Posts Tagged“Playa del Carmen”

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…

As Sandra Bullock recently found out in the movie Gravity, reentry can be hard. Like shock to the system, hard to find your footing, possibly burn completely up on reentry hard. When we went to the United States for an extended stay over the holidays I was ready to  brace for reentry, I knew it might be hard. There are always some unexpected good things that surprise me – carpeting, drinking water straight from the faucet and salad bars – and some not so good – the cold, oh the bitter, bitter cold, having to drive everywhere and people being…

A Journey

Now how’d that happen? Somehow while I was eating and drinking my way through the holidays the one year anniversary of the start of AWOL Americans happened. So did our 100th post. I tend to think of our “start” date as the one where we got in our car in Kansas City in the middle of a blizzard and started driving South. But there was so much prep and work and thoughts and emotions leading up to that moment that we started documenting it before we left for Playa del Carmen, hence our one year of posting here. Thank you…

We get a lot of questions from you all, our fabulous readers. The questions range from the practical about living and working outside of the United States to the fun and frivolity of where to go and what to do while vacationing in Playa del Carmen to the personal about our former lives and backgrounds. I love reading and answering as much as I can, and if I don’t know the answer to something I make it my mission to try and find out. And I have realized that if one person has the question someone else might as well.…

For the first time since we moved away from Kansas City about 6 months ago we are headed back for a visit. In the immortal words of the incomparable Ozzy Osbourne (I promise, at one time in his life this was actually true) “Mama I’m Coming Home.” Or am I? I recently mentioned to someone here in Playa del Carmen that I was going home for a couple of weeks for a visit. They asked, you still call Kansas City your home? Isn’t Playa del Carmen home now? I have no idea why, but that kind of took me aback.…

When we moved to Playa del Carmen we of course expected to find a lot of differences in our city. What we’ve been pleasantly surprised by is how many similarities there are. A couple weeks ago we were walking around town and noticed lots of activity around the city center. We soon found out the fair was coming! The Feria Playa del Carmen is an annual event held each July in honor of the Virgin del Carmen, the town’s patron saint of fishermen and sailors. The setup looked very familiar to annual summer carnivals and fairs that we used to…

Mexico Minute - AWOL Americans

One of the things I love is experiencing Playa del Carmen through the eyes of visitors. We’ve seen this beautiful ritual ceremony of the Voladores (“flying men”) multiple times while living here but stopped for another viewing recently when we had family in town. I love how our niece was engaged and watched the whole thing. It is yet another reminder to me to not take for granted where I live and the cultural heritages and experience I engage with daily.  

Helping my parents plan a recent trip to Playa I was struck with a bit of a dilemma, I really wanted to show off my adopted city to my parents but would they be able to fully appreciate it?  My parents are disabled and while both are able to walk on their own for short distances, Playa is very much a pedestrian and bicycle town with tons of steps, few ramps and even fewer handicapped parking spaces. Thus, the planning began to revolve around a central theme -is Playa del Carmen handicap accessible? The first thing we had to figure…

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