Friday, March 30, 2007

Create a wild Mexican weekend

The weekend is almost here!

In case you do not have the pleasure of living in a Mexican beach side town I'll give you some tips on how you too can enjoy the feel of a wild and wonderful Mexican weekend. Ready? Here we go .........

Idea #1. Bring a load of sand into a room of your house - set up a sun umbrella, bring out the plastic pails and shovels, and fill a cooler full of cold drinks. Enjoy - you will be the envy of all your friends.

Idea #2. Turn the heat way up in your house or apartment - put on your shorts and tank top - use a hand held fan - maybe one that squirts water. For extra fun sit by the window and look out at your neighbors in sweaters or the people in their winter coats going by on the road and wave at them as you fan yourself.

Idea #3. Cook Mexican - find Mexican cookbooks and then scour the town for all the ingredients you need for these special dishes - make a lot of mess with the ingredients and dirty all the pots and pans - and then decide you are too tired to cook and order pizza - just like I do!

Enjoy the weekend!

Enjoy the Adventure! Suzanne

P.S. My book: Only in Mexico You Say? The Humorous Side of Living in Mexico is available now on my site

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Children and Easter break in Mexico

My kids will be off school starting tomorrow for two weeks as all of Mexico celebrates Easter week and Holy week. That has an upside and a downside as I love to spend time with my two teenagers but it is hard to get much work done. Yes, I am a parent that has the privilege of working from home.

What to do with them? I would suggest the beach - however, my daughter hates the beach because it has salt water and sand - yuck! She doesn't like to swim in our pool either - chlorine and more water! Imagine living in Playa del Carmen and having a daughter who doesn't like the beach or water. My son likes to skim board now but that is only good for about an hour and then he is bored of it. By the time I make sure he has suntan lotion on and get him there it is hardly worth it.

My daughter loves to bake - but that means I have to do the dishes because she baked and that is only fair because she does the dishes when I cook - but did I mention I have to do the dishes? They could finally clean up their rooms - yes right. Yard work? Not a chance. They could hang out with friends - that usually means a request for money though as their needs are always many whenever they go out.

Yep, I am looking forward to two weeks of bonding with my children. Maybe I could go to my husbands office? Hmm, there is an idea ............

Enjoy the Adventure! Suzanne

P.S. My book: Only in Mexico You Say? The Humorous Side of Living in Mexico is available now on my site

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Don't bother asking "why" when in Mexico

Mexico is a very diverse and interesting country. I moved here from Canada because I wanted to experience a different culture, a different language, a different way of life, and a different way of looking at things. Sometimes though somethings can get just a little frustrating . . . . . . . . . .

I could ask why are all the roads in my little town of Playa del Carmen all dug up and being worked on at once causing huge traffic jams? . . . . . . . . I could ask why did you have to dig up and refill my road three times to put in the sewer lines? . . . . . . I could ask why wont you accept a bill with a very small tear that was given to me from the bank? . . . . . . . I could ask why do some towns in Mexico like Puerto Vallarta have you make left hand turns from right hand lanes?

You get the picture. But why should I focus on that when I have this beautiful paradise that I chose to live in? Sometimes I walk, sometimes I take the workers on the sewer line a drink, I can pay with another bill and find someone less picky to take this bill with the tiny tear. I don't really need to ask why, I just need to enjoy the difference. I can treasure the difference because I chose it.

Enjoy the Adventure! Suzanne

P.S. My book: Only in Mexico You Say? The Humorous Side of Living in Mexico is available now on my site

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Do we enjoy our company in Mexico?

First, my name has been changed to protect the innocent. To the assorted six weeks of company that we just had arrive and leave one after the other, this has nothing to do with you and is definitely not about you.

When we live in a Mexican paradise – is it any great surprise company is going to want to come? No, we expect visitors, but we always picture it will be way later – even years from now – I mean you just moved here only 5 short years ago right? But no, they wont wait, one day we all get that fateful call or email with the news that friends or family are coming for a visit, then life changes.

What to do we think? Then the answers become obvious – you only need to do a few things. Change the beds, clean the house, paint the house, fix the leaky tap, fix the door, fix everything that needs fixing, wash the curtains, bake some cookies, wash the car, dust the plants, fix up the garden, and stock up on food and alcohol. Boy, by the time the company comes you’re ready for a holiday. Admit it. But do they want to lie around and relax with you? No way! What do you mean now we have to play tour guide?

The company has finally left? Quickly change the beds, wash the linens, re paint, clean the house and buy more food and alcohol because now it is all gone and you really need it. Have the family congratulate each other on a job well done and all pass out on the couch. Do not answer the phone, the door or check your e-mail for at least a month – incase they want to come back or someone else wants to come. Change your email and street address to prevent this. Who lives in Mexico?

Just kidding Mom and Dad!

Enjoy the Adventure! Suzanne

P.S. My book: Only in Mexico You Say? The Humorous Side of Living in Mexico is available now on my site