te extraño mi playita

Thanks..!!

Thanks..!!

The last few days I have been thinking about Mexico. The reasons I moved there in the first place. The reasons I finally left. So I thought this week would be the perfect time to talk about why I loved living in Mexico.

1) The sky.! I know I have done a whole post about the sky before, but it is definitely worth mentioning again. It is clear, blue and perfect.!

courtesy of gettyimages.com

courtesy of gettyimages.com

2) The beach.! I mean seriously where else is the water so blue and clear that you can see your toes.!

playa del carmen street courtesy of my friend K.L.

playa del carmen street

view from the ferry courtesy of my friend K.L.

view from the ferry courtesy of my friend K.L.

3) Akumal Beach in particular.! I think this is the best beach on the planet. The water is beautiful and clear. There are turtles everywhere.! Just serene and everything a Corona commericial looks like.!

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal Beach courtesy of my friend C.H.

Akumal Beach courtesy of my friend C.H.

4) The moon.! Whenever, there is a full moon, it is always clear and bright in the night sky.! Just amazing.!

la luna courtesy of my friend F.R.

la luna courtesy of my friend F.R.

5) The sunrise.! It is tradition here in Playa del Carmen to wait for the sunrise after partying all night on New Year’s Eve. And it does not disappoint.!

sunrise courtesy of my friend F.R.

sunrise courtesy of my friend F.R.

6) The Starbucks and the friendly baristas on Quinta Avenida and 28th Calle.! They make you feel right at home 🙂

feelin the love...

feelin the love…

starbucks on quinta

starbucks on quinta

7) The salsas.!! As you know, I have done a whole post on tacos and salsas.! So many choices so little time.! Yummy..!!

salsas courtesy of my friend K.C.

salsas courtesy of my friend K.C.

8) I miss micheladas.!! Especially now that it is warm in Chicago.! They would taste so good. I am going to have to figure out how to make them myself 🙂

michelada

michelada courtesy of girlichef.com

9) Meeting new people.! Playa is such an international town.! And I know, so is Chicago, but people are less likely to talk to you here. Whereas in Playa, everyone wants to get to know everyone.!

me and my friend A.A. courtesy of my friend K.L.

me and my friend A.A. courtesy of my friend K.L.

10) But mostly I miss my friends.! All of them.! And I think that is probably the real reason I miss Playa del Carmen.! In fact, you will notice, a lot of my photos in this post are courtesy of my friends.! But I know that through the wonderful social media platforms such as facebook, I stay connected. Plus, I will return one day to visit. And then, I will have a lovely cup of coffee with some of them and people watch on Quinta Avenida. And with the rest of my friends, I will have tasty micheladas at sunset on the beach.! I can’t wait to see their smiling faces again..!!

ula gula bar courtesy of my friend K.C.

ula gula bar courtesy of my friend K.C.

lido bar

lido bar

co-workers courtesy of R.C.

co-workers courtesy of R.C.

wana bar courtesy of my friend P.T.

wana bar courtesy of my friend P.T.

BBQ courtesy of J.C.

BBQ courtesy of J.C.

friends

friends

el cuarto

courtesy of smerconish.com

courtesy of smerconish.com

Recently, my friends in the states have been asking me what I did for the 4th of July when I was living in Mexico. My answer is pretty simple – drink.! It is really difficult to celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico considering it is an American holiday. Obviously, there are no government sponsored festivities like back home where each city or suburb has their own fireworks related event. In fact, there are no fireworks. The Mexicans save that for their independence holiday – El Grito – in September.

However, Playa del Carmen is an international tourist spot. And there are many American expats who live in the area, so the local bars and restaurants will offer specials. When I lived there, Wicky’s had an American themed lunch complete with burgers and brats. While, Wah Wah’s Beach Bar and Zenzi had bbq’s. At the bbq’s, you could eat as much as you wanted as long as you brought a side dish that everyone else could eat. Also, Pinche Gringo’s had an American themed all you can eat and drink buffet going.

courtesy of smartertravel.com

courtesy of smartertravel.com

Last year, my American expat friends and I decided we would eat at home and then meet for drinks. We went to La Azotea which is a great rooftop bar and eatery in Playa del Carmen. It gives you a great view of Cozumel and the food and drinks are excellent. We had a great time drinking and talking about past July 4th celebrations. I’m from Chicago while the rest of my friends were from Philadelphia, Tennessee and South Carolina. We did bring one of our British friends along and spent a good part of the evening ribbing her that we had won the war and was she sad about it. She jokingly replied back, “Ah, we never wanted you guys anyway.!” jajaja..

It was a great time and one of my fondest memories. However, I have spent the last few 4ths of July out of the country and I have to say I am super excited to be celebrating it back in the states this year. And not just anywhere. This year, I am going to be watching fireworks and celebrating on the beach in southern California.!! So, I am still going to be near the ocean which is one of my favorite things, but this time it will be closer to home. To all of my American readers, Happy 4th of July..!! To everyone else, Salud..!!

courtesy of collarcitybrownstone.com

courtesy of collarcitybrownstone.com