some like it hot

It's good to be home! Our first ever tropical vacation to Playa Del Carmen was great. The weather was hot, the company was spectacular, our condo was beautiful and we all had fun exploring. Now I'm back home in snowy Edmonton and I must say, I like not being hot just sitting here typing away on my computer. I love bundling up to go out. I missed my sweaters and my slippers. We had wi-fi at the condo and every time I looked at instagram and saw people posting pics of snowy adventures, I did feel like I was missing out a bit. But now, I'm back.

I liked what little I saw of Mexico far more than I thought I would. The air always smells of pepper there. The plants and birds were fascinating. We spent one day on Cozumel Island and branched off into a smaller group, myself, the Bearded Dude and our friend Dan. We rented scooters and I doubled up with the BD. It was the best! I'd never ridden a scooter before. We took a narrow ocean side road that went around the whole island, stopping at a cool place right by the sea for lunch, then at a different beach so the dudes could swim and I could draw and take pictures....another stop for coconut ice cream and more pictures, and then one final stop for water before heading back to the city to deposit our scooters and get back to Playa on one of the evening ferries. We spent about 5 hours investigating Cozumel Island.

We also spent a great deal of time just walking around Playa looking for delicious taco stands, which we found in decent numbers once you got away from the really touristy streets. It was gritty and hot. Lots of concrete and rebar, brightly colored buildings, old signs, weird bicycle/cart contraptions for transporting people, goods and/or dogs simultaneously. We all chipped in for groceries, were paired off into 4 teams of 2 (there were 8 of us in total) and each team was in charge of cooking one meal. Shopping for groceries in a foreign country is rather fun.

The condo we rented had a rooftop patio and a pool on the ground level. Since we occupied one of the 3 condos in that building, we had the run of the place all to ourselves. We had one rooftop dinner and numerous morning coffee sessions and afternoon reading sessions up there. It was a 5 minute walk from a lovely white sandy beach and another 5 minute walk (in the opposite direction) to a little corner store for staples....like ice cold coca-cola in glass bottles, tequila and cold beer.

So I have a new challenge now. Most of the photos I took on this trip were either on my iphone, or with my instax camera....so the challenge will be creating paintings from instax photos. I took my regular digital camera with me too, but I only took a few photos with it.

Here are the drawings from my trip:

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 only SOME of the travel companions.

only SOME of the travel companions.

 bottom: there was a really cute little boy putting his whole heart & attention into building his sandcastle...and he kept moving.

bottom: there was a really cute little boy putting his whole heart & attention into building his sandcastle...and he kept moving.

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 5th avenue street view. this is the tourist hub of Playa Del Carmen during the day, and the party hub at night.

5th avenue street view. this is the tourist hub of Playa Del Carmen during the day, and the party hub at night.

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