in playa

me in playa

I feel confined here in Chicago sometimes. For starters, it is way toooo cold. Everything is frozen. Everyone is bundled up tightly. Besides the fact that there is no sense of fashion, people are unrecognizable. And they only venture out where they need to go – work, school, grocery shopping and back home again.

I yearn to break free. I chafe at the layers of clothing I am forced to wear which feel like heavy shackles against my skin.! I crave to feel the sun on my bare skin and the soft sand underfoot. I fantasize about escape all day long. Escape from work, escape from the cold, escape from the doldrums and drudgery of this existence.

I long to travel. The idea of travel is one of the few rewards that sustains me. I am like a prisoner who plans their getaway daily. I chip at my cell block one brick at a time. Only in reality, I am chipping away one day at a time until spring arrives or I find myself once again in travel mode. Apparently I am not the only girl who desires to travel. Please see the guest reblog below….

me and the angel of independence

me and the angel of independence in mexico city

up close and personal

up close and personal

Don’t date a girl who travels by Adi Zarsadias –

“She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.

Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She wont party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.”

To read the rest of this great blog post, please visit…

Tecate take 40

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Ahhhhh…..we have reached the end of another challenging week.! And are well into our lovely weekend.!! Saludos a todos.!! Y feliz el fin de semana..!! I am so happy it’s the weekend because I get to hang out with my friends.! In fact, I had a tasty beer and burger with a wonderful friend Friday evening. And Sunday night, I am celebrating a birthday and the long-awaited return of one of my dear friends. Between my sojourn to Mexico and her’s to Afghanistan, it may be almost three years since we have seen each other.! We have a lot of catching up to do 🙂

What is it about friends that not only makes you feel happy and accepted.? Is it the trials you have endured together? Is it the secret jokes? Or just the mutual kinship and understanding between two souls.? I don’t know what it is, but I love it.!! And all the conversation, laughs, and good natured ribbing that goes along with it.! And we can’t forget the nicknames.!! Why is it your friends can call you certain epithets or give you monikers that others would get a beat down for.?? hahahaha…

For some reason, I myself have many names/nicknames. For some reason, all my friends have a different nickname for me. Some people call me Rosie, others Rosita, still others Rosalinda and even Rosalina. And let’s not forget Ruža. Yesterday, a friend added a new name to the mix and christened me Bratz.!! jajaja…. However, I think my father has the most (15 and still counting) and some of the best nicknames for me. They include coffee girl, duša, and my personal favorite, tornado 🙂 This week’s Tecate commercial addresses not only sharing good times and camraderie among friends, but the wonderful monikers we inherit from them. It’s called Tecate Apodos or Tecate Nicknames. Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

sun salutation

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The weather is not getting better here in the Midwest. Apparently, we are experiencing a polar vortex.! When I was younger, we just used to call it winter.!! Now I just call it hell..!! I have cried, “uncle”, several times to Mother Nature to no avail. She is not listening to me 😦

So I’ve decided to incorporate beautiful sunrise photos from Playa del Carmen into my morning yoga routine. All photos are courtesy of my lovely friend CH btw 🙂 Similar to the rain dance, I am hoping that if enough of us do the sun salutation simultaneously, the sun will come out and make all the snow and cold go away. I mean it’s worth a try anyway. “Uncle” doesn’t seem to be working… So in the spirit of solidarity, please get your yoga mats ready and let’s begin….

mountain pose

pose 1 – mountain pose

extended mountain pose

pose 2 – extended mountain pose

swan dive to forward bend

pose 3 – swan dive to forward bend

standing lunge

pose 4 – standing lunge

downward facing dog

pose 5 – downward facing dog

pose 6 - plank

pose 6 – plank

pose 7 - knees-chest-chin

pose 7 – knees-chest-chin

pose 8 - cobra

pose 8 – cobra

pose 9 - extended child to dog

pose 9 – extended child to dog

pose 10 - standing lunge

pose 10 – standing lunge

pose 11 - reverse swan dive transition

pose 11 – reverse swan dive transition

pose 12 - mountain pose

pose 12 – mountain pose

Please repeat the Sun Salutation on the other leg until winter finally lets up.! Ojala.!!

lather, rinse, repeat…





It’s too cold here…. There is too much snow…wind…ice…slush…

I miss the sun. I miss the beach. I miss the sand. I miss the incredible sunrises and sunsets.

