Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Vacation in Ixtapa

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Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, it seems like I am always learning and discovering. I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is a big place, life is a lesson, and children can be the best teachers. This will be my standard introduction for Life Lessons. I hope you join me every week for a hearty laugh, a deep thought, or maybe both, if I am really on the ball. Subscribe in the right sidebar.

Here are my insights and experiences as a Mexico Mom, on vacation in Ixtapa, for the week of May 11th, 2015:

Life Lesson 74: Make sure the air conditioner works.

Before you unpack your belongings, swim in the pool, take a shower, and go out for dinner, make sure your air conditioner is working at your vacation rental. We did not realize that our air conditioner was blowing out warm air till we got back to our apartment after dark. By the time we were able to find a new hotel room it was past midnight. Ugh. We ended up staying at three places over the course of two nights. We left the second room hoping that the air in the first room would be fixed only to discover it was not fixed and we had to find a third room :-( By then we were so exhausted that we decided to come home from the beach a day early. Not exactly the mini-vacation I was hoping for!

Life Lesson 75: Bring cash, as in pesos, not US dollars.

If you have a debit card or a credit card and you have informed them of your Mexico vacation, then you will be able to get pesos out at any ATM for a small surcharge. Make sure you let your bank know beforehand that you are traveling or they will lock down your card and you will have to call them before you can access your money. Many places in Mexico do not accept cards yet. It is always good to have cash or “effectivo” on hand for purchases. Three times in three days we had to visit an ATM machine because the hotel or the restaurant requested cash. Use pesos instead of the US dollar because in pesos you will get a better exchange rate. Right now it is almost 15 pesos to 1 US dollar!

Life Lesson 76: Don’t bring a container of grilled chicken from home.

You think you will eat it. I mean, why leave it in the fridge and waste some good chicken? Because on vacation you will forget about the chicken and leave it cooking in the hot car! You might have the mind to toss the chicken in a trash container at the beach, but that won’t be enough. It’s a good Tupperware container so you save it to use at home. On the way home you smell something dead in the back seat and think that maybe one of the kids farted. Then you see the container and before your brain kicks into gear you open it and take a whiff. Now you feel like you are going to barf, along with the rest of the car, from the long dead chicken smell. Windows roll down and you pull over at the next spot to toss the container. It happens to be in front of a restaurant so you politely ask the waitress for “la basura” or the trash. She takes the container and as you are pulling away you see her sit it on the counter and walk away. The giggling can not be stopped because you know she is thinking, “This is a great Tupperware container. I will wash it and reuse it.” I only wish we could have seen the look on her face when she opens the box of chicken death!

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Want to see the preceding life lessons? Check them out here: Garage Doors are Dangerous. Signing off, Tina, aka Mexico Mom

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