Cancun 2013

Happy New Year friends!

I once again saved my pennies and bolted from the ice cold Chicago and into sunny, hot Cancun.

We opted for an all-inclusive resort again and chose the Live Aqua in the hotel zone area. We’re not really sure if it’s worth it to go for an all-inclusive since we aren’t huge eaters and we didn’t drink a ton…but I’m sure if we did it the other way around we’d be convinced we should have gone all in. Either way, the hotel was beautiful and so was the weather.

The hotel featured gimmicks like; guacamole making classes, a guy who paraded around the pool with parrots daily, a live dinner circus show, a hot dog and fajita vendor, poker night and on and on.

cancun 2013 parrots

If you think we think we’re too cool to pose with parrots- then you would be dead wrong.

We vowed to make this a “chill vacation” and not take advantage of too much night life, so most mornings I was up early for the stunning sunrise.

Cancun 2013 sunriseTwo of the mornings I did yoga with the hotel’s instructor in a little grass hut that turned into a lobster & steak grill at night…and one morning I did my own little practice on the beach with the sunrise.

Cancun 2013 yogaBut before you go thinking I’m patting myself on my sunburned back- know that we were there for 7 days…so if you do the math- I was a slacker. Whatever- that’s what vacation is for!

Before we left from Chicago, I did some internet research (stalking) and found Terry – who went to MSU- who is bff’s with our friend DJ Rock City who also went to MSU. Follow? Anyhow -Terry is the boss in Cancun and runs some huge events and he welcomed us into his family and invited us to all of his fun parties including; Lil Jon and Red Foo from LMFAO. But guess what? We’re OLD and slept thru most of that fun. However we did meet him and his buddies at Carlos and Charlies for some good ole fashioned debauchery…and it was the only place showing the Bears game. Terry and I took this photo to send to our Rock City- friends! MSU! Chicago!

Cancun 2013 carlos n charlies

Moving along…Terry wasn’t the only amigo in town. Our close friend Daniel Alonso was also in Cancun and just like he owns many of the hot spots in Chicago, he also knows people who make Cancun awesome.

We met Dani at our hotel for a cocktail, and by the time we returned to our room…this happened!

live aqua celebtv

Yes, Dani knew the Live Aqua’s owner. Let’s just say, we were treated like familia once again.

cancun 2013 NYE bedOur bed on NYE

Yes we were ready. Dani’s friend Peter, the CEO of Nextel- hooked us up with two VIP tickets to see David Guetta in Playa Del Carmen which was about 45 mins away. He also insisted we allow his body guard and driver to take us, along with a Police escort. We can honestly say it was one of those nights where you just keep sneaking looks at each other- like “is this really happening?!”. Cliche, but I hear those are back in for 2013.

cancun 2013 Guetta stageThe venue was on the beach, and about 12 THOUSAND people attended the party. If you squint- you can see the little fence we were penned into for VIPs*.

A duo called “Tom and Collins” were one of the openers and I fell in love the second they mixed in Empire of the Sun. Check them out here.

As for David Guetta? Yes, he was amazing. On your feet, dancing and going wild amazing. At midnight there were fireworks and confetti. Around 3am our heads hit the pillow faster than you can say; “You slept thru your room service order dummies”.

I will say this- if you are on a skin medication (like I am)- be careful. I broke into one of the worst sun rashes you can imagine. A little cortisone from the Farmacia helped…but I’m still scratching to the point that my Chicago yoga instructor had to ask if I was ok* after class this am.

But I can take a little itching for a most memorable start to a New Year.

Cheers & Salud!



*old people who paid for tables because we were too uncool to hang with the kids, or actual people who are VIPs.

*had a contagious rash


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