Take a Walk Around Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

We live on Calle (street) 32, situated just north of the busy tourist area of Playa del Carmen. We love being within walking distance to supermarkets, restaurants, great cafes and of course the beach, and have no complaints about our gentrified neighbourhood which is extremely clean and secure. But last Sunday we took a wander through the back streets of the local neighbourhood north of town, which although not very far, is a world away from the paved pedestrian walkways … Keep reading…

Yoga in Playa del Carmen: A Reunion

Yoga on the beach Playa del Carmen

I’ve been recently reunited with yoga in Playa del Carmen and I’m reminded of what a tumultuous relationship we’ve had over the last ten years or so. After taking up yoga as a dancer in my early twenties in order to improve my flexibility and strength, I’ve since meandered back and forth from the relationship, either obsessing over it like a lover, or abandoning it like a forgotten dusty book. But somehow, it has always been a part of my … Keep reading…

My Fabulous Mexican Meal: Chilpotle Chicken Tacos With Mango Salsa

Finished product

I recently touched on my expertise at being distracted from writing, but the other day as I hid from my computer in the kitchen, I found out that the creative forces have mysterious ways of expressing themselves. I’m not much of a cook – my sister is the chef in the family – so I’m not really one for tooting my own horn in the culinary department unless it’s really warranted, but this time, IT’S WARRANTED. I’m usually not into sharing … Keep reading…

Writer In Residence

Abe lincoln

We have a writer in residence at the moment. Yes, I have been writing here on the blog, and have even written a few articles to pitch to a local website here in Playa del Carmen, but I’m talking about a real-deal, book writing writer, and, drum-roll please… his name is Tyrhone. He’s had the idea for a novel for a while now. It’s a fictional story (the not-true one in case, like me, you get them mixed up), the idea for … Keep reading…

Thoughts on Valentine’s

Red Tulip

Most mornings I read from a book of daily spiritual readings, given to me by a friend here in Mexico during my last visit. She gave me a paper copy which I passed on to another friend and I downloaded the digital version. I love the readings mostly, but this morning when I ‘swiped’ the page across and saw the title “Be My Valentine” the first thing I did was an internal eye roll. There’s just something about this cheesy, … Keep reading…

Same Same But Different: A Homecoming

Playa del Carmen

It was a little nerve-wracking coming back to Playa del Carmen, a place we had loved so much during our last stay. “What if it’s not the same?!” my neurosis screamed. Or worse, “What if it’s EXACTLY the same and I get bored?!” (just to ensure it covered all the bases of negative outcomes). After being stamped into the country for a whole six months at Cancun’s immigration counter, we boarded the ADO bus bound  for Playa, just as we … Keep reading…

A Year In Playa

A Year In Playa del Carmen

After a teary goodbye to Tyrhone’s family yesterday, we boarded the plane to Cancun, almost unable to believe that we were actually going…home. Not long after my arrival in London, we booked a cheap flight back to Mexico. We had debated over Spain, France and some other European destinations as our next port of call, but in our hearts we knew where we really wanted to be, back in ‘Playa’, the home-away-from-home we discovered five months (almost to the day) … Keep reading…

Back in London Town Where it All Began

london snow

It’s been interesting being back in London, where Tyrhone and I met six and a half years ago. In 2005 I accepted a basing in London with the airline I worked for. Tyrhone, originally from South Africa, had been living and working in London for about eight years by the time we met at the Reading Music festival in 2006. Us at 25, young, naive and skinny…. Being here has brought back a lot of memories, mostly good, though I … Keep reading…