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Loco Gringo Mexico Podcast with Kay Walten

Welcome to Loco Gringo Mexico, the place where we transform a tourist into a traveler, because you deserve to see more of the world than just what is in a guide book. Each week we talk with amazing locals who know the Riviera Maya and Yucatan like only a local can and get them to share their tips and insights on the local scene, culture and cuisine from a locals’ perspective. So grab a comfy chair, and let’s get the show going.

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Chef Daveed Placencia

Chef Daveed Placencia is Cooking Up Something Good

My guest today fondly remembers his hometown of Mazatlan, a Pacific coastal town, for its amazing seafood. Daveed Placencia now lives in the Riviera Maya, where he owns a private chef service and in-home cooking course. His business is so popular, he has hired four other chefs to help him keep up with all the new business. Daveed moved to Puebla in Central Mexico to study biology, but found himself spending all day, every day, in a lab. He quickly tired of being inside, so when a friend invited him to Cancun, he accepted without hesitation. Once in Cancun, Daveed accepted an opportunity to...

Liliana Cruz

Alternative Health in Playa del Carmen with Liliana Cruz

Liliana Cruz joins me on today’s podcast. Originally from Mexico City, Liliana moved to the Riviera Maya in 2003. After living and working in Cancun and Tulum, she now calls Playa del Carmen her home. Liliana has a passion for spa and wellness. So much so, that she now runs a mobile spa service, and sponsors an annual Alternative Health Fair. Her background in business administration offered her an opportunity to run a spa in Tulum. She drifted from the business side to the practice of alternative therapies. Liliana studied massage, cosmetology, acupuncture, and yoga, and it has created...

Dr Luis Suarez

An Integrated Healing Experience with Dr. Luis Suarez

My guest on today’s podcast is a doctor who practices integrative healing in Playa del Carmen. Dr. Luis Suarez describes his health services as a blend of scientific medicine and complementary natural therapies. His holistic approach integrates nutrition, acupuncture, phytotherapy, and more to ensure patients receive total health care during their visits. Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Suarez is a pioneer in neural therapy and regenerative injection therapy, which includes platelet rich plasma and adipose tissue stem cells. Locals and travelers are eager to visit Dr. Suarez’s SANAR...

Erika Flores

Advice from a Veterinarian with Erika Flores

What does a happy dog look like? My guest, Veterinarian Erika Flores, offers advice to visitors of the Riviera Maya area about the local dog and cat populations. Erika trained in Mexico City, where she worked for the Mexican Government Wildlife Division. The stress of the city was getting to her, and she welcomed the opportunity to move to Quintana Roo with her partner. For the last six years, she has worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), focusing on humane management of the dog and cat population in the Riviera Maya. The IFAW partners with local veterinarians and...

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A Tasty Way to See Mexico with Chef Mario Canul

Head Chef and Instructor at Los Dos Cooking School, Mario Canul joins me on the podcast to share his favorite places to eat in Mexico, what makes the Yucatan version of pico de gallo so amazing, and information about David Sterling’s new cookbook. I have taken cooking classes at Los Dos Cooking School in Mérida several times. I am always amazed at how wonderful food is, and I love learning traditional Mayan recipes. Mario has roots in the Mayan community. In 2003, when David Sterling conceived the idea for the Los Dos cooking school, he passed all of his knowledge to Mario. In fact, one...

Steve Moen

Steve Moen Warning Geeks on the Beach

Steve Moen had a stressful job working in Seattle for Microsoft, before coming to the Riviera Maya. After being hospitalized for stress and anxiety, Steve realized he needed a vacation. He had always wanted to visit the Cancun area, but feared the “Spring Break” crowds. It was then a co-worker told him about Playa del Carmen. The first thing Steve did after arriving in the laid back, stunningly beautiful Playa was to throw back a shot of tequila, and jump in the ocean. He started feeling like himself again. It changed Steve’s life. He went back to Seattle, sold all of his...

Paulina Rivera

Paulina Rivera Knows Private Beaches and Secret Spots

Originally from Veracruz, Paulina arrived in the Riviera Maya in 2007. She was required to do a college internship with a hotel to complete her tourism certification. Paulina finds that working in tourism gives her an opportunity to meet travelers and to learn different languages. Paulina says the Riviera Maya offers everything to travelers and to people working in tourism. There are beautiful beaches, interesting people, and delicious food. During her time off, she takes short trips to Tulum, Cancun, and Merida, but she always returns to her home in the Riviera Maya. Her home has become a...

