return of the prodigal daughter…

I guess February 17th is a special day in my existence. Three years ago yesterday, I returned from Mexico. And one year ago yesterday, I started my awesome job.!! Please take a moment to stroll down memory lane with me 🙂

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I cannot believe a whole year has passed since I left Playa del Carmen.!! One year ago on February 17th, 2013, I left Mexico and returned to my home in Chicago. The funny thing is that after almost three years living and working in Mexico, Mexico had become my home. In fact, those first few months back in Chicago, I felt like a foreigner in my own country.! I wasn’t familiar with any of the new tv shows. There was a plethora of new restaurants and bars in the city to make me feel like a social outcast.!! And I am always in the know about what’s cool and hip.!

I also felt out of step with the tenor and feel of America in general. Everyone moved faster, talked faster, and was busy with a million and one obligations. The laid back lifestyle I had enjoyed in Mexico dissolved…

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sometimes paradise is cloudy…

playa cloudy

Beautiful picture of Cozumel from my beautiful friend P., the photographer.!! It’s cloudy (nublado) here in Chicago too, so I feel closer to everyone in Playa today.! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

sometimes paradise is sunny…

playa sunny

Sometimes after a storm, paradise is sunny. Sometimes after the full moon, the sun comes out in paradise.

What a beautiful, sunny, bright morning in Playa del Carmen.!! My friend P., the photographer, took this photo the other day. Glorious 🙂

Can you believe P. takes all these photos on her phone.?!? She does such a fabulous job, I think I (and many likes on her Facebook page) have convinced her to buy a camera.!! Which means more wonderful photos of Playa are in our future.!!

Dos Equis treinta y cinco

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courtesy of dosequis.com

Feliz lunes.!! Happy Monday.!! What an amazing week and weekend it has been 🙂 For starters, one of my very bestest friends came into town for Christmas.!! I was able to spend two lovely days with her. One evening, I met up with her and her husband and a group of friends. We had lovely Belgian beer and played the game Cards Against Humanity. Honestly, until that day I had never heard of the game, but I think I would like to play it again.! It’s very naughty…or very not politically correct. I also managed to have a lovely lunch with my bestie before she left and we exchanged Christmas presents 🙂 I also spent a lovely holiday at my father’s house. And when I returned a few days later, one of my godmother’s had left delicious Croatian cookies for us to nibble on. I have to admit, I left my dad a few and ran off with the rest.!! See the picture below and you will understand why 😀 jajaja

Croatian cookies

Croatian cookies

Of course, my neighbor stopped by one day and we noshed on pumpkin pie and caught up on the latest gossip.! I also exchanged presents and spent some quality time with boy wonder 🙂 On Sunday, I enjoyed some really authentic Mexican cuisine with one of my oldest (in terms of time not age) friends complete with Mexican music.!! It was almost like being in playa.! And just in case you all think I’ve fallen off the wagon.! Fear not, I also managed to get in all of my workouts.!! Did I mention that I went to work too.?!? It has been an intense week, but most assuredly a good one.!! I’m looking forward to this week because I have two more friends coming in from out of town.! And it is the New Year 2015. I am so wishing for a spectacular new year for me, for my family, for my friends, and for you my dear readers and fellow bloggers. I leave you with a colorful Dos Equis holiday commercial.!! Enjoy.!! Y salud.!!

Dos Equis veintisiete

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I had the MOST amazing week and weekend.!! For starters, I returned to work at my former job.! Yay me 🙂 It was great to be back in the office; as well as, being back in the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.!! In the office, many people welcomed me back and greeted me warmly.!! It was wonderful.! My master’s degree being utilized once again gave me warm fuzzies 🙂

Also, one of my really good friends was in town from D.C. this weekend. So, it was a non-stop roller coaster ride of activity. We talked, we walked, we dined, we drank, we saw, and we conquered Chicago.!! The men in this town didn’t stand a chance.! jajaja…. It was nice to have my wing girl back in town. I can’t wait till she returns for good.! In this week’s Dos Equis’ commercial, the Most Interesting Man in the World talks about wingmen.! Apparently, el jefe doesn’t seem to need one.! But does that come as a surprise to anyone.?! No.! jajaja… Have a great week everyone.!! Enjoy.!! Y salud.!!

enough said…

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ay pinche playa.!!! siempre en mi corazon, mi mente, y mi alma.!! te extraño muchooooooooo…….

translation –

ah damn playa.!!! always in my heart, my mind, and my soul.!! I miss you sooooooo much…….

sweet torture…

Zenzi Beach

Zenzi Beach

It’s 51 degrees Fahrenheit (or 11 degrees Celsius) here in Chicago today.! Unseasonably cool.!! Actually, pretty much this entire summer has been rather cool. For a girl who got used to scorching heat, it’s been almost freezing.! Today, I woke up to find the above photo from my friend P. (miss photographer) on my Facebook page with the following comment –

Rose Boras Guess where I am!: 😉

At which point the following exchange took place –

me: “Zenzi Beach.!!!!!”
P.: “Yes! You’re an expert!”
me: “I wish I was with you” 🙂
P.: “Me too dear!!”

And really I do. If this week in September is indicative of future winter weather to come.! Yikes.!! It’s not going to be pretty. And I apologize way in advance for all the crying and whining I will be doing. Deep sigh…

Zenzi Beach Bar is one of my favorite places to hang out in playa.! I’m sure I’ve talked about and reviewed the beach bar before in https://howdoyousaytacoinspanish.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/when-in-rome-i-mean-playa-have-a-drink-or-two/. I highly recommend it 🙂

Right now, both you and me dear reader only get to gaze upon the lovely photograph. But one day soon, we will be sitting at one of those lovely tables – drink in hand, toes in sand, and the wind in our hair. Te prometo. Promise.