Let me get this straight, so there’s a big rabbit that lays eggs?
I get asked all the time if they celebrate this holiday or that one in China. Easter is one of those ones that is pretty foreign to me. In China a lot of people go out for Valentine’s Day and you can even hear Christmas music in the department stores in December. But Easter is pretty much an unknown to most Chinese. Of course when I first moved to America, my new family members wanted to make sure that didn’t last long. Even though my step-daughter was already in her 20s, she still loves all the traditional holidays. She decorates her house all year long for whatever holiday is coming next. She brought me my very first Easter basket! It was decorated and stuffed full of chocolates, jelly beans, marshmallow chickens and other candy. And she insisted that we color Easter eggs and that my husband hide them on Easter Sunday morning so she and I could find them.
In fact the Easter egg hunt is a yearly tradition. They even do it every Easter in Washington DC at the White House. One of the problems with living in a place like Michigan is that winter often doesn’t know that it’s supposed to stop on March 20. Since I’ve lived in Michigan I remember several Easter mornings where there was snow on the ground. That really gives trouble to the yearly Easter Egg Hunt they like to have in our small town. The poor kids have to try to find the Easter eggs in the snow some years! I really don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Many Chinese people never really had much candy when they were younger so didn’t get the taste of it. So after a couple years my step-daughter stopped making the Easter baskets for me, which is fine. They are really more for the children. It was great that went through all the work just because she wanted me to have the experience though!
I really have a great family! And speaking of that, there are other traditions with the holiday that I really like too. We always get together with my husband’s family for a big Easter dinner. Ham is the traditional main course but there is always lots of other good food to eat too. And a lot of nieces and nephews and cousins and other people come over to share the big meal. I love these family holidays and getting together with people you only get a chance to see a few times a year. Another part of the holiday I like is there are usually new clothes to buy! The girls usually get a nice Easter dress and the boys maybe a new suit for the year. I didn’t need much convincing to join in with this tradition and got my new pastel color pieces to go with the holiday and the season. After all, now that I’m an American it would seem rude to not join in! I hope all you have a happy and safe Easter holiday!
SHOP MY LOOK:
Teal jacket @old from China
Yellow dress @Nordstrom Rack
Red bag @Michael Kors
Shoes @DSW @Nine West
In yesterday’s post I told how we had gotten to our resort, the Grand Bahia Principe Coba several hours before we could get into our room. We walked around a bit, ate a couple meals and used up our daily internet allowance while we were waiting. Then promptly at 3pm we were ready to go. These places are usually spread out. You don’t stay in a big building with hundreds of rooms. Instead you will be in one of dozens of similar looking smaller structures they call Villas. At our resort these had 3 floors and maybe 10 or 12 suites on each floor. As it turned out there had been a problem with the room they originally told us we’d be in and we were moved all the way over to Villa 1. This happened to be just across the street from where we had been sitting in the main lobby so our ride to our Villa took all of about 15 seconds! We were on the ground floor which made my husband happy. He doesn’t much like stairs. I think his legs are still sore from when we first met and he would visit me in my 8th floor walkup apartment! It seems that a lot of Americans have gotten a little too used to elevators! So anyway, off the golf cart and into our room we went. Not bad! We had a small entry hallway with a pretty good sized closet. On the opposite wall was a door into our bathroom. Here was a whirlpool tub with shower, a large vanity and the porcelain chair. Moving on, the room opened out into the sleeping section with a king size bed, two bedside tables and a large dresser opposite the foot of the bed. The dresser held the TV and all important mi ni-bar. Through a columned archway was a sitting area with a couch, chairs and a small table. Next was a glass wall with a sliding door that went onto our private fenced in patio. Oh well, if I had to suffer for a week in a tropical paradise, this seemed as good a place as any for it.
One thing I really like, but have trouble finding in almost any hotel, is enough light! And this was probably my biggest complaint about our room. Our patio faced the sunrise so I wound up taking my hand mirror to that area to do my final makeup touches. The bathroom just didn’t get bright enough for me to work my magic! But it seemed the sun always shines in Cancun or at least did on our trip so this worked out pretty well. Other than that fairly minor nag, we thought our room was quite spacious and comfortable. And our Villa was in a perfect location we found out. We were very near the lobby as I mentioned. Here was the lobby bar, a breakfast buffet that transformed into a nice restaurant in the evening and nightly entertainment of some variety. There were also some souvenir shops attached and this was a good place to catch one of the frequent shuttles to take you to the beach or the nearby sister resort. We were only a 10 minute walk from yet another lobby with more restaurants, a theater and casino where we generously donated to the local economy. Two of the 4 pools in our resort were almost within sight of our Villa and the other 2 were also in that 10 minute walk zone.
Another really cool thing about the Bahia Principe Coba was the animal life. And I don’t mean at happy hour! There were iguanas everywhere, sunning themselves on sidewalks and rocks. There were so many I almost stepped on one several times. They also had other wildlife running around, usually when the hottest part of the day was winding down. The resort did a great job of offering as much or as little as you wanted to do. They had exercise sessions, Spanish lessons, kid’s activities, karaoke nights and all kinds of other choices. If you wanted you never had to leave the grounds and you could keep busy all day long. The nice thing about this part of Mexico is, there were also a lot of choices for cultural or leisure activities if you were interested. For example, my husband and I took a day trip to visit some Mayan ruins that you’ll see in a future post!
So what did I think? Well my real job is teaching so here’s the report card!
The room was an A-. It would’ve been a solid A if they had a bit more light output!
The food was an easy A. The better we got at understanding the buffet layout the more we liked the food.
The drinks were a solid A and were available everywhere.
Swimming pools were an A-. They were actually a bit too warm sometimes, although I know it was from the tropical sun.
Beach was a B. Actually a C on the first two days with some unusual seaweed accumulation. But after that they got it cleaned up enough to bring the average up. It is nature after all!
Service was top notch so I’m giving it my highest A+
General atmosphere was another good A. We had a great time and I think I actually relaxed more than any previous vacation. It was just great walking along the beach or around the resort.
Overall grade was an A-. Would I go back? Yes! Would I recommend it? Yes!
Based on this trip I would have no hesitation going back to any Bahia Principe location.
Coming up next? Let’s make a splash!
SHOP MY LOOK:
Floppy hat @Rue 21
One piece swimsuit @TJ Maxx
Sandals @TJ Maxx
Bracelet @My shopping bag @Express
Green earrings @Neiman Marcus
Necklace @New York & Company