Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Mexico Lindo

Ah....Mexico.


Mexico - Mexico - Mexico - Mexico.

Si, Mexico.


As a Californian, visiting Mexico feels a lot like being at home. The food, the language, the mellow vibe. I only ate fish and vegetables & I couldn't have been happier. We got a few nice souvenirs but the best one was the tan on our Sorry-Ass-Northern-Californian-Hides. We were in the sea as much as we were on the sand ~ and ~ as much as we were sipping frosty drinks in town post sunset. It was excellent. Muy Bueno, for sure.

Isla Mujeres was our destination. Same place we visited last November. Lovely wee island.


The sands are powdery white and the sun is all too kind this time of year. No sunburns, no blisters...no phone, no internet, no stress. LOTS o' Chillaxin'. Very nice combo.


The sunsets - ah, the sunsets. And, the beautiful blue agua. Gorgeous.

I'll save the food-love for another post, but suffice to say, it was wonderful.


This year we stayed close to the town center of Isla. Cheaper and quieter but still incredibly close to la playa. We found this sweet hotel called The Francis Arlene and scored with the top floor room. I couldn't help but refer to it as The Penthouse. Not only did it rock to reside without others above us - but we got the entire rooftop patio to ourselves the entire TIME! How flippin' cool is that? A nice benefit of being able to travel on the "shoulder" season, I think.


Last November we took a trip to the Yucatan to visit Chichen Itza - this year we embraced the beach and only boarded a bus to get to/from the airport. Good Call. It was nice to unpack our bags and hang on the island solamente.


The main reason we went to Isla Mujeres over Thanksgiving was because of a promise that Jzboy & I had made to each other. Last November we vowed that if we weren't back from China with our child by that time - we would return to the lovely island. Funny thing is that now we're thinking that an annual visit may just be essential for our souls.

Whatever may come...this is how we're feeling now. Now is good.

Be. Here. Now.


Our mantra, as much of a struggle as it feels at times, is how we'll try to focus. As my dear buddy, Barb (who happens to be a Shaman), says - we will strive to be "Grounded In The Present".

20 comments:

Katie J said...

You guys are amazing. I know this wait is harder than what can be said in this blog, but you guys are really working to keep your sanity and I applaud you.

"Grounded in the present" is a great mantra for anyone. Thanks for the thoughts and the warm photos.

Mamacita said...

Oh, are you speaking to my soul, or what?

kris said...

Ahhhh yes, I like your Shaman. Grounded in the present. I'm holding on to that one.

Green with ennnnnnnnvvvvvy looking at these photos :O)

Doris & Dan said...

Awesome pics and equally awesome attitude.

Keep smilin!

Project Ni Hao said...

Glad you had a lovely time. I'm the same way when I go to Latin America - fish and veggies. So hard to get sometimes in the midwest, especially this time of year. I can just feel the warmth from your post!

Lili & Robin said...

como se dice 'Your Vacation Looked Awesome' Hope your post trip high will last through the holidays!

-Lili

Jessi said...

Beautiful. Just what I needed to look at after coming in from shoveling wet, heavy snow...

Lisa M. said...

Oh I just love my neighbor to the south. We will be there in Mex in less than a month. We have so much planned I don't know how relaxing it's going to be. Isla Mujeres looks stunningly beautiful, as do you chillin' on the beach in that cute shirt.

Joannah said...

What a beautiful spot for a vacation! Way more appealing than the boardwalk in Atlantic City...

So glad you had a wonderful time!

DND said...

Looks like you had a great time. I understand doing anything to keep yourself sane. When is your LID?

secret agent said...

that looks fantastic.
I have never been to Mexico, but this March I may have to dip into our "adoption" savings
it's not like I won't have enough time to recoup

Beeb said...

Wonderful advice from Barb. It's the only way to survive this thing... something I must practice, cause I suck at it! Maybe Mexico would help...?

Mrs. Vandertramp said...

There's something wrong with my brain. Put snow on the ground outside, show me pictures of a beach, and I get goosebumps. I lose my ability to imagine warmth! Enjoy every moment - it sounds like a lovely time.

Debra Sue said...

Well, aren't you just tan and lovely? Looks and sounds like you two had a wonderful time.

Cavatica said...

Sounds fabulous! If you can't go to China now, you're awesome for going somewhere.

Tammy said...

You have deserved a respite from the crazy long wait - good for you for doing it. More proof of what a great mom you're going to be to buttercup, you're not forgetting to take care of yourself. Beautiful pics,I'm feeling warm just looking at them (and we have snow on the ground).

rubyiscoming said...

Ahhhh, I love "grounded in the present" - gotta try that since my head is just swimming with "what ifs??" right now.

Great trip- you relaxed ME - and that is hard these days :)

walternatives said...

Brava - for your attitude, the mantra, the rooftop deck, and that sunset grin....

I miss you. xoxo

Anne Marie said...

WOW! Amazing -- every bit of it. My soul got an uplift just reading this post.

FDChief said...

Ohhh...nice!