We Can All Benefit From More Love

We Can All Benefit From More Love

In the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting that occurred on June 12, I had to take a step back and analyze my feelings about this situation. I'm not exaggerating when I say it almost ruined my trip. I was in Cancun that weekend meeting with my wedding planner, my florist, and doing fun stuff like tasting hors d'oeuvres and seeing the terrace where my wedding reception will take place. It just didn't feel right having fun and doing these seemingly unimportant tasks while so many people and families were suffering. Once again we're left with a mass shooting, this one the most deadly ever to have occurred in the U.S.

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When Love Changes, Change With It

When Love Changes, Change With It

When you've got the geographical cure for addiction like I did, chances are you've made memories all over the globe. I've lived in several different cities and as most of you know, Cancun, Mexico, is one of them. Fer and I have been here for the last week searching for our wedding venue. I've got a ton of memories wrapped up in this little tourist destination and not all of them are good. But seasons change and so do feelings. I've resented a lot of places where bad memories occurred: my college campus, Ocean City, Maryland, Baltimore, Punta Cana, the list goes on. The bad memories are always connected to one thing: drinking. Some of these places I ended up hating for awhile, but my anger was always misplaced. I think it was part of my defense mechanism - get angry at the place or the substance, but not at my actions or addiction.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sober Travel

Everything You Need To Know About Sober Travel

I really can't believe I haven't written a specific post about this before. Most of you know that traveling is one of my favorite things and it's 1000% better now that I'm sober. Travel can be intimidating when you're newly sober. I am often asked about places to avoid, what I do differently now that I'm sober, and overall how sober travel compares to drunk travel. I'm going to answer these questions and share my experience on how sober travel is for me now and how it was when I first got sober.

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Latino Food in Southwest Florida

Latino Food in Southwest Florida

So I haven't written about food in awhile and we all know how much I love FOOD! This post is dedicated to Latino food in Southwest Florida. Obviously, because Fer is addicted to tacos and anything Mexican or similar, and I get a hankering for a pastor taco here and there, we have been on the hunt for a great Mexican place here in Cape Coral. We've tried a couple places and here's what we think:

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7 Things I Miss About Living in Cancun

7 Things I Miss About Living in Cancun

It's been over a month since we made the big move to the USA.  Things have been great here and we are slowly but surely getting adjusted.  Even though I am extremely happy to be living back stateside there are things I miss about my beloved Mexico.  To soothe my nostalgic feelings here are 7 things I miss about living in Cancun.  

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A Glorious 4th of July in the USA

A Glorious 4th of July in the USA

After living in Mexico for several years, this year I was excited to finally spend Independence Day in the USA.  I was looking forward to having some good old fashioned American fun and to seeing a real fireworks show, as they don't have those in Cancun.  Also, it was Fer's first ever 4th of July in the States, another reason to celebrate.

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My Goodbye Letter to Cancun

My Goodbye Letter to Cancun

After 5 years, the time has finally come for us to part ways.  What a roller coaster ride it has been.  When I found you, I was blown away by your flashing lights, party scene, interesting people, and beautiful beaches.  You were my escape.  You were the answer to all my problems, or so I thought.I always describe us as having a love-hate relationship, although I could never hate you.  I think most people that come from other places to live here can agree with me when I say most of them move to Cancun to escape something – probably themselves, me included.

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Big Life Changes: We're Moving!

Big Life Changes: We're Moving!

Yes you read that correctly, surprise! We're moving!  By now most of my friends and family are in the loop about the move, as well as my job that I gave my two week notice to last Friday. Fernando and I decided that the time has come for us to make the BIG change -move from Mexico to the United States.  Our plan has always been to eventually move to the US as this is where we would like to live and raise our family in the long run.  We weren't sure when exactly we would feel like moving, but we began planning it recently because Fer and his co-workers who were involved in the same program at his work were let go. Another reason we thought now would be a good time is because my sister is getting married in November and I want to be nearby so I can perform all my maid of honor duties, and be there for her during this important time.

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Mexico City / Chilangolandia Part 2

Mexico City / Chilangolandia Part 2

The last two days of our trip in Mexico City were dedicated to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, celebrating two special anniversaries, and trying to fit in anything else we forgot. Sunday we left early in the morning and took the metro to a large bus station that has buses that go to and from Teotihuacan all day.  Coming from Cancun where it is completely flat, seeing mountains and pyramids in Mexico City was just amazing.

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Mexico City / Chilangolandia Part 1

Mexico City / Chilangolandia Part 1

Fer and I were lucky enough to be able to take a long weekend recently and visit the big and beautiful Mexico City. People from Mexico City are known as Chilangos, hence Chilangolandia.  We covered as much as we could in 4 days.  My thoughts on Mexico city are that it is clean, large, and very different from Cancun!  There is also a noticeable gap between rich people and poor people.  We were approached frequently for money by beggars.  It has a plethora of culture and history which I loved, and the climate was perfect. No humidity in Mexico City! On our first day we arrived in the morning so that we could have the whole day to see stuff.  We dropped our suitcases at our hotel, Hotel Imperial Reforma, a beautiful place right in the heart of the city.

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Why Being A Soccer Lover is Better in Mexico

Why Being A Soccer Lover is Better in Mexico

I was born a soccer player.  I've been playing since the age of four.  I only ever tried to quit one time when I was in 3rd grade and learned what sprints were, luckily my mom wouldn't let me.  Thanks mom!  Soccer has been pretty awesome for me considering it has been my emotional outlet for good times and bad, a way I've kept fit, and a way I've made long lasting friendships.  I love playing it and watching it.  Whatever way you spin it, it's the best sport in the world.

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11 Things You Must Accept Living as an Expat in Mexico

11 Things You Must Accept Living as an Expat in Mexico

A few weeks back I had some expat ladies over to my house for some appetizers and gossip.  We got to talking about luxuries we missed from our home countries which led me to write this post. As an expat living in Mexico there are certain luxuries I've had to give up while living here and some weird things I've just had to accept about this foreign country.  I know my fellow foreigners living here will be able to relate to these unusual things you might have to accept if you want to live as an expat in Mexico. 

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