This was one of those photos where I couldn’t stop thinking about the photography potential until I went back and snapped a quick pic. I saw this vespa in the alley when I was walking. On my way back I HAD to stop to get some shots of it. I really like the brick background and the pops of yellow color throughout the photo.
This is from a few weeks ago but I thought it was still worth posting. There’s a newer bar/restaurant in the area that also has a Ferris wheel that you can pay to ride. Normally I’m the kind of person who would totally be up for that kind of thing but impending thunderstorms caused it to be closed. Instead I shot this photo and we went inside to drink fancy margaritas on the rocks.
This photo was taken for last weekend’s Weekend Hashtag Project. The topic was Color Play. The bar that Aaron works at has LEGO bricks in beer mugs at all of the tables so naturally when I was visiting him last Sunday I just had to play with the bricks. I ended up sorting them by color and photographing them because why not?
Here are some more photos from the trip, more on the touristy side.
There were some sand sculptures on the beach in Puerto Morelos. If you walked by at the right time of day, you could watch the artists work on them. It was very interesting to see their process. They also have people who walk by and spray them with water so they don’t dry out and crumble.
This is the light house that Puerto Morelos is known for. It was hit by hurricane Beulah in the ’60s and was tilted like this. It has become a well known tourist attraction of the area and has since been replaced by a working lighthouse .
I had an idea for a really artsy shot of me standing in the sand looking out at the lighthouse so I made Aaron take my photo. It was super windy and it wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned but I like it.
One morning we decided to go out for breakfast and found a little restaurant that was just opening up but they assured us we could eat there. I think our waiter was more interested in being our new best friend than he was with serving our breakfast. He made sure to take our photo for us and then had me take a photo of him and Aaron together. We got chorizo omelettes with all fresh ingredients. So delicious!
Another lovely view. The different colors in the ocean are from the coral reefs that surround the area. I think it makes a much more interesting view than just one shade of blue.
We stopped at Air Margaritaville in the Cancún airport while we were waiting for our flight back home.
Probably the most expensive thing I bought on the entire trip was this piña colada at 10am in the airport. Worth it.
One of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I just love how the sky blends into the ocean. You can’t tell where one ends and one begins.
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Bonus Snap Chat shot! 🙂 side note: I still have to get the film developed from that camera. If anything good turns out from it I’ll be sure to share!
There was a thunderstorm the other night. The temperature got up to 80F so of course it would rain. When I saw the lightning outside I knew I wanted to get a picture of it. I quickly ran upstairs and grabbed my phone sized tripod. I hurried outside and set up my mini tripod on the front porch railing. As I was getting it set up, quite a few passers-by slowed down to watch me. I’m sure I looked ridiculous kneeling down, phone as a camera, pointing it at seemingly nothing and pressing the screen over and over. I had to run inside because I ran out of room on my phone so I needed to delete some apps for space. Maybe 2 min after I ran inside, it started pouring so I had to improvise and set up the tripod on the living room side table and point out the window. I spent nearly 20 min and took probably about 200 photos just to get this one shot. Since it was taken with my phone, it’s a bit grainy but it’s the best lightning photo I will ever take.
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The other day, I was re-routed from my normal drive home because part of the highway was shut down. I was extremely frustrated since my normal drive of 15 minutes was quickly becoming an hour and I was still stuck downtown. I finally got out of the bad traffic from buses, construction and normal 5 o’clock chaos and got stuck at another red light. I glanced around as I was waiting and saw this beautiful street art. It’s cool to think that I probably would have never noticed it if I hadn’t been re-routed. Even though I drive by this particular spot quite often, I never get the chance to look around. I love the pop of color it adds to the otherwise dull colors of the city.
This is part two in a series of posts about my recent trip to Puerto Morelos, Mexico. See part 1.
As soon as we walked into the apartment that we were staying in, I immediately knew how amazing it was. We were right on the ocean. Like literally. On. The. Ocean. From the bedroom window, I could see the ocean. In fact, I could probably throw a rock into the ocean from the window. Okay maybe not, but I could hit the beach.
Everyone I talked to before going on this trip would ask what I was going to do when I went to Mexico. I think they all expected me to say cliff diving or something. Going into the trip, Aaron and I agreed that since it was a vacation, we didn’t want to be following a strict schedule. We didn’t want to be worrying about getting to the next activity, but at the same time would be open to trying new things/going places. Our main focus was relaxation and enjoyment.
When we arrived, I realized what I wanted to do was live the lifestyle of Puerto Morelos. And by that I mean, lounge around, swim in the ocean, explore the area, and drink beers with limes in them. Seriously, limes are my new favorite thing. I’ve never been much of a lime person, never felt strongly one way or the other. But now, I crave them. ¡Una mas por favor!
One of the things I’m going to miss the most is the food. I definitely could have sought out more authentic Mexican food, and could have been a bit more adventurous with the food I ate but what we did have was pretty delicious overall. We ate a lot of guacamole and pico de gallo. Guacamole is a new food for me because avocados by themselves taste like nothing to me. But, when mashed up with tomatoes, onions, lime and cilantro, it tastes pretty good! We also cooked chorizo for the first time. That involved Googling on my part. “How do you know when chorizo is cooked thoroughly?” Needless to say, we both survived and no one got food poisoning. Also, as you’d expect, there is fresh fruit everywhere. I ate one of the best pineapples I’ve ever had, and I tried a fresh mango for the first time. Plus you can get any kind of fruit juice you’d ever want there. We made our own drink by mixing coconut, mango and pineapple juices together.
We were lucky enough to be staying in a place with a full kitchen so we took a cab ride to this store which was just like a Walmart. Side note: there is a real Walmart in Cancun. However, we never went into Cancun so we didn’t get a chance to check it out. I enjoyed looking at all of the labels on everything in Spanish. And it was like a game to see which labels I could understand, and which ones I couldn’t. It turns out one of the ones I couldn’t figure out was what we thought was some sort of soft cheese, like maybe farmer’s cheese. Nope, it was cream cheese. That was a weird discovery. We were able to find a use for it when we made a sort of taco dip thing with our leftover chorizo! Yum.
We also took daily walks around the town, which is pretty small. It’s probably only a few miles at most to walk down all of the streets! I liked looking at all of the different houses and imagining how the people who live in them go about their daily lives. There’s definitely a big contrast between the hotel/tourism places and the houses owned by locals, which weren’t always the nicest. Some were, some weren’t. I did like how each house was very unique. There weren’t any blocks of homes that look so identical you don’t even know which one is yours.
I really love the different architectural styles there. Most, if not all, of the buildings there are made out of cement. It’s weird because they don’t really have glass windows. Most places just have a hole in the cement as the window. A lot of the houses use patterns in the cement to act as a fence so you can’t just walk into someone’s house but the owner’s can still have the breeze coming in. It’s such a strange sensation to get used to. Even though I know that there’s no way anyone could fit through those tiny holes in the wall, it still makes you feel so exposed. After spending some time in a building like that, you realize that it’s not so bad. And actually is rather nice. You get this feeling of almost being “in nature” instead of being in a closed off box with climate control.
I can definitely see myself living the Puerto Morelos lifestyle. It’s so laid back and easy going. I can’t wait to go back.
Be sure to watch for the segment in this story about my time in Mexico.
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