About Dos Tortas

Some things come together in life to create a perfect storm. In our case, it was a perfect rainbow. In spring 2012, my friend and co-worker Karen invited me to her retirement party. There she rolled out plans for the home she and her husband were building in Tulum, Mexico. We followed their journey through email and Facebook, the finished pictures of their home were inspirational. Lisa and I, aka DOS TORTAS, have been world travelers for years, asking ourselves the question, “Could we live here?” This is the chronicle of how and why Dos Tortas chose Bacalar, Mexico for our retirment location and the story of making the BIG move from our home of many years in Austin, Texas and adjusting to the life of Mexican immigrants. It took two years to complete our house. Lisa’s mother Alice joined us in the winter of 2015. What’s with the name “Dos Tortas” you ask? It is reclaimed from misogynist Mexican slang. A torta is literally a sandwhich or can also mean old, fat, uppity, ugly, woman OR lesbians. We are all that and a bag of chips. During the pandemic, the blog has changed direction, chronicling life at home in the Mexican jungle. Your comments are appreciated.

21 Responses to “About Dos Tortas”

  1. Ben September 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I love reading about your Mexican adventure! It’s so interesting to see the journey of somebody else moving to a new country, I will be following for sure. Thanks for commenting on my first Bucket List post (An Expat Transformation in Switzerland), it’s much appreciated 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 September 22, 2013 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks Ben, I love that the internet lets us ease-drop on each other’s lives. Love your photos. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. darcie gannon December 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    The “Dos Tortas” cracks me up. I didn’t even notice at first that you are two women.
    I was more interested in your story.( A glaring lack of gender awareness, which I’m proud of.) I found your page while researching Bacalar. I’ve just returned from a trip with my mother and two teenage daughters. It was a cruise, so not my style to begin with, and plagued by bad weather and high seas. The only day we made it into port, we visited Tulum, herded by bus with not enough time to get a feeling for the place. I was shocked by the development in the corridor from la Playa to Tulum, the short-sightedness of it all. I left longing for the magical, dreamscape Mexico I’ve found in my own travels off the beaten path. Bacalar is now a place I have to go. There is something about it that resonates with my own search for paradise, and a long-ago dream of a crystalline deep, cenote-like pool with a dolphin swimming in it. Thank you for sharing your experience!


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    • afish25 October 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hey Darcie, Bacalar sounds like your kind of place, only no dolphins. Yes Playa to Tulum can be depressing. What we’re going through to build in Bacalar is both a blessing and a curse. As my friend said, if it were easy, everyone would do it. Stay in touch. We’ll show you around.


  3. Tona October 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Just found your site. Love it. We are building in mahahual, going on a year now. Do you ever come to mahaual?

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Nice to Meet you Tona. We’re always looking for an excuse to come to Mahahual. Do you know Carolyn from Under Toe? We’ve been promising to come see her for ages. There’s now a combi that comes and goes to Bacalar.


  4. oconahua June 16, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Love your blog….we are also 2 women recently moved to a small town in Central Mexico…will be following your adventures. Not sure we are willing to drive to the Yucatan but also collecting items, art and have built a house.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 June 16, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      Welcome, we’re all Tortas here! We have to pinch ourselves that we get to live in this beautiful place. It’s worth the trip and there’s so much to see along the way.


  5. Robin Price November 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Enjoying reading this. My partner and another couple are thinking about moving to possibly Mexico.


    • afish25 November 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      If I can be of assistance, let me know. It’s been quite an adventure.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Al January 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Hey nice write up 🙂 I’m researching the area because I’m coming to Bacalar in a couple of weeks (along with a few other places) would be great to get the inside scoop, I’d love to know which ruins to visit, how to find a good (budget) taxi/guide, where is within cycling distance… Ahh so many unknowns, all part of the fun

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 January 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      The entire town is doable on a bike. Since I live here, I can’t help you with the guide. Check with Olga at Jardin de Venus.


  7. Laird February 24, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    We have fallen in love with Bacalar……sssh, don’t tell anyone else how wonderful it is!


  8. fabiolaofmexico May 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Glad to have found your blog! I must say your blog name caught my eye because as a Mexican, a certain image immediately formed in my mind when I read it. I thought, “Dos Tortas? Is this for real?” And when I read your About page, I laughed because I was right. It’s one of the few times I’ve noticed foreigners using Mexican slang correctly, so congrats! lol 🙂
    Looking forward to more of your posts.


    • afish25 May 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

      Jajaja 😂 most people don’t get it. Por su puesta! Bienvenidos.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Jenna Van Valen May 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    Ohmygosh! Hubby and I are hoping to move to Bacalar, too – we visit regularly and every time it’s harder to leave. I can’t wait to dive into your blog and read more!


    • afish25 May 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

      Welcome. Do let us know when you are in town again.


  10. Noel Nichols January 21, 2021 at 8:15 am #

    My G’daughter introduced me to POSE, a tv show about LGBTQ life in the 80’s. Quite interesting for a sensitive straight guy.

    Have you seen it??


    • afish25 January 21, 2021 at 8:55 am #

      Have not. I’ll look for it. Thanks and welcome.


    • afish25 January 22, 2021 at 8:32 am #

      Thank you, I’ve started watching.


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