August 25, 2016 by Live And Invest Overseas
Eco-Friendly Living In Tranquil Tulum…
I’m sitting in a palapa in the village of Xache, about two hours from my home in Tulum, Mexico. I’m making corn tortillas over a wood fire in the company of two Mayan women. My efforts are unimpressive, but I persevere. My reward is their smiles and encouragement.
We have come to Xache to deliver a handmade bookcase built by my husband Thomas, a builder and master carpenter, to the local bilingual Spanish-Mayan school. Currently the school’s library is nothing but a jumble of books on a dirt-floor. With the aid of bookshelves, we hope to begin organizing the collection.
How did I get from Falls Village, Connecticut, and New York City to Xache…?
About 15 years ago, Thomas and I came to Tulum on vacation. We fell so in love with the beach, the sleepy town, and its proximity to the United States that we returned every year after. We were still years from retirement, but each time that we came back for our annual April vacation, we mused on the possibility of making Tulum our retirement home.
On one of our trips we looked at some real estate in town. One property in a small complex of duplex apartments with a community pool seemed OK—until we realized that right next to us were barking dogs, unfinished houses, and
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