Posts Written OnMarch 2013

We love it here in Playa del Carmen. We really, really do. We also miss a lot of things like family and friends and the traditions that we didn’t even realize we had back home in Kansas City. Jason’s birthday was yesterday. We’re not huge birthday people, but past years typically involved happy hour with friends, dinner with family and watching some March Madness. Being the new kids on the block in Playa, our social circle isn’t exactly broad, our families didn’t move down here with us, and as for March Madness, well for KU fans that topic is best…

After a month at a less than ideal place we have finally moved and are getting settled into our longer term apartment we are renting in Playa del Carmen.  We can’t thank you enough for the opinions and insight you shared about what we should consider when picking out our new place. Starting our home search we had several things working against us. We possibly picked the worst time of year to move to Mexico (smart decision-making not always being our forte). It’s high season here. That means places are at full capacity so demand and rents are higher. Also, since…

In keeping with our commitment to try new things, today we decided to go snorkeling in a trailer park and took a day trip to Paamul. Yes, I said “snorkeling in a trailer park” but more on that in a minute. Paamul is about a 15 minute drive south of Playa and has a very secluded beach protected by a small reef that is reputed to be one of the better snorkeling spots in the area. Unfortunately for us the prevailing winds from the east were driving waves over the reef making the water a bit murky and the currents…

Electric Lemonades at Fah.

Kansas City takes its St. Patrick’s Day pretty seriously so St. Patrick’s Day in Playa del Carmen had some high expectations to live up to for us. While there is a long history between Ireland and Mexico (nerd alert – click here only if interested in the business of learning stuff), St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t seem to be as widely recognized in the Mexican culture and we weren’t sure what kind of celebrations we’d find. But no worries, there are enough expats from the U.S., Canada and Europe that some St. Paddy’s Day ‘traditions’ have been transplanted with them. There…

I cannot find pickles in Mexico. Olives? Chicharones the size of a small child? Shark? All found on a recent trip to the Mexican grocery store. If there’s a pickle section somewhere though, they’re hiding it from me. On some of our previous trips to the country when we’ve rented a house or condo I’d been in the grocery stores to pick up a few odds and ends but hadn’t truly navigated the grocery store in Mexico until we arrived here permanently. For a town of a couple hundred thousand, there are actually an awful lot of grocery stores to…

Much like combat or high school our drive to Playa del Carmen consisted of endless hours of boredom punctuated by moments of extreme terror. It was tough to capture a lot of the exciting parts because often the driving actually took both of us concentrating on the road for us to figure out what to do. Sometimes we would drive for several hours without seeing anything interesting and suddenly we’d pass a herd of goats crossing the highway or the highest mountain in Mexico (Pico de Orziba) and not be able to get the camera ready quickly enough to document…

The last few days have been a blur of three steps forward and two steps back but we think we’re making progress. Baby steps, maybe, but still progress in the right direction. The Good- Our paperwork was finally accepted by immigration today and we think we should have our one-year temporary resident visas in hand in a few days. The Bad- Between doing paperwork, standing in line, redoing paperwork, finding internet cafes with printers, redoing paperwork, finding the right bank, redoing paperwork and countless other chores we have spent more than 20 hours trying to get our Visas in order…

We’re slowly getting settled into our new temporary home in Playa del Carmen. Before we left Kansas City we rented a condo for a month through Homeaway.com . We wanted to have a place to stay when we got here but did not want to sign a long-term lease for a place we hadn’t checked out in person. What if it smelled bad? What if the next door neighbors were raising roosters? What if there was no room to store my shoes? Where we are now is one of the more popular condo places in town for retired expats and…

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