Since I had already been to Boston I didn’t go out of my way to do any sightseeing while we were there. Instead I readied for my trip to Mexico by getting a pedicure at a local spa and shopping for some last minute things, like a Spanish phrase book!
We spent quite a few nights at the Intermission Tavern, a local watering hole owned by one of the local stagehands. On Thursday night, Fran and I joined some of the other girls in the company for “Girls’ Night” at Piper, Amy and Julie’s rental house in Southie. Piper vacationed in Portugal back in November and came back with a number of bottles of port, so the girls hosted an evening of port tasting along with a slide show and presentation by Piper about the different ports we were drinking. She had different cheeses and chocolates to go with each port. It was amazing!
On Saturday night, Fran hosted shot night – her last (sniff sniff). It was of course, straight up shots of Jack Daniels, her liquor of choice. It was not an easy shot to do, as seen in the pics below!
After shots, we went over to Beantown Billiards (I think that’s what it was called) for Fran’s going away party. A word about Fran here, and I’ll try not to be too sappy since she reads this blog – she’s been my closest girlfriend on this tour – we started around the same time – and I’m pretty devastated that she’s leaving. She got a really cool new gig on the Avenue Q tour – basically she’s in charge of the puppets, which is perfect for her and her crafting skills. Still, its hard to say goodbye to someone who shares my love of crafting (she makes jewelry), sightseeing, nature, drinks with the boys and irreverent laughs. I will miss her like CRAZY. My life out here will be very different without her. Love you, Fran!
Back to her going-away party – it was really fun – most of the company were there and we stuffed ourselves with beers and nachos and sang along with crappy ’80’s music.
So after bidding Fran goodbye on Sunday, I took off on Monday for my week-long vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!
I met up with Katherine, one of my buddies from college, at the airport in Cancun and then we travelled to Playa – about a 45 minute drive south. We stayed at a great hotel called La Tortuga, which is a block away from Fifth Avenue (Quinta), which is a long street filled with restaurants, bars and shops. The beach is a block away from Quinta.
We had a fantastic week spent shopping, eating at a different restaurant every meal, laying on the beach at a beach club called Mamitas, getting spa treatments (I had a mud wrap, a hot rocks massage and an organic facial), taking the ferry to Cozumel (where we shopped and went to the beach), and visiting Chichen Itza, famous Mayan ruins that are one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. On the way back from Chichen Itza, we stopped at a cenote, a fresh water swimming hole, where I swam with fish swimming all around me!
I LOVED Playa del Carmen. It was the perfect mix of shopping, relaxing at the beach, good restaurants, and activities. I think there is something there for everyone. And it is beautiful. I bought a lot of silver jewelry (my favorite), and enjoyed trying a tiny bit of Spanish with the shop-owners (thank you Lonely Planet phrase book!). The people were so nice – especially the ones working at our hotel. I totally recommend La Tortuga if you ever visit Playa. They have a gorgeous pool and solarium, as well as a nice bar and restaurant. My room was clean and comfortable and I had a gorgeous balcony with a roof-top hot tub! It is a fantastic location – and it is super affordable – here’s their website if anyone is interested –http://www.hotellatortuga.com/index.cfm/Home .
Sadly, on Saturday we had to travel back to the States. My travel day was not the best – first the scary security at the Cancun airport took my knitting needles (grrr), then my flight from Cancun left an hour late, making me miss my connection in Houston, which was the last flight of the day to Boston. So, I ended up having to spend the night at a hotel in Houston and flew back to Boston the next day. As many of you know, I do not enjoy flying, and the flight to Boston was super bumpy and scary and not fun. When I finally arrived back in Boston at 5pm yesterday it was 29 hours after leaving my hotel in Playa!
But I made it back in time for Amy Karlein’s last show – she is one of our ensemble girls, and is super cool. She will be missed!
After the 29 hours of travel, I was not finished. At 10pm last night I got on a bus to Providence, RI. Today I feel a bit flu-y, no doubt my body is protesting the rigor of the last couple of days. I am getting some rest at the hotel today before joining load-in tomorrow.
Before I sign off, here are a few photos from Mexico. You can find the rest on my Flickr page.