Let’s Wrap This Up: 2016

My morning view

As 2016 is winding down, it seems like a fitting time to have one of those “take a look back” posts.

By the way, if you clicked on this one looking for some insightful tips about moving to Mexico, you’re going to be disappointed. But don’t worry — there are several of those planned for January.

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A Year in Pictures

Instead of boring everyone with stories about how awesome our year was — I decided to bore people with pictures instead. At least it’s more entertaining to scroll quickly through pictures as opposed to text.

Like most new arrivals, we tried our hand at creating amateur Corona ads.

Once you get the beer bottle out of the way, you can’t help but be amazed by the beauty of Mexico.

The photo below was taken with a cellphone and it was not enhanced. That is the water inside Caleta Tankah near Tulum.

The best part of waking up is eating breakfast next to the bay in Akumal.

This is John (below). He is just one of almost a dozen visitors that we had from the “old country”. We took people to the Mayan ruins in Tulum three times in less than a month.

Prior to moving to Mexico, I rarely ever took a “selfie” but I started doing it Mexico to prove I wasn’t getting all of these amazing pics off the Internet.

Here is the same place without me in the picture. It looks too good to be taken by a guy with a cheap cellphone in one hand and a beer in the other. That’s why I started taking selfies — for proof.

This part of Mexico has a lot more to offer than just amazing beaches, it also has cenotes.

We shouldn’t forget the importance of naps. Fortunately there always seems to be a hammock nearby for a midday siesta.

We certainly can’t overlook the food. We thought we were going to lose weight when we moved to Mexico — but the food has been too amazing!

The hamburger at La Lunita is one of my favorites.

And of course fresh grilled lobster and crispy fries at the National Beach Club in Mahahual was phenomenal!

We witnessed a lot of turtles hatching while living down here. During the height of the season, it was almost daily.

Sunset is my favorite time of day here. I never get tired of ending my days on the beach watching the palm trees turn black against the sky.

Let’s Wrap This Up

I could keep posting pictures but I wouldn’t want anyone to get a blister on their thumb from too much scrolling.

This is (probably) our last post for 2016. We have some exciting things planned for next year and we’ll begin posting again on January 1st, 2017.

Linda and I want to thank everyone who takes time out of their busy day to read our little blog. Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

59 Comments on "Let’s Wrap This Up: 2016"

  1. Ron horrigan | December 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm |

    Thanks for taking your time to do the blog it certainly provides useful info.
    I live in Cabo part time so i appreciate the info

    • Thanks for reading it. We plan on visiting your side of the country someday. It just seems so far away…lol.

  2. Feliz Navidad.

  3. Linda Thompson | December 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm |

    Paul and Linda, Thank you so much for all of the great information shared 2016!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!! Lots of blessings.
    Mike and Linda Thompson, Houston. TX.

    • Thank you for reading the blog. We are so glad you are finding it helpful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

  4. Angela Saunders | December 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm |

    Hi Paul and Linda! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years! We so enjoy your blogs. It takes a lot of time and effort, but we love reading every single word and enjoying the pics. Blessings to you both!

    • Thank you so much! We are so glad you are enjoying the blog and hope you both have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

  5. Michael Odle | December 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm |

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hopefully get to meet you some time next year.

  6. Ron L Colbert | December 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm |

    Merry Christmas Paul and Linda. Always enjoy your blog.

  7. Janice Osowski | December 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm |

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Paul and Linda. Thank you for blogging. Jan

  8. Cristina Esparza | December 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm |

    Thanks again for your great information! We will be there in mid January, will message you later to see if we can meet up. Would love to meet you both. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • It would be great to meet you as well, let us know when you are in the area. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. Fabulous blog, Paul. Congrats and have a great 2017!

  10. connie munoz | December 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm |

    merry Christmas, thanks for all your work on the blog

  11. Ron and Lynne Gallant | December 21, 2016 at 6:19 pm |

    Thanks so much for all of the great info you provide on your blog! If any Canadians are interested, Vista Print in Canada now has the template for your Know your Rights card, as I had them made prior to heading to Cozumel for the winter. Wishing you and Linda a very Merry Christmas; hope to meet you on our travels one of these fine days! Ron and Lynne, Prince Edward Island, Canada

    • Thanks for reading the blog and for letting everyone know about the cards. Hope you both have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Let us know if you are ever in the area.

