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Old 11-29-2011   #31 (permalink)
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Checking for muling garden supplies, or? down??? Like to visit?
When are you leaving for Playa? I'll check my wish list. Let me know when you're ready for a Sacbe tour, and probably Flower Bill will be here soon too.
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Old 11-29-2011   #32 (permalink)
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When are you leaving for Playa? I'll check my wish list. Let me know when you're ready for a Sacbe tour, and probably Flower Bill will be here soon too.
We are arriving on Sunday 12/4, when will FB be in? It would be good to meet you both.

Let me know on the list, You had mentioned bird netting, I have roll of that already. There is a new farm store near me, I'll have to go see what they have.
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Old 12-07-2011   #33 (permalink)
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Ranger, have you made it to Sacbe yet?

We would like to go also...if you haven't maybe we could share a taxi or something next week.

Hopefully, we'll see you Sun at Carboncitos.
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Old 12-13-2011   #34 (permalink)
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Ranger, have you made it to Sacbe yet?

We would like to go also...if you haven't maybe we could share a taxi or something next week.

Hopefully, we'll see you Sun at Carboncitos.
I'm still hopefull,we ate something last night and, Montezuma came a knocking!

One thing I know is that it wasn't from the deep end of the food pool as Cheryl does not eat the odd foods and she got it too.

I'll not point a finger but it was a seafood place, first time we've had it.
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Old 01-13-2016   #35 (permalink)
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Did you actually bring the beans from Canada to PDC? I started gardening in Calgary last year at our backyard...Some grew really nice but summer is too short and winter too long...Was hoping we could move there and have a garden will be my dream leisure to do...
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Old 01-13-2016   #36 (permalink)
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Did you actually bring the beans from Canada to PDC? I started gardening in Calgary last year at our backyard...Some grew really nice but summer is too short and winter too long...Was hoping we could move there and have a garden will be my dream leisure to do...
Five year old thread.
Maybe you'll get a response from whomever you were responding to
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Old 01-16-2016   #37 (permalink)
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Hi Babaloo, I was trying to reply to Ron's post but for some reason it automatically kicked my message to the last of the thread. But you are right, it is a 5 year old thread. I wonder why no more postings after that? Do you have a garden growing nicely today? Is the village getting bigger? I've only been to that side of Mexico once and would like to learn more about it before we move there...Personally I like gardening very much but am not sure if I would be strong enough to fight against the heat there in summer...
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Hi Babaloo, I was trying to reply to Ron's post but for some reason it automatically kicked my message to the last of the thread. But you are right, it is a 5 year old thread. I wonder why no more postings after that? Do you have a garden growing nicely today? Is the village getting bigger? I've only been to that side of Mexico once and would like to learn more about it before we move there...Personally I like gardening very much but am not sure if I would be strong enough to fight against the heat there in summer...
It always kicks it to the end.
No garden. Horrible soil. Salt.
I'm guessing raised beds with soil brought in may be possible.
Village? Playa? Hehe. Hardly a village.
It's fine.
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Old 01-16-2016   #39 (permalink)
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So it is a fight with nature then...Good to know. Thank you.
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Old 01-16-2016   #40 (permalink)
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So it is a fight with nature then...Good to know. Thank you.
I haven't gardened because well, I'm terribly bad at it in the best conditions. The summers can be brutally hot so gardening in the heat, in my opinion, would be some form of torture.

Playa isn't a village anymore. It's exploded in popularity since the mid-90s/early 00s. It's a city and depending on where you live, there isn't much room for a garden. I haven't taken a shovel to the ground here but I have seen when they do excavations for buildings and infrastructure. It's almost entirely limestone.
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Old 01-16-2016   #41 (permalink)
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Thank you Rebecca. You are right, PDC is getting really busy that's why we were thinking to buy something a little inland. Ideally not too far away from PDC or Tulum...And I really would like to grow some veggies and fruit in my backyard - We have 6-8 months of winter where we live, but last year we managed to grow some really nice lettuce, green beens, beets, and green onions...This year I will try cucumbers and radish. Oh zuccini is super easy to grow here...and potato...So when we move down there, I hope I could at least grow some...But limestone, not good...
Do you live there permanently or just visiting? We all know what we like about Playa...what do you not like about playa? I have never spent the summer there...I guess the heat and bugs will be on my dislike list...
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Old 01-17-2016   #42 (permalink)
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I live here full time. What I don't like about Playa? It's dirty. It's overdeveloped and in an environmentally unsustainable way. There is no consideration of long term planning. The government is inconsistent, as far as, what it says it does and what it actually does. There is a huge, huge gap between rich and poor and the government has little to no interest in doing real community outreach. It is focused intently on the tourism population and in many cases completely ignores the needs of its own people. There are people who constantly look to take advantage of you for absolutely everything, even in the most minor interactions. The taxi syndicate is corrupt and absolutely nothing will ever be done about it. It feels like it's impossible to get things done in a timely and efficient manner...everything from paying a bill to having a service performed. Oh, how I could go on.

However, even with all that being said, I still love living here. Even with all the a-holes there are so many amazing people and I have had opportunities I would not have had if I lived in the States. I have made lifelong friends who range from people who have never traveled outside Mexico to people who have traveled the world. I have friends with no education and friends with the highest degrees. The diversity of people, especially amongst Mexicans, is amazing and I know that living in New England I never came close to this kind of diversity. Racial diversity may be more prominent in the US but socioeconomic diversity is more more robust here, at least in friendships, if that makes any sense. It makes for really amazing interactions and relationships.

And I didn't even go into how awesome it is to hit the beach at Xcacel on a weekday.
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Old 01-24-2016   #43 (permalink)
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I lived in China for 30 years before I came to Canada and understand what you mean by environment issues. The waste management, water, sewage, and even the streets are problems. And it takes many years of government commitment, planning, and funding to get it right...We can start introducing some ideas to local community but it takes time to make a difference...And you are absolutely right: beach and weather make it all worthwhile! I still like the idea of growing my own fruit and vegetables. Would love to meet you in the future when we visit PDC again and see if we could explore something together. I will also ask around to see what's the best way to bring some veggie seeds down there...

How did you learn Spanish? I am thinking to borrow some kids' books from library here and start next week.
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I lived in China for 30 years before I came to Canada and understand what you mean by environment issues. The waste management, water, sewage, and even the streets are problems. And it takes many years of government commitment, planning, and funding to get it right...We can start introducing some ideas to local community but it takes time to make a difference...And you are absolutely right: beach and weather make it all worthwhile! I still like the idea of growing my own fruit and vegetables. Would love to meet you in the future when we visit PDC again and see if we could explore something together. I will also ask around to see what's the best way to bring some veggie seeds down there...

How did you learn Spanish? I am thinking to borrow some kids' books from library here and start next week.
https://en.duolingo.com
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Thank you so much Babaloo...I really appreciate it...I have been searching online...but this website is awesome!
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