sunsetting at the money bar

mb2Okay, so I’ve not quite been myself lately.  Suffered some losses, which I handled badly.  Found myself a bit frustrated with a few of the local customs, which is something I need to get over, it is Mexico after all.  So this expat decided to do mb1something I almost never do, went to a well-known restaurant/bar/beach club to do a little dancing, take a few photos and, basically, try and get out of the rut I’ve been in.  And, I’m happy to say that it worked, for a while anyway.  Let me tell you what happened.

mb8I went to the world-famous Money Bar, which is located 1.5 miles south from Puerta Maya (the main cruise ship dock).  The poor taxi driver was really trying to beat the clock for me since I was hoping to get a few pics of the sunset.  I’d was originally hoping to go with a friend, but some things fell through at the last moment, so a cab was my only option.  But, to his credit, and without disobeying too many speeding laws, he got me there just in time.

mbsunsetFirst thing I did was head to the restaurant terrace for that sunset shot.  Lined up with about half a dozen others, we clicked away until there was nothing left.  Then I began to focus on the folks there and there were a lot.  Eating, drinking, many wearing those balloon hats that are always mb5fun to see.  And all were waiting for the band to set up.  While they were doing that I took the opportunity to walk around to different tables and ask if I could take their pictures.  Once again, no-one said, “no.” But, here is where I’ll apologize for showing mb4so few, it was hard to choose since everyone was clearly in their best vacation spirits so there were smiles all around.  And I must have taken a hundred shots.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to show them all, but I think you’ll get the idea of the festivities.

The band was quite good and folks were immediately up and dancing.  A little reggae,mb3 a bit of rock, it was a nice eclectic mix and it attracted folks of all ages.  And, I’m not kidding.  There was a little girl about 6 or 7 and a woman who must have been close to 80 and she had as much energy as the little girl.  It was a lot of fun to watch.

mb7And, speaking of eclectic, what a mix of folks.  All ages,mb15 ethnicities, couples, singles, groups large and small.  There were the surfers, the business men, the young (newly in love) couples, a clown who was making the balloon hats, hippies, dive masters, you name the type and they were there.

mb10While the band took a break there was a group of young local boys called the “Crazy Breakers.”  And I really hope I have their name correct, someone please mb11let me know if I don’t.  Talented guys who flipped, stood on one hand, did circles on the floor and, basically, demonstrated that gravity has no effect on them.  They put on quite the show and for tips only.  I really hope people dug deep, they were that good.

mb12mb6After that I ran into a few people I know and we talked a bit.  I actually let someone take a picture of me with Paco, a very interesting local personality.  Yea, that’s us on the right.  I took some more pics of my friends, and then it really was time for me to get home.  I’d given up my night owl ways over a year ago, and hope to get back with my usual program soon.  But, in the meanwhile, it was a great way to forget about any and all issues, at least for the evening.

Before I end this though, I want to mention that the service staff was gracious, themb13 mb9customers were fun, the music was great, and the break dancing was impressive.  Not bad for a single night on the island of Cozumel.  If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend it.  Oh, and they have great snorkeling in the daytime, and hammocks where you can just rock away your problems.  In fact, the next time I go, I think that is exactly what I will do.  Just lay in a hammock and stare at the sea.  Somehow all seems to get better when I do that.  Salud!

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p.s. I never receive compensation, and I don’t intend to promote, I just like sharing good experiences!

 

 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. July Smith
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 23:00:18

    So sorry for your losses, it’s difficult when we seem so far away too. My heart is with you. Enjoy your articles since it’s so great we who live here full time ‘are not all alone’ in our feelings. Keep writing, Your park friend, July(tho, I go earlier I believe now-with my little chubby(?) some what Chihuahua.)

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  2. mexcelia
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 01:54:32

    Hi July, we do have a nice community here to help with whatever losses we face. As far as walking, I take mine between 5 and 5:30 now, let them run for twenty, get out that energy. But, it has been upsetting folks for dogs to be off leash in the park during “normal” hours, apparently some don’t pick up the poo…………..I run around like a crazy person with my bags, but, oh well. Ever want to stop by at 5 we can have a chat……….

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    • July Smith
      Feb 09, 2014 @ 19:18:01

      My dog and I would love to drop in at 5a.m., only reason I have not is I thought no one would be there-except me, the fool I am.Thanks for the invite & hope to see you soon-again 🙂 July..p.s. is it still dark out at 5a.m.,?

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  3. mexcelia
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 02:54:56

    tell you what, let’s pick a day and make it 5:30, there’s a bit more light then

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  4. pedro
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 03:24:40

    Always nice to read your blog. Your a great writer and photographer. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. L A Cochran
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 13:46:45

    Just read your deleted post. I’m so sorry for what you have been through. None of it was your fault and this should never have happened.

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    • mexcelia
      Mar 02, 2014 @ 16:50:44

      thank you, curious how a deleted post was read, but it probably made the rounds, stuff like this brings out the best in friends,however………..just got back from spending four days in a wonderful jungle home owned by a dear friend, amazing what nature can heal……..will be writing about the retreat soon, again, thank you

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  6. L A Cochran
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 13:26:34

    I’m glad you are starting to feel better. Once you post something it is picked up by RSS feeds. Feedly still had the post and allowed me to read it. It was only when I went to comment that I realized you deleted it. Thank you for your post, as difficult as it no doubt was. It is the first thing that truly made me and my husband question if we were making the right decision to retire to Cozumel. Terrible things happen everywhere, sadly. The question is what rights do we have in Mexico?? You have made me do more due diligence and for this I thank you!

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    • mexcelia
      Mar 04, 2014 @ 00:36:24

      I hope this does not make you reconsider. This is a lovely island filled with wonderful people. Do we have some idiots? Absolutely, and there is crime, this is Not the island of the 50s, or even the 80s. As far as rights, I would have been able to pursue this, but it was a tricky situation since it occurred with members of an incredibly strong union that takes care of its own. I had the right, and the ability, to pursue, but I did not know names, it was dark, I was upset etc. etc. Attorneys were available as was the embassy representative. So, everyone has those rights. However, many folks were very supportive in both words and gestures, which is not typically found in today’s world, or in today’s communities. There is a strong expat community here where you can develop friendships and support, and have lots of fun. And, there are grief counselors and qualified therapists as well. Put that together with the beauty here, well, I’m guessing, but I think it is conducive to healing, from all things.

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