In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Comitan De Dominguez,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
During our visit in
we stayed in the older part of the city that was
We like that Colonial flavor and the living history we find there. Comitan is
one of the oldest cities in Chiapas, and it is distinguished by its unique
landscapes that can be admired from anywhere in the city.
Smaller markets, boutique
restaurants, live music and views of the countryside suit us very well.
But what if you want an
item that's not sold in a local shop? What if your car breaks down and you need
a part? Or perhaps you might want to see a movie? Then what?
You take a bus!
A local bus with its route painted on the
Buses run by the Plaza regularly. You can
catch one on the street just leading into the Centro Historico and for 6Pesos
(about $0.33cents) it will take you straight to the Wal*Mart shopping center. Of
course, you can deboard anywhere along the way.
These van-style buses are
also referred to as collectivos, as they are collecting the people and
running them around to various stops.
The same trip to the Wal*Mart
shopping plaza would cost 35Pesos by taxi, almost $2USD. Taxis are easily found
around the Plaza in the center of old Comitan.
One of the bus stops
Here you see one of the stops that the bus
makes, at a local market outside of the Historical District.
After all these years of traveling, I take
for granted how common it is to simply walk in the street. If the sidewalks are
crowded you simply step off the curb and continue walking. Cars, buses, taxis
are all accustomed to this habit of the people and have adjusted their driving
Of course, in major cities, one must be
careful not to be run over by traffic!
Notice the Consulta Medica sign in the
center of the photo. It is advertising a medical consultation for 30Pesos, or
At the shopping Plaza
The shopping center is quite modern. Here you
see listed on the multi-plex cinema, The Revenant (top movie) for
less than $1USD. The second movie is The Breaking Point, and
of course, you can always see Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
This Wal*Mart is one of the largest we have
ever seen. As of 2012, Wal*Mart was Mexico's largest private sector employer.
This is a superstore with everything
imaginable inside and was so large, it would be easy to lose each other. If our
phones had a local sims card, we would have wandered separately and it would not
have been a problem, but since we had just come from
had yet to purchase one. Our phones would not have worked here in Mexico and we
could have missed each other for hours!
A Burger King and the Cineplex is also
So if you want to get outta town and see what
else the greater city of Comitan offers, hop on a bus and take a tour!
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.