Craig Zabransky

Craig Zabransky - Staying Adventurous in Mexico

Loco Gringo welcomes Craig Zabransky, the writer and photographer behind the Stay Adventurous travel blog. Craig was working as a consultant on Wall Street, back in 2004, when he yearned to see the world. Mexico wasn’t one of the first places he visited on his sabbatical but, after being lured to Mexico City for a consulting gig, his passion for exploring the country began. Mexico City is one of the world’s most populated cities, with over 20 million people living in it. Craig notes that it can be an intimidating place to visit for the first time, but the experience is a must. Craig...

Matt Adcock

Matt Adcock - Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Today’s Loco Gringo guest, Matt Adcock, is an innovative, award-winning photojournalist, who picked up the love of photography from watching his grandfather take photos. American Photo magazine calls him one of the top-10 wedding photographers in the world, and the Huffington Post calls him a trailblazer for his innovations in the trash-the-dress theme. Listening to Matt’s love and enthusiasm for the Riviera Maya is pure gold. It will bring a smile to your heart. Matt came to Mexico from Atlanta, Georgia in 2005, after a friend recommended he visit. He has since co-founded Del Sol...

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart - All This From A Little Yoga Studio in Akumal

Today’s guest, Michael Stewart, is a friend of mine from the Akumal yoga community. Michael, who is originally from Chicago, shares his journey as well as his parent’s special journey from the windy North to the sunny Caribbean beaches of the Riviera Maya. Michael has always loved traveling the world but in 2005, while he was in Laos, he realized how long it would take him to respond to his aging parents should they need him. He knew he had to find a place for them that had top-notch medical care as well as an environment which promoted well-being. He resorted to googling yoga +...

Iaax Page

Iaax Page - Under the Spell of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

My guest on the today’s podcast is a dear friend whom I have known for almost 10 years. Iaax Page grew up in Western Mexico, but his heart is in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Iaax first came to Cancun to visit his father when he was just four-years-old. He says it was mostly jungle at the time. He would take long rides with his father, mesmerized by the lagoon. Something drew him to this area. He says it was like he was under a spell. At 14, he moved to the area, and has been here ever since. After going to college to become a civil engineer, he started working as a receptionist at a...

Pam Acosta

Pam Acosta — The Magical Towns in Mexico Are Her Favorite

My guest on the today’s podcast, Pam Acosta, is originally from Chihuahua Mexico. Pam traveled to Arkansas to get her college degree in Journalism, and then returned to her home state. Shortly after returning, she found little work available to her. She made the decision to move to the Riviera Maya, where she could make the most of her excellent English speaking skills. She did find opportunity in Cancun. Her first job was in a call center, which she remembers as being hard work. She certainly didn’t like it as much as she likes her current position working in social media and tourism....

Jim Wehrle

Jim Wehrle - 29 Years in Cancun with No Regrets

My guest on the today’s podcast is a longtime resident of Cancun, Jim Wehrle. Jim moved from Fort Worth, Texas, 29 years ago, and still enjoys each day here on the Riviera Maya. When he first decided to visit a sunny place for his vacation, a travel agent tried to steer him towards Acapulco. He was young, and she thought he might enjoy the clubs and budding nightlife there, but when Jim heard about laid back, quiet place called Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula, something just felt right to him. Jim’s history in the area dates back to when the Riviera Maya was called the tourist...

Kristin Busse

Kristin Busse Knows Exactly What She Is Still Doing In Cancun

My guest on the podcast today is a writer and local Cancun expert for USA Today’s “10Best,” a salsa dancer who will work for tips and tequila, and a mom of a 7-year-old Cuban boy, who is learning to snorkel. Who is this multi-faceted woman, you ask. Kristin Busse is the voice behind the new parenting blog turned culture and community-based information center, What Am I Still Doing in Cancun. Kristin’s blog started as a verbalization of the things she didn’t like about living in Mexico. After only three posts, she realized there were ONLY three things she didn’t like about it...

