More Than 100 People Attend Our First Meet and Greet

Photo by Mike Moorman

Our first meet-and-greet event with followers of the blog went well yesterday. More than 100 people showed up at Lol-Ha Restaurant in Akumal to meet us in person and have a few drinks.

We are truly humbled by the by the high turnout. When we scheduled the event, we were predicting that maybe a dozen people would attend, if any, since most of our followers are spread all over North America.

Most of the attendees drove to Akumal from somewhere else in the state of Quintana Roo, but one gentleman that I spoke with drove two days from the west coast just for the event.

I’m sure we said it a lot yesterday, but we want to thank everyone who attended for their time, support and encouragement. Meeting you all meant a lot to both Linda and me and it has inspired us to keep blogging and making free Spanish lessons.

I don’t want this post to start sounding like an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, but we can’t end it without thanking Carlos, Miguel and all of the wonderful staff at Lol-Ha Restaurant for the phenomenal job that they did yesterday. Not many restaurants could have handled over a hundred customers arriving at the same time, but they make it look easy.

Here are a few pics our friend, Mike Moorman, took during the event:

Photo by Mike Morrman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Photo by Mike Moorman

Let’s Wrap This Up

All in all, we felt that the event went very well. Our only regret is that we weren’t able to spend more time chatting with each person, but it just wasn’t possible in the time allotted. Before we knew it, two hours had flown by and the event was over.

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Qroo 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. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

79 Comments on "More Than 100 People Attend Our First Meet and Greet"

  1. Ross Guerrero | February 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm |


  2. Lynnmarie Clark | February 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm |

    Congratulations on such a wonderful event. Look at you two….local Animal celebrities!

  3. Sounds like it was a wonderful time! We are in Queretaro, a short plane flight away, but our old dog had some difficulties this week. Next time we visit, we will let you know.

  4. Please have one in Isla Mujeres!!!

  5. Lynnmarie Clark | February 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm |

    Supposed to be Akumal (not animal)

  6. I hope you weren’t buying?!

  7. Sorry I couldn’t make it, I am still not sure where Akumal is and sure don’t have a clue how to get there, if I can’t walk, it is too far. Hahaha

    Come back to Playa soon, I owe you a couple of beers, at least.


  8. Joann Jackson | February 7, 2019 at 2:28 pm |

    Your great turnout reflects the effort, time and care that you have put into your blog. I think it is a great service to many and I always enjoy your topics.

  9. Congrats! I thought I’d be there by now but still in Texas waiting to sell my house, if I was I’d ATTEND.

    Could you send me the name and email of the real estate agent in ackumel? One of my favs places on earth.

    Mucho appreciated.

    Rock on!

    ps: always look forward to your blog. It’s to the point and not wordy which for me makes a wonderful read.

  10. Randa Rai Slack | February 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm |

    That’s wonderful! I wish I could’ve been there. Maybe next time!

    • We will probably do this again. And who knows, we might schedule some in different cities in Mexico. As we often say here, anything is possible in Mexico.

  11. tom hamilton | February 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm |

    Wow great turnout sorry we missed it coming back down in a couple weeks. Looks like your doing something right. Enjoy. Tom & Barb Ohio

  12. Looks like a great time. Sorry we missed it – it’s 9 below zero here and snowing. The good news is everything is closed, so no work today!

    • I promised myself long ago that I would never live in a place where it gets that cold. I really loathe the cold. Enjoy the day off and stay warm!

  13. This is such a great post! It gives me pleasure to see the great connections you have been making. The pictures are great. Makes me feel as if i was there.


  14. That is so great Paul & Linda..I hope to see you again on a Friday, when I’m back in the area. Good luck with your blog, we love following you..Thank you Cheryl Droud Beach Bum On A Budget Travel (remember me?)

    • Yes, I do remember you. I’m sure we’ll run into each other at one of the Friday happy hours. Take care. πŸ™‚

  15. Russ Collins | February 7, 2019 at 2:50 pm |

    Very nice Paul! Congrats on your event. I wanted to attend but have visitors here in my house in Cancun. I do love Akumal and have been there several times with my guests and family. Looking forward to your next blog and event! Take care my friend! Russ

    • Maybe we’ll see you at the next one. Someone suggested that we have them in different areas. The challenge will be selling Linda on the idea…lol.

  16. Not surprised. You two are reaching anyone and everyone who may be researching or who are serious about moving to Mexico…, like Janelle and I. We will see you two soon and hopefully at the next gathering.

  17. Kathy Chavis | February 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm |

    Hoping you have a meet in Playa for those of us without a car. Someplace in Central walking distance to beach. We are @38th Street.

    • Several people have asked us to do something similar in PDC, so perhaps we will someday. πŸ™‚

  18. Niefia Zupancic | February 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm |

    Love your blog – only wish I was in Mexico to join you πŸ™

  19. What a fun surprise…we are in Playa, no car, and too relaxed to figure another way but it was nice to acknowledge you at the Dirty Martini Lounge a couple of weeks ago…

    • Ah, the Dirty Martini Lounge. One of our favorites. Perhaps you’ll be able to make one of our events if we hold it in PDC.

