Mamitas Beach Playa del Carmen Looking at the Pier

Cold Pools and Warm Breezes

Well it's been almost ten days since we arrived in Playa. Time seems to be flying by. We've been to the beautiful beach and the overpriced markets numerous times. We've walked La Quinta Avenida (the popular 5th Avenue pedestrian corridor) from one end to the other. We've tasted the delicious (and not so delicious) fares of several high and low end restaurants and have enjoyed countless hours on our deck and by the pool.

Amazingly enough to some of you, we haven't gone on any big excursions or taken any tours yet. We've looked into heading to Cozumel by ferry and are planningthat for the next time the sun is shining and the wind isn't blowing. We've found that almost every day we've had one or the other...

Manana - Lazy Day

Mañana Or, As We Call It, Another Lazy Day

Years ago, when we first visited Mexico, we often heard the term mañana spoken by the locals. It was simple to figure out that mañana translates to tomorrow however it took us a few days to fully realize the importance of that word. For most Mexicans, and to be honest most warm latin countries, mañana has a whole other meaning.

When the locals say mañana more often than not they're saying, yeah, it needs to be done and there's a good chance it will however that time isn't now and maybe that day will be tomorrow. It's a way of pushing things off for another day. More than just procrastination, it's an understanding that life happens and in the tropics it often happens at a slower pace. Maybe it's the people or maybe it's the fact that at midday things slow down to a crawl and a lot of people laze around to escape the afternoon heat. I think it's a little of both but mostly it's just the way things are out here. More of a realization that life is to be enjoyed and lived and tomorrow will be similar enough to today that it can get done then.

I sometimes wonder if the colder countries lost that sense of relaxation. We tend to spend our lives rushing around as fast as we can. I truly believe it's because of the weather and in particular, the seasons...

Cole on Beach

Arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Well, after a crazy displaced week of selling, packing, cleaning, storing, driving, visiting and Halloweening we've finally arrived in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The weather is hot, humid and simply wonderful.

For us though, that walk into humidity represented the first steps into a 6 month adventure that admittedly we spent less time planning than some of those overpriced last minute resort experiences we've had...