If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you might remember that Linda and I spent the holidays back in Florida. It was nice to see everyone, but to tell you the truth, I was bored quite a lot of the time.
At the time, I even commented to Linda that if we had stayed in the U.S. after we retired, I would have ended up going back to work just to have something to do — and of course to pay the bills because it’s more expensive there.
We’ve been back in Mexico for about a month now and I haven’t been bored once. In fact, we’ve been running non-stop since our return.
Readers often ask us what we do to stay busy. That’s a tough question to answer because it varies from day to day. Our standard response is something like: We socialize, travel, blog and basically live every day to the fullest.
I realize that that response doesn’t really answer the question, so I came up with the idea of giving our readers a better idea of what we do by just looking at the last seven days.
Linda woke up early and headed to yoga class. I decided to take a brisk two mile walk, followed by some light weight training.
We showered and then headed to Caleta Tankah with a group of friends. The weather was absolutely perfect and we stayed there until around 3:30 PM.
We headed home to take another shower before meeting a different group of friends for dinner on Akumal.
After dinner, we went back to a friend’s condo and we all sat around talking on the rooftop terrace.
As usual, Linda headed to yoga and I worked out on my own.
Afterwards, we showered, packed a suitcase and headed to the ferry in Playa del Carmen. A friend of ours invited us to stay at his place in Cozumel for the weekend.
The weekend was full of fun, sun, great food and cold beverages. On Sunday, we all headed to The Pub to watch the Super Bowl.
Here are a few pics from the weekend:
This was our administrative day for the week. We went grocery shopping, cleaned up around the condo, washed clothes and installed a couple of new ceiling fans.
We were still worn out from the weekend on Cozumel, so we ate at home and turned in early.
After a good night’s rest, we were back at it and headed to the beach to have lunch with a friend who was in town for a few days.
After enjoying some delicious Cochinita Pibil (Mayan pork dish), we headed to Tulum to pick up a neighbor who was dropping of her rental car and needed a ride home.
We got home in time for me to grab a 40 minute nap before we had to go out again.
A couple of our neighbors had just flown in from the U.S. and we all went to Playa del Carmen for dinner. We met up with a couple of more neighbors who were already in PDC for a doctor’s appointment.
By this point in the post, you may have noticed the pattern that our days are full of friends, food and fun. This day wasn’t any different, so I’ll spare you the details.
Let’s Wrap This Up
When we moved to Mexico, we didn’t know anyone here and Linda was concerned that we might end up feeling isolated. As for me, I had just retired from a 25-year career in law enforcement, so the idea of taking a break from people for a while sounded very appealing.
Within a week of arriving, Linda’s concerns vanished. We were lucky enough to end up in a very social community made up of both full and part time expats. It wasn’t long until we had dozens of friends and we were faced with a new challenge: finding the time to meet up with all of them.
So what do we do now if we need a little rest and relaxation? That’s easy, we take a trip to a place where we don’t know anyone. We have one of those planned for the end of this month.
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