Cancun, Mexico ~ Meeting La Gringa Loca of the Jungle!

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I traveled to Cancun, Mexico a few years ago. One of the adventure spots that I visited was Selvatica. I had booked tickets online in advance so my family and I could Zip line through the Mexican jungle. That sounded like a hazard I just had to take. Of course I included the family! I hope that my kids have the courage to always follow their dreams, no matter how they sound to an untrained ear.

While my family and I stood in line - excitement was creeping like the unbelievable vines that were suddenly before my eyes. Tanglible, thick leafy, musky smelling foliage that I had only seen before in books. In preparation of the trip I had read about the canopy of the jungle but to see it - was a thrill in and of itself.

A beautiful American girl suddenly materialized apparently from the mist of the fountain, "Hello, my name is Missey," she said in perfect English. "Let me know if you need anything or have any questions" she explained as she wrote out my name tag. Missey positively glowed and glittered in the sunlight with her blond hair and radiant smile. Her enthusiasm was contagious.

Little did she know....I had several questions! I did not get the chance to ask all of them on that day. As fate would have it, those little 6 degrees of separation would cause our paths to cross once more by chance, as she read my article on the Internet about Selvatica. She contacted me via email and we have remained great friends and in touch through Facebook and email. She has let me have a glimpse into the life of Gringa Loca - the crazy white woman who made her home in the center of the Mexican forest. Crazy or incredibly clear headed and sane? You decide....

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Who is La Gringa Loca?

What is your name?

Melissa Dee.

Where are you from originally?

I am an only child, both my parents have passed away. Originally, I am from California, I went to a private Catholic high school in Indiana and a university in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My friends in Colorado are just like family. They thought I was crazy to want to live in Mexico!

How did you come to live in Mexico?

I came to Cancun on vacation with my two aunts and best friend in October, 2008. The last night of my trip I went to Senior Frogs and I was wearing a "free hugs" t-shirt. The cutest guy I ever saw walked up to me and asked what my shirt said. (His English was not so good). His name is Adrian. He asked me for a hug. We danced all night and he stayed with me until the sun came up on the beach.

I came back for him.

Did you return immediately?

We exchanged information for Facebook. We spoke almost every day for three months. Then I decided to go back to Cancun to visit him for a week in January, 2009.

Obviously, you extended the stay?

Yes, I really didn't expect to stay that long, but the day came when I needed to pack up and go to the airport and when neither Adrian nor I, could say good-bye, I didn't leave. We got married the following September. We have been married 3 years this September. We had a very small wedding ceremony and afterward we went to the park and then bowling!

Where did you live?

The week before I arrived, Adrian rented an apartment which I was so grateful for since I ended up staying. It was really cute, a furnished studio that was brand new. We were the first people to ever live there. It had a bed, a T.V., a table with two chairs and a refrigerator. In Mexico, a studio is a studio! A room and a bathroom - nothing of a kitchen. We had to wash our plates where we brushed our teeth and this was a first for me! We lived simply and acquired things we needed along the way.

How did you get a job?

Adrian took me to work with him. I was floored! I was like "you work here? Wow!" One day I was hanging out and Brenda, the receptionist from Argentina, suggested that I work there. I have degrees in Business Management and Marketing.

What is your occupation at Selvatica?

I was hired to manage both of their souvenir shops, design t-shirts and find other products to market and sell. When you met me - I still worked in the Jungle managing the souvenirs and helping at Selvatica, Cancun. I now work in a very comfortable office with air conditioning and no mosquitoes. I am the Public Relations Manager for Selvatica and sister company, Cancun Vista.

What is your main function?

I take care of Trip Advisor, Facebook pages, blogs, articles, press releases and so much more!

Did you like working in the jungle?

95% of the time I loved working in the jungle. I absolutely love to be outside. I especially loved being with Adrian everyday. It really helped us to build a solid relationship. Going to the jungle everyday was a mission. We would go to work on a bus, stopping halfway for breakfast. It was an hour each way.

