Posts Written OnFebruary 2014

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in Playa del Carmen for a year now. That’s right, 365 days ago we packed everything we owned into our car and drove away from a blizzard looking for a different kind of lifestyle. And 3,000 miles later boy did we find it! I’d love to tell you that living in Playa del Carmen has been all sunny days and starry nights but the truth is that there have been ups and downs and lefts and rights and everything in between. Deidre and I would both tell you that this adventure has…

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

Some nights you are just enjoying a quiet beer with friends at your favorite little bar and something happens that makes you question your sanity. You look into your mug and think, “I know German beer is supposed to be strong but this is ridiculous.” Last night was one of those nights. We were just sitting there minding our own business when these two came strolling by. Not passing the hat, not advertising something and not saying a word. Just strolling along like everyone else. In fact they were dead silent which made it easier for them to sneak up…

Playa del Carmen is growing at an incredibly fast rate. Every day I hear about a new hotel, new restaurant, new condo building being put up. Being confronted with so much construction and newness everyday, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how old Mexico really is. The Mayans were in this area more than 1,000 years ago. 1,000 years. That’s crazy talk. We decided to get away from the newness (and to be honest, a bit of the construction sounds) and check out some of the famous ruins that aren’t too far away.  With Tulum only 45 minutes away we…

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

  Here in Mexico, February 14 is a day to celebrate San Valentin just like in the United States but the day is more commonly called Dia del Amor y la Amistad or the day of love and friendship. I love that sentiment so in honor of our host country we send out love and friendship to all of you and thank you for the same that you have sent our way.

Symbol of Casa de los Venados

I used to own a home that I liked to decorate. Well I guess I technically do still own a home – hi my renters! – but I’m no longer responsible for what goes on the walls or on the bookcases there. And here in our rental in Playa besides a few photos of the friends and family the rest of the home furnishings and decorations are all courtesy of our landlords. I used to like looking for ways to make our home more comfortable or for some great art to put on our walls but for the most part…

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

There is so much about this picture that I love. The girlfriends hanging out after school. The horse drawn carriages. The cobblestone streets. The beautiful park. The yellow buildings of Izamal. If you asked me to imagine a small town in Mexico I’d like to think this is what I’d come up with. Being there was like stepping inside my head (scary, I know) and my heart. It just felt good. Here’s hoping you make it somewhere this weekend that is good for your head and heart.

Candalaria Valladolid

It’s already been established numerous times on this blog that I am a nerd. But did you know that long before I was a technology nerd I was a history nerd? That’s right, I am one of those guys that reads nonfiction for fun (sorry ladies, I am a happily married man). That love of history is one of the key factors that made me decide that someday I wanted to explore southern Mexico. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the beaches, the diving, the food and the excitement of the Riviera Maya. Just those things alone make it a…


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