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A Wedding and One Night on Isla Mujeres

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A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s wedding on Isla Mujeres… ALONE. I mean well, I wasn’t alone per say, a lot of my friends were at the wedding as well, but I actually went to Isla Mujeres ALONE and rented a room and stayed ALONE. It was so much fun! I felt so free! (Sorry about the gushing, but single moms don’t get a lot of alone time.)

Anyway, I headed to the island on Saturday afternoon after dropping Bebé at his papá’s (I dunno, seems a little awkward to call him Papi now). I parked in the Ultramar garage (only 132 pesos for 24 hours), bought my ferry ticket and literally walked on to the boat as it was about to disembark.

The ferry ride never gets old. Never.

boat to Isla Mujeres

ferries to Isla Mujeres

After the quick trip I jumped off the ferry (I felt so light on my feet with just my purse, a backpack and no Bebé in tow) and took a few pictures during the walk to my Airbnb.

Isla Mujeres fishing boats

Isla Mujeres street scene

Isla Mujeres mural

I am disappointed to say that the island is A LOT more crowded than it used to be, and I feel guilty for contributing to that, at least in a small way (maybe I’m giving myself too much credit) but it hasn’t lost its charm… at least not yet.

I easily found my Airbnb but before I went inside I needed an iced coffee. Found this little place around the corner…

cafe Isla Mujeres

Then I went back to my Airbnb, met the caretaker and got my key. Simple but central, clean, and absolutely adorable.

Airbnb Isla Mujeres

rooms for rent Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres solo travel

They don’t have hot water and there is a bar right next door that plays music until around 12:30 am but they are very clear about it on the website.

Next, it was time to get ready for the wedding, and I was really excited because I had a brand new dress from Boutique Mexico (they don’t sell dresses anymore, but the bag is also theirs and all their stuff is AMAZING so check it out).

Whaddya think? I was very happy with my look.

The decoration and set-up were gorgeous… colorful and very Mexican. As we waited for the bride, we took some pictures.

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Then it was time for the main event. Divorced and jaded, I am still a sucker for a good love story, and this one is a tear jerker. I am so happy for my friend, who is beautiful inside and out.

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The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was fun yet relaxing, with some interesting twists. For instance, they had marquesitas (a traditional Yucatecan street treat which consists of a rolled-up crispy crepe filled with melted shredded cheese and a sweet filling of your choice) instead of a wedding cake.

So after about a million Sol cervezas, Palomas (tequila with grapefruit soda or juice served on the rocks with a lime wedge and a salted rim), a delicious Yucatecan dinner, and some Salsa dancing, I headed back to my room and bathed in the shower, which interestingly enough had a sink inside of it.

I slept in for the first time in ages and woke desperately needing fat and sugar. I had researched some restaurants but decided that all of them were simply too far away (like 5 blocks ha), so I ended up at an old, convenient favorite, Compadres, which is on the pedestrian street Miguel Hidalgo.

It was just what the doctor ordered. Perfect.

I have eaten here many times over the years and they just do good, simple food well.

It was then time to head home. As much fun as I had, I missed Bebé and Sunday housework was calling. But I must say, it does feel good to know that there is still an independent girl somewhere inside of this single mom.

Oh, and I almost forgot… I caught the bouquet!

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