Posts Written OnJune 2013

A Day of Gratitude for Teaching English in Playa del Carmen

The school year is coming to a close here in Playa del Carmen which means our volunteer time teaching English in Playa del Carmen will be on hiatus until the Fall. I remember how awesome summer break was so I completely understand that we’ll be sadder than the kids when we part ways.  As a sign of appreciation for the work that KKIS does for the school we were invited to attend Gratitude Day late last week. The program was held to thank not just us, but all those who had contributed to the Pelopidas School over the year be…

Our friends recently asked us to join them at a weekly Playa del Carmen comedy show that they had heard about. Since I’m only on lesson 11 in my Spanish language program I didn’t think I’d be able to understand the show, especially the nuances of comedy in another language. I mean I had to study up for an oil change, so initially I was going to pass on going. But then our friends said the three magic words – “it’s in English” – and I was in. We’re always looking for new things to do and new places to…

As I’ve mentioned before, Mexico is full of the mundane. It’s also full of delightful surprises. Walking home from dinner one night in Cozumel we came across a large group gathered to watch kids perform traditional Mexican folk dances. We think it was a competition of some sort, but everyone was being cheered on. Such an unexpected and awesome spectacle that I just had to share. Hope this brings a smile to your Friday!

Sometimes living in Mexico is exhausting. It’s amazing to me how much we took for granted in the United States of things we just knew how to do. You want water? Just turn on the tap. You need to park your car? Look for the appropriate signs. But a switch of countries and native languages and suddenly we’re like babies learning how to do everything from scratch. For example? An oil change. We had everything tuned up on the car a couple days before we left Kansas City to drive down to Playa del Carmen but six days and close to…

Playa del Carmen Tree Frog

Learning as you go has become our way of life in Playa del Carmen. Some things we’ve learned by observation, others by trial and error. We thought we’d share with you a quick list of 18 random observations about life in Playa del Carmen you might find useful (or at least interesting) whether you’re planning to live here or just coming down to visit for a few days. They’re not in order of importance or anything, in fact, they are in no particular order at all. If it doesn’t rust, it molds – The high humidity here combined with the…

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