Marianne Volkmer

Marianne Volkmer — Reservations Without Hesitations

I absolutely adore my guest today, Marianne Volkmer. Marianne is originally from Cuidad Victoria, Tamaupilas, but is currently living in the Riviera Maya. She is a self-proclaimed child of the world, who loves packing a bag and moving about the planet. In 2007, Marianne decided she wanted to live on the beach. So, when a co-worker invited her to Akumal, she didn’t hesitate. She has lived there for seven years, because she loves the community. She muses that when she first arrived in Akumal, there were only 30 people living in the area, and now there are over 100. Marianne believes...

Gayle Collins

Gayle Collins — Empowering Kids Through KKIS (Keeping Kids In School)

A few years back, the team at Loco Gringo published an article about the various community projects active in the Riviera Maya. A subscriber to the newsletters read the article and then created a corporate initiative to help fund a much-needed maintenance project at a local school. The organizer, Gayle Collins, lives in Playa del Carmen, and loves it. Gayle was a Minnesota High School teacher for 36 years. Upon retiring, Gayle knew she didn’t want to face another cold, Minnesota winter. So, she started taking trips south, to find a warm climate that suited her. She searched the southern...

Norma Pancorbo

Norma Pancorbo on Mahahual A Little Town with a Lot to Offer

Norma Pancorbo is a dive instructor at the Mahahual Dive Center, who is originally from the North of Spain. She had never been to Mexico before the job of dive instructor was offered to her. But, after researching Costa Maya on the internet, she knew fate was leading her in the right direction. When Norma learned she could dive and work in paradise, she moved from a sizable city in Spain, to the small, isolated town of Mahahual. “The diving is amazing,” she says. “The variety of reef and coral, in a place with so few people, is like no other diving spot in the world.” Mahahual...

Lia Evans of Tulum, Mexico

Lia Evans — An Island Girl, Cavern Diver and Foodie, Who Is In Love with Tulum.

My guest on today’s podcast, Lia Evans, has a passport full of stamps, is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves her new home of Tulum. Lia and her husband managed a diving resort in Belize, shortly before arriving in the Riviera Maya in 2015. They found Belize to be expensive, so they decided to travel around a bit. Playa del Carmen wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, so they made their way to Tulum. Lia says, “It immediately felt like home.” So, they rented a cheap room in the center of town, and found a dive shop that needed an experienced diver. Lia’s big plan is to...

Laura and Perry McFarlin

Laura and Perry McFarlin — Discovering the Yucatan with Friends

My longtime friends, Laura and Perry, are calling in from Iowa to join me as my guests on today’s podcast. They are the couple responsible for Cancun Map and MapChick maps, and travel guides of the Yucatan Peninsula. Perry shares the amusing story of how a waiter friend had won an obstacle course contest for a free trip to a little-known place called Cancun, Mexico. When he returned from the trip he told Laura and Perry, they must visit. This was in the 80’s when hotels were so far apart it was a 2-3 minute plane ride between them. The couple loved the area so much they would visit...

Yasmin Vera

Yasmin Vera — Fun Fitness Vacations at the Beach

My guest, Yasmin Vera, and I only recently met. We were both at the airport in Houston, Texas, waiting for our flight to Cancun. It turns out she has lived in Playa del Carmen for two years. She owns the luxury fitness based vacation company, Fun Fitness Globetrotters. Yasmin is a licensed attorney, and worked as an in-house security litigator for ten years. Why would an attorney from California found a fitness vacation company in the Riviera Maya? Yasmin says she has a couple of professional athletes in her family, and has always been interested in fitness. When she decided to make it her...

Gerardo Dominguez

Gerardo Dominguez — Get A Better Lifestyle for Less Money in the Riviera Maya

Gerardo and I have been friends for well over a decade. Originally from Argentina near Patagonia, Gerardo arrived in the Riviera Maya to work in the hotel business. The job offer he received was to work at a large hotel in Playa del Carmen. Gerardo says working for big corporations didn’t suit him because he didn’t feel he was able to express himself fully. Then, he met the owners of the local Lol-Ha restaurant. They asked him to join them in changing the face of their establishment. He was finally able to express himself creatively and he loved the town of Akumal. After a walk to the...

