Husband and wife team, Lynda Lock and Lawrie Lock, write Notes from Paradise, also known as Notes from Isla Mujeres. Lynda has also been featured on Surviving Mexico as an Inspirational Woman Writer in Mexico.
What was the inspiration for your blog name?
Notes from Paradise, which we recently changed to Notes from Islas Mujeres to reflect the main interest of our readership. The original blog was just random musings sent out in a weekly email to keep our families up to date on our new life in Mexico. We thought then and still do that this is paradise. My husband and I share writing and thinking of topics to write about for our weekly article.
What brought you to Mexico?
We were close to retirement age, looking for a new adventure. We have always loved the Mexican culture.
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
Primarily Isla Mujeres, and other areas of Mexico that we have visited such as nearby Valladolid, Merida, Tulum, the pyramids, cenotes, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Morelia.
Why do you blog?
We like to entertain people with humorous stories that include a bit of information about Mexico. We write for readers who are interested in Isla Mujeres or Mexico, the culture of Mexico, traveling in Mexico, locals who live and work on Isla Mujeres, interesting personal stories about long-time islanders, island history, and stories about rescue dogs and cats.
What is your favorite blog post?
Our recent post on Friday, May 26th, The little castaway Iza who captured the hearts of thousands. It’s a love story about a caring woman and everything she does for the rescue dogs on the island. It’s a feel-good story with a happy ending.
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
The five young Island men who went fishing in March of 2016 and never returned home. Writing about pain, loss, and heartache is always difficult, doubly so when you know the families of the people we were writing about.
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Learning that family is the most important aspect of the Mexican culture.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Getting used to carrying cash again! Not a bad experience, just a different experience. For the last ten years that we lived in Canada, we used a debit card for everything thing. Here we had to relearn the concept of cash, and planning ahead to have enough on hand to get through the week. Bank lineups are long, and many of the ATMs in Mexico are compromised by card scammers operated by South American gangs. In this culture, we need lots of small bills and change.
If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?
We don’t see any change in the foreseeable future.
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
Come with an open mind and an open heart. As one of my expat friends said the first time we met her, “This is not your country. You are a guest.” You are the foreigner. It is your responsibility to fit in with the local customs, not the other way around.
Where do you see your blog going?
Our blog will always be a vehicle to entertain and inform readers. We will continue to chat with more of the old-time islanders, and with their permission write their stories for everyone to enjoy.
Where can you be found?