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The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2018

The stage set up for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

A performance to remember, the Riveria Maya Jazz Festival 2018 brought together a collection of the finest voices, musicians and performers here in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for three jazz fun filled nights – November 30, December 1st and 2nd, playing to huge crowds from all ages. This festival has been going on since 2003 and is FREE.

The lineup this year included:

November 30th – Bebel Gilberto, Lori Williams & Bob Baldwin, Kike Pat, un maya en el Jazz
December 1st – Norah Jones, Paca Rosas & PK BAND, Christina Morrison, Drew Tucker & The New Standard
December 2nd – Bobby McFerrin, Lalah Hathaway, Pepe Hernandez (more…)

Why Travellers Should Own This Nifty Blender

Hamilton Beach Single Server

Trading my high powered 2-quart Ninja combination soup maker/juicer, and my smaller but powerful ninja juicer for the small Hamilton Beach Single Serve blender might seem like a crazy idea. In fact, there was a time when I totally would have agreed with you.

However, about 3 years ago my husband and I started travelling, long term, and you probably guessed it – the soup maker and juicer had to go with us. (more…)

Trusted House Sitters – It Works!

Name: Trusted House Sitters
Owners: Andy & Rachel Peck
Price: $130/year
Overall Rank:  5 Stars
5 star rating House Sit

My husband and I love to travel, especially south for half a year where we can avoid the cold winters in Canada. This sometimes proves difficult because for the other half of the year, where do we live? Trusted House Sitters is a viable option and is making our travel possible. (more…)

Snowbirds in Mexico!

A Mexican Sombrero

Why Mexico, you might ask? While in Costa Rica, two years ago, we met a Canadian couple who had been living there for over a year and decided to move on to Mexico. We decided to spend another winter in Costa Rica but kept in contact with them. Glowing reports would come about how much cheaper it was than Costa Rica and how much they were enjoying themselves. This snowbird stuff was new to us –  so we listened! (more…)

The Travelling Life – House Sitting Part 4

Our final house sit took us to St. Catharines Ontario. We didn’t have much time between our house sit in Ottawa and St. Catharines – just one day and night.

First we visited a young fellow, Caleb Barris, who we once billeted during hockey season; he was from Martins Ferry, Ohio at the time and has since relocated to Uxbridge Ontario.  We then visited friends, Rick and Laurie, who had just built a new home in the same area. After a wonderful steak dinner and wine, we spent the night there and then headed out early in the morning for St. Catherine’s. (more…)

The Travelling Life – In-Between House Sits

Between our Markham and Ottawa house sits, we had a few days of travelling to visit friends, camping, and a family wedding to attend to!

Glammis Ontario

First we went to Glammis, which is a nice little community and sits at the juncture of three of the original townships of the County of Bruce– Kincardine, Bruce and Greenock. Historians can check here if you want to know more about Glammis. (more…)

The Travelling Life – House Sitting Part 2

New pal while travelling

As previously mentioned, we will be doing a series of articles on our experiences with four house sits we acquired, back-to-back, all in Ontario, Canada. Our second house sit took us to Markham Ontario.


Markham is a city in the Regional Municipality of York within the Greater Toronto area of Southern Ontario. It is also Canada’s 16th largest city and changed its status in 2012 from town to city. Population in 2014 was 329,204. (more…)

The Travelling Life – House Sitting Part 1

My husband and I love to travel, especially south for 5 -6 months at a time. This presents a problem. Where do we live in between travelling destinations? Until recently, we had never considered house sitting as an option, until we realized we were technically homeless and I think our accommodating friends were getting a little tired of us.

How We Got Started

On our last two trips to Costa Rica, we met many wonderful people and developed a friendship with many of them. We discovered that some of them were house sitting for other people. The more we looked into this, the more interested we became. (more…)