Monthly Archives: September 2014

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I’m not sure I’ll be teaching art but currently I’m experimenting with adding a live streaming component to Morning Pages and Miracles, the class I’m facilitating at the Nanaimo Unity church leading up to the end of October when I leave for my winter home in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico.

There are some good ideas in this article about moving into the online teaching world which I definitely want to do this winter to supplement my partial teachers’ pension. After a wonderful ssssummer back in the Harbour City of Nanaimo which included teaching English at every level plus a stint in a mixed level conversation class I had a chance to find out that like blogging, teaching adults is something I really enjoy doing…and am proficient in doing!

Which truly means that I have indeed switched fears and left teaching young children now quite distantly behind in the tear view mirror!


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Next week, I’ll be getting’my ticket to ride’ to use a classic Beatles song lyric so from now until then I’ll be researching and running through a whole host of routing scenarios. What I know at this point is that I won’t be leaving from Victoria International because of the poor selection of departure times. Last year I was forced to camp out in the Mothers’ room because there were no late night flights and the early, early flight was much too early to have a friend drive me to Victoria two hours ahead of a 7:00 a.m. flight from Nanaimo.

This airport that calls itself international is closed from midnight to six when the Starbucks at least opens. Earlier on this blog I cited a link to the top and bottom lists for best and worst airports to sleep in. And believe me if Victoria International isn’t on the worst it certainly should have been. Fortunately a security guard took pity on me and at least I had sort of a horizontal sleep in the Mothers’ Lounge!

So scratch Victoria International.

My top two options are going to Victoria, taking the Victoria Clipper to Seattle then flying from there or going to Vancouver and a friend driving me to Bellingham. I’ll be checking both options but the island departure is the front runner at this point because I’ll get one more ride down to Victoria in my beloved silver Mustang, Mavrik.

I even have a coupon to get him detailed before he goes into the garage for the winter!



These two pictures were taken earlier this ssssummer in Penticton where I lived for 20 years. He is in front of Princess Margaret Middle School which has an impressive metal sculpture of what else? Mustangs rearing up!

My Mustang in front of a Mustang. Seemed like a fabuloso foto opportunity so I seized it on a drive around with one of my old friends, Sheila. The sun was shining, the top was naturally down and we looked fantastic! Even drove past the ex in his Beemer ragtop…you know what they say. Looking fabulous is the best revenge!

Mavrik rules! Mustangs trump Beemers any day of the week. Especially with the 50th anniversary coming up next year. Haven’t got to that Greater Vancouver Mustang rally yet but 2015  IS the year!

Be patient, Mavrik. You’re going to the car spa next week!

Best to Sleep in Airports and it’s Not Victoria International

At various times through loch or circumstance I’ve had to sleep at airports on my travels. As I consider my routing this winter for my upcoming fourth winter in sunny Mexico I know for sure that Victoria International is not on the list.

Why? This is most decidedly NOT a 24 hour airport. There are no flights either landing or taking of between midnight and six and the Starbucks doesn’t open until 5 a.m.

Previously, I’ve flown out of Vancouver or Victoria to Guadalajara and I had better departure times and arrival times at the other end. This year, going more or less directly to San Miquel de Allende is a completely different story. This year I’m heading to Leon and then getting a shuttle from Leon to SMA about an hour and 45 minutes away! Just a bit trickier…

However,I DO know one thing for certain. I will not be flying out of Victoria. The flight is too early, there are two stops and the arrival time in Leon is not convenient.

Last year, I spent the night in the Mothers’room because the airport security guard took pity on me when he found out I was doing an all nighter!

Not recommended. Hard, plastic uncomfortable couch. All I can say is I was extremely tired by the time I got there and I fortunately have maintained the very useful traveling ability to sleep almost anywhere. I put on my sleep mask and zone out.

The updated plan this year is to go nt Victoria Clipper to Seattle and fly our of Seattle after perhaps a day in Seattle. Mi gusto the Emerald City!

What Does Location Independent Mean?

This ebook covers a lot of territory for ver little. For me the key to this new frontier is seriously dealing with your’stuff.’ While I’m not and may never beready to ditch it ALL like Nora Dunn of the has done I’m certainly moving in a more unnumbered direction having no pets, no plants and about a quarter of the ‘stuff’ I had in May when I returned.

And it feels fantastico to RELEASE it either to the trash, the recycle bin for the weekly pick up or to new owners at a thrift store or by selling select items on Facebook or Kijiji.

Less truly IS so much more!

The Professional Hobo on Solo and Couple Bloggers

My heroine of Location Independent Living, Nora Dunn in a previous post posed the provocative question:

Do solo travelers make better bloggers?

She makes a case for both sides because like many traveling women of a certain age we have done both. Traveling on our own and with the ‘boyfriend du jour.’ One previous boyfriend took great exception to this even though he actually ended up fitting the description all to well alas.

All I can say is that both scenarios are great but in vastly different ways. As I catapult towards the dawn of my sixth decade my traveling style has changed radically and the word ‘holiday’ or ‘vacation’ no longer fit. Leaving my backpacking itinerant wandering days behind nowadays I love being a temporary resident wherever for more in depth exploring. I just assume the role of a local (or as near as I can get to being one!)  and go from there.

I choose the title of my blog, Snowbird Soliloquy because of the alliteration factor and also because even though it was not my initial idea to go to Mexico for the winter I have embraced this variation on the typical retirement lifestyle and made it uniquely my own. Two successful winters in Ajijic, Jalisco and one in San Miquel de Allende hold a treasure trove of fantastic experiences!

Past residences in Mexico have reflected single living. Small, economical and not very conducive to coupledom. This coming winter will be a breakaway/breakthrough winter because the upstairs/downstairs/outside patio space is well laid out and suitable for the possibility of two people happily cohabitating. Certainly the demographics at my age are not working in my favor but hope springs eternal.

Or as my current Leonard Cohen theme song says;

Waiting For a Miracle

I’ll go with that…

Tomatillo pizza with cilantro pesto | grown to cook

You can tell I’m starting to think about Mexico because recipes like these are starting to jump out at me!

One of my goals is to go to cooking school this winter because I want to know what do do with all the different kinds of frijoles y pimientos available for cheap/barato south of the border. In San Miquel there are two main markets, the Tuesday Mercado which es muy grande y the Saturday Organic Market which is more expensive and oriented towards foreigners and more affluent Mexicans. Wonderful place to eat lunch at a picnic table in the warm Mexican sunshine!

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I believe I do a fairly good job of documenting both what it’s like to be an extended stay snowbird as well as giving my readers insider tips to help smooth the path for those wishing to explore this type of bi country retirement lifestyle.

This new wave choice may not be for everyone but it certainly is for me! Happily I now keep discovering more and more in my tribe of global jubilada/o nomads! And with my unlocked smartphone and new crackerjack HP laptop with built in webcam and Beats speakers my world has expanded to places yet to be fully conceptualized let alone discovered!

Maybe this is one of the reasons I just do NOT and well never understand how anyone can be afraid of retirement…it’s a mystery for the X Files…