Wow! I can’t believe it’s taken me THIS long to write to you all about Cozumel!! Things have been a flurry of packing, unpacking, training, uniforms, new people, new friends, great new location, a new dancing chef partner and more!
I want to share all these moments with you all!
Since my departure from Mazatlan, I’ve gone through a whirlwind of changes in my life. From getting married in Vegas (more on that in a later post!), to packing up all my belongings in Mazatlan, to moving into a new place in Cozumel, to starting Salsa and Salsa in a brand new location…not bad for 4 weeks !
Cozumel is a magical place. I arrived late in the afternoon, after leaving Mazatlan at 5am (yep, that’s a 3am alarm clock!) with a stop-over in Mexico City and then Cancun. We caught a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport to our new home, a one bedroom apartment smack-bang in the centre of town, right on the ocean!
Dinner and a bottle of wine…ahhhhh…..Cozumel.
The following day was straight to it, meeting with Cruise people, hotel people and so much more! Our new dancing chef Judy was right there with me, and you’ll all get to meet her soon enough…she’ll also be writing here from time to time 😉
Training for the new Salsa Team was to begin the very next day, so I got right into OLE Mode, with Manuals, Questionaires and more. Training was a hoot! I want to share some pics with you from our training sessions. Our new Salsa Team are a fun, energetic and young team, that have proven to be quick learners and have all the enthusiasm we have looked for in our Dancing Chef culture.
I knew these guys were the “ones” when I rang that little bell for the first time and a roar of “OLE!” came from their smiling faces.
With training complete, we dared to invite hotel guests and friends to a “training show”, so our new team could practise and make perfect. A total success! I’m pleased to share with you the fact that we had nothing but good things said about the training show. Our guests left happy, yelling OLE and smiling and dancing down the stairs.
In the same week, Cozumel was filled with exciting events. Revolution Day (Nov 20th, 2010) surprised us with a glorious parade of young and old alike. We have a cute balcony overlooking the main street in Cozumel, so we happily sat there and watched the kids in their costumes. Here are a few pics of that day. So much color, so much music, and so much happiness – it’s all just so contagious, I love it!!
Iron Man Cozumel 2010 was also upon us here that week, so again, we spent time on the balcony cheering on men and woman who had already gone for the swim and bike portion of the race. The running was the last leg and their run was on the main street of town. I spent 1 hour on the computer and 1 hour on the balcony yelling words of encouragement “Keep on going!”, “Don’t give up!” and to the ladies “YOU GO GIRL!” (I got a few giggles from a few for that one!).
Thursday was our first official show, and we have seen a total of nearly 60 people in 3 days…not bad for a new tour 😉 We know that in a matter of a few weeks, word will spread and the popularity we are so blessed to have in Mazatlan, will quickly follow us here. We’re humbled by all the comments and words of encouragement we receive from guests and friends alike, thank you all.
This has been a challenge…a life changing, exciting and glorious challenge. But we’ve done it!
We’ll have Lela here too – for the first 3 months in Cozumel, Lela will be collecting donations to help build a Blood Bank here on the Island. There is no Blood Bank and locals are required to catch the ferry to Playa del Carmen, then bus it to Cancun…a trip and expense that most locals are unable to afford. With a Blood Bank here on the island, we can hopefully save some lives and make a difference to those who need a helping hand.
Keep an eye on those Lela pictures and reports…it’s going to be exciting to see what she will accomplish here!
Well, I think you are up to date now with Cozumel. We are waiting on Tripadvisor to list us in Cozumel to start our new challenge…we want to get to #1 in Cozumel too! Hehehe. 169 things to do in Cozumel…we may start at the bottom, but by-golly, we’ll get to the top, just you wait and see 😉
Head Chef Leonique made a cameo appearance this week at the Cozumel show…needless to say, we got a good injection of new energy there! Stay tuned for more fun Cozumel news!
Hope you all visit us in Cozumel soon!
Just when I thought I would always be the girlfriend and never the wife, my partner of six years popped the big question!
There’s a certain sigh of relief when the words “Will you marry me?” are spoken, both for the bride-to-be and the groom. For him, the nervousness of waiting to pop the question is over and for her, the relief of finally leaving behind paranoia that he “just doesn’t love me enough” lol.
In my case, both are true. We had been dating for six years. I think most people would agree that six years is a long time to date, but I say “better late than never!”
We get a lot of honeymooners, engaged couples, anniversary’s on our tour. I challenge anyone to tell me that ‘true love’ doesn’t exist. Now, don’t get me wrong, I promise not to turn into a soppy mess of cliche’s and romantic notions, BUT, indulge me for a second…
Most readers know I am a little movie buff (amongst other things), and I have watched my fair share of romantic comedies, sad love stories and feelgood love tales. The majority are corny, with endings that truly ONLY happen in Hollywood. But I can tell you that every so often, we come across couples who have been married for 50, 60, 70 and we even had a couple a few months ago that were married for 76 years! Of course, my first question to all those couples is always “What’s the secret?”, and you know what they all say? they all say the same thing! “respect each other. listen to your partner…and try hard to always do something to make your partner smile everyday!”.
Now if someone who has been married for longer than I have been alive tells me that, you can believe me I will listen to them!
I’ve also seen first hand ‘the look’ they give each other when I am asking them questions. There’s something about ‘love’ that is eternal. The couple that were married for 76 years looked at each other as if it was the first time they had seen each other. The gentleman pulled me aside later in the tour and said “the other trick is to always tell her she is right” hahahaha, so I’ll be sure to pass that tip on to my fiance 😉 But the happy truth is that ‘true love’ does exist. I’ve seen it!
Now comes all the planning, organizing and frantic craziness that is a wedding (hopefully not, but let’s be real!)
Luckily for both of us, I’m not too much of a traditionalist, but for my family’s sake, I promised my mum I would wear a white dress (hahaha) – for some reason when I spoke with her last night, she had some crazy notion that I would wear a crazy arrangement of colors for a dress – lol – my response was “Mum, I’m not Cyndi Lauper!”
The excitement of a wedding, for all involved, is huge and I look forward to sharing it all with you. Tips, recommendations, advise, do’s and don’ts list and anything you think would help are always welcome! 🙂