We took a week off and headed to Mexico. This time we tried an island we'd never been to before, Isla Holbox.
The first thing that hit me was the air - warm, humid, salty. Within two seconds I plumped up like a sausage. That's okay. I know it'll happen, so I bring shoes that expand with me. (Chacos. Love them!)
Our winter landscape of white and grey turns psychedelic - green, blue, red, yellow.
Next the taste buds wake up. Fruit that's ripe on the tree and drips down your chin. Not that green, hard stuff passing for fruit here. Everything tastes different because of the salty air and sea. You can't recreate that taste at home.
I tried to eat this (see the little dent in the upper right?). Not sure what it was and it didn't seem to be edible. We found it on the ground. See how ingrained that "green, hard stuff is food" idea is?
These are edible! Fresh coconuts right off the tree.
I made eggs for breakfast. Our stove took like 10 minutes to heat up enough to cook an egg. The pan had a slope, so every egg I cracked migrated to the edge.
Look at the vibrant color even in the eggs!
We went fishing and snorkeling in this boat.
We caught fish and they cooked them up on shore. The fish were served on leaves.
See the large, flat leaves just on the right? Those were our plates and we ate with our fingers. Afterwards we rinsed off in the ocean.
Quite different than the shore lunch I'm used to making in the Boundary Waters!
This was a fun restaurant. Why can't we have festive, pink buildings here?
We stayed at a place that had a pool. I heard the beaches were very shallow, so I thought a pool would be fun.
Turns out the beaches were just fine in the main beach area.
Ha! A chihuahua!
We saw lots of dogs. They seemed mostly to have owners, but they just roam around and play on the beach. Well adjusted, happy dogs.
The birds! Lots of birds of all kinds.
When the fishermen clean their catch, all the birds come out to catch a snack.
Artwork is all over town. Every year since 2012 the International Public Art Festival invites artists to paint on the buildings.
Here are some of my favorites.
You can't beat a sunset over the ocean.
I'm refreshed. Full of vitamin D, inspiration, and contentment. Now off to the studio to put that inspiration to work.