Dos Equis ocho

courtesy of dosequis.com

courtesy of dosequis.com

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.!! Here in the U.S., it was Memorial Day weekend where we honor those Americans who have sacrificed their lives for their country. There’s usually parades, barbeques, family and friends involved.! Plus, of course, drinking.! I had an amazing weekend; hence, the lateness of this blog post. I think I finally caught up on my sleep today 🙂

I had dinner with my father one night. I also went late night dancing with a good friend of mine (who is leaving for D.C. this week).!! I don’t know if we painted the town red, but at the very least hot pink.! But it was still a blast. I also did get some downtime to relax, watch some movies, and spend the weekend with people I care about 🙂 Now it’s catch up time.!! Please enjoy this (last) week’s Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World commercial.!! My favorite line – “The last time he flirted with danger, danger got clingy.” jajaja….love it.!! Enjoy.! Y salud.!

when in rome…I mean playa….have a drink or two…

I am feeling restless my dear fellow bloggers and readers.! I thought the warmer weather would scratch this itch that I have, but alas it has not. I am still dreaming of Mexico.! I fantasize about roaming the streets of playa drinking my way from one lovely bar scene to another. Finally ending up dancing the night away.! Because I’m daydreaming, I am unable to write. I just think about running free. So today, I leave you with my favorite bar crawl in playa because that’s all that’s on my mind. This weekend, I am going on a bar crawl complete with dancing.! So hopefully that will be just the boost I need with no flights to playa necessary 🙂 Enjoy.!!

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courtesy of tumblr.com and tripadvisor.com liquid libations courtesy of tumblr.com and tripadvisor.com

Endless beaches, amazing ruins, exciting excursions and fabulous food are the reasons many travelers visit the Riviera Maya. But admit it; another motive beckons you to the warm Caribbean breezes found in paradise. You want to have liquid fun! Not to worry, I promise I won’t divulge your secret. After all, what happens in Playa stays in Playa! In fact, I will share a little secret with you. I know the best places for you to partake in liquid fun while you relax, enjoy the scenery and people watch.

Of course, I was not always such an aficionado. I got lucky on my first visit to Playa del Carmen. I met a local who took me and my friend on a tour of the best places to have liquid libations. After I moved to Mexico, I became a local myself and was able…

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Mexico City / Chilangolandia Part 2

Please enjoy this blog post from one of my favorite blogs about Mexico. The Adventures of a Sober Señorita recently visited Mexico City and the ruins of Teotihuacan.!! Since I have never been to Teotihuacan – I thought I would let her take you there on a short trip. I will be back Thursday to discuss my brief visit to Mexico City in 2010.! Enjoy 🙂

The Adventures of a Sober Señorita

The last two days of our trip in Mexico City were dedicated to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, celebrating two special anniversaries, and trying to fit in anything else we forgot.

Sunday we left early in the morning and took the metro to a large bus station that has buses that go to and from Teotihuacan all day.  Coming from Cancun where it is completely flat, seeing mountains and pyramids in Mexico City was just amazing.

Exploring one of the oldest and most mysterious civilizations in the world was awesome and I definitely recommend if you are traveling to Mexico City.

Teotihuacan ruins

Archaeological site Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan archaeological Ruins

Teotihuacan excavation site Mexico

Teotihuacan ruins Mexico City

Teotihuacan archaeological site Mexico

Teotihuacan Mexico pyramid of the moon

Pyramid of the sun Teotihuacan Excited to climb the Pyramid of the Sun

pyramids Teotihuacan Mexico

Teotihuacan historical site

Teotihuacan pyramids Mexico City
Teotihuacan archaeological site Mexico

Teotihuacan pyramids Mexico City

Pyramid of the sun Teotihuacan Mexico City View from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun

Columns Teotihuacan Palace of Quetzalpapalotl at Teotihuacan

Columns palace Teotihuacan Mexico City Palace of Quetzalpapalotl at Teotihuacan

Pyramid of the moon, Teotihuacan Literally on top of the world with my best friend. (Pyramid of the moon)

Mex City Part 2 20

After a lot of walking and climbing we…

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Dos Equis siete

courtesy of dosequis.com

courtesy of dosequis.com

Happy weekend everyone.!! Feliz el fin de semana a todos.!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Here in Chicago, the weather was finally nice. I took a lovely stroll downtown with one of my good friends today. And we enjoyed some tasty beverages atop a garden balcony overlooking downtown Chicago. It was just gorgeous.!! Plus, I’m hoping the walk did something for those pesky winter pounds I have gained 🙂

