sometimes paradise is purple…

courtesy of facebook.com/canibalroyal

courtesy of facebook.com/canibalroyal

Beautiful picture of the beach in Playa 🙂

Also…Happy Father’s Day.!! Feliz Día del Padre.!! I’m going to go hang out with my dad now – I will tell you all about it tomorrow.!!

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

hogar dulce hogar…

courtesy of digitalclaritygroup.com

courtesy of digitalclaritygroup.com

Hogar dulce hogar translates into home sweet home. Everyone always hears the saying, “mi casa a su casa” which literally means my house is your house. But hogar is the word that signifies home. Home where your mom cooks dinner or your wife or your significant other. Home is where your children play. Home is where your heart lives ❤

I offer you another view of my other home, mi otro hogar. Once again, it’s a beautiful video rendition from Nico Wilmes. But this time it’s a view of playa from the sky.!! And oh my.! Notice that beautiful sky that haunts my memories.! Enjoy.!! I know I did 🙂

somewhere over the rainbow…

rainbow at mamita's beach club

rainbow at mamita’s beach club

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true…”

So goes the Judy Garland song…. And lately I have been humming that song more and more. I’m sure it has something to do with the frigid Chicago temperatures. They make me blue. They make me cold. They make me dream of warmer climes. Of course, they make me think of Mexico….

cozumel at the end of the rainbow

cozumel at the end of the rainbow

Seeing a rainbow has always been a wonderful treat for me.! At once, a beautiful omen and an amazing phenomenon.! Living in Chicago, I saw a handful growing up. However, living in Playa del Carmen, I saw triple, no quadruple, that amount.!! In Spanish, a rainbow is called arcoiris. The ones at dawn are called arcoiris al amanecer.

I would see rainbows on my drive to work. I would see them at the beach. Living in an area of the world where there is so much moisture in the air, granted me a rainbow reverie sometimes almost weekly.! At times, I would wonder did I deserve such visual eye candy on a consistent basis.!?! Eventually, I decided I did deserve it 🙂

rainbow over the caribbean

rainbow over the caribbean

the other half

the other half

According to wikipedia, “a rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.”

This explains the omnipresence of rainbows in the Riviera Maya. If it’s not raining, the sun is shining brightly. What a wonderful place to find yourself so thoroughly entrenched with beauty and gorgeous apparitions.! I was very blessed to see so many rainbows during my time in Mexico. They never failed to make me smile.! And hope.! And think magical thoughts.!

amanecer arcoiris

arcoiris al amanecer

dawn rainbow

rainbow at dawn

As you know this past month, I have been thinking of sunsets in order to survive the unseemly cold in Chicago. brrrr….. However, I have also been thinking about rainbows. Really anything and everything that has nothing to do with the cold.!! It’s all I have to hold onto until more sublime temperatures find their way to Chicago. Until then, I am going to stare at these photos and listen to Judy.

Look. Look! is it a bird? is it a plane? omg – it’s just the sky!

Dear Readers – due to the Christmas holiday and all of its festivities, I have been super busy.!! Plus the fact that the snow and cold makes me crave warmth and beaches – I offer up another one of my early blog posts.! Please enjoy the photos – the sky is so magnificent in playa.!! Enjoy.! See you tomorrow for Tecate night 😉

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I miss many things about Mexico.  The people, food, micheladas, the beach and the weather!  Oh the weather…  But one of the things that I miss the most is the sky!  I have never seen a more beautiful sky than the sky in Playa del Carmen!

It’s a crystal blue like I have never experienced before.  And the clouds!  Everywhere!  Huge, puffy, nebulous!  So close that sometimes I would try to reach out and touch them.  But of course I never could…

The tropical storm season in Playa lasts from May to December.  But the rainy season lasts through January.  It is this constant flux of rain that brings the clouds rolling in and then rolling out again toward Cozumel.  You can get lost for long periods of time watching the clouds roll through.  You can actually see them moving across the sky – the winds blow them that quickly.

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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

Look. Look! is it a bird? is it a plane? omg – it’s just the sky!

courtesy of gettyimages.com

courtesy of gettyimages.com

I miss many things about Mexico.  The people, food, micheladas, the beach and the weather!  Oh the weather…  But one of the things that I miss the most is the sky!  I have never seen a more beautiful sky than the sky in Playa del Carmen!

courtesy of shockgrafix.com

courtesy of shockgrafix.com

It’s a crystal blue like I have never experienced before.  And the clouds!  Everywhere!  Huge, puffy, nebulous!  So close that sometimes I would try to reach out and touch them.  But of course I never could…

courtesy of flickr.com

courtesy of flickr.com

The tropical storm season in Playa lasts from May to December.  But the rainy season lasts through January.  It is this constant flux of rain that brings the clouds rolling in and then rolling out again toward Cozumel.  You can get lost for long periods of time watching the clouds roll through.  You can actually see them moving across the sky – the winds blow them that quickly.

courtesy of R. Pena 2009

courtesy of R. Pena 2009

You can also stare at the clouds long enough that you see faces and animals and shapes of all kinds.  I would spend extra time staring at the sky every day.  On the drive to work and back home, I would sit in the car with my head half hanging out the window as I tried to visually breathe in the entire Caribbean sky to my memory!  Luckily I wasn’t driving!!  But my colleagues did think my profound silences while staring at the sky were slightly anti-social.  Hahaha…

courtesy of kootation.com

courtesy of kootation.com

The sky in Chicago is nice – it has crisp blues.  But not blues that shimmer like jewels and are as rich.  Chicago has clouds and sometimes you can see shapes in them.  But they seem so far away.  I would never think of trying to touch them.  Nor are they as fluffy.  I remind myself that I will return one day to Playa.  And I will either lay myself on the beach or hang my head out a window and once again stare into paradise…

courtesy of flickr.com

courtesy of flickr.com