08 January, 2012
Weekend! (Isla Mujeres Edition)
I went to Isla Mujeres, off the Yucatan penisula, for New Year's with two girlfriends. We started planning the trip nearly a year ago, figuring we would rather laze about in the sun than deal with the usual NYE social anxiety, but between two of us being broken up with and one of us losing her job within the few weeks leading up to the trip, we couldn't possibly have anticipated how much we all would need the break. And what a break it was! We stayed at the lovely Hotel Secreto at the north end of the island, and had the good fortune of making friends with the owner of the charming Mango Cafe further south on our first day in town. We spent five days wandering the island, drinking ridiculous amounts of piña coladas, reading in the sun, and watching vintage luchador movies on tv. On New Year's Eve, our friend took us to watch the fireworks from a balcony overlooking the town square, and then we celebrated with the rest of the island's residents (from infants to grandmas) at an incredible party that lasted until 6:00am. Readjusting to reality has been a challenge, to say the least. I can't wait for my next vacation!