sometimes paradise is a full moon…

Friday evening

P.S./Friday evening

Saturday evening

P.S./Saturday evening

My friend P., the photographer, took the above photos of the full moon.! Isn’t it just gorgeous.?! Did I mention that P. went and bought a camera because of all the love and support she received from this blog for her photos.! Thank you dear readers and fellow bloggers.!! Now P. gets to do what she so dearly loves and we get more photos of beautiful Playa.!!

Ricardo Pincilotti Ezcurra

Ricardo Pincilotti Ezcurra

The photo directly above and directly below of the full moon were taken by a former colleague of mine in Playa del Carmen, Ricardo Pincilotti Ezcurra. It’s a little difficult to see even by the light of the full moon, but they are releasing turtles into the Caribbean.!! How exciting.!! And of course, the moon is amazing as usual.!! Gracias Ricardo for letting me use your photos.! And I hope you enjoy your 5 seconds of fame 😀

Ricardo Pincilotti Ezcurra

Ricardo Pincilotti Ezcurra

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sometimes paradise is shock and awe…

courtesy of Facebook.com/Noticaribe

courtesy of Facebook.com/Noticaribe

Wednesday morning, August 26th, an enormous sinkhole or cenote opened up in the middle of the Federal Highway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.!! The actual location was very close to the Iberostar Hotel. The photo above shows the quick fix that was implemented to ease traffic congestion while the main road is repaired.

The Carretera Federal is the main thoroughfare between the Cancun Airport, Cancun, and other cities along its route such as Puerto Morelos, Akumal, Tulum, and further south Chetumal. Not to mention, all of the major resorts are accessible along the Federal Highway.

The hole that opened up was 10 meters wide and one meter deep and snarled traffic for miles. Amazingly only one person suffered an injury and only one vehicle was damaged. I’m guessing that less people were injured because the cenote opened up very early in the morning.

Cenotes are very prevalent in the Yucatan Peninsula as most of the freshwater is found underground. People are constantly finding cenotes in their backyards, places of business, and construction sites. Someone even opened up a cenote restaurant when they found one in their backyard called Alux Restaurante.! Though I hear they’re closed now.

courtesy of aluxrestaurant.com

courtesy of aluxrestaurant.com

I took the Carretera Federal to work every morning and home every evening. I can’t even imagine.! Some of my friends still work at the same hotel and they told me that their normal 25 minute commute took 2 hours.!! Granted that’s way better than falling into a sinkhole any day of the week.!!

I’ve included a news video at the bottom so you can see the damage. However, it is in Spanish. I’ve also included a link to The Yucatan Times detailing what happened in English. Stay safe everyone.!

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2015/08/enormous-sinkhole-opens-up-in-the-middle-of-playa-del-carmen-cancun-highway/

Video courtesy of Reportero Ambulante

sometimes paradise is a rainbow…

patty rainblow

My lovely friend P., the photographer, took this awesome shot of a rainbow this morning in Playa del Carmen.!! Or arco iris as they are called in Spanish.!

Rainbows are ever present in Playa del Carmen because it rains so much, especially this time of year. Therefore, during the rainy season, we are constantly being rewarded with beautiful rainbow sightings.! Enjoy 🙂

sometimes paradise is chill…

courtesy of facebook/com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook/com/zenzibeach

My second favorite place to relax in Playa del Carmen.! Zenzi Beach Club is much more intimate than Kool Beach Club. Plus, it’s a fan favorite of locals and expats.!

Great fish and shrimp tacos plus amazing guacamole.!! What’s not to love.!?!!! And after the last two weeks, it would be wonderful to be seating in one of those lounge chairs taking in the beautiful Caribbean 🙂 Órale ….

sometimes paradise is kool…

courtesy of facebook.com/koolbeachclub

courtesy of facebook.com/koolbeachclub

As in Kool Beach Club…

One of my favorite beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.! A great place to relax, sun, enjoy a mojito or a bandera, and some ceviche 😀

The best place in the world is to be in the clear and warm azure water while looking up at the infinitely blue sky. I think it’s the closest place to tranquility I’ve found.

find your beach take 17

courtesy of corona.com

courtesy of corona.com

Feliz lunes.!! Happy Monday.!! Volví.! I’m back.! Since, I started writing this blog a little over 2 years ago, I have never felt the need to take a break. Until now… Dealing with my father’s sudden and very serious illness while being his personal assistant, advocate, and support; working; and let’s not forget trying to get some sleep required a give somewhere else. And unfortunately, dear readers, the give became my blog. So please forgive my three week absence, but this girl needed a break. Luckily for all of us, the wheel of life turns and this life is looking up a little bit lately.!

My father has been breathing on his own for almost four weeks now.!! And three weeks ago, after 2 whole months, I was finally able to speak to my dad.!! I can’t even begin to describe the elation I felt hearing his voice and realizing that even though he was still a little confused regarding what had happened, he knew who I was and spoke my name.!! There had been some worry that he might have suffered some memory loss. And as we know, the brain is a wondrous and complicated beast. How did I know whether he would forget me, but remember goulash. Or forget me and remember the Bulls. It could happen, he really loves food and the Bulls 🙂 So most assuredly a moment that at once made me scream in joy and weep with relief. My dad is in rehab now for the last part of his recovery. While the timeline is moving at a glacial pace, I remind myself it is moving.

Also, the summer is finally upon us in Chicago. The weather of late has been superb – sunny skies, breezes, and a little rain to cool us off as needed. I’ve been able to spend some time with close friends and relax. And really isn’t that what life is about – spending time with loved ones – eating, drinking, and sharing. This week’s much overdue Corona commercial celebrates sharing with good friends, old and new, while enjoying good food and drink.! Enjoy.!! Y salud.!!!