Where Can You Leave Your Heart In Mexico

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Think of Mexico. What is the first thought that comes into your mind? Is it the image with a lonely palm tree leaning above the turquoise water aka the perfect postcard from the Caribbean? For me this was the first one and the second was a terrifying thought regarding personal safety.
I don’t want to keep you tense, so I will tell you how true these two ideas are.

This is not a photoshopped photo, it is the reality.

This is not a photoshopped photo, it is the reality.

And no, I haven’t had any feeling of unsafety through all my time spent there.

And no, I haven’t had any feeling of unsafety through all my time spent there.

And now that I’ve cleared these uncertainties, let me tell you what Mexico feels now to me. I say now, because when I arrived there, 3 weeks ago, Mexico was just a country from the Caribbean, a place suited for seaside holidays and with an ancient Maya culture, as a bonus.

After experiencing life for 15 days there, Mexico got a way different meaning. I went there thinking it would be great and I left with one thought in mind: I will go back, plus missing pieces of my heart.

Let me tell where my heart stayed and why I want to go back:

I left a piece of my heart on Playa del Paraiso. The white sand, the waves in the turquoise water and the wind in the palm trees are my three arguments for asking for residence (didn’t do it though, still have to work for a few years)

Wondering…is this real or am I dreaming?

Wondering…is this real or am I dreaming?


Second best option: Gorgeous intimate gulf at Occidental Grand Xcaret.

Another piece of paradise

Another piece of paradise

I’ve filled a piece of my heart with Mexico’s cultural richness. Didn’t have much time to discover it, but I was lucky enough to see an amazing show at Xcaret Park. The history of Mexico, the Mayans, the beauty of the folk costumes, mariachi singing, the flyers from Papantla (an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO), all in one for one main purpose: winning the hearts of the visitors.

They tried to convince me to dress like them

They tried to convince me to dress like them

Mexican folk costumes at Xcaret Show

Mexican folk costumes at Xcaret Show

I fell in love with an intense and hypnotizing look.

 I said look, not dressing style (I know that for European standards some adjustment have to be made)

I said look, not dressing style (I know that for European standards some adjustment have to be made)

I left a piece of my heart among the Mayan ruins at Tulum. But not for the reason you might think. I fell deeply in love with the inhabitants of the ruins. I think i’d love to have one living with me although the immigration office couldn’t help me fulfill my desire.

I want an iguanaaaaaa

I want an iguanaaaaaa

I left a piece of my heart at the second greatest reef in the world. Snorkeling near Tulum is a must, even for beginners like me. After one hour, the score was: almost a glass of sea-water drank, one kg minus and the knowledge of how the only reef that’s still developing looks like.

Me, Marina and Cristina on our way to discover the world

Me, Marina and Cristina on our way to discover the world

Me, Marina and Cristina on our way to discover the world

Tip
If you are a diver, Cozumel is the best place to go. And once you are there, Allegro Cozumel Hotel will offer you a unique diving experience plus specific features inside the property (hangers, screens for the recordings etc).

I’ve saved for the end, the most important place where I left my heart in Mexico. It’s in the people’s smiles, in the way they make you, a foreigner, feel like. No pictures for this feeling, it’s the type “you have to live it to believe”.



Alexandra Dinca

Alexandra is a Romanian girl attending a MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Madrid.

She traded her professional experience in auctions because she trusted Confucius saying "Chose a job you love and you will never have to work day in your life".

Gourmand, passionate about Real Madrid and a luxury-lover she will represent Madrid.

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