How did you pass the time? I am surprised you could sit still for that long!

I was lucky enough to find a bookstore that would sell, buy or trade books in English. I kept a list of book I read and it was a lot! I also took this time to study books in Spanish.

Did you ever encounter bad weather in the middle of the jungle?

Oh, my! Yes! For the three months of summer, June through August, it was so hot and humid and there is no escaping the heat. If it rained hard, the girls in reception had to hustle to cover everything. I would hurry to cover the t-shirts and we would have various receptacles to catch dripping water.

They did it upside down!

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What kind of a child were you?

I was super adventurous! I loved and still do love to do anything extreme. From bungee jumping to scuba diving to mountain climbing. I love anything that gets my blood flowing and my heart pumping.

What kind of dreams did you have as a child?

I can't really say I had a specific dream or idea of what I wanted my life to be like. I am kind of the person that goes with the flow and follows the river where it takes me. I am so lucky it brought me here.

Was it difficult for you to adjust to the culture?

I had a very hard time adjusting to life here but now I am used to it and it seems normal. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be and I do see myself as a strong person.

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Favorites:

  • sushi
  • the color pink
  • History Channel
  • Capricorn
  • the beach
  • Tequila
  • Photography
  • Canyon City in Hot Springs
  • Orchid
  • Paulo Coelho
  • Sunshine Wheat & Fat Tire micro brew
  • traveling

How is the culture in Mexico most different than the U.S.?

It is completely the opposite of the U.S. My first "issue" that really bothered me was with personal space. People do not have a problem running right into you at Wal-Mart - and don't expect and apology either! In the U.S. we are used to having everything we want in the next five seconds; here people take their sweeeeeet time in getting things done.

Do you think that family has a higher value in the Mexican culture?

Yes! The Mexican culture is HUGE on family. It is very important to do what you can for your family. I see my mother-in-law once a week for a dinner. Sometimes on Sundays, we go shopping to the outdoor "flea market" together. She is always buying cute shirts or bags for me. She is so sweet - I couldn't have special ordered a better mom in law!

Family, being the most important thing is why they make it so important to convey that message when you visit Selvatica. They want you to feel as if you are a part of the family and not just a guest.

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What kind of animals do you see in the jungle?

There are so, so many animals to see! There are Tejons, which are like the Mexican version of a raccoon, tarantulas, scorpions, toucans, oh my goodness! My favorite are the humongous butterflies! They are even bigger than your hand with a brown underside and the most beautiful blue on top.

What are some of the most exciting things you have done in Mexico?

Both of us are super advernturous. We have been to Chichen-Itza, Coba and Tulum Mayan ruins. Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres. Scuba diving in Isla Mujeres. Adrian and I went to Mexico City to meet his family for our two year anniversary. We have enjoyed Cozumel day trips, we have had tons of fun on the beaches here in Cancun and of course, Gringa Loca fun in the jungle!

What are your short term goals, Missey?

To live everyday with the outlook that it could be the last. I enjoy the sun, the floral smell of the flowers every morning before I go into work. I see each day as a new adventure.

What are your long term goals?

One is to get Adrian a Visa so that he can come to the United States and see what life is like there as well as know my people. It is a very difficult and expensive process.

How did you know that Adrian was the guy for you?

My husband is my mono (Spanish for monkey). He is my everything. He is so loving, caring and super funny. I think he eats clown for breakfast. Adrian is very creative and I love that. He wrote a message to me in the sand with sticks and took a photo from the zipline. When I saw that photo I knew he was "the one."

There has been a lot of hype in the media about traveling to Mexico, can you tell me if it is relatively safe to travel to Cancun, Mexico for a family?

Yes! It is very safe here. I am getting so tired of people being afraid of Mexico. Cancun is extremely safe. I have been here for three years and have never seen anything to make me believe otherwise. I have been in parts of the U.S. where I have been more afraid. I know the places where I should not go walking around alone at night. Unless a person is looking for trouble, they won't find it here.

