Coming to you Live, from Playa del Carmen

Dec 6, 2007

We're here! We flew down yesterday to stay for two weeks while we look for an apartment (in the middle of high season, ugh) and see how it is to work from here. So far, so good. Obviously, I have an internet connection. We brought our Lingo VOIP router down, so we have a New Jersey phone number here (the same as our regular office phone) so that's cool.

Last night we decided to walk around some so we went down to Avenida Quinta (the main touristy drag- looks a lot like a Vegas mall but with some nice restaurants). We grabbed a nice meal that wasn't too expensive and then walked around some more. Eventually we went to this little coffee shop where we've been before and drank some coffee and people watched. We even met an expat who was running a gallery. He was about my parents' age, maybe a little older and he used to run 9 galleries outside of Atlanta, GA. He and his wife have been here for 3 years.

The condo where we're staying is in a great location in terms of good places to live in Playa. We're about 6 blocks from the beach and two from the Mega, which is like Wal-Mart, but Mexican, so it doesn't feel quite as evil. It's nice and quiet back here for the most part. It's certainly quieter than our old NJ neighborhood when we lived in Union City. The condo belongs to our cave guide, Pietro. He bought it last year and he and his girlfriend have converted the roof top terrace into a studio apartment. We're staying in the regular apartment with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and they're staying in the studio upstairs.

Pietro and Angela have offered to call some friends who might know something about what apartments are for rent. I'm going to email our friend Sophia who is also living here and see if we can get in touch with her and maybe hang out a couple times this trip.

Oh! And we've rented our house! The woman who is renting it wants to move in on Jan 1, so we're going to have to be outta there on New Year's Eve. She's coming in and painting one of the bedrooms while we're here. We feel like we might have asked for too little for rent, but the fact that it's already rented saves us a ton a money that we would have spent on the mortgage while we tried to rent it.

I'm seriously thinking that we're going to be able to do this!


Nancy said...

I know you can! You already are!


Mexico Way said...

Hey! I'll be in Playa this weekend. Arriving Saturday morning and leaving Sunday afternoon. Email me and I'll let you know the 411. Will most likely be lounging on the beach but if you want to come lounge with me and my amiga you are welcome!

elilunita AT gmail DOT com

Mamacita Chilena said...

so exciting, you're doingn it, you're there!!!!

I can't wait to hear more about your trip ;)

Fned said...

Wow that is so cool! A New Year... a New Life!

My husband and I were in Playa this past summer and we must have walked that Quinta avenida 50 times! We ate diner at this mexican restaurant on a corner, I can't remember the name now, but it was blue and in brick and had lovely paintings on the walls...

Good luck on the appartment hunting! Can't wait to hear how it goes!


Michele said...

Welcome to Playa. We moved here with our family three years ago and we love it. You guys will make friends quickly especially in the nighborhood you are in. Lot sof young ex-pats living in the Villas del Carmen area, just north of your complex on 25th, between the two schools, Ytsatil and Papalote. I have just started blogging a bit myself at
I look forward to reading more about your adventures and perhaps meeting you here one day soon. Happy New Year!!

Michele at