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Travel Secrets: Free E-book for Charity

Love to travel? Love to find new places and hidden gems? Like to help people in need? Then the Travel Secrets E-books are definitely for you! Back in November the fine folks at TripBase started a little blog meme, inviting bloggers to write a post about their three best kept travel secrets. The response was huge, so huge that they decided to create a series of e-books that included some fantastic suggestions from bloggers around the world. The best thing? The e-books are free AND for every download TripBase will donate $1 to Charity: Water, with 100% of the proceeds going to provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries. Everybody wins, you get the inside scoop on some great destinations and people in need get clean drinking water!
I am thrilled to be one of the writers chosen to contribute to this project, big thanks to TripBase for allowing me to participate. You can download the e-books here, or by clicking on the banner on the left side of the blog. With …

Xpu Ha Beach Revisited

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The heat is on in Cancun and you won't be hearing any complaints from me. With the cold, wet winter we had I will take every hot, humid day and revel in my pools of sweat. We embraced the calor yesterday and took a little road trip south to one of our favourite beaches, Xpu Ha. It's a drive of a little over an hour and sadly, Max has now learned the phrase "Are we there yet?" (well, almost, he kept saying "Are we here yet?" to which I replied "Yes, we're here, we can't be anywhere else"). I am also ruing the day I taught the boys how to play "Punch buggy!", I've got bruises on top of bruises, there are a LOT of Volkswagens out there. We made it to Xpu Ha alive (though slightly battered on my left shoulder) and proceeded to enjoying a fabulous beach day.
We blew bubbles......

I enjoyed some cold beverages.....


We romped in the waves....


We enjoyed the vistas and colours....


We pondered taking some kite-boarding lessons....


We e…

The Continuing Adventures of a Kid In Mexico

It's been a while since I've done a Max update, mostly because he is keeping me jumping and constantly in motion, no time to sit down and ponder his developments. Kind of a "can't see the forest for the trees" thing, too close to him to recognize what's changed.
I guess the number one piece of news is that we are seeing a child psychologist. A few months ago his teachers expressed some concerns about his behaviour, he wouldn't sit still, wouldn't do the work in class, blah blah blah. They said he "got" everything, understood the work but was choosing not to put his nose to the grindstone during class time. I wasn't too concerned, I mean he was four years old, pre-schoolers are not known for their ability to pay attention to something for long periods of time. I became more concerned when another mommy stopped me one day outside the school. She told me that Max was "angustiado" (basically full of angst) and that she was wo…