In order to keep myself warm, I look at these photos over and over. Lather, rinse, repeat…





Hace demasiado frío aquí …. Hay demasiada nieve … viento … hielo … aguanieve …

Extraño el sol. Extraño la playa. Extraño a la arena. Extraño los amaneceres y atardeceres increíbles.

Con el fin de mantenerme caliente, miro estas fotos una y otra vez. Espuma, enjuague, repita …





Tecate take 39

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Happy end of the week.!! Feliz final de la semana.! Happy weekend.!! Feliz fin de semana.!! And happy beginning of a new week.!! Y feliz comienzo de una nueva semana.!! I have to say this last week has been a little taxing for many reasons. But mostly, I have not been feeling well; therefore, my condition has affected the whole week and weekend. And never has a girl been so excited to see a new week as this blog writing girl.!! And really she needs a drink too 🙂

Sometimes in life you need a do-over. A second chance. Sometimes in life, you need several do-overs or several chances. You just need to tweak one more aspect, one more element, to reach your destination…your ultimate goal. In this week’s Tecate commercial, our Tecate hombre obviously left his family a long time ago on the pretense of a morning run. At some point, he must have decided he had made the wrong decision. So he just jogged his way back into his old life. To all of us who need do-overs; second, third and yes, sometimes even fourth chances – this week’s Tecate is for you. It’s called Tecate Light Carrera Larga or Tecate Light Long Run. May all your Tecate wishes come true.! Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

The BPM Festival – Mexico

BPM is an annual electronic music festival held in Playa del Carmen. The music festival began in 2008 and every year it continues to grow in sheer size and popularity. Last year 35,000 music fans attended and David Guetta even performed in 2012 for their New Year’s Eve show.!!! I could hear the lovely sounds from my bedroom window 🙂 There have been many guesses as to the meaning behind BPM such as ‘beats per minute’. But the actual acronym stands for Bartenders, Promoters, and Musicians as it was originally created as an industry event for those in the hospitality industry. As I am still feeling under the weather, I have included a blog post about BPM from Underground Night. See you tomorrow for Tecate.!!

underground night

The BPM Festival is an annual ten day and night electronic music festival, founded by Craig Pettigrew and Philip Pulitano, held in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. This global gathering of DJs, producers, revelers and industry professionals has become a must for any music lover with a discerning taste for quality electronic dance music. BPM parties are hosted both day and night at multiple venues in Playa Del Carmen, a picturesque beach town that runs along miles of soft white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters on the Mayan Riviera. The town offers a variety of luxurious and affordable boutique hotels and condos, and endless options for dining and tourism, including: ancient Mayan ruins, cenotes, aquatic sports and eco tourism. Now entering its sixth year, The BPM Festival (January 4-13, 2013) continues to be a dance music lover’s tropical paradise and the perfect winter getaway.
This year BPM Festival is hosting…

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hot, hot, hot..!!

It is cold, cold, cold here in chicago. And I am feeling under the weather. So how about revisiting a blog post. Enjoy.!!



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The word hot conjures up all types of images – the weather, a cup of coffee, a desert, stolen jewels, a fire, Brad Pitt even 🙂 According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word hot has about nine different meanings and double that in everyday vernacular. A person can use the word hot in sentences as varied as – “It’s really hot in here” to “That phone is a hot seller” to “Those diamonds are hot”. And the crazy thing is that in each sentence, the word hot will mean something different..!! Now pretend you are going to Mexico and use the word hot in Spanish to cover all those meanings…It doesn’t work.

