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Where the Sky is Born: Living in the Land of the Maya [Kindle Edition]

Jeanine Kitchel , Karen Ross , Paul Zappella
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Book Description

Imagine running away to the Mexican Caribbean and never coming back. That dream became reality for author Jeanine Kitchel and her husband who traveled to the Yucatan in 1985 and a decade later, left their Silicon Valley jobs to pursue a relaxed lifestyle in Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village on the Quintana Roo coast south of Cancun.
Chance links them with a contractor who offers to build them a beachfront house--and this is where the true story begins--including the Mexican government's seizure of their land by eminent domain, the contractor's financial crisis, and a category-5 hurricane. After sidestepping disaster on several fronts, they build their home, settle into Mexico, and then travel deep into the
heart of the Yucatan to explore the Mayan ruins.
Share their dreams, their heartaches, but most of all, see how they cope with
buying land, building a house, and retiring in a foreign country. This evocative adventure tale is a cockeyed love letter to Mexico, their adopted homeland.

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This book is beautifully written, richly descriptive in its
detail and engagingly honest in its storytelling. -- Natural Beauty and Health, August 2004

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The author's born love of Mexico, the Mexican people and especially the Yucatan comes through in this true-to-life travel adventure. Kitchel's Mexican adventures will make you turn page after page, and in the end, you'll want to read more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0974483907
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IDV66G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puerto Morales 24 Jun. 2013
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The first thing is of course that I really liked this book. I know most of the area and did on one occasion try to visit a bookshop in Puerto Morales said to have in stock a few thousand books but which unfortunately was closed on the day we arrived. I wonder if the author owned it? I also suspect that I have met the architect and developer mentioned in the book at a Swiss/Italian restaurant in Cancun. This area is fascinating and the people are so nice and I would advise everyone to read this book and then travel there.
Peter Birchwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building a Dream 15 July 2005
By R. Spell - Published on
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Having recently bought some property in Puerto Aventuras I bought this book to learn about a fellow Gringo's experience in buying and building in Mexico. WOW!!! Not sure I would have bought had I read this first. But she does give an exceptional summary of dreaming of living on the beach in the mid 80s and the number of years and twist and turns it took to accomplish her goal. In addition to all the information on what not to do and on the construction business climate (or lack thereof) in Mexico she provides an entertaining story of achieving her goal. And, while I'm watching a hurricane track onto my property this weekend, she forewarned that this is a constant issue and even gave insight into how potential damage could be avoided.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely engaging combination travelogue & autobiography 17 Jan. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Where The Sky Is Born: Living In The Land Of The Maya is the personal travel memoir of Jeanine Kitchel and her husband who left the rigid drive of their Silicon Valley jobs in order to pursue a more relaxed life and fulfilling life in Mexico. Despite various conflicts and diverse upsets (including the Mexico government's seizer of their land by eminent domain and a category-5 hurricane), the Kitchels' finally succeeded in building a home, and eventually traveled into the depths of the Yucatan to see Mayan ruins for themselves. Where The Sky Is Born is a genuinely engaging combination travelogue and autobiography of following one's dream "down Mexico way".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Account.... 22 Jun. 2007
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I want to let others know how much I enjoyed this book.
When I began reading, I was immediatly transported back to the Yucatan, to many of the places we had just visited; Coba, Puerto Morelos, Valledolid, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza (of course), and Merida. Jeanine's candid narrative hit home with me and my impressions of the people and the places she wrote about. To me, Yucatan is vastly different (and much more comfortable) than other parts of Mexico that I've visited - and her book paralleled and reinforced my experience while adding the depth of her experience. She colorfully described the perils and pleasures of building a house in the Yucatan - which encourages me to think more about retiring there. We must also share an appreciation of wonderful Yucatecan food, although I would have enjoyed longer descriptions. Jeanine clearly writes from the heart. A good read by an interesting lady who, with her husband, dreamed, planned, then lived the adventure. Perhaps, in a future edition, Jeanine will write a sequel. I certainly hope so.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair writer 25 Mar. 2013
By F. Nightengale - Published on
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I read this book because I visited Puerta Morelos . It seemed like a diary, and was often uninteresting. Not much was written about the actual town and its beauty- more about this couple's poor business and legal decisions. It's hard to feel compassion for their worries- they are retiring at a young age and moving to a coastal paradise, without doing much legal research. The writing is fair at best, too much detail on insignificant issues, no real character development. If it's meant as a memoir, we don't learn much about how this experience affected her and her partner. If it's suppose to be informational I would learn more from a travel brochure. The story could have been made more,interesting with better writing style and more effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where Sky Is Born 17 Nov. 2009
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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. Could be a learning lesson for those with limited overseas' living experience who think they want to buy property in a foreign land. The writing is sophomoric which is what prevents the book from being a must read. It's not bad writing, it just lacks something. If I weren't motivated by personal reasons, I don't know that I would have finished it.
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