Colum­nist tem­po­rar­ily trades Al­berta snow for Mex­i­can sun

Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY - Verna Mur­phy

Hola from Mex­ico! We ar­rived on Thurs­day of last week, and holy cow, is it ever go­ing by fast! You al­ways think you have lots of time when you have va­ca­tion, but it al­ways seems to just fly by. The weather was slightly over­cast for the first few days, but the last two days have been very hot. I ac­tu­ally liked the over­cast days bet­ter; we were able to do things like ten­nis without dy­ing in the heat. Now I am just try­ing my best to not get burnt to a crisp — ah, the joys of be­ing a red­head!

To­mor­row we are head­ing out to an au­then­tic Mayan vil­lage where they have no elec­tric­ity and cook on an open fire. I will fill you in on how that goes next week. So far, we are hav­ing a won­der­ful time, but to tell you the truth, I think we liked the Do­mini­can a bit bet­ter. The food is way bet­ter here, but there is just some­thing miss­ing that we all can­not ex­actly put our fin­ger on. We did not go on as many ex­cur­sions here, as they are more ex­pen­sive and, of course, they are harder with a baby. Hubby is con­vinced that it is be­cause the beer is bet­ter in the Do­mini­can. Ha, ha. But we are not com­plain­ing, for me it is so won­der­ful just to not have to do meals, laun­dry or house­work for a week.

And yes­ter­day hubby sent me to the spa for the af­ter­noon. Oh my mer­ci­ful Lord, that should be manda­tory for women at least once a month! They put me in a sen­sa­tion shower, then the sauna, and then the shower again and then a steam shower room, and then the shower again, and then a re­lax­ation room with a wa­ter­fall, warm blan­ket, a re­clin­ing chair and a cool glass of wa­ter. And that was just the wa­ter treat­ment. Then it was a mas­sage and a fa­cial. I was so re­laxed by the time that they were done that hubby may re­gret send­ing me! I will be want­ing an­other af­ter­noon when­ever I am stressed out! And eat­ing — Lord! The other day I was half­way through a meal when I re­mem­bered that I had to fit into my clothes when I got back next week to go see Matt Min­gle­wood, so that thought has helped me be­have! Ha, ha, yes, I am a die-hard fan!

I hope ev­ery­thing is good there, now I have to go have a mai tai by the pool for a friend, Leona, and try to cool off some! Have a won­der­ful week!

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