Tourism is very important to Cancun, isn't it?

Yes. Without it, there would be NO economy for people to live and be comfortable. If there are problems, people won't travel here and we would all be screwed.

If anyone needs any travel advice or has any questions about traveling to Cancun they can feel free to call me directly to a free U.S. number that gets routed to Cancun. 866.552.8825 or write to me on Facebook @Missey Selvatica.

A Message in the sand...

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I emailed Adrian to ask hIm to tell me what he thinks about his Gringa Loca and this is what he said:

"I saw her on the club, and that day didn't wanna be there to be real... i just show there with my friend. OMG she was at the other site of the club and i was having curiosity about her, "she is pretty" i said to myself.

Dance all night, the song i remember was "i remember" (ironic we couldn't remember that later until someone played and we look at each other)by underdog project.. then we kiss cuz we couldn't resist it and from there the ship just sail.
Eyes that can't see true me, hair was like gold dust in my eyes, her curves kill me those lips has the most beautiful curves had ever see. I was stock already!!

Time when by fast but i didn't know this .. we being creating and enjoying one of those things you don't say cuz you know you have it inside you, but, but i have it... LOVE

3 Years and she is older, 3 years and she is cute, 3 years im still wondering why i got married (J.K).
I know what i saw that day & i know what i feel today, haven't change, haven't twist besides the world and his problems teaching us the lessons, that only prove why love is so important... "

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Favorite Quote:

"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny." ~Paulo Coelho

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Kelly...

I spent my honeymoon in Cancun and, sadly, we never left the hotel. Had I been aware of the way the marriage was going to end...I would have gone out and seen the sights.

I actually had my divorce party in Cabo San Lucus and I did go out and see the sights...the sights ended up being the bars of Cabo San Lucus...I recall a crazy night at the Giggling Marlin...ahhh....divorce...good times...

Thomas

PS...Beautiful pictures...I should have gone and taken a peek.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey TS -

I can't agree with you more. You should have left the bride in the hotel and went to make memories to savor for a lifetime! haha Just kidding - that is really too bad...I am sure something had to be wrong with her to let you slip away!

I am going to have to go to Cabo San Lucus now...I bet I will see your name in spray paint in the ladies room:) haha!

Yeah - good times - take them wherever you can get 'em!

Thank you - Missey had dozens of photos for me to choose from - it was really hard! But hey - now if you go back to Mexico - you got the hook up!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

OMG - I so want to go to Cancun now... that sounds like an absolute blast and of course, you weaved it in with a real life Cinderella story. Funny because I was just looking at some of the pictures that you were tagged in on Facebook... now I know where they were going to! Love the interview! Another job well done!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Stacy! We need to get a group going for 12/21/2012! Lets all go to Cancun! lol That would be such a hoot! Yeah - that is why I was tagged in so many...I was shopping:) hahaha!

Thanks so much - she does have a Cinderella story doesnt' she? I admire her greatly for being a strong woman. I am so glad to see people that do their own thing even if it sounds outrageous - like you being in the Army...so cool!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Was this ever super enjoyable. Pictures, story/interview and then pictures again. Excellent hub Kelly. It's so good to see another side of Mexico from the brutal one we see so much of nowadays. I can add a voice here as to Mexico's safety in fantastic places like Cancun. That's according to several acquaintance's. What great friends you have there in Gringa Loca and her esposo. The only complaint on this winner is the pic 'They Did It Upside Down' which wouldn't upload. Most curious to see so I shall return!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi there Alastar - oh that's funny that picture didn't load:) wait until you see it - and guess what? I did it upside down too while I was there! Lol. I have no shame!

Cancun seemed totally safe - benign to me! I walked around downtown - took the bus, went shopping...I even went with 3 of my girlfriends right before this trip. We felt perfectly safe. It was an adventure both times but for completely different reasons:) haha!

Thanks so much and I hope you do enjoy the photo!


