Blogging from A-Z – My personal Challenge for April

So, as I wrote in my first post. I am determined that this is going to be the blog that works, the blog that I remember I have and remember to post in. Whilst randomly looking for an image on google I came across a blogging challenge..

Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Could I? Can I? who knows.. but I’ve never been known to back down from a challenge! So, starting from this coming Monday (April 1st) I’ll be blogging on a daily basis and the themes will be in alphabetical order and of course all related to me and my Mexican Life…. Watch This Space!!! My blog is officially #1468 in the blog challenge!!

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Destination Weddings – The other side of the story

Destination Weddings are becoming more popular than ever especially here in Mexico. Only a few hours away from the US and Canada, it is an ideal solution for young couples that are looking for somewhere different for their wedding. Destinationa weddings offer them all of that and more. If you choose the right location, a destination wedding can save you thousands of dollars. Booking a destination wedding really is the ideal solution as the majority of the packages include the services of the wedding planner.

At work, I share my office with the wedding department of the hotel and the wedding manager just happens to be one of my best friends. I have to say that I have a whole new respect for destination wedding planners. Not only do they have to deal with the typical bridezillas on a day to day basis they also have to deal with the travel agents who can be just as bad.

Not only does she, Jacki, have contact with the bride, normally on a daily basis, for up to a year prior to the wedding she is also involved in absolutely every detail of the big day itself, from making sure the flowers are perfect to zipping up the bride’s dress prior to the ceremony.

What most future brides don’t realize is that whilst Jacki is answering their 5ooo neurotic emails a day, she is also doing the same exact thing to approximately 50 other ladies all at the same time. Just by mentioning a name, Jacki can tell you the date of the wedding, the full names of both bride and groom even the type of flowers they’ve ordered. Her memory is IMPRESSIVE! Past bride’s have even named her the bride whisperer due to her ability to calm down even the worst bridezilla. Of course they don’t see the side of her that we do in the office but it’s her happy, relaxed self that will always be seen by the wedding guests.

I probably am biased seeing that she is my friend but without a doubt Jacki is one of the best wedding coordinators in the business and any bride that has her wedding organized by Jacki is guaranteed to have the perfect day and memories that last a lifetime.

So to all you future brides out there planning a destination wedding, you’re coordinator knows that this is the biggest day of your life and they will make it perfect just give them a break every now and then!

Time flies when you’re having fun!

It’s my ‘Mexican Life’ anniversary! Yep that’s right, it was 8 years ago today that I said goodbye to my life in London and boarded the plane to come back to Playa Del Carmen! It’s true, time really does fly when you’re having fun.

The past 8 years have been full of life experiences, learning to live in a new culture, learning a new language, learning to be away from everything I’ve ever known. Has it been easy? Not at all, but I wouldnt change a single thing (ok that’s a lie, I probably would change a few things lol). Everything I have been through has made me the person I am today!

Here’s a glimpse back at some of the best bits of the last 8 years of my Mexican Life..

My first NYE in Mexico

Las casadas de Misol Ha in Chiapas

Monte Alban in Oaxaca

Teotihuacan – Mexico City

Isla Mujeres

My furbabies

Isla Holbox with my dad

Debuting my new truck

My 30th (shock horror) Birthday

And that pretty much brings us up to date.. I’ve travelled all over the country, celebrated ‘numerous’ birthdays, xmas’s and new years, bought a  car, bought a house, sold the car, bought a truck, managed to accumulate 7 dogs and I’m still alive and more importantly still smiling and living my dream…

Living The Mexican Dream

Never Forgotten..

Whilst getting my daily fix of facebook I came across the following quote posted by a friend of mine..

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake from which I’ll never part.
God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart.

It’s hard to believe that my beloved Grandad has been gone almost 19 years this year. I was barely 12 when he lost his fight to cancer, deep down I know he would be proud that I am here in Mexico and following my dreams. RIP Alfred Strudwick. Love you Grandad xx

A very young me and my Grandad

A very young me and my Grandad

VIP all the way

I had heard about how nice the VIP cinema was in Cancun but had never really felt the need to drive all the way there when there are two perfectly good cinemas here in Playa del Carmen. I mean did it really matter that the seats were supposedly better, at the end of the day as long as you can see the screen that was really mattered!

I stand corrected. After my VIP experience, going to the cinema will never be the same again. How can I be expected to have the make a line for my ticket and then another line for my popcorn and then struggle to find decent seats in the dark.. Oh No.. it’s VIP all the way for me from now on.

There is a whole seperate ticket office for the VIP entrance with absolutely no line up of people. After buying the tickets and conveniently pre-choosing your seats, you are ushered through to the VIP waiting area/bar! Yes that is correct, a bar INSIDE the cinema.

VIP waiting area/bar

VIP waiting area/bar

Just before the film is about to start you make your way into the salon where you will find leather love seats with foot rests that pop up (think lazy boy style) along with little tables and table lamps. You’re personal waiter will then come and take your order from the menu. They offer all that a regular cinema would offer and more, alcohol, sushi etc.. And the best part is that you can order and have it delivered to your chair without ever having to move a muscle.

Comfy VIP Cinema Sofas

Comfy VIP Cinema Sofas

Waiting for the Movie to Start

Tickets

The Tickets

The VIP tickets do cost considerably more than the regular cinema tickets ($115 vs $50) but it is definately worth it. All in all it was a pretty special experience that has completely ruined all other future cinema trips.

Tengo Frió..

Tengo Frio means I’m Cold… I never thought my first blog post about living in the Caribbean would start with the words I’m Cold but it’s true. You post on Facebook or on Twitter that you’re cold and the first thing that happens is you get a million comments from friends and family back home commenting.. ¨Cold? but you live in Mexio¨… ¨You don’t know what cold is¨ … ¨Come home and then you’ll feel cold¨ …

Ok so maybe it’s true, Mexican Cold is nothing compared to USA Cold or UK Cold but at the end of the day when you are used to having the sun beating down on you day after day the cool weather really does get to you. The citizens of Playa del Carmen woke up to a refreshing 13°C  this morning which in my books is FREEZING!

Current Weather

13° ???

So off I go to work all wrapped up only to be greeted by hundreds of tourists dressed in shorts and bikinis looking at me like I was insane! Playa del Carmen has a sub-tropical climate, which means it’s almost always warm. Or hot. Nowhere does it say.. Cold! So for all you people coming to visit, it’s worth packing a light sweater, or if you’re ‘Friolenta’ (always cold) like me then pack a winter jacket and scarf just in case!

Brrrr…