This week, Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World is back.! And once again, he appears to have had an exciting weekend too.!! I mean how many people get questioned by the police just because they are so interesting.!! I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

estoy camote.!!

camote or sweet potato courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

camote or sweet potato courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

I love words and idioms and expressions.! And yesterday I realized that I had not yet introduced all of you to one of my favorite expressions from my time in Mexico.! So I think today is the day to make that introduction.! One day I was Facebook chatting with one of my male friends, we were bantering back and forth like a tennis match. But at one point, when he took too long to answer one of my messages, I sent him the following retort – “?????”. To which he replied, “Espérame, estoy camote.” Translation – “Wait for me, I’m a sweet potato.????” What.?!?

Apparently, in the Yucatán, if you are so busy that you are discombobulated or a little crazy, you can say “estoy camote” and it means “I’m busy”. It’s usually used by maseros or waiters when the restaurants in Playa del Carmen become so busy that everyone is running around like they’ve lost their minds.!! You will hear this phrase many times during high season in the Riviera Maya if you have any friends who are waiters. Though, it is such a common phrase, that you will also hear it used by most residents of that region whenever they find themselves running around like crazy.!

camote maseros courtesy of facebook.com/restaurantesur

camote maseros courtesy of facebook.com/restaurantesur

However, you probably won’t hear that expression used in the same manner in the rest of Mexico or in other Latin American countries. In the rest of Mexico, according to spanishdict.com, camote refers to (1) sweet potato, (2) a mess, (3) a lover/novio, (4) in love/enamorado, or (5) to be wrecked. The phrase is particular only to the Yucatán region. Is that due to the Mayan influence, the international diversity, or the fact that Mexicans from all over Mexico are represented in that region.? I really don’t know and no one I spoke to knew either. Hopefully, one day I will find out and report back.!

Honestly, except for sweet potato, I never heard camote used in the manner described in the aforementioned definitions. Oh well, the Yucatán is definitely an interesting melting pot of euphemisms.! Which brings me to the way my Facebook friend was using it. Now, while he is a masero, he wasn’t working while he was chatting with me. But what he was doing was Facebook chatting with a bunch of girls flirtatiously and talking to me.! jajaja… Therefore, he was camote from talking to too many girls at the same time and not being able to keep up.! jaja…love it.!

non camote maseros courtesy of positiveworldtravel.com

non camote maseros courtesy of positiveworldtravel.com

beware tuesday the 13th

Since, it happens to once again be Tuesday the 13th.! I thought this would be a perfect time to revisit this blog post explaining the hidden dangers behind this day 🙂 Enjoy.!

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courtesy of fotosimagenes.org courtesy of fotosimagenes.org

Beware my readers it’s Tuesday the 13th…!! Wait a minute Rose, I know you are all thinking, don’t you mean Friday the 13th?! No my dear readers, I mean today, Tuesday the 13th or martes trece. In most Spanish speaking countries, Tuesday the 13th is considered an unlucky day not Friday the 13th. How curious, no?

We can understand the superstition behind thirteen as it is prevalent in the states too. Historically, thirteen is seen as an unlucky number mainly because twelve is seen as a complete number in numerology. There are twelve months, twelve hours, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles of Jesus, twelve successors of Muhammad and even twelve zodiac signs.!

In many countries, most buildings do not have a “thirteenth” floor so to speak. Even in Mexico, the hotels do not have any rooms or buildings with the number…

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Dos Equis seis

courtesy of dosequis.com

courtesy of dosequis.com

Feliz Día de la Madre.!! Happy Mother’s Day.!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is always a very emotional time for me as I lost my mom nine years ago. I miss talking to her, shopping with her, and eating all of her fantastic meals.!! Luckily for me, I have so many wonderful friends who have stepped up to fill the void 🙂

So to all of my wonderful friends and family who are moms or moms-to-be, I dedicate this week’s Dos Equis’ commerical. The Most Interesting Man in the World is back and he has a mom who has ‘son’ tattoed on her arm.!! jajaja…. Enjoy.! Y salud.!