Monday, January 31, 2011
While the rest of the world is talking about how unsafe it is in Mexico those of us living here continue on as normal, no fear, no more precautions than back in the US. Yes, there are problems here, name me a country without any........... As I just read on another blog, it would be the same as telling people not to shop at a grocery store because one bad piece of fruit must surely mean that all the other stock is spoiled too!
So despite being scared to death LOL, 8 of us ventured into Merida the other night for dinner and to spend the night. We went to Trotters, absolutely one of our favorite places. Here is a picture of the inside dining area:
The bar which offers 2 for 1 drinks from 6pm to 9 pm. Now THATS scarey!
The kitchen area
And yet another shot:Sean enjoying some delicious oysters rockefeller, the were sooo good, we ordered 2 dozen.
Jack thought they were pretty good too!
The table got really quiet as we were all eating.
We also had filet mignon, penne pasta with chicken, mac and cheese, broccoli and cheese and much more. Adult beverages included mojitos, bottles of wine, Johnny Walker and beer. Now you know why we were too scared to drive back to the beach!
There are 4 restaurants all owened by the same family, Trotters, Bryans, La Trato and Panchos. When you visit Merida, you really need to visit one of these places. Divine food!
And now the final thing I am afraid of........coconuts falling off the palm trees in my front yard!
Balmy breezes and cold drinks coming at you from Chelem!
Monday, January 3, 2011
When I first left my home country it was December. As I started on my new adventure, I made sure that I had one final Christmas at home. I mean who knows what Christmas would be like in Mexico? Would I have friends, dinners, traditions? Would this be the best thing or the worst thing that I had ever done?
As a co-owner of Mayan Living Real Estate SA de CV I realized that others may have the same concerns. Therefore I am going to try to recap my holiday season with you, let you get a glimpse of what living here on the beach of the Yucatan is like.
As a December baby, my season really started with my birthday, but I won't bore you with all of that.....
On December 23rd was the culmination of the Chelem Christmas Toy Drive. This is an annual event started a while back with Rick and Star. The two of them along with many other generous expats make sure that every child in our town, Chelem, have at least one gift for Christmas. This takes place in our town square:
Santa and Star
The children and their parents thronged Centro
After a few hours of gift giving, it's time for a beer!
The next day, Christmas Eve, Doug and I headed into Merida for a special night at a great hotel called Casa San Angel, that our friends, Rhonda and Sophia had recommended. It was absolutely gorgeous!
Check out the beautiful painted walls:
Aren't these sinks just sooooo cool?
Next a little shopping downtown:
I love the beautiful churches in Merida
Look at this great Colonial!
Christmas decorations by our hotel
Next day, back to the beach to have an early Christmas with our Mexican family. Yomara loved her new teddy bear, it's bigger than she is!
Now, off to our traditional Christmas Dinner with Sean and Susan!
Susan aka Martha, always sets such a beautiful table!
Steve, Ruth and Doug
The gangs all here!
A few days of rest and then on the 30th, Steve and Ruth have us all over for a BBQ, unfortunately I forgot my camera, you will just have to picture it in your mind, beautiful backyard, pool, great food and of course wonderful people!
Sunrise morning of the 31st from my bedroom window:
Now, another party is getting ready to start!
Sean and Rhonette
What a great family picture! Our new partners Chad, Rhonette and Andrew.
Jack, Doug and Chad, starting the evening off!
Mary, Andrew, Susan and Chad. Look how nice and warm it is here! New Years Eve and we are all in short sleeves gathered around the pool and palm trees.Jeff, Barbara and Mary
Time for the Christmas decorations to come down. The house always looks so plain afterwards!
And today, just another day in paradise!
So, if you think that holidays might be difficult for you here, it is all in what you make it! Of course I still miss my boys and wish they were here. However with the state of the economy in the US, they weren't able to take off. Thank goodness I have a great support system and family here in Yucatan, Mexico! For those of you that are hesitant, don't miss out on this great adventure, we only live once!
Happy Holidays to all!
Chillin' in Chelem!