Friday, March 29, 2013

A good organization with a good cause!

If you're going to be in Playa del Carmen over Easter here's something you might like to participate in. 

Are you a cat lover? Coco's Cat Rescue in Playa del Carmen works to help all the stray cats in the area. 

They are a non profit organization with a no kill policy, dedicated to reducing the cat population in Playa. They  use a trap spay/nueter and return (TNR) program for feral cats and a rescue, spay/neuter and tame program on kittens under 3 months. They then find permanent homes for all the cats they help.

Because Coco's is a non profit organization they frequently hold fundraisers. Their 4th annual cocktail party is coming up on April 7th at the Blue Parrot. Tickets are on sale now and  include 3 hours of open bar, live music, appetizers and a silent auction. 

If you would like more information please check out their facebook page:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state

Well so far during all our journeys to Mexico we have not made it over to Merida. We have discussed it many times but somehow just haven't been able to work it into our plans - YET! So I cannot speak from personal experience but I am told it's a beautiful part of the country to see, with a very different flavor from what you would find in a tourist destination.  

This article about Merida,

was recently shared with me and I wanted to pass it on for everyone to enjoy. When we do finally make the trip there I will be sure to post some pictures and stories about it.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A feel good Mexico story!

I borrowed this from Living in Mexico's blog - as it's very indicative of the people in Mexico.

A feel good Mexico story! This just posted by Rob Birce ...owner of the bookstore in Puerto Morelos..........

We that live here do a fair amount of whining about the things that are more difficult to accomplish here in Mexico than they are where we are from. Banking, paying a bill etc.

Here is one thing that was much easier to handle here in Mexico. I came out of Sam's Club in downtown Cancun today and my truck would not start. It would only click sadly, but not turn over. A fellow shopper asked if I needed help and he offered a boost which unfortunately did not do the job.

We figured the starter was dead and he offered to call a mechanic he knew. He then did his shopping and drove away, leaving me the phone number of the mechanic and his own personal card. The mechanic showed up about 10 minutes later. He attempted a boost too, which failed, and diagnosed the starter just as we did. 

Rather than tow the truck, he offered to remove the starter and repair it at his garage. He would then return and put the rebuilt starter on the truck, all for about 600 pesos.

That is exactly what happened. Took about 90 minutes from start to finish.

In Calgary, I would have called CAA (AAA) and had the truck towed to my mechanic. He would have ordered a rebuilt starter and would try to squeeze me in to have it replaced in a few days...likely Monday. Cost would be a few hundred dollars for the part and a few hundred more in labour.

Viva Mexico!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wine & Food Tasting event.

Well if you're in Playa on March 22nd and would like to support the community, here is something you might enjoy.

Rotary Club 
Playa del Carmen Seaside...

is delighted to invite you to join them for an evening of fun at the

Wine & Food Tasting 

Friday, March 22nd at 7pm.
5th Ave & 2nd St.
Playa del Carmen

Cost:    400 pesos