You Know You Need an Isla Intervention When…
This was a thread on TripAdvisor that I copied and compiled into a list. What are yours? Leave comments below for a chance to win a Beach Spiker Cup.
Two sentences you hear more and more: ‘You’re here again!’ and ‘Vives aqui?’
You are giving your new-to-the-island taxista directions.
Islenos ask if YOU remember them, not the other way around.
You have once appeared on Wentcoastal’s blog.
You know where Maria and her pepitas live.
Your Facebook friends no longer comment on how often you are there. Frankly, at this point, they just assume you never left.
You sometimes score the ‘local discount’ in restaurants without ever asking.
The minute you arrive to Puerto Juarez, you run into someone you know.
You know more island ‘chisme’ that you’ll ever care to know.
Ferry rides back to Puerto Juarez are not a sad affair, because most of the time, next trip is already planned!
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.
You reply to strangers with “no, gracias”
You greet someone with a kiss on the cheek. When you lean in, you quickly realize you are not in Mexico based on their reaction.
When you see only one person on a scooter, it looks odd.
You stop putting away your summer clothes … just in case.
You trade in the family minivan for a golf cart.
You start showing up at hockey games wearing your favorite team’s sweater … and shorts.
You ask for “la cuenta” at a Chinese restaurant.
You decide that flip flops fall into the “business casual” category. More formal events, of course, still require closed toe sandals.
You start asking your hometown friends what they’re doing for sunset.
You try to order pizza with lobster.
You have all the Spanish language stations programmed into your car’s radio.
When your boss criticizes for not getting something done, you look at him in amazement and ask, “Oh, you meant TODAY?”
You go to pay for something and all you have is pesos!
You are still wearing flip flops and it’s 20 degrees outside!
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
When a sales rep comes in and is surprised to see you and says I figured you’d be in Mexico again.
When you order a Negra Modelo at your local bar and they look at you with a blank stare.
When you have more Facebook friends that live on Isla than in the U.S.
When you don’t bother to put the suitcase away because you know you’ll need it again soon.
When you make dinner reservations 3 months ahead of time and they know who you are!
When you look at the back of van for pastries to buy.
When you only answer the phone “Hola”.