Niki Allen of Punta Allen

Niki Allen — Finding Serenity in the Permit Capital of the World

How did a baby photographer from Clarkston, Michigan end up running a hotel on a Caribbean island, just offshore from the Sian Ka’an protected biosphere in the Riviera Maya? My friend Niki Allen, the owner of Serenidad Shardon, tells us exactly how she did it. Punta Allen is a World Class destination for saltwater fishing and is sometimes called the Permit Capital of the World. Niki and others on the island created a fishing tournament to provide funding for the families and children who inhabit the area. Niki and her husband bought their property with the intention of having an...

Ken Schmidt

Ken Schmidt ‒ The Geek Who Does It All

Today I am speaking with my friend Ken Schmidt, who is originally from Florida, where he started his own software company. His one software client in Mexico, Condo Hotels, told him he needed a career change and he was to be their new General Manager and CIO. Ken likes to wow people so he said he would give it a shot. He now lives in Playa del Carmen with his beautiful new wife and travels back and forth to the U.S. for business and vacations. Ken spends most of his days managing 5 upscale hotels, but has now added much more to his personal portfolio. He is a partner in the only 5-star...

Angel Carrera

Angel Carrera ‒ Preserving Mayan Culture Through Sustainable Tourism

Originally from Guadalajara, my guest Angel Carrera came to Playa del Carmen to work in his father’s accounting firm. His passion for the Mayan culture is evident in his side activities. He helps the Mayan communities to sell their art, develop tourism and even gives them financial advice. His community project, Ojos Mayas, connects the tourism community of the northern part of Quintana Roo to the Mayan Zone. His culturally - rich tours of the Mayan Zone include visits to a traditional healer who uses plants as medicine, a trip to the house of the village elder to hear about Mayan...

Kelley Morgan Gonzalez

Kelley Morgan Gonzalez ‒ Vacation Tips on Diving and Island Life in Cozumel

The area around Cozumel grabbed Kelly's heart during her first visit. Flying over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean left a significant imprint on her heart. She returned to the Riviera Maya to work for a summer and once she went diving in the area’s underwater playgrounds, she was hooked. Later when Hurricane Gilbert smashed into Cozumel, Kelley returned to San Antonio, Texas to finish her Psychology and Business Administration degree, even though she knew it wouldn’t be relevant to her life’s calling. Her passion now revolved around scuba diving. After returning to Cozumel, she...

Ryan Ellnuer

Ryan Ellnuer ‒ Building Caribbean Luxury

Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Ryan headed to the west coast to complete his graduate degree in architecture. He started working with a local sculptor in California, who does art installations, furniture designs and architecture. During Ryan’s initial interview, the sculptor asked him if he would move to Mexico. Ryan ended up in the city of Merida with a team of people. About a year and a half ago, Tulum called to him and Ryan transitioned from life in the city to life on the beach. After giving himself time to settle in, Ryan started working with local building contractors to get a...

Sandra Dayton

Sandra Dayton - Merging Cultures: Mayan Community Tourism

My guest today, Sandra Dayton, is a huge supporter of the local Mayan community here in the Riviera Maya, specifically Puerto Morelos. She is an icon who embodies a true pioneer spirit. Sandra became enchanted with Mexico when she was only 7. Her family would take her from Texas to Mexico for shopping trips. Her silky blonde hair got her a lot of attention from the local women who said it reminded them of corn silk. She says the women would give her free ice cream and the mariachis would sing songs about the little market princess. She knew then she would one day live in Mexico. She fell...

Margo Guenther

Margo Guenther - Her Feel Good Way

Originally from a failing tourist town in Washington State, an offhand comment prompted a friend to tell Margo about a management opportunity in Xamach Dos in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. In just four days after speaking with the owner of the property, she arrived ready to work. She had no electricity and had to take a 2-hour drive just for groceries, and this was in 2006. Margo finds the small town of Punta Allen inspiring due to the multi-generational Mayan families and eccentric expats who visit in the winter months. She says it has six really good restaurants, and the...

