Blogs from Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America - page 3


North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen August 12th 2017

"One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters". The above quote pretty well sums up my Dad to a T. He was worth more than a hundred schoolmasters to his family and friends. Unfortunately Dad died three days after we rushed home from Mexico. He was surrounded by love those few days he was in the hospital. When my time comes, I'd be honored to be surrounded by my family - the perfect ending of a book. 'The End'. And I hope I leave this world before my kids too. I love the The Winnie the Pooh quote. "If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you." Dad was given a beautiful send-off - folks were lined out the door ... read more
Birthday fun...
The Dynamic Duo
Family ties

"Nobody on earth can ever love you more than your parents". Unfortunately Al & I had to return home on Saturday after hearing my father was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. It was a heck of a jolt to get that information on Friday. (For those of you who didn't get my two previous blogs due to a glitch, at the top left you can hit previous entry). We spent the day making alternative flight arrangements, while my emotions were on a roller coaster. We had to get home quickly; time was of the essence. Up until Thursday despite some ill health, he was still watching the Blue Jays and taking drives with the family including my cousin Glenn. I knew that something might happen when I was gone, but when you actually hear ... read more
The honeymooners
Bill and dad
mom & dad wedding

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot". And now, a word from our sponsor. (OK I'm the sponsor, and here's the word!) MONDAY/TUESDAY Hope this blog finds you all well and enjoying the summer weather. We've settled into a routine here even though I was a bit homesick and my mind is on things back home as my Dad has not been feeling the best but he's in darn good hands. (Drop me a line Bar when you can.) The first few days we put our nose to the grindstone taking photos of the condos for the company. Al's new camera equipment has made the photos pop. Monday co-operated & was a bright sunny day & the Caribbean exuded that jaw-dropping myriad of colors that made for perfect travel magazine ... read more
Me & Him
Puerto Morelos
Leaning lighthouse

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT (OR DON'T!) Well, at the last minute Al & I made a run for it. We have gotten the heck out of Dodge as they say - Bonnie & Clyde are on the lam! Normally this time of year we'd already be in Mexico with the family, enjoying some of my work perks but this year due to my dad experiencing some ill health, I didn't want to commit to plans. However, due to a bit of a turnaround and thanks to my wonderful siblings (as well as a few others) who have stepped up to the plate in an amazing way, we were encouraged to make last minute plans. Thank you all SO much. Ahhhh, back to paradise. Bienvendio! Unfortunately by the time we made the decision to go, ... read more
Sparkling colors
Our balcony

28.4. Unsere Zeit im Mahekal ist abgelaufen. Es war zwar alles wunderbar hier, aber irgendwie fühlten wir uns in der luxuriösen Umgebung nicht recht wohl, und so sind wir ganz froh, dass wir nun ins kleine aber feine Acuario wechseln können. Die Gebäude sind in fröhlich leuchtenden Gelb- und Orangetönen bemalt und um einen Innenhof gruppiert, in dem ein türkisfarbener Pool, Hängematten-behangene Palmen und niedliche Schildkröten Ferienstimmung verbreiten. Noch haben wir keine Zeit uns hier aufzuhalten, wir ziehen sogleich los um ein Auto zu mieten und stürzen uns tapfer in das Einbahn-Gewimmel von Playa del Carmen. Ohne grosse Umwege finden wir die Strasse Richtung Süden und nach rund stündiger Fahrt unser erstes Tagesziel, die Cenoten Dos Ojos. Cenoten sind die in dieser Gegend weit verbreiteten wassergefüllten Kalksteinhöhlen und -löcher, eine der grossen Attraktionen... read more
Cenoten: schnorcheln in der Finsternis
glasklares Wasser und Stalagtiten

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen April 27th 2017

23.4. Aller Anfang ist schwer. Wir erreichen das Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen am frühen Abend, ausgelaugt von der langen Reise, der feuchten Hitze und dem anstrengenden Fussmarsch (als echte "Mochileros" (spanisch für "Backpacker") wollten wir für die zwei Kilometer vom Busterminal zum Hotel kein Taxi nehmen, was wir nach kürzester Zeit bereuten, da uns auf Schritt und Tritt Massagen, Flechtfrisuren, Tours an alle erdenklichen Orte, Mahlzeiten und Souvenirs in Hülle und Fülle angepriesen wurden). Es benötigt noch etwas Verhandlung, bis wir auch tatsächlich ein Zimmer mit drei Betten erhalten - aber was für eines! Die Hotelanlage gleicht einem Dschungeldorf, mit Bungalows umgeben von üppigem Grün, Bächen und Pools, Echsen und bunten Vögeln. Wir gönnen uns ein paar Tage Luxus zum Auftakt der Reise - die nächsten Unterkünfte dürften dann wieder bescheidener a... read more
Bungalow im Dschungel
Farben-und Formenpracht

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen April 17th 2017

My Spanish is now conversational. This milestone is nothing less than an opportunity to date someone who speaks absolutely no English. I was looking for someone untouched by foreign culture; a woman who wholly represents everything I've seen in Mexican culture. Alicia was there to make it happen - a sales rep in a hotel gift shop. She arrived from Mexico City 2 months ago with no plan other than citing "It's destiny". She taught me how to live by emotions like a telenovela. 1pm: we met in a coffee shop and ordered drinks 1:14: She tells me, in Spanish, I'm cute and starts touching me. 1:15: We are passionately making out in the cafe 2:00: We go to the beach in front of a hotel, continue making out and rolling around in the sand. Parents ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 14th 2017

Well we made it from Cancun in a reasonable time frame on Mex 186 skinny road no shoulder a little rough bit not that bad, then Mex 307 good and high with a shoulder all the way to Playa de Carmen. Settled for the night at Paa Mul RV site on the beach but not what we are looking for gringo city, nice but expensive , we will have other options for the morning.Still here 900.00 pesos per night? So we hit the beach ITS VALENTINES DAY. Very Gringo here and expensive from what we are used to and like better, the towns , the Mexicans and not fancy. Moving on today will dry camp in Tulum.... read more
entering Paya Car
Big city now Traffic

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 3rd 2017

"If two people love each other nothing is impossible. Except deciding where to eat." ;) Hi all, gee I think it's been well over a week since I checked in. We haven't been passed out under a palm tree from too much tropical living just so you know! Time got away from me, and the draft blog I started stayed saved. To sum up our trip now that we are home, is wow. We feel very blessed to have had this opportunity to go off on our own, and we don't take it for granted for one second. While this trip ended up being very busy with work, it was very productive and yet very relaxing. To say we were 'working' while being in a sunny paradise would be a big misnomer. If you usually ask ... read more
Ahhh care to join me?
Gliding by

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 28th 2017

"Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears and and straight to the heart". Al and I love music and there's no shortage of it here in the Riviera Maya. Stroll the beach and live music is flowing along with the sounds of laughter and glasses clinking. Then at night, 5th avenue is filled with the sounds of strolling mariachis, rock bands, and jazz trios. It's a big draw for the bars and restaurants to have live music. Music forms an integral part of our lives. Music can evoke memories of our childhood, past and current relationships, and can bring you back to a place and time in an instant. It is the thread of life, connecting us as family and friends. Funny how music can make us so damn happy one minute ... read more
Play it guys!
These guys are good

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