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Ik Kil

20 Apr

As promised, here is the first of several planned posts about things to see and do in the Progreso area. Nothing like starting with a bang! Ik Kil Cenote is just so beautiful it may be the highlight of your visit (other than visiting with us of course!).

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Ik Kil lit by the Afternoon sun.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about this natural wonder. “The cenote is open to the sky with the water level about 26 metres (85 ft) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 metres (200 ft) in diameter and about 40 metres (130 ft) deep. There are vines which reach from the opening all the way down to the water along with small waterfalls.”

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Amazing

When Ken was in Progreso he visited a small museum which described how an astroid hit in the Progreso area (actually at Chixelub) millions of years ago. This is the hit that many scientists believe led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Bits of the massive space rock broke off  and scattered in a circular pattern creating craters which have since filled with water. Hence, the cenotes!

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So, where is Progreso?

15 Apr

When we tell people we have bought a house in Progreso, Mexico we usually get enthusiastic but somewhat confused congratulations. This is primarily because they are not quite sure where it is. Is it on the Atlantic side, the Caribbean or near the Texas border? Even when we describe its location in the Yucatan people still seem to have only a vague conception of Mexican geography. So for all those who want to really know where we will be heading here is a map of the region. Progreso is on the Northwest tip of the Yucatan Peninsula about 25 minutes by car north of the city of Merida.

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Over the next several posts I will highlight of some of the many wondrous places to see and visit in the area. It is a land rich in culture, history and nature. So stay with me.

Meanwhile, on the home front, after a few tense weeks we have finally managed to close on the sale of the property. We really do now own a house in Mexico. How amazing is that? Work commences on some necessary plumbing, electrical and structural repairs on Wednesday. Though not particularly exciting changes from a design perspective they will make our lives a lot better. We are, for example, getting a water softener installed and also upgrading to a solar hot water system. We are also getting the roof resealed and a protective coating applied which will make it nicer to sit up there and enjoy the evening ocean breezes. Ladder anyone? A lot of concrete also has to be dug up around the house to improve drainage so that will open up all kinds of landscaping possibilities. The gardener in me is very excited about that! And there is a crack in the swimming pool which is a number one priority fix! Got to have that pool ready to go when we arrive. So all in all we feel things are headed in the right direction.

Who is Lulu?

14 Mar

Lulu is not a person, she’s a boat. When Ken sent me a picture of the beach taken at sunset with the moon just risen and Lulu in the foreground I was smitten. To me this image was the perfect representation of who we are right now in our lives. Like Lulu we are a little battered and bruised but if you give us a beach to rest on we’ll be happy and the moon will light our path down Mexican way. Lulu and the moon are our inspiration.

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Why Progreso?

12 Mar

Two years ago the Winnipeg Free Press ran an article about Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico which said what a lovely, friendly and affordable vacation destination it was. True to my obsessive/compulsive tendencies I clipped it out and filed it away. Then last year I was talking to a good friend about the pros and cons of retirement. I was resisting ending the working chapter of my life because I did not feel ready to kick back and do nothing all day. Meanwhile, my already retired husband was really wanting to escape the frigid Canadian winters. I felt my working was holding him back. So, with some trepidation, I said go check out this place called Progreso and showed him the article. After a little Web surfing we found him a comfortable, inexpensive, studio apartment in a lovely place called Casa Sol Mar which we booked for the month of January, 2013. Off he went, first flying from Winnipeg to Cancun, riding the bus for four hours to Merida, then taking a cab to the beach town of Progreso. It took him several days to find his comfort zone but once he did he loved everything about the place. He strolled along the malecon, explored the market, toured the side streets, sampled the local cuisine, and began to meet a lot of amazing people. As his month away drew to an end he knew he wanted to stay longer, maybe even forever. He extended his trip for another month and began to look for ways that we could make Progreso a part of our lives. That included searching the real estate sites. Now, as everyone knows, if you’re not in the market for a new home don’t search house listings because you are sure to find one that you just love. And that is just what happened to us.

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