  20. Ron Begemann | February 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm |

    Hi Guys, will there be another one scheduled soon? I’d plan my next trip around it.

  21. You two are just awesome. So nice of you to do this for people. We are heading to Tulum on Feb. 14 just for a short week πŸ™ Hope to meet you one day.

    • I would say that you might run into us while you’re in the area; however, we have a trip planned for the week you’ll be here.

  22. Ethel Merts aka Fran Clark | February 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm |

    So glad it was a successful event!

  23. It was a great event with fabulous people. Thanks, once more, Paula and Linda! πŸ™‚

  24. Janelle DeStasio | February 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm |

    Fantastic!!! Wish we could have been there. I know everyone was as excited to meet you as we were when you were so kind to meet us last summer.

  25. Linda M Manzon | February 7, 2019 at 3:28 pm |

    Sorry we missed it.

  26. Kristia Snider | February 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm |

    Im so jealous. If you have another one in March, hopefully I can attend. Looks like a fun time!

    • I’m not sure about March. We have a lot of travel plans that month and very few available dates on the calendar.

  27. Blanca Portella Heil | February 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm |

    Wow! Sounds like the restaurant really stepped up to the plate! Great for them and for you. We have lived in Baja Sur, Mexico for 13 years and i so enjoy your blog. Congrats on filling a big need by giving up to date info!

  28. Carrol Wiley | February 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm |

    Wish I could have been there to help celebrate, maybe next time. Love the pictures

  29. Linda Snider | February 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm |

    Congratulations on a great event. It is a great networking opportunity for expats to meet others from other parts of Mexico! Sharing experiences with each other is the best way to learn. You have done an excellent job with your blog. Everyone loves sharing your success.

  30. and SURELY you gave a speech? Lets hear about it.. !! πŸ™‚

    • Actually, I didn’t give a speech. We would probably have needed a microphone for that. That might be something we think about if we ever choose to do this again.

  31. Vicki L Stirkey | February 7, 2019 at 4:28 pm |

    Glad you had such a nice turnout. If we had been there, we would have come from Puerto Morelos. Your blogs are always full of good information. Thanks for all you do!

  32. Christine Fennell | February 7, 2019 at 4:29 pm |

    So envious that we were not there. I can hear the chatter and laughter through the photos. Great pics Mike Moorman!!

  33. Mike Wallden | February 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm |

    Awesome turnout! Wish I could have been there to meet the both of you. I hope to be in your position in 10 years, I’ve had enough of Canadian winters.

  34. Margaret Farris | February 7, 2019 at 4:53 pm |

    So excited for you guys! Attendance is no surprise as your blog is so interesting, informative and helpful to all of us! Sorry we missed this one, but enjoyed getting together in November!
    Margaret & Steve

  35. Wow great turnout!!
    Encouragement to keep the blog going
    Can u tell me the best way to travel from Playa to Akumal how far is it & the best fun place for lunch? Thanks
    Paula & Ken

    • Straight down the main highway (307) from Playa del Carmen and the ride is about 25 minutes. The exit will say Akumal. There are several great places for lunch. Our favorites are Tequilaville, Turtle Bay and Lol-Ha Restaurant.

  36. Seriously! How cool is that? Love it. Bravo. (and glad this probably means you’ll do it again. πŸ™‚

  37. So glad it was a good turnout. Hopefully you’ll keep these going and we’ll actually be there one month as we feel like we know you both!

    • We will probably do this again in the future. Perhaps we’ll meet in person if we do. πŸ™‚

  38. alice hesselrode | February 7, 2019 at 8:09 pm |

    Great meeting you and Linda. Glad I made the trip from Playa on colectivo. Besides you two met wonderful folks there. Like attracts like. The service at Lol Ha was great.

  39. How come everyone looks so happy and relaxed? Don’t resemble anyone around the office here. I better come down and try to figure it out πŸ˜‰

    Congrats Linda and Paul, looks like you guys put on a great get-together!

  40. laDonna Renninger | February 7, 2019 at 11:36 pm |

    Love your posts and enjoyed seeing the pictures.

  41. judith byrne | February 8, 2019 at 1:33 am |

    Wow, everyone is beaming with good health!. Our small, informal Spanish conversation group in country town Australia LOVE your lessons. We appreciate the time that must be involved to plan such clear, easily understood topics.

    • Thanks, Judith. I plan on adding some more lessons in the near future. I’ve been slacking a bit lately. πŸ™‚

  42. Wonderful turnout. Hope you do it again!

  43. Come over to the Huatulco area. We’d love to meet you!

  44. Judith Gargyi | February 8, 2019 at 10:09 am |

    Great meeting you both!! Sorry I only had time for a quick hello. What a great turnout

  45. Renee Campion | March 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm |

    Lol-Ha is my favorite place to eat when I am down there. Great turn out, keep up the awesome information you share. 19 months until retirement from law enforcement for me. Hoping to make this my dream and your blog helps with my decision. Thank you!

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