Unplugging (kinda) at Zamas Tulum

Zamas Tulum hammocks

The last stop on my sister’s visit was Tulum. After exploring Playa del Carmen and surrounds, I wanted her to experience the piste de resistance of beaches. I’m not sure why just an hour down the road the beaches are so different, but there is no denying that the Caribbean is clearer near Tulum and possesses a certain magical quality I can’t quite describe. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. We booked a room at Zamas Tulum for two … Keep reading…

On Weathering Storms and Turning Corners

A park somewhere

It’s been raining here in Playa for almost a month. It’s been a nice change in the weather, and I can’t say I’ve minded a break from the sun and sand in exchange for sipping coffee and watching movies. But all month? No matter how much I said I didn’t mind, it took it’s toll; sloshing through puddles on foot, trying to avoid crater-sized pot-holes on the roads, constantly feeling soggy, shelter-hopping, celebrating Independence day in the rain. While we … Keep reading…

The Fire That Burns

Life On Fire

I’ve been pretty damn content these past few months. I dare say I’ve been the happiest I’ve ever been. I say dare, because in my experience, contentment hasn’t been my default state of being for long. And I’m grateful for that, because I’ve been led to amazing discoveries and experiences, both internally and externally. This feeling of contentment, though, it was nice. Different, unusual (insert Kath Day voice here), but I’ve recently drifted out of the state of, “I could … Keep reading…

A First: Swimming With Whale Sharks

Whale shark body

We’d been trying to organize our whale shark tour for a few weeks; the season for doing so coinciding with the region’s tumultuous summer weather. Our booking was pushed back due to storms in the area (thankfully, as we wanted to actually see the damn things if we were going to go all the way out there), and then my sister arrived. I was pretty sure snorkeling with giant sharks in the Caribbean Sea, 10 miles from the nearest land mass … Keep reading…

Living like the Kardashians

tough life...

You know how I said my sister’s visit was bittersweet? Well, it’s time to cover the sweet. I planned to book Holly in for a luxury stay for the first few days of her visit and had narrowed the search down to a couple of places when Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen invited us to stay in three of their luxurious properties over the course of five nights. I was ecstatic to treat my sister to some Kardashian-worthy digs, since … Keep reading…

A Bittersweet Symphony

Symphony

My sister left Playa yesterday after ten days with us. Our time together was bittersweet, filled with amazing experiences, laughter and heartfelt conversations, underscored by grief. At times I felt full of love, hope and connection, and at others I felt as though I were swimming in deep, uncharted waters without a life jacket. I can only imagine how she felt. Grief has the power to change us for better or worse. I feel comfortable writing this because I have … Keep reading…