sometimes paradise is full…

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense photo credit: SupYogaTulum

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense photo credit: SupYogaTulum

a full moon that is.! Unbelievably gorgeous shot of the full moon Saturday night in Playa del Carmen.!

Hola luna.!! It’s good to see you again 🙂

sometimes paradise is full moon illumination…

full moon boat

What a simply gorgeous other-worldly photo of the full moon from my friend P., the photographer.!!! I was unable to get a good look at the full moon here in Chicago this week because of the clouds, but in Playa it looked exceptional.!! Simply magical…

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

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 “es un placer”…

full moon

The other night, one of my beloved former co-workers took this beautiful photo of the full moon in playa.! O.C. made my job so much more enjoyable when I worked in Mexico. He always had the latest gossip and knew everything about everyone. He was the go to guy regarding all the ins and outs of our hotel.

When I asked him yesterday if I could use the photo, he replied “Just do it honey, not problem for me.” Of course, it came with smiley kissy emoticons 🙂 After thanking him profusely, his response had me in stitches.!! He replied in our (former) required hotel speak to guests, “Es un placer” or “It’s a pleasure”. jajajaja

I hadn’t heard those words in forever. We were always proper with the guests when we used it. But with each other, we would try to outdo ourselves with different voices and exaggerated body movements. All those memories came rushing back and made me happy 😀

Oh yes, and the full moon photo was glorious too.!! Have a great week.!

sometimes paradise is a Christmas full moon…

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

How perfect there is a full moon this Christmas (La Navidad con luna llena).!! Just beautiful.

Enjoy the holidays…enjoy your family and friends..enjoy the magic 🙂

sometimes paradise is a jazzy full moon…

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courtesy of facebook.com/launabrockman

Amazing photo of the full moon during Playa del Carmen’s Jazz Fest last week.!!

My apologies for being absent. It’s been a hectic time for me these past few weeks. But I’m back with more wonderful photos and tearjerker love songs.!! So enjoy paradise 🙂

sometimes paradise is a blood harvest supermoon…

supermoon Cancun

supermoon Cancun

with a lunar eclipse thrown in for good measure.! As of right now, I only have pictures of the supermoon. But I promise if I get any lunar eclipse shots, I will post them 🙂

So last night, the world witnessed a blood harvest supermoon complete with a lunar eclipse. Wow.! And we won’t see another one for 18 years.!! Double wow.!! But what exactly does that mean.?! Besides that it’s gorgeous.!

full moon Cancun

full moon Cancun

Well, the moon is considered a supermoon when it is within 220,000 miles or 360,000 kilometers from the Earth. During that time, the moon looks 12 to 14% bigger and twice that much brighter.!! Hola Luna.!

The reason it’s called a harvest moon is because it’s near the Autumn Equinox (September 23rd) when farmer’s utilized it’s presence for (you guessed it.!) the harvest.

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

The blood moon moniker comes from the lunar eclipse. Last night, the Earth, moon, and sun lined up with each other. During that line up, the Earth’s shadow completely obscured the moon. But rather than being in complete darkness, the lunar eclipse gave off an orange to reddish haze depending on where you were in the world and other more scientific variables. I’ve also read it’s the name given to the fourth lunar eclipse in a lunar tetrad (four lunar eclipses in a row spaced at 6 full moons/months apart).

One of my good friends in Cancun took these pictures with his wife last night (they wanted to be anonymous). But their pictures were too beautiful to be hidden.! And the blood red moon comes from Soy Playense in Playa del Carmen. So enjoy 🙂

Cancun sky

Cancun sky last night

More info on last night’s super moon and lunar eclipse…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-20150927-story.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/25/blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-super-moon-need-to-know/72790162/

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/super-full-moon.html

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

sometimes paradise has a full moon…

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courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

There was a beautiful full moon last night. The picture above is from one of my favorite beach bars in Playa del Carmen – Zenzi Beach Bar.!! I didn’t get a chance to see the full moon here in Chicago last night as it was covered by the clouds. And then I went to sleep…too tired to say “hola” to the moon 🙂

I also missed the beautiful meeting of Venus and Jupiter in the sky. Hopefully, tonight will be less cloudy and I will be able to see the conjunction. If not, the two planets will meet up again late August.! So I will have to be on the lookout then too. The picture below of the two plants converging is from June 28th, 2015 over Los Angeles. Breathtaking…

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No me olvido de la luna.!!

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I didn’t forget about the moon last week. Here it is in all it’s lovely glory from last week.! Plus a poem from me 🙂 Enjoy…

The delirious night
murmurs to my love
sky magic
sea rose
and the language
of exotic rain

La noche delirante
murmullos a mi amor
la magia del cielo
mar subió
y el idioma
de lluvia exótico

courtesy of my friend AC

courtesy of my friend AC