Bienvenido a México!
Yesterday I arrived in Playa Del Carmen, México. Today is my sister’s birthday (Feliz Cumpleaños, Laura!), and she invited family and friends – 9 of us in total, I think – south of the border to celebrate. It’s a fantastic idea, because with a birthday three days after Christmas (Navidad), she kinda gets the birthday shaft every year – Christmas/birthday combination presents, friends out of town because they’re with family, that sort of stuff. This year we’re all together, and we’re together to be with her. We’ve been here 1 day, and so far, so good!
It’s beautiful (hermosa) down here. Here’s the view from our hotel room:
It wasn’t a great beach day, because it was cloudy (nublado) and a little chilly, but I love the beach here because there’s a little cliff between the sandy part where people lounge and the water’s edge. I walked along it at high tide:
Besides being my sister’s birthday, today was also notable because I got my first ever massage. There’s no good reason why I’ve never gotten a massage before – I just haven’t. But I’ve been wanting to get one for the better part of this year (año), after hearing multiple friends rave about them, and you can’t throw a stone (piedra) here without hitting a massage parlor – or a sunglass store, or a T-shirt shop selling really hilarious t-shirts that say things like “I Heart To Fart” – classy! So, earlier today, Sarah, my other sister, and I scouted out a couple massage parlors and picked the one that looked the nicest to us. They offered 2 massages for $50 USD, which we bought. We then explained that we weren’t a couple, because we wanted to be “separado.”
The massage parlor was tucked away a cute courtyard lined with shops, and we were led through a building into a second, lush, private courtyard with individual massage rooms with curtain walls and canopy roofs. It was very peaceful and quiet. The massage itself was really relaxing. I was kinda thinking before it started that I wouldn’t be able to fully relax because I’m ticklish (cosquilloso), and I tense up when I get tickled. Yes, I know the masseuse wasn’t going to tickle me intentionally, but the feeling might be similar, especially to a first-timer. And that did happen a little bit, twice – when she was working on my neck and when she was working on my knees (mis rodillas). I haven’t experienced other massages, so I don’t have a point of comparison, but she seemed thorough and it felt good.
Oh – another noteworthy part of the day: A bunch of us joined a gym that’s only a few blocks from the hotel. I bought a 5-day pass (the total number of days I’m here) for $30 USD. It’s a nice gym, appropriately named The Gym At Playa. I’m going back tomorrow, so I’ll take a few photos (fotografías) for the blog. Don’t know if or when I’ll blog again from Mexico, but at some point I’ll post them!
And my workout today was 50 minutes on the Arc Trainer – I burned over 800 calories!
Keep it up, David!