Tradition and Mysticism in Playa del Carmen

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Playa del Carmen is a town centered around tourism; a relatively new addition to the Caribbean coast which has seen exponential growth over the last 25 years. I remember my first day here, last September, arriving at the ADO bus station in the bustling southern end of town. As we walked through the dense heat along 5th Avenue, the main pedestrian thoroughfare, our backpacks strapped to our backs exacerbating the discomfort, I remember thinking, “I hate it here.” As you … Keep reading…

This Dress

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This dress; I picked it up on my last trip back to Australia. After China and before Mexico (the first time). I was running errands in the city with my Mum; doctors appointments, eating sushi, buying a few things. I wasn’t meant to buy clothes because I had enough, but for some reason my Mum likes me to buy things, so when we saw this dress for $7 (bargain) she was like, “Oh it’s so Mexican!” trying to entice me … Keep reading…

In the Company of Greatness

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It was the trip no-one wants to make. Traveling to comfort a loved one in a time of grief is not the sort of traveling anyone likes doing, to see people we haven’t seen in far too long for all the wrong reasons. But when I heard the tragic news that my nephew Mason had passed away suddenly and tragically, getting on the next flight to Las Vegas to be near to my sister Holly was the only thing I … Keep reading…

Lessons from the Rain

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I’m not bundled into a Jeep heading off on an adventure to the Sian Ka’an nature reserve like I’d planned today. I just canceled the hire car reservation, as the rain is too heavy to drive anywhere. I’ve been waiting to make the trip to the remote fishing village of Punta Allen and the protected nature reserve surrounding it for some time now (its a 3 hr drive down an unsealed, potholed road south of Tulum), saving the trip for when Tyrhone’s … Keep reading…