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cherrycrime26 4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

What a great adventure I just experienced, you Hub just reminds that fairy tales can really come true, voted up for finding love and adventure.


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

I loved this Hub!!! What a beautiful story of love asnd adventure. Voted up. A Thousand Up Votes!!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi cherrycrime26 - thank you! Missey is a terrific example of just going for whatever it is in life that makes you happy! I thought her spunk and personality were fascinating and I am so glad you found it interesting too!

Good luck - I hope you follow all your dreams too:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jeanna Pope - thank you so much! I do think she has an amazing life. I just knew it would make a terrific hub and I hope that it proves that no matter what you want - you can have it! If you live a happy life - all the rest falls into place:)

Thank you so much again - for the read and votes!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Grrrreeeeeeaaaaaat!!!!!

A positive hub on "my" Mexico. I lived there forever and will be back this year, hopefully for good.

I am sick of hearing lame-brain, gutless Anglos complaining about Mexico and the "Beaners."

I love the USA, but Mexico has much that is missing in their neighbor to the north. Too much to go into here.

Congratulations to the "Gringa Loca" and her husband. Ojala todo sale bien para siempre.

Viva Mexico y vive la locura que terminar en amor!

Bless you RH for bringing this story to us.Bob


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

RH...you mention going to Cabo San Lucas, if you do, PLEASE visit La Paz 100 miles north, it is one of the nicest places on Earth.

Bob


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I hooe I get to do that! I'm trying to talk Austinstar in to meeting up with me for 12/21/2012! Haha it's my birthday so I think we should at least TRY to have a party:) haha!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What an awesome adventure it was reading your hub. Missy has such an exciting life and I really loved reading about Missy and how she came to live in Cancun.

I would be terrified to go on that zip line but if I was younger I might want to try it.

Cancun is beautiful!

Loved the hub, the interview and great job!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well you certainly made the place look full of fun and danger!

I dig the natural beauty for sure. I really just love Mexico, though I've not been to Cancun.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

What an awesome adventure you had! I loved Cancun when we were there but I didn't do some of the more adventurous things you did. Your pictures are terrific. Up and awesome.


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dosborne08 4 years ago from Pembroke Pines, FL

Awesome hub! I have never been to Cancun or Mexico for that matter, but it is a must after reading this Hub!

Another awesome Hub!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Great interview and what an adventure in friendship for you, Kelly. Just goes to show you that love always shows up when you least expect to find it. This young lady is living life not just existing in it...lots to be said for that. Thanks so much for sharing. WB


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Great hub Kelly. So much life and energy in Melissa. Gotta go to cancun to live these moments and get inspired :)

Voted up and sharing :)


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Kelly, I have always wanted to go to Mexico but I've heard things about the water...lol

Mexico is beautiful and your interview with Missey was very interesting.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago

Wow, this looks like fun. I would LOVE to go to Cancun some time. Great Hub, keep it up, voted Up, and Everything Else :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I wish I could be there, the place looks so beautiful.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

You and 'Star! Heck, might not be safe around there! I will be there in October with a friend; buy you a beer if you're around. Incidently, best time there is the end of Oct. to Feb., say. Don't go in June through September unless you like stultifying heat...too hot to sunbathe...oh, sorry, I see you have a date in mind...DEc is perfect there.

Bob


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan! You could go on that Zip! This lady was like 70 and she went! Lol. She had a blast too and was a really interesting gal!

Missey - is one of those people that just has that special aura of golden rays around her. I can totally see why Jungle boy fell madly in love with her in her - free hugs shirt:) lol. What an amazing sense of using life OT the fullest! I hooe that people will read this and be encouraged to follow their dreams. Sometimes big changes and risks are scary but if you don't take chances - you aren't really living!