Claudia Hurtado Valenzuela

Claudia Hurtado Valenzuela - Gracias Playa del Carmen

Originally from Mexico City, Claudia came to the Riviera Maya in 2000 when she was hired by the tourism board to create a hardcover publication called Destination Riviera Maya for hotels. At that time, the Riviera Maya was known as Playa del Carmen, or just Cancun South. When Claudia’s father passed away she decided to turn her life upside down and start doing what she loved, so she could have more time with her son. She started freelancing for travel writers as a scout and eventually found herself translating for visiting doctors. She then went to the Red Cross to study to become an...

Arielle Thomas Newman - Yoga by the Sea in Playa del Carmen

Arielle Thomas Newman - Yoga by the Sea in Playa del Carmen

Arielle Thomas Newman moved to Playa del Carmen from Kansas City, Missouri, in 2001. She and her husband knew they wanted to live in a beautiful beach environment, but didn’t want to be more than 2 hours from the US. The Riviera Maya in Mexico was the perfect location. Arielle is a yoga teacher, a writer and a choreographer. A perfect sequence of events gave her the opportunity to cover yoga classes at a local gym, write healthy living articles for the local paper and then choreograph the Jesus Christ Superstar musical, making her life in Playa complete. She has now been teaching yoga...

Kendall Inman

Kendall Inman - Not Afraid to Go It Alone

Today, it is my pleasure to speak with Kendall Inman. Originally from California, she currently lives in Playa del Carmen and in Dallas, Texas. While living in California, she frequently took trips to Mexico with her Grandmother to get lobster tacos along the water. She discovered the Riviera Maya when a friend told her about Akumal, in 1998. She says it was so magical she knew she wanted to build a house and a life there. And even though she was nursing a new baby, if there was a problem with the building process, she would grab her Spanish/English dictionary, get up on the roof and teach...

Dave Randall

Dave Randall - Fly Fishing, Scuba and Beer at Costa de Cocos

Today it is my pleasure to speak with Dave Randall of Costa de Cocos Resort. Costa de Cocos is the only full service fly fishing and scuba diving resort in Xcalak, Quintana Roo. Dave, who is originally from Minnesota, has been in the Costa Maya area for 33 years. He started his journey before there was electricity in the area and still doesn’t have cell phone coverage at his home. He remembers using wind and propane generators to build his first few hotel rooms. Hotel rooms which may never have been built if heavy doses of rum had not been involved in a late night chat with friends. Dave...

Paul Sanchez Navarro

Paul Sanchez Navarro on How Visitors Can Leave Little to No Environmental Impact

In today’s episode, I am talking with Paul Sanchez Navarro, a Mexican/American, Cultured, Southern boy who was raised in New Orleans and Texas and now lives in Turtle Town (aka Akumal) and has for the past 12 years.   Why Did Paul Come to Akumal & What is He Working On? Paul has worked in Mexico City and Switzerland on environmental policy with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). And, when The Ecological Center in Akumal (CEA) invited him to come and restructure the organization as the Director, he was intrigued because he was interested both in getting out of an...

Sol Tamargo – Adventures in the World of Del Sol Photography

Sol Tamargo – Adventures in the World of Del Sol Photography

Today it is my pleasure to speak with the vibrant and beautiful Sol Tamargo. Sol is an artist with a camera and has a passion for nature and color. She also participates in our local Superwomen's Club, a group of women supporting each other in business and in life. Sol spent her younger years in Cancun then moved with her family to Guadalajara. When life got to be a dull gray, Sol decided to move back to the coast to bring some much needed-color into her life. She says moving to Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, in 2001, made her feel like she was coming home.  ...

Regina Puentes - Spiritual Wedding Ceremonies in the Riviera Maya

Regina Puentes - Spiritual Wedding Ceremonies in the Riviera Maya

Today it is my pleasure to interview a wonderful woman who has traveled all over the world and who now proudly calls Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya her home. Years ago, Regina Puentes and I met in a yoga class and have been friends ever since.     A Passport Full of Stamps Regina knew from a young age her life’s goal would be to travel the world. She first visited Europe and after living for several years in London she moved to the U.S., where she fell in love with the country. It was in San Francisco that she earned her license in Cosmetology. After...

