The Cancun Hilton Golf Course

On Saturday I went with Juan, Viri and Jorge to play some golf at the Hilton. We’re too poor to actually play the course, but for $150 pesos a person (about $12) we got unlimited balls for the driving range and putting green. Just for the opportunity to be at that beautiful course was worth every peso!

I’ve played a few times before, but I’ve never been very good. Saturday was Jorge’s first time playing and he did pretty well, considering nobody has taught him how to swing.

The driving range

We ended up playing for over 3 hours! The weather was perfect… sunny with a breeze. Hopefully we’ll get back there soon.

Juan and Viri's Civil Ceremony by the Lagoon

First of all, a little explanation. Here in Mexico, when you get married, you have to get married twice. One is the religious ceremony, which is the big ceremony and reception, like an American wedding. Second is the civil ceremony, where you have to say your vows and sign a paper, to show you’re legally married.

Jorge and I did the religious ceremony back in July, and we’ll be able to do the civil ceremony soon.

Our friends Juan and Viri, however, did it the other way. They had their civil ceremony last Saturday, and the big formal wedding will be in August.

Some Mexicans just go to the courthouse for their civil ceremony. Others have a small, informal ceremony and party.

Juan and Viri hosted a party at La Europea, a wine and liquor shop in the Hotel Zone. La Europea has a small tasting room in the back for events, along with a beautiful garden and balcony overlooking the lagoon. It’s a great spot. Seriously, the next party I throw will be here! haha

Me and Jorge (in the background across the lagoon is the spot where he proposed!)

Brothers... Armando, Arturo and Juan (the groom)

Looking down onto the garden ceremony area

And now for the ceremony photos (please overlook my poor nighttime photography skills)…

Viri's parents signing the papers

Placing their thumbprints on the papers

Some centerpieces Viri put together with her favorite flower

hors d'eouvres and cake! (The food was amazing, by the way!)

Me with the bride!!

After dinner, a bunch of us stayed out on the balcony for some drinks. I was lame and went home at 1 a.m., but Jorge didn’t get home until 4! Must have been quite a party 🙂

The Best Things in Life are Free

*Still not able to upload pictures on WordPress. Sorry for the pictureless posts!!*

Last night, Jorge and I went to Cancun’s Hotel Zone with our friends Juan and Viri.

We went to Plaza la Isla, where we ate dinner at Johnny Rocket’s (yay for root beer!! It’s been so long, my old friend) then walked out to the plaza’s boardwalk along the lagoon, which is lined with a few cool bars and restaurants along with an awesome fountain.

Jorge and I sat down on a bench overlooking the lagoon and some of Cancun’s skyline, and he said to me, “Do you realize how lucky we are? People spend thousands of dollars to be where we are right now.”

Right after that, my friend Viri came over and sat down, and said almost the exact same thing: “People spend so much money to be where we are right now! And we’re just 10 minutes from home!”

I guess we were all thinking the same thing 🙂

Here’s a link to a picture of where we were sitting (since I can’t upload): http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2097/2404301877_2b1934706f.jpg

This is also where Jorge proposed!

What’s your favorite place in the world?