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Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya Paperback – October, 2003
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"This book leads the reader on an incredible journey to the Yucatan ... will delight anyone who knows and loves Mexico." -- Ron Mader, Planeta.com, October, 2003
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She also mentions certain aspects of how it has changed but not in very much detail. So someone reading her book might think Puerto Morelos is still the quiet little paradise she discovered in 1984, but in fact it has changed dramatically. It's still a lovely place, but nothing like the undiscovered area she describes. Of course I wouldn't expect her to list the many ways paradise has been lost there, that wasn't the point, and if she did it might hurt the rental market there, undeservedly, but having witnessed this first hand I saw it lacking in that area.
I would liked to read a revised or more updated version about how she fared in Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and Dean in 2007. Puerto Morelos was hit hard in 2007 from what I gather.
Did the luster of her paradise fade? In the back of the book it lists her residence as Hawaii, and Mexico. At what point did she decide to leave and rent out her home? There's no mention of Hawaii in the book. Most people, including her, that do buy there, end up renting out their places, to me the trials and tribulations of that process might also have made an interesting story. So my criticism is more on omission than anything else.
She is obviously tuned into the same wonderful vibe that you could once find there, and still can if you search deeper for it. The corporate mega resorts have really changed the Quinta Roo coast for the worst.Read more ›
Specially of interest to those who wants to move to Mexico.
For those who have moved to the Yucatan nice to find out about the book store in Puerto Morelos.
While not included in the book I must editorialize that the climate in Mexico has changed drastically for foreigners buying ocean front property and one should not be near as worried as in the past. However, it is still a "cowboy" climate where buyers should beware. I have seen property sold where the owners cannot build unbeknownst to them and I've seen zoning issues strangely held up. Values of land on legal documents are rampantly understated to save taxes for the seller to the point of sellers refusing to sell if the buyer doesn't agree to this fraudulent practice. And, finally, do government officials tend to have their hands out for bribes? While I have not seen this I do hear stories. On the positive side, the people of Mexico are quite charming and the influx of a large European population makes for an interesting mix of neighbors.
Maybe the author will update her book for her recent history. I Googled her name and found a bookstore she started and later sold. She is still in Mexico and still loving it. If you want an interesting history of buying property in Mexico that is both entertaining, funny and educational, I strongly recommend this book.
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I was interested to read about what an ex-pat might go through while trying to establish themselves in Mexico. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Margie Borchers
I've read a number of articles by Ms. Kitchel in travel magazines and when I discovered she had written a book of her adventures in Mexico I knew it would be great -- and it was!!Published 6 months ago by judichico
I was researching building a home in Mexico and a friend recommended this book to me. Great read for anyone travelling to Mexico that wants to get off the beaten trail!Published 6 months ago by Xtofyr
A beautiful memoir about the spirit of Mexico and the Mayan culture. Jeanine Kitchel is not only a fascinating writer, but a historical expert. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex
I spend a month every year in the Yucatan, so this book is very interesting to me.Published 12 months ago by Margaret
Very interesting book telling how it is to live in Rivera Maya. Lots of good info on things an expat needs to do. Funny, uplifting.. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jamie
Tens of thousands of tourists fall in love with the Yucatan peninsula, and some decide to move there. Uh-oh, fulfilling the dream of building a home in paradise isn't always easy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Miguel
This story is like a good number of others detailing the ins & outs of dreaming of life in a distant land, in this case the Yucatan area of Mexico. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Altajubilada
I lived in this town. From this perspective I found the book interesting, dotted with truisms about ex-pats in Mexico and locals whom I know personally. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by viewer