Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekend Get Away - Riviera Maya

Made the decision to take a weekend and see Cirque Du Soleil on the Riviera Maya.  The trip here was great.  When we left Monterrey in the morning it was heavy drizzle, fog and 12C.   Two hours later, sunny and 30C with a slight breeze.

The resort is all-inclusive and they really mean it.  Great pools, activities, beach-side restaurant and bar.   

Not a bad view!

A jacuzzi on the patio.

Looking out from the bar at the beach while we had a light lunch with a glass of wine!

More later.  The show is Saturday night and I chose fantastic seats.   We head home Monday but coming back looks like a must.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Keeping Money Safe in Mexico

A couple of good things are going on here at the home base.  The trees are blooming already although we still have a couple of cold fronts coming through.  All that effort to clean up the falling leaves.  Too many trees I guess but I don't do the raking anymore!  That's certainly a plus.  This winter has been the coldest and longest on record for these parts.   I´m not quite sure how we'll make out on the electric bill but we didn't economize this time around.  We decided that since we didn't do any holiday travel we deserved to enjoy our time at home.  Even this week we have the radiant gas heat on at night just to take the chill off along with the electric blanket.   That darn electric blanket is better than any sleeping aid you could ever take.   Truly a deep sleep.

I received my invitation to Ecuador for 10 days starting the second week of April.   Semana Santa this year is the last week of March and the first week of April.  They asked me to come sooner but we want to keep an rving date with Ruth and Kevin to go to Parque Natl Sierra de Organos.  It's not written in stone but we are planning on going there.  I've got itchy feet so we will take next weekend and go down the road a ways to our resort and spend the night.

Keeping money safe.  There seems to be some counterfeit bills running around in Mexico.  Big surprise?  Hardly.  Counterfeit money has been around as long as paper bills have been around.  U.S. bills are counterfeited to the tune of 300 million in the U.S. alone.   

  1. Here is my solution although I've never had a counterfeit or beknownst to me counterfeit bill.  Go to Office Depot and buy one of those marker pens you see people use in businesses as well as banks.  They're cheap and might give some paranoic souls some peace of mind.  This pen only on the paper bills not the plastic or polymer 20 and 50 notes.  Another good piece of safety is to stay  away from non-bank ATMs.  Now be wise.  That doesn't mean you have to go to a bank to use the ATM.  It just says that you should use a bank brand ATM which are located in malls and convenience stores.  

  2. Also remember that you can make withdrawals/deposits on your Mexican accounts, transfer money nationally and internationally, make utility and credit card payments at any OXXO convenience store.  Life in Mexico has never been easier.