Thursday, 28 February 2013

Another Henna Day

Back in January, my Minnesota family (as they have now been fondly dubbed) booked me for a henna day for their return visit in February. We had a lovely day lounging on the beach, visiting and doing henna.

I'm thinking about doing henna for tips here. Think I can make a go of it?







Friday, 15 February 2013

Beach Adventure

An adventure day to a very unpopulated beach. No restaurants, bars, loud music or loud people. I've been asked to not disclose the location, so don't ask... and if you know, don't tell.

A little wild, and so serene.



 


On the path to the cenote next door. So much wildlife in here. At one point we were surrounded by about half a dozen beautiful blue birds circling us.





The gorgeous cenote.





Filled with fish!


That nibbled at my constantly! People pay big money to have fish clean the dead skin off their bodies.


The water so clear.


And many iguanas enjoying their day at the beach too.


Casa Adela

I rarely eat on 5th avenue. However, today I had the opportunity to share lunch with some people at Casa Adela. It was a feast!

We started with guacamole made table side, with natural fresh ingredients and sides of pico de gallo.


Then we were brought two huge platters of various foods. I'll try to remember it all...
whole fried fish
octopus
shrimp
calamari
clams
rice & veggies
mini quesadillas with 3 different kinds of sauces
chiles rellenos
chorizo
mixed meats with peppers and onions
beans
cheese
handmade tortillas


The presentation and show was lovely. The flavours were mild and tasty. The menu in general is extensive, and you can sit anywhere from streetside, to upper floor terrace, to an air conditioned room in the back.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Old and New Friends

Farewell to Cathy and Jeff today. Their last day in Playa, I invited them to a picnic on the beach. Leftovers from my supper the night before and barbacoa made from a local kitchen, otherwise known as "street food". I'm so grateful that they got to meet Playa-Lori and that I got to share my Mexican treasures with them! Love you guys!


And another story about how things are simply done differently here in Mexico. My housekeeper arrived with a little package in tow... her 4 year old granddaughter. She made no apologies, just came on in, set Ingrid up with some coloring, and got to work. Well, I took that as a great opportunity to learn some Spanish! One of the reasons adults find learning a second language so difficult is that we lose our fearlessness at making mistakes. Little ones like this don't judge. We found our way through the language barrier as I began teaching her ABC's, and she taught me the names of all the things in my apartment. Best Spanish lesson ever!



Sunday, 10 February 2013

Adventure Day!

No longer a tourist, it is rare that I do touristy things. However, sometimes opportunities present themselves and I accept them. So, today I went on a half day tour of ziplining, ATV'ing and visiting a gorgeous cenote.

There were 10 ziplines across the canopy of the jungle of varying length and intensity. I was only scared on the first lift off! As I was about to get clipped into the first line, I noted that my guide was wearing a simple wooden rosary. I jokingly asked if I could wear it. He immediately took it off and placed it over my head. I don't consider myself a religious person, but somehow I felt safer. After the ziplines were finished, I went to give it back the rosary and he said, "No, you keep it until the end of the day." I love those kinds of moments.

No pictures of the ziplines or ATV ride, but here is the amazing cenote. The water was so refreshing and clear. I've been to a bunch of other cenotes, and they are all different. Some dark and dank, amost spooky. Some deep in a cavern. This was one of the nicer ones.


There's a cliff that you can jump off. I did! It was one of the scariest things I've ever done in my life. Way more scary than The Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios. No picture of me doing it, but here's a little video of my friends doing it. It's higher than it looks.

video

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Happy Birthday

DOB: Feb 2, 1969
I'm 44 years old.
My body, soul and eyes show my age. I was told today by a dear friend today that I look 10 years younger than I did last time she saw me about a month ago.

My breasts are no longer perky. I have stretch marks. I have scars. I'm more fit and strong than I have ever been in my life. My eyes are clear, bright and present. My soul is nervous about uncertainty and scarred from life's hardships. It's also becoming brave and wise.

I am imperfect.
I am enough.

And here I am with my friends who arrived on my birthday for their honeymoon.


I chose La Azotea for my birthday dinner, a rooftop restaurant with a view of Cozumel. We had appetizers. They were so good, I forgot to take pictures until we ordered a second round of their bacon wrapped chicken with jalepeno, cheese and chipotle sauce.



Saturday, 2 February 2013

Akumal

It was a rainy, cold day. Apparently, still perfect for a day of snorkeling in Akumal. A short colectivo ride, a little bit of a walk, and we arrived to the famous bay where you can swim with turtles. To see turtles when snorkeling is one thing... to actually swim in tandem with a turtle and reach out to touch them is a whole other experience. So grateful.