A Trip Down Memory Lane

Catalonia Royal Tulum Hotel (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

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.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget. In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us), has been viewed over a million times.

29 Comments on "A Trip Down Memory Lane"

  1. Ethel aka Fran | February 4, 2018 at 10:02 am | Reply

    Continue to enjoy paradise!

  2. Richard Wagner | February 4, 2018 at 10:15 am | Reply

    Agreed Paul thanks for the time you put into these helpful articles.

  3. As always another great article. Sharing from personal experience is always a great place to encourage others about their dreams and let them know it IS possible. Mexico truly is a more relaxed way of life. It’s great to know there is this place to come and slow down. I love that about life here. One of the hardest things to get used to were things being late..I’m such a schedule person. Everything was on a schedule, but here its you go when you and get there when you get there. Unplugging and chilling…my stress levels have gone down a lot. It really is a place to live a better way of life. Simple and relaxed.

  4. You’re writing is so spot on. I wish you had a book on how to execute that plan step by step. We are hopefully about a year and a half away from making the move. At times am feeling overwhelmed with would to do and when. Thanks for all your easy to understand information!

  5. Love all the blogs. I have 5 years to pay for current Signature Condo and then buy in Mexico. We will summer here in VA Beach and winter in Mexico. By then your blogs should have me prepared. Thanks for all you do. Frank Little

  6. I really enjoy your articles and their mix of practical information and personal story. I’m not sure if this topic has any relevance to your blog readers, but as you peruse The social scene in the Riviera Maya, are there are groups of ex-pats where alcohol is not the primary point of connection?? For health reasons, I am a very limited drinker, and one of the things that holds me back from joining an ex-pat community is the idea that I might have trouble finding community outside the bars and social gatherings that begin and end with that ubiquitous margarita! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Shireen Day

    • Shireen, my husband and I have lived here for 5 years. I drink very little but always have a wonderful time at any of the social gatherings…even happy hour at our favorite beach bar with my lemonade. There is always a group of expats at the local restaurants. Plus, a women’s group called Ladies Who Lunch that meets once a month in Tulum, ages 25 to 80. We are working on our next artisan market set for March. There’s cooking classes, art….various volunteer opportunities. We enjoy our margaritas down here, but there’s lots to do without alcohol involved.

      • Susan- thanks so much for sharing a broader narrative. I appreciate hearing your experience. We’re at the start of a several week RV trip down the west coast of mainland Mexico. It’s always interesting to experience new places and meet new people.

    • There are lots of activities here that don’t involve alcohol. 🙂

  7. Sweet !

  8. I have subscribed to your post just a few days ago and already enjoying it immensely. You must have so much fun producing it! We , like most of your readers I imagine, are just at the dreaming stage of our lives. One question popped into my mind yesterday: I know dentists are cheaper in MX and easy to find, however…at our age we also wonder about eye specialists …are they easy to find ….cheap…? Thanks and keep living the dream!
    Sylvie

    • Yes, there are numerous eye specialists and they are also much cheaper than in the U.S. I think you just gave me an idea for an article. 🙂

  9. Every time I read a post from you I wish our move date was at set and definitely sooner!

  10. Aww… Memories. I just wanted to say that I have been following your blog for over a year now and have enjoyed your articles immensely. Moving to Mexico has become a dream of mine and I think i (almost) have my wife on board. We too have traveled to Mexico several times over the years and have found it to be a beautiful and affordable paradise. We will be traveling to the Riviera Maya area and staying at Paradisus La Perla on March 21 – March 29 for our 25th wedding anniversary. I am thinking this is close to where you live… Is that correct? We would love the opportunity to meet you guys and discuss your adventures over a cocktail if at all possible. I know you probably get that request all the time and would understand if you decline, but just thought I would ask. Let’s wrap this up (ha ha) Thank you for your blog and all the great info you share .Wishing you peace, love and happiness always. Ben and Christine Boiter ( theboiters@msn.com )

  11. Hola! Our memories of the past go back to 2015—-that’s when we visited Playa for the first time. We fell in love, and hated to leave!
    We went back to Florida. We went to the Consulate and did what was required. Sold the house, car, and had many yard sales.
    And here we are!! Our dream has come through! What a beautiful place to be! And such beautiful people here. who have allowed us to be a part of their world!

  12. You guys are such an inspiration. Thanks for filling in the blanks. Hope to fulliling the dream this year.
    Vince F.

  13. Thanks for sharing your sweet memory!

  14. Ricardo Mendoza | February 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Reply

    Man you really make it sound so simple…. and that’s the reason i enjoy your blogs! in the end it is about keeping it simple and making the hard decisions….. My wife and I try to go to the Cancun area once a year, and slowly but surely it is sucking us in!!! last year we took the bus from Tulum to Merida – a blast!
    Thanks for letting us enjoy Cancun through your postings! Enjoy.

  15. We also enjoyed CRT in June. Headed to Isla end of February!
    I enjoy your posts!
    Thanks,
    Chester

  16. “… 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.”

    Love this. Keep doing what you do. Love your blog

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