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Author Archives: pbergman

The minds of the weak

Sandra and I went to a restaurant the other night for dinner. It was really crowded at the door and they were very backed up. I heard the hostess tell a couple, “Yeah, it’s crazy! All our 8 pm reservations came in at the same time!”

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Missing 1k status…

Boy do I miss the perks from being 1k on United. After 3 years on that list and being in the Red Carpet Club, I sure miss the little things. Sitting on the hard tile floor of Chicago airports I write this… /sigh

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Self drive or cab it?

I’m interested in getting feedback on this: Do you drive when on vacation in a foreign country or use cabs/busses? I know some cities make it easy to use public transport (Paris, London, New York…) but how about rural France or Italy? I choose to drive myself but want to know: How do you get … Continue reading »

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Playa Del Carmen – 5th Avenue

5th Ave is THE street in Playa. It starts at the pier near the small airport which also is the terminal for the Cozumel ferry. It stretches north for about 17 blocks to 34th street. (note the east-west streets are all even numbered 2,4,6, etc. And the north-south avenues go up by 5’s 5,10,15,20, etc. … Continue reading »

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Self drive or cab it?

I’m interested in getting feedback on this: Do you drive when on vacation in a foreign country or use cabs/busses? I know some cities make it easy to use public transport (Paris, London, New York…) but how about rural France or Italy? I choose to drive myself but want to know: How do you get … Continue reading »

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Empenadas and tacos… look for fresh!

If you venture out to the street carts, and you really should, look for the tacos and empenadas (like a fried sandwich) stands. These are fun places to get small bites of food for a good price. Depending on the stand, a taco runs about 9 pesos and so do the empenadas. The tacos are … Continue reading »

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Timeshares … Watch out!

The streets are crawling with special deals for people that agree to attend a 90 minute presentation for a timeshare/all inclusive. It seems like a good deal, and it could be, but there are some things to keep in mind before you do this: 1) it will most likely take you more than 90 minutes. … Continue reading »

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Xplor – Playa del Carmen

Xplor is a theme park just outside Playa del Carmen. It is about 10 miles south on the main highway for those with a car. It’s very pricey at $99 US ( off season) and a whopping $139 in high season but you can get price breaks or even free tix by doing time share … Continue reading »

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A word on changing money

My preference is always to use local currency when ever possible. It avoids any confusion with exchange rates and the possibility of merchants giving a poor exchange rate. Here in Playa prices, nearly all prices, are given in pesos and US dollars. This is nice for the cruise ships that dock here. In fact, most … Continue reading »

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Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

The first thing to know is that there are 2 companies that run these ferries between Cozumel and Playa. They leave on the hour and the two alternate their trips, so one goes out on odd hours, the thereon even hours. This means you should NOT purchase a round trip ticket because you may get … Continue reading »

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