Day 77: Living on Coco Beach
In one day, we transition from our condo in Coco Beach to our condo in Playacar. It is a bittersweet move, as we have loved being here. The view alone through our picture windows has given us hours of joy! The truth is, it has also felt like home, and for that, we are very thankful. The electric bill, however, was beginning to kill our budget. We are on the top floor of our condo, and exposed on three sides. The upside? Gorgeous sea views! Seriously, they were spectacular! This photo below doesn’t come close to capturing the beauty.
With the brutal summer sun pelting the roof and penetrating our walls, however, it has been hard to keep our condo cool without using the air conditioning. We did try, initially, when we realized that our bill was going to be high, but the end results were not that great. Kathryn’s body, especially, was not able to handle the heat, and she passed out during her second Spanish lesson, scaring her teacher, Isabel, half to death. Her fainting wasn’t all that dramatic, and thankfully she only hit her chin, but we realized we needed to cool things down a bit more.
So…we had to consider other alternatives. Isabel, one of our favorite Spanish teachers, was very instrumental in helping us find a fantastic option. She has a student who is also now a friend. Isabel was explaining the situation to her friend, and found out her friend’s neighbor, Maria, was heading back to Canada mid-August. She spoke to Maria, who agreed to meet us and consider the possibility of renting her condo. The rest is history and we move in on Monday.
We are excited about our new place, but will also miss our “first home” abroad. We will not only miss the views, but the friendly staff like Juan and Miguel, as well as Chaparro, our lovely, sweet-natured neighborhood dog!
Below is a short clip of the beach we spent many hours on, either as a family or with new friends. Some of my favorite times, however, were our mornings, when Ryan and I would wake early and sneak out onto the beach, armed with beach chairs and hot coffee. We’d spend about an hour talking, praying, and people-watching as Playa woke up.
Definitely memories that will last us a lifetime. Adios, Coco Beach!