Travel: Isla Mujeres day 2

After a long but fun night the day before, we slept past 10am and got to the breakfast just before they closed it. The restaurant gives view to the beach…. instant relaxationIMG_8028

fruit is always so much tastier outside the US for some reason.. closer to the origin?IMG_8027

The wedding starts at 4pm so we spent the day relaxing at the hotelIMG_6779

then the wedding started. The church was located in the other side of the island and gives the view to the sea. It reminded me of Greece
IMG_6786the only downside of the church is lack of AC. We were all sweating but so excited for the newlywed.
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the pastor gave a very nice speech. He gave the metaphor of Jesus turning water into wine. That something so ordinary could turn into something so amazing. He said that the number one obstacle of a happy marriage is the routine, the familiarity of things and people. To overcome this, we need to remember AGUA (water in spanish): agradecer (appreciate) what we have, what are given to us (the person who spends the life with us), generosidad (generosity), be generous to this person; union (unity), be united no matter under what circumstances; and alegria (joy), celebrate life with joy with the person we love.

I was touched by this speech and hope to remind myself through the new beginning with Tony.

After the church, we headed to the reception place. It is located on the beach. There we had the civil ceremony with sunset as background. IMG_6800

to kill the heat and start the mood for the night to come, we started with a cocktail made with vodka and fresh fruits… delicious!IMG_6801

as we didn’t have food after late breakfast, we were starving by the time appetizers arrived. They were scrumptious!!! squash quesadillas and chicken tortillasIMG_6802 IMG_6826

before dinner started… we walked around the area while appreciate this amazing sunset view… so romantic, so peaceful. I so want to come back with Tony by my side. IMG_6808 IMG_6807

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dinner started with assorted wine/cocktailsIMG_6811

followed by a fish dish as main entree. Then the dance floor started with live band and a very cool DJ. We danced… rested…. drank more alcohol… danced more… more alcohol…. more dance… until 1:30am. I could barely walk straight when we left. What a FANTASTIC wedding!!!

Travel: Isla Mujeres day 1

4 days in Cancun was a real BLAST! I had sooooo much fun. One of the best trip ever!

I was on a work trip in Lima for 3 days before flying to Cancun on Thursday early morning (left hotel at 3am!). After a quick stop in Panama, I arrived Cancun. The view from the plane was already incredible. The turquoise sea color gave me the instant relaxation!

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I met with my trip companion Ruwei at the airport. After a 30 min ride on the boat we arrived at our hotel and was welcomed by a drink, first of many to come.  IMG_6764

after a quick change of cloth and mind set, we went to the pool and just lied down…. OMG!!!! TOTAL RELAX!IMG_6765 IMG_6768

The reason for this trip was to attend a friend’s wedding. He’s from grad school so I was expecting to see other friends there. But for my surprise, I saw almost all of them! Close friends from Canada and UK, and other friends that live in the US but I haven’t seen them in years. So it turned out to be a friends-reunion in the beach! the best of all kinds!!! 😀

So I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening catching up with them. We chat, ate, drank, got a bit crazy including getting into the water close to midnight, moved to the public jacuzzi that was closed, and ended up 6 of us in the jacuzzi drinking fernet. It was hilarious but so much fun!

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music by the beach while we had wine and catch up

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my favorite group of friends! 🙂 I wish we all live in the same city

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after dinner it was almost midnight and someone had the great idea of getting into the water. And water we went! 🙂

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and then someone suggested to get into the public Jacuzzi by the pool. So with beer in had we all got to the Jacuzzi. Few minutes later someone from the hotel told us it was closed few hours ago and it was releasing some “chemicals” that could be harmful. So we left and moved to Belen’s room Jacuzzi, which is the size of a regular Jacuzzi. But we were semi-drunk by then and wanted all get into it… so six of us got into it and had fernet with coke, a typical argentinian drink. By that time, I lost control of my eyes as they deliberately closed. Well.. I don’t blame them because I was up since 2:45am that day.

Ruwei and I said good night to the group and went to our room past 1am. It was soooo fun but I was soooo exhausted too! I fell into deep sleep that night… first night in 2.5 weeks. 🙂

12 days in Shanghai

It was a last minute trip to Shanghai and it was perfect. Originally I wasn’t planning to go until end of April to meet Tony’s family before his move to the US in June. But my uncles, who were planning to visit me in April had a car accident and didn’t come. So I decided to travel earlier.

We were glued during my entire stay and enjoyed so much each other and the city.

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we met with my childhood friends Kaffee and Flora

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Kaffee took me to her favorite hair salon again and we spent sometime at the bookstore. What a great pleasure to just spend an afternoon with a good friend without a plan, just wondering around and enjoy each’s company.

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we also spent a day with Kaffee’s family. The original plan was to watch cherry blossom and have a picnic at the park, but it was a rainy day so we changed to indoor activities.

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it was my first time shooting and it was not too bad

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we then spend the afternoon at a tea house… eating and playing cards. Tony and I lost but we had a lot of fun!

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we went to karaoke. I love love love listening Tony singing. He has such a attractive voice that I always feel touched by his songs.

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we were deskmate 24 years ago and this expo brought us back to that time.

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we wrote down our promise

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we took many selfies

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we visited the school where we met in 1991

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I had some good food in shanghai too and here’s some.

Tony’s mom prepared a homemade dinner for me with some of my favorite dishes

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we had vietnamese cuisine

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the best wonton soup EVER @布村

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and an indoor picnic prepared kindly by Kaffee

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I’ve visited Shanghai many times over the years but this was probably one of the best ones because I got to spend time with my love, which makes everything more enjoyable. Our favorite activity was a walk around the french concession neighborhood. We both like old fashion houses and quiet streets, and chat along the walk.

My next visit to China would be in June. Next stop? Beijing. Can’t wait to see T again.