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Spirit of Light

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I was in the middle of Mexico, and had just finished getting a massage. I felt light in spirit. I felt happy. Especially considering the fact that after the service, I was presented with the most delicious apple cinnamon tea, followed by walking outside into a piece of paradise. I appreciated it so much, because I knew it was ending soon. I wanted to take...
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First things First

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We took the ferry from Chetumal, Mexico down to Caye Caulker, Belize; stopping in San Pedro for immigration (and another passport stamp).  Once here it would only be a couple more days with my RY friends, so we quickly made plans to snorkel the barrier reef and get out to the Blue Hole. The reef was the easiest one, with about 20 different tour companies...
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Month 12: Mexico City, Mexico

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And the final destination of the year, Mexico City was beautiful.This has been, by far, the hardest blog to tackle. Before I dive into summing up the year, I’ll continue with my usual observations of the month. Mexico City was a wonderful place to end the year. While I didn’t use our workspace much, the incredibly walkable city offered many cafés to explore and felt...
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– Mexico City

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Bacalar

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Our local team in Mexico City let us know about this location and while we didn’t get to it during the month, it turned out to be a perfect stop on the way down to Belize.  We planned to fly into Chetumal and take the ferry to Caye Caulker, however due to timing in the season we had a day in between, and Bacalar was...
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Farewell

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One year.  Done.  We had a great farewell weekend at a property about two hours outside of Mexico City.   31 of us made it through the year of the 48 we started with; a few ‘dropouts’ came back to visit for the last weekend or during the last month. Now we get the honour of being known as Remote Year citizens and remaining part of...
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A Year of Pleasant Surprises

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I’m sure anyone who reads this post will have the same thought: “I can’t believe it’s already been a year.” Well, believe you me, I can’t either. We have a running joke in Mangata where we say “In some ways, it seems like yesterday, and in other ways, it seems like years ago.” I say joke because we laugh about how frequently those words pop...
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Building Bridges

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Las Estacas, Mexico. 2018 A year ago today, I wrote a blog post about traveling the world with Remote Year, and I wondered how far I’d go. After month seven, I decided to depart from the program, making Buenos Aires, Argentina my last stop. My decision came about because it felt like the right thing for me to do. At that point of the journey,...
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Merida and Progreso

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The city team in Mexico recommended we hit the city of Merida on our side trip, so we did!  It was a smaller city – well, anything would be compared to Mexico City, but had a really interesting architecture and life to it.  We were there for Independence Day, which I don’t have many pictures of not wanted to have my phone out in the...
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Tulum

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Our last side trip started on the beach in Tulum.  Based at a great airbnb, we rented some scooters and trikes to make our way around the area, hitting all the cenote’s we could manage.  There were some rain and a fall off a scooter (not me mom, I’m fine).. but it was a great escape.  Tulum has a lot of great spots off the...
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