Tulum – my FAVOURITE beach

Tulum, Mexico, 130km south of Cancun.

I was there in 2006.


At the time it was $6 / night to tent. $12 / night for a concrete cabana.


The only time I ever enjoyed Yoga.


The highlight for me was daily walks to the pre-Columbian Mayan walled city.

By Popo le Chien

Cenotes are another local highlight.

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The Bridge (U.S. TV series) – season 2

I loved season 1 and had high expectations for season 2.

Many critics liked season 2 better. I found it muddled. Disjointed. There were too many characters. Plot too fuzzy.

Still … for me it was well worth watching. But I’m not surprised there was no season 3.

I’ll next watch Bron, Broen … the Scandinavian crime television series on which this American version was based. It’s headed into it’s 4th season.


The Bridge (U.S. TV series)

Important issues in the era of Trump’s hateful America.

Yes, there are detectives and, yes, there is a killer. But the true mysteries of The Bridge lie in the great swaths of land and stories surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. …

Episode 7 Recap: The Defiant Weirdness of ‘Destino’

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The Bridge is an American crime drama television series … based on the Danish-Swedish series Broen/Bron. …

The show stars German actress Diane Kruger and Mexican actor Demián Bichir in pivotal roles.  …

The complete series consists of two seasons of 13 episodes each. The series debuted on FX in the United States on July 10, 2013, and the series finale aired on October 1, 2014. …

The American version takes place on the U.S. and Mexican border where a murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juárez (the Bridge of the Americas) bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross (Kruger) who is mentored by Hank Wade (Levine) and Chihuahua State police detective Marco Ruiz (Bichir). …

Detective Sonya Cross has undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome or a similar autism spectrum disorder. She’s awesome. Meticulous, direct and prickly. No empathy.

Many of the minor characters are excellent too. Casting is great.

Cult-figure Steven Linder (Tom Wright) is my favourite. Wright’s been compared to Daniel Day-Lewis.

Linder believes that he has a calling to help people, including the women and girls in Ciudad Juarez, hundreds of whom have been killed or disappeared since 1993.

I got the series from Warren. And will continue watching season 2. And then the Danish-Swedish version.

Rick McCharles – Deep Sea Fisherman

I’ve been to sea a number of times over the years. This photo sums up my excellence as an angler. 🙂


Even though Snapper were enthusiastically jumping into our boat out of Marina El Cid, I was still only able to randomly snag five of these monsters.

My Dad – sitting next to me – caught dozens including 8 pairs reeling them up two at a time.

Bottom Fishing Mazatlan

10 years ago at our LAST family reunion in Mazatlan we enjoyed some great fishing.

This time we hired Captain Johnny with the Aries Fleet out of Marina El Cid. We departed at dawn.




In a simple but functional boat, Johnny took us north up the coast to some of his favourite spots.


Our bait was a combination of frozen and LIVE shrimp (extra $35 / 200).



Immediately we began to haul up dozens of small Snapper like this.





It was soon obvious that everyone was catching far more fish than me … despite my unique technique on the reel. 🙂


Rob and Yvonne finally broke into the beer and selfies.


Johnny moved us around many times. If we went more than 5 minutes without reeling in a fish, it was time to go.

Within a few hours we had 80 or more fish in the boat. Johnny got us back to Marina El Cid at 1pm.


We kept perhaps 10 fish: Snapper and Trigger. For a few bucks one of the guys on the dock cleaned them.


The scraps went to catfish or pelicans.



The excellent restaurant at the marina was happy to cook up half our catch at no extra cost.





Mom opted for salad.



A good day.