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2013 is Happening

In spite of the Mayan prediction and yet another Christmas with the fam,  Danimal and I survived and will be ringing in 2013 tonight with friends. But, we really threw down the weekend of December 15, just in case that was the last weekend on earth.

Spend time here. Check.

Spend time here. Check.

We went to where all the end of the world rumors began, Tulum, Mexico, for the nuptials of our wonderful friends, Kristen and David. Having grown up in Texas, I have vacationed quite a bit in Mexico. And, I can say with confidence that Tulum is the best destination I’ve been to in the country. Perhaps it is the lack of all-inclusive resorts and the plethora of boutique hotels, but this place has authentic charm.

I'm moving to Playa Azul.

I’m moving to Playa Azul.

We stayed at Playa Azul, which also happened to be the location of the welcome party. Every room is different and there are a mix of beach and jungle view rooms. The food and service was personal and kind. (Note: This doesn’t mean fast… remember you’re in Mexico.)

Also, apparently pinatas are for adults now. Awesome.

Also, apparently pinatas are for adults now. Awesome.

Kristen and David are my travel idols. One of their favorite travel activities is scuba diving. That is how they initially discovered Tulum and they wanted their guests to have this experience as well. While we weren’t certified to scuba, they arranged for the wedding party and our loves to have a guided snorkeling tour of the Cenotes.

Cenotes Dos Ojos: "To the Baticueva!"

Cenotes Dos Ojos: “To the Baticueva!”

This is one of the cooler travel experiences I have had. It ranks up there with baby lions. And, I should preface this by saying that I don’t particularly enjoy snorkeling. The cenotes were formed when limestone bedrock collapsed exposing groundwater underneath. You aren’t there to look for marine life, but the underground stalactites and stalagmites are like nothing else I’ve seen.

The #1 thing my mouth tasted.

The #1 thing my mouth tasted.

I don’t want to forget the food on this trip. We could have done nothing but eat and that would have satisfied me. From the brick oven pizza at La Siesta to the steak and fish at Casa Banana, it would have been impossible to starve. But the hands down award winning bite of the trip, was the ceviche at Ak’iin.

No money. No problems.

No money. No problems.

I want to say a huge thank you to Kristen and David for allowing their wedding to be an adventure that included all of us.  And, when I say included all of us, I mean everyone. These cats wondered down the beach in between the ceremony and reception. I tend to think they are less stressed out than I am.

The Danimal and I lovin' us some Tulum.

The Danimal and I lovin’ us some Tulum.

The best thing about the world not ending on December 21 is that you can visit Tulum. Perhaps it can be one of your resolutions for 2013.

Photo credit: I don’t have a fancy underwater camera so the picture of the cenotes are from a cool website called BlooSee: Take the Ocean Further.

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Tis’ the Season… Wedding Season

This weekend there was an article on CNN.com about wedding travel titled,  “Obligation Eating  Up Your Vacation?” Boy did that hit home. Earlier this year I did some math that made me pause. By the end of 2012 Danimal and I will have been to 47 weddings together. A whopping two of them will have been in Atlanta. (We even traveled for our own wedding.) The truth of it is though, we wouldn’t have missed any of them.

Vineyard Nuptials

These friends and family members have filled our lives with so much love. It isn’t always a good time or convenient location, and it can be expensive. But what better way to spend our money than to be with the people we care about most and to see and experience new places. Or in some cases rediscover the places we have been to countless times before. At this point we have mastered the art of turning a wedding into a vacation. Here are some of our favorites and ones we are most looking forward to.

Pike Place Market

Seattle

We turned a wedding weekend in Seattle into a week-long tour of the Pacific Northwest. We spent half our time in the City and half in the San Juan Islands. And naturally we stopped at several of the wineries in between. Adams Bench being my favorite winery find. I should also mention that  Casey + Kristen’s wedding was one of the most personal, unique and beautiful we have ever been to… complete with dueling pianos at the reception!

Palest Wedding Party Ever atop the Magnolia Hotel

Houston

Even weddings in my hometown have allowed me to see the City in a new way. Growing up we didn’t spend a lot of time downtown, but our wedding and Clare + Joe’s allowed us to see it with fresh eyes. Stay at the Magnolia Hotel, eat at Treebeards, ride the light rail and catch an Astros‘ game. (Biggio forever!!)

The Green Building

Brooklyn

For all of the times that Danimal and I have been to NYC, we have never been together. That will be remedied in August for Aaron + Sarah’s nuptials. The best part… the festivities will be in Brooklyn, a part of town itching to know better. And won’t it be easier for me to ask Danimal if we can move there, if he is right next to me? [Insert Danimal sigh.]

We’re going international!!!

Tulum

We are wrapping 2012 with our first international wedding. Tulum is the perfect Mexican adventure because it already embraces what we love about travel… it is authentic and off-the-grid. Thank you David + Kristen for what we know will be a tough wedding to top.

I can only imagine where 2013 will take us!

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