I’m Feeling Luna Blue: The Video
Posted by Tony & Cheri on December 5, 2007
Sorry we haven’t blogged in so long. Life got kinda busy, but we’re back now. Mostly we have been working on the hotel. Playa’s low season is generally used by hotels like ours to do repairs, heavy cleaning or remodeling, or planned changes. Unfortunately, we got a little behind schedule with two bouts of dengue fever, the Mahahual relief effort, a trip back to the States, and the new puppy. (We had forgotten the difficulties of housebreaking a new puppy. What we were thinking?!)
We finally got around to doing our work at the hotel a few weeks ago. Most of the work we wanted to do was asthetic: changes that would improve the look of the hotel, the rooms, etc. This meant repainting, buying some new furniture, putting in new plants and stone work in the garden and tiling most of the outdoor balcony areas.
During this time, Cheri had an idea. We have always thought of the Luna Blue as a place that catered to travelers, not to tourists. Our guests enjoy the adventure of a journey to a foreign country where they can explore and discover. Her thought was to paint quotations on the walls of our rooms which reflect that view. We set about collecting 18 quotes (one for each room), and on our last visit to the US, we had them cut into stencils. When we returned, we began the slow process of putting them on the walls. It took us awhile to get the hang of it (one or two walls had to be repainted or replastered after mistakes), but eventually we got it. So far everyone who has seen them thinks they look pretty cool.
We were so pleased with the outcome, we tried to think of a way to share the new look and the spirit of these quotes. We came up with the idea of a slide show. There are pictures of our garden, our rooms and our newly-inscribed walls along with pictures of Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera matched with quotations that we feel embody the joy of travel. If you’d like to take a look, just Click Here or click on the picture to the right. You may have to load a small applet from Photodex, but it’s completely harmless. Unfortunately this link doesn’t work for Mac users. The video is also posted on YouTube, which can be viewed by either PC or Mac, although the quality isn’t quite as good as the other. We hope you like it.
In the same vein, we recently came across an article about the nature of travel that was very close to our hearts. Written by Tom Swick, Travel Columnist for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper, the column talks about the nature of journeys. He points out that journeys aren’t always picture perfect, and that the real quality of traveling often doesn’t translate well into coffee table picture books. Personal journeys often take you to places that challenge you, surprise you, trouble you or inspire you in ways you never thought possible. That’s the kind of traveling we like and the kind of travelers we enjoy meeting. When reading the column, we found what is now one of our favorite quotes about travel: “A journey is what happens when consciousness meets geography.” We wish we would have seen this before painting the quotes. It would have made a nice addition. The piece is entitled “The Unphotogenic Beauty of our Journeys.” Tom also has a book entitled A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania With a Maverick Traveler. We’ve ordered it and can’t wait to read it.
We’ll blog again soon, we promise. There are a lot of interesting things happening this month. The two of us decided we needed a shot of old fashioned American Christmas…and who does that better than Disney?? So we’re going to take a quick trip up to Orlando to experience Disneyworld and Mickey’s Annual Christmas party. When we get back, it will be time for holiday celebrations here in Playa, including our yearly posada dinner. The posada is the journey that Joseph and Mary took to Bethlehem. In Mexico, it has become the traditional name for the journey one takes to a celebration or dinner held at Christmas time. Employers are expected to host a posada dinner for their staff, along with their families, their families’ families (which may include people from several states away) and anyone else that happens to be almost family. We have five employees but 43 people coming to the dinner. So far. You do the math. 🙂 If last year’s party was any measure, it should be quite an event. If you’ve never done tequila shots with an 80 year old toothless Mayan great grandmother, you haven’t experienced a true Mexican Christmas.
We also have the joy of having our son Christopher coming from San Diego (where he attends grad school at UCSD) to spend Christmas with us. All in all, it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful December. We’ll keep you posted on all the happenings and events.
Happy Holidays, and hope you like the video.