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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen October 3rd 2021

"The bad news is times flies, the good news is you're the pilot". ~ I think I gave you all enough time in between blogs not to bore you too much. :) Since my blog of Sept. 12th, I can say this work & pleasure trip to the fab Riviera Maya, Mexico, has had a little bit of everything mixed in. Kind of like a tasty jambalaya; a one-pot comfort food that satisfies the soul. That is what this trip felt like for us. Being away from our second home for so long due to Covid made it all the sweeter to return. It felt like a dream after the past year & a half when our world had become so small. No family visits, no hugs, no holidays with loved ones... So to be able ... read more
Dancing Queens (Giselle on the right, Sarai on the left)
Dancing to that same song all night!
Sarai & Giselle

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen September 12th 2021

"Life Is a Beach; Don't Make Spelling Errors". ~ Hello friends; geez after almost 2 years of not posting a blog, I'm now up to two. I've gone crazy altogether. Time is passing by in a nice quiet way here with me working on the business with new ideas, & I've been touring the condos to see what updates have been done. Lots of changes in 18 months. I met up with our managers to get an understanding of what challenges they're facing these days & how we can improve some things. We LOVE the staff here. They greeted us so warmly & welcomed us back. We haven't done any touring around yet due to work & weather. I work from a secure software so I can't be riding the waves somewhere without my laptop. So ... read more
Me & My Guy
Aww these colors of the sea...
Sargassum Removal

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen September 4th 2021

"Sometimes life changes in an instant. We can't always prepare for it, but we can change how we respond." Holy crap batman, what an 18 month ride we've all been through. If someone told you a pandemic was about to hit the winter of 2020, you'd have thought you'd watched the movie Contagion too many times. It eerily depicted this similar pandemic. If you haven't seen it, be prepared. The film follows the spread of a virus transmitted when sick humans touch surfaces and leave the virus behind that others can catch. Then there's the frantic attempts by the health officials to identify it and control it. Seems familiar right? I won't give the ending away... We're a family of 7 and I will say our young adults totally respected the protocols through the worst of ... read more
Butterfly outside our villa
LOVE the hibiscus here!
Enjoying nature over a lagoon

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 11th 2019

It has been a very productive 6 weeks, we managed to get several projects done in the condo to make it that much more comfortable for upcoming guests. We got out on several bike rides, one we managed to get out of the hectic traffic of the city, but I got a flat tire so had to enlist the help of a local mechanic. We have enjoyed our time in beautiful Playa del Carmen but time to go home for Christmas with family and friends. 2020 will bring new places and new adventures ...... time to start planning.... read more
Akumal
Jazz Festival
More Beach time 🏖

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen November 17th 2019

We have been at the condo now for about 2 and a half weeks, have done lots of renos to brighten the place up and there is always something to fix, but that keeps us busy the way we like to be. We have taken some beach time, we have done lots of walking and bike riding to keep active. Being active is a very important part of retirement for us, we want to remain active and fit, we are even attempting yoga on UTube with Boho Beautiful. We have eaten at home a lot but have also been trying local restaurants in the area and have found a few excellent reasonably priced places. The further you get off 5th Avenida the more reasonable the prices are, Playa del Carmen thrives on tourism.... read more
Some Beach Time
Some Beach Time
Some Beach Time


"Learn to Hit Curve Balls; Life Rarely Pitches Straight". ~ Sweet Jaysus, truer words have never been spoken. Hello all - thought it time we check in via the old blog to let you know how we are doing & what we've been up to. Many of you were concerned about us leaving on our trip given our recent loss. As many of you know by now, Allan lost his cherished sister Shannon (& only sibling) on June 19th, completely out of the blue & without warning. She left behind her husband Craig, and three children Alex (16), and twins Kassie & Matthew (13). I won't delve into too much here given how painful & shocking all of this is, so I'll try to keep this blog as light as I can but talk about it ... read more
Arrival day; tired but grateful for the love
sombrero and all...
Our princess

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 10th 2019

"If you're not lighting any candles, don't complain about being in the dark". ~ If there's one thing I would suggest, don't ever complain on social media about any little setbacks you're having while you're on a tropical vacation. Especially when you've escaped the bowels of winter hell like we did. No one will feel sorry for you, nor should they. In fact they may print off your picture & attach it to a dart board. Well maybe they will feel sorry for you if you've been hit by a car, kidnapped by pirates, been in an earthquake, stung by a jellyfish, or stranded by United Airlines for days without any help 😒 (I just had to throw that one in from our awful trip home in 2017 with them, not once but twice, the same ... read more
Mesmerizing colors
Stunning sea colors
Good times together

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 3rd 2019

"Our friendship isn't a big thing, in fact it's a million things"...~ Now where did I leave off? It's been 2 weeks since I did my one & only blog for this friend & family trip. Rest assured I was not abducted by the Pirates of the Caribbean (no matter how hard I tried...some of those pirates are hunky!) Although we did run into a Johnny Depp look-a-like dressed for the Vegas style act they have here at Coco Bongo! Literally he had Captain Sparrow's swagger and alcohol fueled accent. Hiccup. I have been working on this blog for a week now. It's been a combination of being busy with family, doing a bit of work, and the rest being plain lazy. I swear if there was an award for laziness & I won, I'd probably ... read more
Jeeping around
Wahoo
Dining at Carboncitos!

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 17th 2019

"I look best when I'm on holidays"...~ Heh heh. That's my opinion and my opinion only that I look best on holidays. Not sure Al concurs! Happy New Year! Bye bye 2018, and hello 2019. As I type this blog, there are many angry people at home in -30C weather. I'd like to tell you our weather isn't any great shakes here either but I'd be a big fat liar. We've been here 3 days and it's just perfect. Calm, little humidity, no rain, and lots of sun and about 29C. January can be a bit unpredictable in the Riviera Maya & at times windy. Mother Nature knew I was coming and put in a real nice order of sun for me. Oh what power I yield :) I wasn't planning on doing a blog this ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 9th 2018

This morning we have planned to return to Puente Esmerelda, the little cenote/lagoon along the beach from our accommodation. It is Sunday, so bound to be busy hence we have skipped breakfast and are ready to set off at 8.30am. The sky is overcast and it has been raining so it’s a pleasant temperature for walking. The beach near our accommodation is fairly deserted. There’s a group of youngsters who have obviously had a night of it. They sway past us exchanging a slurred ‘good morning’! There are also a few people casting fishing nets, though we don’t see much sign of a catch. Finally, we have the ‘beach rakers’. These are the men with the unenviable task of raking up seaweed to enable us holiday makers to enjoy a pristine beach. It’s a thankless and ... read more
Flower offerings
Storm clouds at the point
Round the point




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