Adventures in a new land.

The beach in Chelem

Since I wrote last, a lot has happened (or not, depending on your point of view).

First, we successfully navigated the passport renewal process and received our new 10-year passports within two weeks! Amazing! We immediately forwarded them on to the realtors in order to complete the purchase of our home.

That was last week. Still waiting….

We also met the contractor and his team at the house to talk about renovations. If you recall, the house on the outside hadn’t fared very well over the last few months. Well, sorry, but the inside was worse. The walls were crumbling, there was trash everywhere. It almost looked like someone had been squatting there. The musty smell of a beach house that had been shut up for many months was pervasive.

Interestingly, upon entering, Lyn and I had very different reactions: mine was “oh no!” and Lyn’s was “this isn’t so bad…” Go figure. I suppose I was remembering more fondly the photos from the real estate listing, while Lyn really hadn’t remembered the house much at all. He was happy that the rooms were bigger than he thought and that most, if not all, of our furniture would fit in the house.

Once we got all of the windows and doors open, the house brightened up a bit and my faith in my decision returned. I was still a bit concerned, however, as we had no idea how much the repairs and renovations would cost.

Ultimately, we had a great meeting with the contractor and his architects about what we wanted done. They understood our vision immediately and offered some ideas about moving certain walls, etc., that we hadn’t even considered. And, ultimately, the contractor believed we could get everything done for under $60K US. While that’s a lot (the house was only $73K), when you consider it includes doubling the square footage, adding a pool and a casita, and even possibly a rooftop palapa, and upgrading all of the house’s plumbing and electrical, adding air conditioning, moving walls and making cosmetic and structural repairs, it is actually quite amazing.

Of course (this is where the “still waiting” comes in), nothing has happened since then. We are

  1. still waiting on the close
  2. still waiting for the estimates
  3. still waiting for the renovation plans


In the interim, we decided that our current Airbnb is just too small. Given that we work here as well as live here, we feel really cramped and isolated. It’s a great location if you are vacationing! I would highly recommend the location, the property and the host. However, two adults, a dog and two cats, and two on-line teachers, is just too much.

So, we decided to book another property on the beach for the month of March and the first week I April. Since we still have no idea when the house will be livable and we are expecting guests from NY at the end of March, we decided we should bite the bullet and rent something larger right on the gulf.

Our next location.

In addition to having two bedrooms — one with a king-sized bed — and the usual things you expect in an Airbnb, it also has a pool and a terrace and a parking space. It is quite close to our new home, too, so perhaps we will get some design ideas while we are there. I am particularly looking forward to being to walk right into the water! Instead of a zoom beach background, I will have the actual beach behind me in my classes. How cool is that? It is a lot more expensive, but I am thinking of it more as an actually vacation.

I really need it

Yep, I need a vacation. Even after I had 6 weeks off. My stress level is high. In addition to moving with three pets in the car and the many hurdles we have been going through with our new house, I, like so many other Americans, I spent a week watching with horror at the impeachment specter. There was no doubt in my mind BEFORE, and certainly no doubt AFTER the house managers made their arguments, that 45 incited an insurrection and should have been held accountable.

I had no illusions about the income, but I held out hope anyway. I was, indeed, disappointed. The US no longer holds a moral high-ground in the world.

I’m embarrassed when my Mexican friends ask me “What the fuck is going on in your country?” How do you explain to people who see the US as the Promised Land that the values of honesty, integrity, accountability and the democratic principles upon which the country rested for more than 200 years have been replaced by unbridled greed for power, position and wealth?

Shame on all of the senators who voted to acquit. Shame on them for neglecting their duties under the Constitution. Shame on them for the cowards they have become and the damage they have inflicted on what (until now) has been the most successful democracy in history. Make no mistake — History will remember you, and it won’t be in a good way.

Published by donnageisler

Former marketing professional turned teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Living in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Lover of poodles, large and small.

4 thoughts on “Adventures in a new land.

  1. Hello Ms. Geisler, I must say that you need to brush up on the Constitution and in particular the impeachment and trial process. First it is unconstitutional to impeach someone who isn’t in office anymore. Impeachment and the Senate trial is for a sitting president not for one who is out of office.
    Secondly the riot can’t be considered an insurrection, because insurrections mean armed conflict none of the rioters had a gun, so the insurrection charge is incorrect. You need to know what your talking about and you really need to study the constitution and specifically the section on impeachment. One of the problems leftists have with understanding the constitution is that they have never read it or studied it in their lives, they just think they know the constitution which in your case you certainly do not know much about it at least the impeachment and trail section of the constitution.
    Lastly I am going to be very interested to see how people of the left are going to react when Trump runs for president again in 2024. It is to far out to predict anything, but I have a feeling that a lot of leftists are going to be dumb founded after the inauguration on January 20, 2025. A lot of leftists are going to be screaming after number 45 becomes president number 47. I wouldn’t bet the house on it yet, but I feel very comfortable in said prediction.
    Meantime you should actually learn something about the constitution and especially about the impeachment and senate trial section. You might just be very surprised that impeachment is a political not a Judicial act!!

    Toledo Abravanel

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    1. Toledo, I appreciate your perspective, but I disagree. I have studied the Constitution, as did the House managers who presented the case, and came to a different conclusion. I respect your right to your beliefs. Please respect mine.

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