Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
The Port of
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We continue to travel
around Mexico, as
intra-country flights are so reasonable.
In fact, we spent 2,810
Pesos (about $140USD) for two round trip tickets from Guadalajara to
Veracruz, located on the Gulf of Mexico.
We had never been to this
city, so it was a new adventure for us.
Map showing the Port of Veracruz
This map shows the
Port of Veracruz very
You will also notice in the center right -
San Juan de
Ulua - which is the fort that Hernan Cortez built here in the 1500s.
In the very center of this map, you will
notice a large mass of grey lines coming from the port inland. These are the
railways bringing items from the ships transporting them into the main part of
At the lower right hand side you will see our
Doubletree by Hilton, also marked.
The view of the port from our hotel
from our hotel, showing you
the physical port.
It was mesmerizing
to watch the ships come
and go every day.
A ship leaving through the man-made jetty
This ship is leaving the port, and it's
riding higher on the water than when it came in.
It most likely dropped off its cargo here,
and is on its way to another port to pick something up.
A different ship leaving the port
This ship looks a bit heavier in the water,
so he might have picked up more cargo and is going to another port to deliver.
All day long, ships came and went.
Grimaldi Lines Shipping Company
The ships changed daily. This Grimaldi Lines
ship is part of an international maritime company that transports cars, rolling
cargo, containers and passengers.
Every day we utilized
VesselFinder to get information on the ships' comings and goings, where they
were registered, what they were carrying, and where their next destination was.
It made the whole experience of being here
Grimaldi Lines ship docked in the port
We'd go to
the docks on our
daily walk just
to check out the action.
We saw cars being driven up into this ship
and some were driven down onto the dock.
A ship like this can hold 7,000 new cars!
Imagine that for a few moments...
Malecon by the dock
This malecon extends from long past our hotel
aquarium on one side and all the way to the docks on the other.
It makes it easy to walk next to the water
and enjoy the sites.
People run, walk, roller blade, walk their
dogs, and bring their babies in strollers all along this walkway.
To the right, outside the photo, are
restaurants lining the street.
Here's a close look at one of the several tug
boats that were consistently busy here at the Port.
They were quite impressive in the work they
did, turning ships around while inside the port, and helping them get past the
the winds were at gale force, and no
ships went in or out that day!
Mount Athos ship
This container ship is 1,147 feet long and
150 feet wide.
We saw her in Veracruz when this photo was
taken, and this morning when I looked her up, she had just arrived in Vancouver,
Canada 3 minutes ago!
You can see the tug boat alongside the ship.
The colorful letters of
It's a very popular custom
in Mexico to have
the name of the
town spelled out in colorful letters. Tourists love to have their photos
taken in front of these letters to "prove" they have been there!
These are very festive,
This ship's current value
is about $25 million dollars.
These babies aren't cheap!
This bulk carrier is registered under the
Marshall Islands flag and is 453 feet long.
Look at that hefty anchor!
Ship coming in
This ship is coming into
the harbor in the early morning.
Ship leaving port
A tugboat is close by for assistance.
It was very impressive to see the massive
organization it took for these ships to call ahead, get clearance, have a tug
ready, be sure the weather conditions were right, and have the dock workers
ready to load or unload. Honestly, it made one proud of humanity to watch this
professionalism every day.
As I mentioned above, there
was one day where the winds (called Northerlies) were at gale force and all
activity in and out of the port stopped. No one was on the streets, and if there
were, it was quite the challenge to walk a straight line.
Billy and I never
experienced winds at this power before and truly, it was a memorable experience.
If you have never been to
the Port of Veracruz, it's worth putting on your list.
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