I wrote this post from the beach of the Catalonia Royal Tulum Hotel. Linda and I were there for the weekend to celebrate the birthday of one of our friends. I love destination birthday celebrations that include an all-inclusive food and drink package.
From that introduction, you may be under the impression that this is a review of the hotel – it’s not.
This is one of the posts where I share a personal experience from our daily lives. So, if you’re only following the blog for tips about moving to Mexico, you might want to stop right here and go back to scrolling through your Facebook feed.
The Memories All Run Together
When we first arrived at the hotel, Linda asked me if I remembered our trip to the hotel eight years earlier. I sometimes can’t remember what I had for breakfast, so my immediate answer was no.
Back in those days, we took several trips to Mexico a year and to be honest, after a while, the trips all start to run together in my mind because they all had the same things in common: beach, booze and food.
Ah…Now I Remember
It all came back to me on the first night when we were walking by the pool area. Although I had been there all day, seeing the same area at night under the stars jumpstarted my memory and images of that trip filled my head.
It was 2010, five years before we ended up following through on our dream and moving to Mexico. We had a wonderful vacation and no matter what we did that day, we ended the evening by sharing a few drinks next to the pool, staring up at the stars and discussing our future move.
Back then, the same CD of Spanish music would loop every night. Amazingly, we both remembered several of the songs. Linda started playing them on her phone and we stretched out on some lounge chairs. We stared up at the stars like we did eight years earlier.
It was a great reminder of how far we had come and how much we had accomplished.
Let’s Wrap This Up
For many years, our dream of someday moving to Mexico was just that — a dream. Things really changed for us when we turned that dream into a plan with a set timetable.
Executing that plan involved several logistical issues, financial considerations, legal hurdles and cultural challenges. It certainly wasn’t easy, but it was 100% worth it. We’ve lived in Mexico for almost three years now and we couldn’t be happier.