A Very Different Sort Of Weekend

21 Feb

Last week, I was hugging the toilet and not after a night of debauchery in Cancun. Truthfully I’ve never been a debauchery kind of gal, but back in my youthful days, when guys in Mexico would keep the drinks coming, I learned about alcohol the hard way.

Celebrating my 21 birthday in Mexico. Heading out for a night on the town with my best girl.

Now, after living a sedate retired life in Mexico for seven years, I’ve never been this sick. And I’m still not sure what caused the intestinal upset, fever, etc. A course of antibiotics seems to be doing the trick and upping our hygienic game is in the cards. We buy all our produce in a small town mercado. It was probably only a matter of time, although outbreaks of things I can’t pronounce occur in the US food chain all the time.

A lovely small town market in Bacalar.

Wednesday I left for the much postponed trip to the US Consulate in Playa del Carmen, to renew my expired passport. The bus ride was quiet and socially distant. The required masks contributed to the tranquility and I curled up and slept most of the four hour trip.

First trip out in a pandemic.

The little boutique hotel that I had booked turned out to be a real gem. The room was $45US and included a full-on off the menu breakfast. My stomach was finally starting to accept food and I enjoyed it immensely.

House of the Flowers
Seafood soup for dinner. Very typical Mexican food.

Playa del Carmen was hopping and the little I got to see hobbling around on my still painful ankle was mostly mask-less. Turning my paperwork in at the consulate was the easiest and least painful part of the trip. I’m now sitting in the bus station waiting for the return trip to Bacalar. If I had postponed yet again, I probably would have been able to enjoy myself more. And against the voices in my head, the consulate wouldn’t have cared a bit. Oh well, live and learn.


8 Responses to “A Very Different Sort Of Weekend”

  1. rudeinnewyork February 21, 2021 at 10:49 am #

    TY, for your story. Sorry you got sick. We got sick in Mahahual. Maybe a salade; more like one of our group brought stomach flue with us?

    We enjoy your reports in a special place.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 21, 2021 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks. I enjoy writing. If you ever have any questions or topics, let me know.


  2. midwife87505 February 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm #

    I am glad that you are feeling better

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm #

      Me too! Hope you are staying warm.


  3. Jack Scott February 22, 2021 at 4:12 am #

    Delighted to hear you’re feeling better and you finally got to the consulate!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 22, 2021 at 11:58 am #

      Yes, checked off a bucket list I wish I didn’t have.


  4. Emilie February 22, 2021 at 6:10 am #

    Glad you were well enough to get your paperwork in. And the little hotel? Bonus!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 22, 2021 at 11:58 am #

      People always ask us where to stay in Bacalar. No one knows hotels in their home town. This was pure luck.


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