of Chiapas - Part 1 May 2011

    Where is the best place to start a story?
    Why, at the beginning, of course!

    So, that would be when the phone rang one
    night and my friends on the south shore said:
    Ummm, what?
    Vivaaerobus has just initiated a DIRECT flight from
    Guadalajara  to Tuxtla Gutiérrez in Chiapas!!!
    Ummm, wow.
    Ummm, WOW!!!
    Let's go!
    Let's go.

    By departure date,
    both south shore friends had to back out
    but my good friend (and old paramedic partner) Suzanne
    came down from Nevada and we took off from Guadalajara
    for Tuxtla right on schedule.

    We couldn't say enough good about Vivaaerobus!
    The employees were actually NICE!
    They were also helpful, efficient, and looked like they
    enjoyed their jobs!

    All flights left and departed on time.

    They have really incredible promotions,
    when we were booking our flights they had
    five dollar flights from Guadalajara to Mexico City!

    Check 'em out.  Explore Mexico!

    ¡Viva Vivaaerobus!

    Next up, you'll meet Bela and the best
    B and B on the planet!!!
    Don't believe me?  I can show you proof.

    Hola Bela!

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    I'm Back! May 2011

    And I'm stuffed to the gills with stories
    and pictures, anecdotes and questions,
    new friends and travel recommendations,
    and above all wonderment.

    Wonderment at no matter how different
    we look. . .

      Google Image
    . . .we are all the same.

    Ummmm, I also have the mutha of all sore throats.
    Accompanied by muscle aches and pains,
    sinus congestion and a 'productive' cough.

    Ok, way too much information
    and I was just going to slide until I felt better
    then download and sort the photos, edit them, plan stories,
    and start telling you about our trip.

    But I felt compelled to give you a snotty heads-up
    when Steve commented.

    So, I'm going back to bed and I'll start
    as soon as I feel a little bit better.

    Look out, Chiapas is coming!

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Off To Chiapas! May 2011

    Documents in order - check
    Boarding pass printed - check
    House and dog sitter oriented - check
    Backpack packed - check

    Off to Chiapas to explore with my good friend
    and old paramedic partner!
    Woo hoo!
    Stay tuned!


    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Pathetic! May 2011

    My Apple Tree

    First year. . .

    Second year. . .
    copious amounts of fertilizer, water,
    gardener consults, severe pruning,
    and tender loving care. . .

    Third year. . .
    general care, some fertilizer, some water,
    minimal pruning, and general neglect. . .

    . . .one FUJI!

    Fourth year. . . 
    repeat second year with resulting same harvest. . .

    This year. . .
    copious amounts of fertilizer, water,
    no consults, semi-severe pruning. . .

    Same bountiful harvest.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm. . . May 2011

    Feliz Navidad from Llantera Hernandez
    My most favorite tire repair shop anywhere!

    Had a blowout on the highway one night about
    3 months ago.
    I limped down the highway, shredding the tire
    in the process, to a friend's hotel parking lot
    where I knew the car would be safe for the night.

    Had the spare put on the next morning,
    for 50 pesos, and set out to find a replacement
    tire to match the other 3.

    I started on the south shore where I bought all 4 tires
    a couple of years ago.
    No go.
    El Señor has died.
    Oh, I'm so sorry, ok, thanks.

    Then to the new fancy tire stores.
    Ummm, doncha have something a little cheaper?
    No, Señora.

    We are now into this about 2 months.
    It's Mexico.
    We're not in a hurry.

    Hey, what about the mechanics!
    Bet some of them have some good tires laying around.

    íHola Salvador!
    Got a good tire laying around that might match my other 3?
    Si.  No problem.
    Bueno, Salvador.
    How much?
    250 pesos.

    Over to the Llantera Hernandez to have the tire balanced,
    mounted, rims swapped, spare mounted to rim
    and put back in place under the vehicle.
    40 pesos.  
    20 minutes.

    Total Mexican tire adventure:
    $340 pesos or about $29 US.

    Total time involved:
    3 months.

    Good things come to those who wait.