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Setting up a home for only a month

Home sweet but temporary home

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We knew that setting up an apartment would be different than staying in a hotel. The main difference is that we have a kitchen. Our goal is to cook many of our own meals and only eat out extravagantly every couple of days.
The kitchen we have is equipped with dishes, pots, utensils galore. The previous tenants even left some basics like salt and oil.
So this means we must trek off to the store to fill in the blanks.
Now, I'm used to taking a car to the grocery store. That means buying big economical packages and not worrying so much about how this package will open and close best because I have tupperware at home.

Here are my wise observations to pass on to the next generation:

  • When your list says 'sugar'- remember how much you would actually use in a month.
  • Measure your apt sized fridge shelf height, before you ponder the milk containers.
  • and finally...When you carefully select the cheese with the ziplock slider side, DO NOT let your husband open it!

We have a nice little one bedroom in the heart of the tourist area. Fortunately we face the back of our building and our kitchen balcony faces an inner courtyard filled with trees and early morning birds. We also have access to a rooftop deck. During the day, our rooftop deck gives a glorious view of the ocean and a sunrise. At night, the stars are on display. Unfortunately, the roof also exposes us to the construction crazy Fifth avenue and the sounds of sawing and banging are heard during working hours. It so happens these hours also tend to be beach hours, so we're not crying. For us, it all balances out. Our gym is down the block and it comes with a beach club membership. That's our big daytime activity. And it is only steps away.

Same rooftop, different directions

So, if you are thinking of setting up in a place far away, ask about the 'current' state of construction and the sounds that you will be embedding in your mind's memory. Sometimes in the heart of all the activity means, well, in the heart of all the activity!

Playa Del Carmen is booming and construction is rife. Last night, we took a walk north to the more 'traditional' place we stayed last year. It previously was an older full block complex of low rise hotel units. Today it is all boarded up and ready to be bulldozed to make way for newer taller retail and housing courtesy of an East Indian investor. In fact, the streets and quaint shops we saw just last year in the area of 5th and 34th have begun to change drastically. Talking to a street hawker, we learned that Akumal, the place we went snorkelling to see turtles has experienced a breach in the coral reef. This has resulted in rougher waves in the lagoon, stirring up the once clear aquarium like conditions. So sad that our footprint in discovering this paradise is having such devastating consequences.

Posted by travelDIAS 05:40 Archived in Mexico Tagged shopping construction development grocery

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i know what it is like setting up home in a foreign country. It is a challenge but also a cool adventure. So true about knowing the height of your fridge shelves. Sounds like you have alot more in your kitchen then we did. Just bought a toaster oven and blender down in Panama yesterday. Using the gas oven heats up the room way too much. Hope you and Fernando have a fabulous time there in Mexico. We should get together to compare notes next spring when we get back

by Diane Lintunen

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