Anna Maria Locke

a week in sunny Mexico


Ben and I just got back from our honeymoon and I'm having a pretty hard time transitioning back to reality here in rainy, dark, late-fall Chicago! We spent a week at a resort tucked into the mangroves on the coast between Cancun and Playa del Carmen on the coast of the Yucatán peninsula, aka heaven on earth. It was everything we could have dreamed of...spending entire days laying by the pool, endless fruity cocktails and as much delicious food as we could eat. It's off-season so the place was weirdly deserted and quiet, which I guess served our purposes well. The staff kept trying to convince us to check out the amazing beaches of Playa del Carmen and this apparently baller nightclub called Coco Bongo but we were there to relax and be as boring as possible! Check, check.
Highlights included
-snorkeling and kayaking in freshwater springs called cenotes
-Mayan liqueur and tequila tasting
-spotting dozens of the most adorable lizards everywhere
-brunch buffet with make your own mimoa station every morning
-hot hot sun so bright I lost the edge off my whiteness despite sticking to the shade
Next time we go (because there will obviously be a next time, someday...) I want to explore a little more and check out the Mayan ruins nearby. I'm also inspired to learn Spanish! Traveling abroad as an American is always kind of awkward and humbling for me because it's assumed that everyone knows at least a little English while I can't speak their language.
It was a perfect week and just what we needed to recover from the crazy stress of moving, Ben's new job, and of course the wedding. I'm looking forward to some calmer days, clearing out the endless pile of moving/wedding boxes in our living room, and settling into our life here before the holidays hit!