And of course, I learned that the hard way. Well, really I learned it in a fun way. People usually just poked good natured fun at me and laughed at the doble sentido

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Tecate take 38

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Happy weekend.!! Feliz fin de semana.!! I hope everyone is enjoying the last moments of their weekend fun before the work week overtakes us all again. I know I had a wonderful time visiting with my besties.!! I went to see “The Wolf of Wall Street”.! What an intense movie.! I definitely recommend it. I also had lots of laughs with my friends at brunch today. It was great catching up and hearing about everyone’s holidays 🙂

Of course, as usual, conversation eventually teetered off into the work arena. It’s fascinating how we all get so caught up in office dynamics.! Even when we try really hard to stay out of the mix.! Our Tecate hombre in this week’s Tecate commerical is definitely caught up in the drama-rama at his job. After an office party, he can’t stop talking about the events to his wife who is supportive at first. However, by the end, she wants to strangle him. jajaja… Please enjoy this week’s commercial called Tecate Light Buró or Tecate Light Office. Have a great week.! Y salud.!!

te echo de menos

sunrise over cozumel

sunrise over cozumel

snow, wind, rain, slush, temperatures below zero…. These are the times I miss playa….

Sometimes words are not enough. So I leave you today with a video of Quintana Roo. Quintana Roo is home to Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum, Coba, among other towns. At some point in time, it was home to me too….

Enjoy the beauty 🙂


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2013 was the year of epiphanies. I had many of them during that long 12 month period. According to, an epiphany is “an experience of striking and startling realization”. Therefore, everything from my decision to leave Mexico, to writing a blog, to changing the course of my life journey in 2013 can be labeled an epiphany.! When 2013 started, I had no intention of returning to Chicago and leaving Mexico. Writing a blog was most definitely not on my radar at the beginning of that New Year’s Eve celebration at Sala Rosa.! And both of those epiphanies translated automatically into other life altering events.!

And while last year was full of epiphanies for me, there is another kind of epiphany that is celebrated every year like clockwork. The Epiphany is the celebration of the arrival of the three kings to Bethlehem. However, I have noticed that only select groups of people celebrate this epiphany. I know that as a child of Croatian immigrants we celebrated the Epiphany. But mostly in my household it marked the end of the Christmas season and our tree needed to be dismantled by that day. In New Orleans, the holiday is celebrated with a King Cake.!

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But the Ephiphany is celebrated in Mexico with the same gusto as Christmas. Every January 6th, Mexicans celebrate Dia de los Reyes or Three Kings Day. Besides celebrating the arrival of the Magi to bestow gifts on the baby Jesus, Dia de los Reyes also marks the 12th day of Christmas. In Mexico, children leave out their shoes overnite with a wish list for the Magi or Three Kings. In the morning, their shoes are filled with candies and other goodies.

But the best part of the Epiphany is the Rosca de Reyes or King’s Bread/Cake. The cake is usually round or oval in shape and comes in many different sizes depending on how many guests you will be entertaining. It is generally decorated with dried and candied fruits. Inside the cake is hidden a small figuirine of the baby Jesus. The hidden baby Jesus represents the Holy Family’s flight from Bethlehem and King Herod. Whoever finds the hidden baby Jesus is required to provide tamales for the group on February 2nd, Dia de Candelaria, or Candlemas Day.

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When I worked in Mexico, I noticed that all of the grocery stores had Rosca de Reyes everywhere in excessive amounts. I was initially overwhelmed by the sheer volume of cakes. Growing up in Chicago, I had never seen anything like it before. It is always fascinating to me which holidays tend to resonate with each country even if the faith is the same. Why would the French in New Orleans and Mexicans worldwide feel the need to celebrate the Epiphany with such pageantry.? While, the Irish in Chicago were less likely to consider it a huge holiday. Something to ponder…

Even the hotel I worked at provided a King Cake for us at work. One of my coworkers found the baby Jesus in her slice. Sure enough on February 2nd, she brought tamales for everyone at the morning meeting. They were delicious.! This year living in Chicago, I did not celebrate the Epiphany nor did I really know anyone who did. Well except my friend J. because she was visiting family in NOLA (New Orleans). I love cake…and food. So I firmly believe any holiday that calls for cake and then has a set date for tamales should be celebrated.! Wait…that’s my first epiphany for the new year – I’m bringing the Rosca de Reyes next year 🙂