  12. Excellent blog. Thank you for sharing. You give me inspiration that my wife and I can make this move in a few years.

  13. Scott Kelley | December 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm |

    Thanks for all the insights! You two are an inspiration! Before coming across your Blog I was concerned that at age 51 I was too young to retire. You seem plenty busy and very contented with your life style. We are planning on moving to Queretaro this coming summer. Have a great holiday and I look forward to seeing your posts in January!

    • Thanks for following the blog! I think you will find plenty to do in retirement and will love living in Mexico. Good luck on your move and Happy Holidays to you.

  14. Merry Christmas Paul and Linda.. have loved your blog and working on making the move to Mexico hopefully in May. Love the pictures too. Your blog has been a godsend. thank you so much!

  15. Julia Schneider | December 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm |

    Have a joyful holiday season and an outstanding 2017.

  16. Trevor Piekema | December 21, 2016 at 7:58 pm |

    Thanks for all the posts!! BTW…you look way to young to be retired in Mexico. ;o)

  17. Allan Drisdelle | December 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm |

    Great Blog guys full of good information …..! My name is Allan im Canadain and im wintering here in Progreso ….Puerto . Second season in Progreso and lovimg it !

    Happy holidays and looking forward to your 2017 posts !

  18. Thanks for the year of blogs! We always enjoy reading them.
    Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, from Helen and Barrie in Huatulco.

  19. So happy you two have found paradise and sharingyouradventures with all of us. God Bless you and thanks for all the beautiful pictures. Yes, the mexicanpeople are wonderful and kind and most of all happy. Geeze I wonder why ! Paradise calls

  20. Thanks for a great year!

  21. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both. Thank you for all the informative posts.

  22. You guys are killing me! I’m still in the dreaming stage.
    I really enjoy your writing and photos. Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year to you both.

  23. Charles Brown | December 22, 2016 at 7:38 am |

    Paul and Linda, thanks for your blog. We look forward to reading each one. David and I will be staying in Cancun in February for 2 weeks and plan to rent a car and drive to Playa to visit my friend that owns Carmen Beer. Maybe you could write a blog about traveling inside Mexico and renting a car. I have read some reviews about the Mexican car rentals that try to rip you off by paying the Mexican car insurance twice or claiming you returned the car damaged. It would be nice if we could meet for lunch or something. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Sounds like a good blog post. We have tried the Carmen Beer at the beer festival in Puerto Morelos, loved it! Let us know when you are in the area and maybe we can meet up for a beer.

  24. Merry Christmas and happy new year, Linda and Paul!! We loved every word and pictures, Keep up the great informative words.
    We are still planning, although with what you have been telling us, we could very possibly quit our jobs right now!! Oh well, we are planning on 5 more years. Have a great 2017.

    Tim and Alenora from Canada

    • Thanks for the kind words, we’re so glad you like the blog. Good luck on your planning and hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  25. Merry Christmas Paul and Linda. We have really enjoyed reading your page this past year. Hopefully one day we too will be living in paradise and run into you on the beach.

  26. Merry Christmas, Linda and Paul, and best wishes for an incredible 2017! And… your photos are amazing! We really enjoy reading your posts and look forward to reading more in the New Year. Deb and Joe Kuffner

  27. Michael Corrigan | December 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm |

    We went on a holiday last year to Cozumel and just loved that area.My wife s mother lives in Mazatlan which is nice as well but you can,t beat the Carribean.We plan on staying there part time when we retire.Your information is very informative thanks so much!Mike and Jane

  28. Great end of the year wrap!
    Looking forward to your posts in the New Year.
    Feliz Navidad!

  29. Thank you Paul and Linda. we are new to your blog, but are enjoying it. We too are considering a move to your neck of the woods and appreciate your tricks and traps. We look for ward to what you have to share in 2017. A very Feliz Anno Nuevo to you both!

  30. Thank you Paul and Linda for taking the daring leap of faith for all of us who still sit on the fence watching your adventures in Mexico. Hopefully, soon, I will collect that free beer you offered me during the brief excursion from the cruise ship in May at the resort in Cancun. Telling stories about our shared past work experiences was fun but hearing you describe the adventures you and Linda have had in Mexico has put a new perspective on what Mexico has to offer. Thanks for the Blog and keep telling us about your new experiences.

  31. Happy New Year to you and Family!

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