sometimes paradise is old style…

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courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense by: Fernanda Canavaro

Playa del Carmen at Calle 10 and the beach many years ago. Now it’s a vibrant street with Zenzi Beach at the end of the road on the left side. Zenzi photos below…

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courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

sometimes paradise is kool…

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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.

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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.!!!

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courtesy of corona.com

Feliz miercoles.!! Happy Wednesday.!! I hope everyone had a spectacular weekend.!! Here in the states, it was July 4th, so it was a pretty exciting weekend.! One of my friends just got back from Papa New Guinea. Since she knows I’m a coffee fiend, she brought me back some coffee from there.!! I can’t wait to try it 🙂 I also saw my lovely friend who moved to Puerto Rico recently. She was in town newly engaged and showing off her ring and fiancé or novio.!! jajaja… We spent a lovely day with tacos, elotes, and Corona.! Did I mention her novio is Mexican.! It was great to see her and celebrate.

I also got to see fireworks…everywhere actually.!! I saw them while I was visiting with my engaged friend. And then on the drive home, I saw fireworks along the expressway pretty much as I drove by every township. It was pretty cool 🙂 Sorry I didn’t get any photos. On another note, my dad is doing a little better. I stopped by to see him too. I can’t wait until we can hang out and eat some chicken wings.!!

And as for the weather…well…it feels like Dublin in July. Cold and rainy. Not summer Chicago weather at all. This week’s Corona commercial is a letter from the winter season to summer. But really it may as well be a letter from the city of Chicago to summer reminding it of all the reasons we LOVE summer.!! I’ll have more pretty pictures of Playa tomorrow. Until then, enjoy.! Y salud.!!

find your beach take 15

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courtesy of corona.com

Feliz miercoles.!! Happy Wednesday.!! I hope everyone is enjoying their week. Mine is a little crazy busy as it’s a short work week here in the States. This weekend is the July 4th holiday.!! Not much to report this week. No big news…which is actually nice. The weather in Chicago has been kinda cool and rainy. I think Mother Nature thinks it’s still spring.! jajaja.. But it’s great sleeping weather, so no complaints here 🙂

This week’s Corona commercial features the mandatory summer necessity – the cooler. You need it for the beach, picnics, friend’s bar-be-ques, and most definitely for July 4th bashes.!! I hope everyone has a great week.! I’ll see you in a few days with a full moon photo.!! Until then, enjoy.! Y salud.!!

Canadian Club steps up for Father’s Day…

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Feliz lunes.!! Happy Monday.!! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend with their special father whether it was your dad, grandpa, spouse, or significant other.!! My dad is still not home, so I visited him at the rehab hospital. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to eat our favorite weekend lunch of chicken wings and pizza, but spending time with him was still special. My dad still can’t talk full sentences as his throat is healing from the respirator. He has managed to say my name and a few other words, but that’s it. I miss talking to him 😦

Every year on Father’s Day when I wish him “Happy Father’s Day”. He always says, “Thank YOU for making me a father.!” I’m the oldest 🙂 I definitely missed him saying that to me this year. Tomorrow is also my birthday and I’m not sure he will be able to wish me happy birthday either. But I remind myself, he is still around and he is getting stronger and better every day.! And next year this time, I will get to hear his voice saying my favorite words 🙂

Corona is taking a break this week, so that we can honor my dad with a Canadian Club commercial. My dad was a huge rebel, macho man, and a breaker of the rules, so this commercial seems very timely. I’m sure if he was around during Prohibition, he would have been smuggling whiskey himself.! He was known to make moonshine back in the day.! I tried it once and almost died.!! jajaja… I hope everyone enjoys their week. See you in a few days for more of Mexico.! Until then, enjoy.! Y salud.!!

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Feliz martes a todos.!! Happy Tuesday everyone.!! It’s been a crazy week.! Really it’s just been a crazy year.!! But it was a good one nonetheless 🙂

How do you know when circumstances have gone from horrible to way better.? You visit your dad in the hospital and he swings one leg over the bed, grabs your arm, and says, “Ruža, idemo (Rose, let’s go)“. I was relieved and amused.! Welcome back dad.!! I have sorely missed you… Unfortunately, he still has a lot of healing to do before he can go home. But so much better than those early dark days of May.

I’ve been under so much stress that I’ve been fantasizing about the beach again.! Didn’t I just go.!?! jajaja… This week’s Corona commercial is awesome. It’s just a guy, a girl, the beach, and some beer. What more could you ask for.? Ok…don’t answer that. Lol.. I’ve got a few things I could still ask for.!! Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

sometimes it doesn’t rain in paradise…

turquoise

And you get beautiful snapshots of the beach like this one.! Not that the photo of the storm from last week was shabby. My friend P., the lovely photographer, took this amazing image.! Don’t you just want to sink your toes into that warm sand and cool water.?? I know I do 🙂

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courtesy of corona.com

Feliz miercoles.!! Happy Wednesday.!! I hope your week is going amazingly well.! I’m happier today because my father finally left ICU and was transferred to a rehab hospital. I know it’s still a long road ahead, but I feel like good progress has been made 🙂 While my dad is finally alert, it’s still a few weeks away before he will able to talk to us. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to that day.!! I miss his voice and all the cute nicknames he calls me ❤

I'm also in a good mood because it's finally a beautiful sunny day in Chicago. You know the kind of day that makes you want to take a walk outside, eat some ice cream, or sit outside and people watch. It's been a long time since we've had a Corona commercial. But I think today is the day and this particular advert is fitting. So sit back, kick off your shoes and relax…. Enjoy.! Y salud.!!

sale…vale…

Something light-hearted to begin the month with since May was so difficult. Please enjoy one of my earlier posts on the joy and confusion on saying “see you later” in Mexico 🙂

howdoyousaytacoinspanish

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Saying goodbye in Spanish is difficult. And I don’t just mean emotionally difficult where you do not want to leave the person or the country. Though that is hard to do.! And I also do not mean linguistically difficult as in the pronunciation is complicated. Though, in some instances that can be tricky too.! No, I mean saying goodbye is difficult in the sense that there are so many ways to say goodbye and most of the time I don’t know when to use which expression. As well as, sometimes the goodbye goes on for a rather extended period and I don’t know how to end it politely.!

Most Americans (and other Westerners) are familiar with adios and hasta luego. The former means ‘goodbye’ and the latter means ‘see you later’. However, very few times did I hear either of these expressions used. Hasta luego might…

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