Steve Gerrard - Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Steve Gerrard - Cenotes of the Riviera Maya 2016

Today we welcome a longtime friend and fellow cave diver, Steve Gerrard. Steve was the first ever full-time cave diving instructor. He has been cave diving for over 30 years, has been the President of the National Association of Cave Diving (NACD) since 1979, has been featured in magazine articles and television programs, and is the author of five books.     The New Frontier Steve started out cave diving in the deep caverns of Florida and eventually moved to the Riviera Maya where he could enjoy the underwater beauty of the area. The very first filming of cave...

Marcia Bales - Owner of the Mayan Beach Garden Inn, Mahahual

Marcia Bales - Owner of the Mayan Beach Garden Inn, Mahahual

Today my guest is Marcia Bales of the Mayan Beach Garden, a boutique inn located south of the Riviera Maya in Costa Maya. It is approximately 4 ½ hours away from the Cancun airport.     A New Way of Doing Things Marcia used to work in the software industry in Seattle. She loved her job but she loved traveling more. She and her husband would travel to Mexico whenever the opportunity presented itself. They loved it so much they started planning their next vacation as soon as they would return to the US. Marcia says they preferred the ‘out of the way places’...

Kat Carroll of Cat Eye Creations

Kat Carroll of Cat Eye Creations

In today’s episode, my guest Kat Carroll of Cat Eye Creations tells us why she enjoys living and working in Playa del Carmen.     Why the Riviera Maya? After traveling throughout Mexico, Kat decided to stay put in Playa del Carmen and has lived there for the last 11 years. She fell in love with the international mix of people. She says that anywhere she goes she can meet people from all over the world. Does Kat Still Feel the Passion and the Magic She Felt Back in 2004? When Kat first arrived she started teaching Ashtanga yoga at a time when no one was...

Heather Froeming of Tulum

Heather Froeming Passion for Protecting the Integrity of the Environment

In today’s episode, I chat with the dynamic Heather Froeming of Tulum. Heather first visited Akumal in 1998 on a diving trip with a college friend from California. She had plans to explore the world, but after falling in love with the area she let her love of adventure and passion for the environment guide her - so she put down roots. Her first days were spent volunteering for Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA), a non-profit organization which focuses on sea turtle protection and beach monitoring. She helped CEA to start their local recycling program through collection and education...

Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company

Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company

How did a Canadian end up in the Riviera Maya and start brewing beer? This week I’m happy to interview local business owner, Jungle John of the Mundo Maya Brewing Company. John moved to Playa del Carmen in 1994. Having run a few small startups he eventually decided to move on. But in time, John combined his long-time hobby, the lack of good craft beer in the region, and the now craft brew craze sweeping North America to fuel his return to Playa del Carmen.   Of all the places in Mexico, why did John choose to start brewing beer in Playa del Carmen? There are a...

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California Gal - Once an Educator Now Queen of Jerky in Playa del Carmen

In today’s episode, I chat with Sara Moen, who is originally from Northern California, moved to Seattle in 1990 for school and met her soon to be husband. Steve and Sara were married in 1993. He worked for Microsoft for ten years and in 2001, they took a vacation to Playa del Carmen, as the story goes “Once you arrive there it’s hard to leave.” Steve and Sara ultimately met their business partner during that getaway; within six months, they sold their home and packed up their pets and moved to Playa. Armed with her Bachelor’s in Science for Cognitive Development in Children,...

Sherwood Anders

Adventure and Retirement on the Sandy Shore of the Riviera Maya

In today’s episode, I chat with Sherwood Anders, who was born and lived in Pittsburgh until she was 32 years old. Sherwood lived in San Francisco before she and her husband Bob moved to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico with their three rescue dogs “Beachmutts”. She spends a great chunk of her time volunteering with different organizations in Mexico, helping at spay/neutering clinics, animal welfare and helps find new homes for dogs and cats. Bob and Sherwood retired and sold their home in San Francisco in 2015 and are living in Akumal full-time. Tune in to hear about her volunteer work and...

Catroina Brown of Puerto Morelos

Catriona Brown of Puerto Morelos

In today’s episode, I chat with Catriona Brown, who is originally from Australia and now resides in Puerto Morelos. Catroina worked in the film production industry for many years; she met a fellow who was going to be producing the Olympics in Sydney. Catriona worked with him on managing major productions, including Sydney’s New Year’s Celebrations and the Olympics. She visited the Yucatan region in Mexico to explore the archeological ridge. On January 2, 2002, while in Puerto Morelos, Catriona read “Travel Warning! Be careful you may never leave” on a pamphlet. She thought to...

