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Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

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Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

Recently returned from my 8th visit to the island in less than 2 years (yes, I need an intervention). I must confess I always use to look down on people who went back to the same place over and over, thinking the world is so big, why don't they explore! Now I eat crow! I am one of those people. What can I say, I found my happy place....

I won't bore you with a trip report. Who wants to hear about my watching the sunrise, walking around town and basically doing nothing. I did have many little moments during my last trip that reminded me that I go to Isla a lot so I thought I would compile them in a not-taking-itself-seriously Top Ten. Here goes...

10. Two sentences you hear more and more: 'You're here again!' and 'Vives aqui?'

9. You are giving your new-to-the-island taxista directions.

8. Islenos ask if YOU remember them, not the other way around.

7. You have once appeared on Wentcoastal's blog.

6. You know where Maria and her pepitas live.

5. Your Facebook friends no longer comment on how often you are there. Frankly, at this point, they just assume you never left.

4. You sometimes score the 'local discount' in restaurants without ever asking.

3. The minute you arrive to Puerto Juarez, you run into someone you know.

2. You know more island 'chisme' that you'll ever care to know.

1. Ferry rides back to Puerto Juarez are not a sad affair, because most of the time, next trip is already planned!

What are your signs telling you that you are an Islaholic?

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1. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

When people no longer ask you where you're going on vacation. They know where.

When you looking for someplace to throw the toilet paper and you're at home.

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2. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

Maybe like last night...walking out of the grocery store and a group was selling something as a fundraiser, and I said "no, gracias"

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10. When you see only one person on a scooter, it looks odd.

9. You stop putting away your summer clothes … just in case.

8. You trade in the family minivan for a golf cart.

7. You start showing up at hockey games wearing your favorite team’s sweater … and shorts.

6. You ask for “la cuenta” at a Chinese restaurant.

5. You decide that flip flops fall into the “business casual” category. More formal events, of course, still require closed toe sandals.

4. You start asking your hometown friends what they’re doing for sunset.

3. You try to order pizza with lobster.

2. You have all the Spanish language stations programmed into your car’s radio.

1. When your boss criticizes for not getting something done, you look at him in amazement and ask, “Oh, you meant TODAY?”

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4. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

You go to pay for something and all you have is pesos!

You are still wearing flip flops and it's 20 degrees outside!

p.s I cry on the ferry leaving even if I have another trip planned! I hate to leave!

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5. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

Ha ha! Good ones....

On a more serious note, speaking of riding scooters, I sadly notice texting and driving is more and more of an issue every time I go.

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6. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

Isla can't be YOUR happy place, it's mine! lol. My husband and I "discovered" it about 9 years ago. We absolutely love it. We are going there in 32 days (but who's counting!) It is THE most relaxing place ever. I would love to retire there someday. I love your "top 10"... most are mine too.

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7. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

Running into people we know at puerto jaurez has happened to us a few times.

You know the bus driver and he stops to pick you up

Locals ask you to be their friend on facebook

People we have met in the past, who no longer work on Isla, arrange to come over and meet you for dinner

Our trips get longer each year

We look at the Isla real estate regularly

The hotel concierge greets you as his friend and know where you are from

My wardrobe consists of mostly summer dresses and sandals

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8. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

#5, ah I beg to differ LOL.

I would be happy to provide an intervention, just let me know when you will be down there again. "Next week? Oh okay".

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9. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

This made me laugh! It's funny to catch myself doing these things. Especially the answering/asking in Spanish and throwing toilet paper in the trash can! I do the Spanish speaking thing alot, as my Spanish SUX, and one of my former patients is attempting to teach me! :) I have sticky notes with Spanish words/phrases EVERYWHERE in my house right now! Life is good.

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10. Re: Top ten signs you go to Isla a lot...

When even dear heart says "we're not going to talk about Isla again!" because every time we go out to dinner or are sitting around chatting, I manage to insert Isla into the conversation somehow - like when you have a crush on someone and can't stop mentioning their name! p.s. he is an Islaholic too but has more restraint than I do. Six weeks to go - every day done brings me a little closer to home.