sometimes paradise is sheer perfection…

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

I mean seriously I can’t make this stuff up.!! This picture taken yesterday in Playa is sheer perfection.!! An ocean view complete with a spectacular rainbow (arco iris) from one of the tables at Zenzi Beach Bar (a personal favorite I might add).!

Due to all the storm activity in the Caribbean, the sky is always a beautiful mix of azure blue, clouds, and rainbows. That’s the upside. The downside is Hurricane Matthew was in the neighborhood and is heading north. Wishing everyone in the hurricane’s path Godspeed.

sometimes playa is old school…

courtesy of Jeff Seratta

Playa del Carmen ferry pier past courtesy of Jeff Seratta/facebook.com

The photo above showcases Playa del Carmen when it was old school. Before 2005, Playa was just a small sleepy little fishing town. It’s biggest claim to fame was the port where you could catch the ferry to Cozumel.

Now it’s a bustling destination city on to itself. And the ferry pier has been modernized. Oh my, how times have changed.!

Playa del Carmen ferry pier now courtesy of periodistasquintanaroo.com

Playa del Carmen ferry pier present courtesy of periodistasquintanaroo.com

Tecate beer wall

courtesy of tecate.com

courtesy of tecate.com

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new Tecate commercial. So in the spirit of surviving this political season and celebrating the weekend – here’s a new Tecate ad.!! Enjoy.!! Y salud 🙂

sometimes paradise is grateful…

a quiet night...

a quiet night…

My friend P., the photographer not only took these beautiful photos last week after the Maja’Che, but she wrote the following post on her Facebook page –

“como esta zona de México depende del turismo, a las pocas horas de haber quedado hecha un caos entre árboles y basura en las calles, impresionantemente ya limpiaron todo! Ninguna tempestad o huracán ha podido tumbar este lugar sin que se haya vuelto a levantar… Buenos días Cancún! #proudofyou”

the morning after...

the morning after…

“as this area of Mexico depends on tourism, a few hours after having been in chaos among trees and garbage in the streets, awesomely and cleaned everything! No storm or hurricane could knock this place without having risen again … Good morning Cancun! #proudofyou”

So beautiful.!! And beautifully said 🙂

estoy camote.!!

As I have been super busy recently with my father – I thought we could revisit one of my favorite idioms from my time in Mexico. Especially since it translates to being busy 🙂 Enjoy.!!

howdoyousaytacoinspanish

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…

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sometimes paradise is a love song part 13…

Juanes and his song “La Camisa Negra” seem to fit my dark mood today.! Jajaja…but at least my mood and the song have a good beat 🙂

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/la-camisa-negra-black-t-shirt.html#ixzz48CQDXpsZ

English translation
the black t-shirt

“I have a black shirt
for today my love is in mourning.
Today there is a pain in my soul
because of your spell.
Today I already know that you don’t love me
which is the the thing that hurts the most.
I have a black shirt
and a pain that dwells within me.
It’s a shame that I am alone
purely because you lied
and also because of my damned bad luck
on the day that I first met you.
From drinking the malevolent poison of your love
I remain near death and full of sorrow,
still breathing the bitter smoke of your goodbye,
and since you left, all I have is…
I have a black shirt
to match the darkness in my soul
I have completely lost my cool over you,
Lost it right up to my bed.
Come-a, come-a, come on, baby
I say to you that the black shirt
disguises the fact that underneath I’m a corpse.
I have a black shirt
and already your love doesn’t interest me
Yesterday what I thought was pure happiness
Today I realize is pure ****
Wednesday afternoon you never showed up
and never gave me the least hint
so here I am with the black shirt
and your suitcases in the door.
It’s a shame that I am alone
purely because you lied
and also because of my damned bad luck
on the day that I first met you.
From drinking the malevolent poison of your love
I remain near death and full of sorrow,
still breathing the bitter smoke of your goodbye,
and since you left, all I have is…
I have a black shirt
to match the darkness in my soul
I have completely lost my cool over you,
Lost it right up to my bed.
Come-a, come-a, come on, baby
I say to you that the black shirt
disguises the fact that underneath I’m a corpse.
I have a black shirt
to match the darkness in my soul
I have completely lost my cool over you,
Lost it right up to my bed.
Come-a, come-a, come on, baby
I say to you that the black shirt
disguises the fact that underneath I’m a corpse.”

sometimes paradise is maja’che….

tormenta

On May 5th, Playa del Carmen experienced a storm or tormenta. The winds came suddenly, furiously and fiercely.

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Maja’Che is the Mayan name for sudden winds that can knock over trees. My very brave friend P., the photographer, took these amazing photos. There are also some videos – I’ll see if I can post them soon. Also, there were some lovely calm “after storm” photos I’ll share next time too 🙂