Kristen Roehmer of Playa del Carmen

Kristin Roehmer of Playa del Carmen

In today’s episode, I chat with Kristin Roehmer, who is originally from Arizona. She and her husband Marcus made a home in Playa del Carmen. Kristin and Marcus went in on a 50/50 investment with their friend Randy to purchase a condo down in Playa; this was back in 2004 when the real estate market was starting to flourish. Kristin and Marcus never planned on starting a family there or living there for more than a year. 11 years later, they still have their place in Arizona and are residing in Playa del Carmen full-time with their beautiful 8-year-old son. Listen to the intriguing story of...

David Sterling, Merida, Yucatan

David Sterling of Merida Yucatan

In today’s episode I talk with David Sterling, who was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. He was always intrigued by art and food even at a young age. David was obsessed with Julia Child. His partner Keith and he moved away from New York City after 9/11. Their place was just 5 blocks from the World Trade Center. David had been to Mexico many times throughout his life and both he and Keith loved it there. They found a place to call home in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. They bought an old ruin complete with trees growing out of the ceiling and floors. It took them 14 months to renovate the...

Andreas Matthes

Diving, adventure and travel with Andreas Matthes of Protec

In today's episode I talk to my friend Matt. He is a big German guy with tattoos and some piercings. He might look like an intimidating guy at first, but he is a big teddy bear.  I am flattered he took time to be with us today. His passions are photography, sailing, and motorcycles. Matt loves cave diving and even made a business out of it. He is one of the owners of ProTec Dive Centers in Tulum and Playa del Carmen, offering the highest quality of standards with the most complete cave diving, Sidemount diving, and CCR Rebreather diving services. Does your company train people to...

Kelly Fitzgerald

Life & Times in Cancun with the Sober Señorita Kelly Fitzgerald

In today’s installment I talk with Kelly Fitzgerald who shares on how to live sober and still be the life of the party in Mexico. Kelly is a social media manager and a contributor to the Huffington Post Blog. One of her biggest accomplishments and most admirable work is her blog The Sober Seńorita. Kelly wants everyone to know you can lead a fun and adventuresome life while being sober. Kelly grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated college in 2007. She always wanted to party and was known as the “social butterfly”. She learned of her love for Cancun, when she...

Keith Heitke

Real Estate Tips and Secret Destinations in Merida, Yucatan with Keith Heitke

In today’s episode I chat with Keith Heitke who shares some tips on real estate in Mexico and secret gems he knows of, from being in the Yucatán for 13 years. Keith and his partner David Sterling moved to the Yucatán in 2003 from Manhattan, NYC. The biggest reason for the move was because of 911. They considered living in Spain, however, the real estate was really expensive and the weather wasn’t what they were expecting. They moved to Mérida with no job and didn’t speak a lick of Spanish. Keith is a senior sales agent for Mexico International Real Estate. He specializes in luxurious...

Captain Quickie - Riviera Maya, Mexico

Captain Quickie’s Secret Destinations in the Riviera Maya with Kay Walten

In today's installment I talk to Captain Quickie. He was born in Southern Florida. His family moved to Mexico in 1982. Quickie went back to Mexico for College, where he graduated with an Economics degree. Quickie thought he needed a degree in that field to make the money he wanted to make to afford the big boats he knew one day he would own. Quickie was a stock broker in New York City for a couple of years. Until finally his love of Mexico and boats drew him back. Him and his wife Amy started their own business called Local Quickies, best tour in Playa Del Carmen Riviera Maya area. You can go...

Kelly McLaughlin

Discover the Hidden Gems in the Riviera Maya & Cancun, Mexico with Kelly McLaughlin

In today's episode I talk to Kelly McLaughlin. She is a Canadian woman who arrived in Mexico back in 2003 for a two-week vacation, and hasn't left since. She's a writer and social media personality known as Cancun Canuck. Through her blog and social network, she shares her love of Mexico by sharing her unique personal tales. If she is not online she's probably underwater, climbing a pyramid, or getting into some sort of shenanigans with her adventuresome son, Max. Kelly also has five rescue cats, which in no way implies she is single, except she is!   What do you find...

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