What am I still doing in Cancun?

The adventures of an American single mommy working and playing in paradise.

Moving to Cancun E-mail Number 19 – Legal again!


When we last left our heroine she had just been deported from Mexico!

Hi everyone,

Barbie´s Adventures in Mexico…what do you think of that for a book title? (People in Chicago used to call me “Ghetto Barbie”. I’ll explain someday.)


rapper Barbie


Well, I am legal again, that is, a legal tourist. I am still working illegally. The process has begun to get my work permit. Thank God! Anyway, Bety (I don’t know what I would do without her) (I do now as she dumped me as a friend lol) and I took the 5 1/2 hour bus ride to Chetumal on Saturday. Her friend who works for the government picked us up and took us to the border of Belize and Mexico. There he proceeded to set up an “arrangement”. You see, you have to stay in Belize for 72 hours to get a new visa when you enter Mexico. Of course for 500 pesos, this law can be overlooked. We walked over the bridge and into immigration in Belize. Betty couldn’t get in because her passport was expired. She told me to go into Belize and wait for her. I sat there for about 15 minutes and then suddenly realized that I wasn’t really supposed to wait for her! I paid my exit tax, left Belize, went back to Mexican immigration, paid my “special fee” and I was a legal tourist again. I was in Belize for about 20 minutes. I really wish that I could have seen more of the country… (or any of it for that matter)

Anyway, after lunch (cerviche and beer I remember it well) and another 5 1/2 hour bus ride, I was back in Cancun ready to teach salsa at the Shrimp Bucket (and then no doubt go out dancing and drinking until 5am, ah those were the days).

Work is fine. I had my first class this morning, and then prepared the ones for tomorrow. I have classes tonight from 4 until 9 also. The children are at 4. I can’t wait to see how that is!

Thank goodness they still want me to teach Salsa at the restaurant even though I can only so it on Saturdays. Maybe later I can get the schedule I want here at school.

Side note. No more internet cafe! I can use the computers here at the school for free!

Love, Kristin


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