Whew! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! This Pits and Peaks post is going to have to incorporate a few weeks all into one. At the beginning of the month, we went on vacation to Mexico. Then we came back, got organized, went back to work, and…adopted two kittens. We were only supposed to take one, but…you know how these things go.
In fact, I’m sitting in our bed right now with tiny claws batting at my elbow. We’re still not 100% sure we didn’t just have some kind of an episode of insanity.
Mexico was a bit more expensive than we planned for. Last year we went to Mazatlán with some friends for a week. The whole trip cost us about $1800, that’s including airfare, lodging, and food/drinks. Not only was everything pretty cheap in the city, but we also had a kitchen where we stayed and were able to cook a lot of our meals ourselves. We were budgeting for similar prices in Tulum. We were very wrong.
This year, we didn’t have a kitchen where we stayed. On top of that, we didn’t realize that we stayed smack dab in the middle of the “hottest” place to stay in the area. There were shops and restaurants along the beach strip where we stayed that looked like they jumped right out of the fancier neighborhoods in LA. There were yoga and “sound healing” classes on offer everywhere.
And all the food was about twice as expensive as we planned for. Oops.
We mitigated this a bit by buying a cooler at the grocery store and staying stocked up on our own drinks and snacks. That way we only had to actually buy one meal a day. We also asked around for the budget options and found if we went inland, to the town and away from the beach strip, there were plenty of more affordable eateries.
Lesson learned: do your research thoroughly! Also, we think we would probably make more of an effort to get a place with a kitchen if we stayed there again.
Well, Mexico was really fun! We spent almost the entire time sitting on the beach, sipping drinks and reading. We also were able to go see some of the cenotes and ruins in the area, which was great. It was very relaxing, exactly as we wanted it to be. However, I couldn’t help but think, why can’t we find relaxation in our own lives? Why do we feel the need to jet to faraway places? I think we need to work on building our lives so there are more periods of rest and relaxation built right in.
We were able to save money in Mexico (and make friends) on a couple of occasions due to the fact that I speak Spanish pretty well. I was able to ask people for frugal recommendations, be real with them, and not just get the usual recommendations but the more local ones. I also got to do my Argentinian impression for a cab driver, which was a delight for everyone.
We are also delighted to have the kittens, and we started off on the right track by getting a bunch of old cat supplies (litter pans, scoops, food bowls, etc) from my mom, from when we used to have cats. Anna’s coworker also said we could have her old cat jungle gym! People seem especially keen to give you free stuff when there are adorable little floofs involved.
Now we’re back to the grindstone at work (literally I feel like it’s grinding me away), back to cooking at home (what a relief), and taking care of our tiny poofs. Life is good.