A Rooftop Farewell

In the pool

On our friends’ Sabina and Phillip’s last night in Playa, I wanted to cook a nice farewell dinner for them. We had previously shared communal meals in the small courtyard in front of our apartment, but a final dinner called for a special location. I procured the keys to the rooftop terrace of our apartment block from the land-lord, (which was usually locked in the evening), and prepared to dazzle my guests of honour with my creative event planning. Me, … Keep reading…

A Different Kind of Normal

Different kind

We have two weeks left here in our apartment in Playa del Carmen. Our time here is winding down, and whilst I am looking forward to discovering more of Mexico when we leave, I am also sad to leave the lovely home we have created here. Cooking lunch yesterday, I wondered what it is about this ‘different kind of normal’ that I love so much. Obviously the experiences we have had here and the sights we have seen have been … Keep reading…

Riviera Maya Life: Akumal, Paamul, Xcacel and Cenote Azul

Paamul beach

I’ve been so busy covering the big issues like blog redesign, topless sun-bathing and under-water anxiety attacks that I have fallen a bit behind on filling you in on what we have been up to the last few weeks. Aside from a lot of floating in our beautifully clear-blue Caribbean front yard, we have actually done a few things, some of which have been with our Swiss friends and neighbours, Sabina and Phillipp (who we met at the infamous Spanish school). Since … Keep reading…

Topless Sunbathing: Are You In Or Out?

Sunbathing

I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as prudish, but I must admit to be a bit taken aback by topless sunbathing. Here in Playa del Carmen, I have seen a few women ‘out and proud’ on the beach, though it is certainly not as commonly practiced as say, Europe. One day I hired a sun-bed for the day, which was probably the first and last time. It was nice for a while, but honestly, after an hour or so, I got bored. … Keep reading…

A Change is as Good as a Holiday?

Puerto Morelos

Some women get a new hairstyle or a new wardrobe when they need a boost. I get a new website design! Oh how times have changed… I’ve wanted to change the site for some time. I agonized over themes for a while, then gave up and moved on to more interesting things, like shovelling guacamole into my face. Change is scary, even when it’s about how to present my ramblings to the world, so I found myself thinking, “Too hard, can’t … Keep reading…

On Diving: Lessons Learned From the Deep Blue

Before

The diving bug got me back on Gili Meno, Indonesia. I’d been snorkelling over some of the most beautiful reef I’d ever seen, just off the beach, marvelling at the folds and tendrils of colourful coral, giggling through my snorkel at weird-looking fish with bulging heads and goggly eyes. Sitting on the beach afterwards, a dive boat drove past and I surprised myself by thinking, “I want to do that.” I had actually had a taste of diving in the Red Sea, Egypt when Tyrhone and … Keep reading…

My Mexican Kitchen (and other ramblings about supermarkets)

tacos

I love Mexican food! It’s no secret I love stuffing my face, but as a human being requiring sustenance to survive (as opposed to a robot who simply requires a good set of fully charged AAs) I don’t suppose I’m alone in this pastime of filling my belly with the most delicious treats I can find. The thing is, though I have tried, I’ve never really been much of a cook. I can whip up a tasty meal, for sure, but … Keep reading…