On Freedom

Freedom

Something has shifted for me recently, and I have become very aware of my freedom. I’ve come to value this new-found freedom above everything else that used to drive me – more money, more success, more clothes, more travel, more… more.  Now that I have it and I’m aware of it, I’m very protective of it, keenly aware of how easy it would be to relinquish. I have a wonderful life with everything I need and for the most part … Keep reading…

A Day to Remember

wedding in playa del carmen

We met Alex last year when he moved into our apartment block. He was attending the same Spanish school we had dropped out of, so we bonded over discussing the apathetic teacher and the mundane, grammar-driven classes. Several weeks ago, my landlord told me Alex was back again, but it wasn’t until a week or so later that I bumped into him and his girlfriend Leah in the courtyard of our building. They were thrilled to tell me they were … Keep reading…

Keeping Kids In School and Myself Sane

KKIS Keeping Kids In School

I recently came across a local charity organisation, The KKIS Project (Keeping Kids In School), who run a volunteer English teaching program at a primary school north of Playa del Carmen. After traveling the world for a year, settling down in Mexico for a while is the best thing we could be doing, but even still, I am restless by nature and need to find ways to stay challenged. I thought spending an hour each week teaching English to school kids sounded … Keep reading…

The Sea Solves Everything

Caribbean Sea

I get back from Saturday morning yoga to a sad and sorry man, who couldn’t work out today because he hurt his neck, again. This time on the other side, through doing nothing in particular except for his regular cardio work out at the gym. The guy just can’t seem to catch a break lately. He is doing absolutely everything right, except for his excessive consumption of salty and sugary snacks, but it’s been either third degree sunburn, or a … Keep reading…

March in Playa: Change, Progress and a Bit of Madness

Uxmal Yucatan

Another month has flown by. Sitting down to write the monthly update that I hope to do for each of our 12 months in Playa del Carmen, I am finding it difficult to sum up what March was like. The truth is, it was a wonderful month due to the changes we experienced, but also quite a trying one for the same reasons. HEALTH As most of you know, Tyrhone quit smoking, which was a HUGE deal for us. I … Keep reading…

Post Easter Cluckiness

Easter Egg

Apart from the influx of people on the beaches of Playa del Carmen over the weekend, Easter came and went for us without much hoopla. There weren’t even any discounted Easter eggs in the supermarket yesterday because, well, there weren’t ever any Easter eggs in the supermarket. When I lived in Australia, the brightly coloured, foil covered Easter eggs on the shelves in Coles were my only reminder that Easter was approaching. When the first bunny ears appeared on the … Keep reading…

Yucatan Road Trip: FOMOF (Fear Of Missing Out on Flamingos)

Salt Pools Las colaradas

The final day of our road trip saw us heading towards the Ria Lagartos reserve on the north-eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsular (see D, above). It was sad saying goodbye to our luxury digs, but we had quite a drive ahead of us so we decided to hit the road early (which, amazingly, I was okay with!). I did have an ulterior motive, however, inspired by this video shot in the area: httpv://youtu.be/_jJNThS6y2g (If you don’t have time to … Keep reading…