I will meet ya there in December 2012 - ok?? Come on let's ave saome hub money! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Wesman Rodd Shaw! Oh you should go to Cancun if you get the chance! I wish I could have seen more of Mexico - I did not get to all the places I'd like. I would LOVE to go to Mexico City! If tou read - the book Frieda was fabulous. I loved the depiction of life in Mexico,

Thanks so much and I hope tou go soon!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Pamela99 - isn't Mexico a blast?? Now you will have to go again! And do the good stuff! Lol. Zip lining - is an adventure everyone should take - it's so amazing to see the too of the canopy. The photos are all compliments of Missey and Selvatica:). If you visit her FB page - oh there are so many!

Thank you again! And I hope you go back!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi dosborne98 - thank you so much! Mexico is unbelievable fun! Cancun is perfect to go too if you' don't know your way around. You can take a bus for less than a dollar anywhere! Lol. So much to do - I've been twice now and still am dying to go back again! Lol.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi WB! Good to see you!! IThank you SO much! I just adore Missey and her mono:) lol. I agree too - these fine people are really living the dream. They are vote active in their community and participate in clean ups - helping others with projects and all positive things. I think people can learn from them and their attitudes!

People such as this - are spending their good time living only paying attention to the positive and things that are productive and helpful. So refreshing!

Thank you again for your wonderful comments!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This sounded like a great adventure and your friends great romance, she was very lucky to find a good guy down there.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! Oh isn't she cool? Yeah! Lol. I remember standing in the middle of the jungle - so excited I was THERE and it was so strange to meet this Loco American girl in such a place! Lol. I was hoping everyone would find her life as interesting as I did:). She is a fine example of going with the gut feeling and doing what you love. Missey is the promise to young people that life is good! If you let it be:)

Thanks so much again - I know Missey will love all your comments as well!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

LOL Cardisa! Hey I was not even adventurous to drink the water! I know I'm not used to it and I've known other people that thought that it wasn't true and sent their days in the best bathrooms in town:( lol. Yeah our bellies are not used to the things they are:)

Thanks so much! Missey is such a beautiful girl - living a beautiful life. I thought I would share all I learned from her!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Carl! Oh I hope tou do get to go! My husband and I thought about like - buying a bigger houses after we could easily afford it - but we decided our love for travel was more important. Every extra dime I make - goes into the travel fund. I'd rather be wearing flip flops in an airport than sitting pretty in the living room! Ha! Lol

Thanks and let me know if you go. There are very reasonable packages now and you'd never be sorry!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Vinaya - I wish you could go too. It's very beautiful indeed! To see it, smell it, taste it and swim in the water - was worth all my savings. I will never forget my time there...when I'm old and rotting in a nursing home - my beautiful memories is where I'll live:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

YEAH BOB! I know! Isn't that a hoot? I met her in Austin, Texas a couple of months ago! We stayed at that haunted hotel on 6th street The Driskill! We had such a blast - we just didn't have a long enough time to turn the world upside down. Pity! Lol

Thanks for the tip too - yeah I went in June and it was getting pretty hot then! I went in November too and thatwas perfect! I can't wait to go back!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Oh that would be so much fun to go to Cancun for Christmas... unfortunately I can't do anything like that for the holidays - next year we will be in Wisconsin for the End of the World! LOL - no really - we missed 2 Christmases with that side of the family - I don't think Cancun will hold up as an excuse to not come home for Christmas again... however.... any other time... I am all game!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Jeez! The comments coming in on this hub are making my email look like a ticker tape! Must be all the horny blokes looking at the pics (as well as your hub of course!)

Bob


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Joyce - I think people like Missey - make their own luck! And you living in Vegas - funny we should talk about luck! haha! Adrian - is such a sweet heart! I was lucky enough to be there and he was our sort of guide - he went through all the zip circuits with my family. His nick name is Jungle Boy - my girls adored him! It was so fantastic - we laughed all the way through. Adrian talked me into doing one circuit upside down - I wish everyone could see the jungle from that perspective! AMAZING!

Thanks so much - you should go there!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well think outside the box Barber! The mountain didn't come to Mohammed now did it? No! Our whole entire families should GO to the mountain:) lol!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

See - now Bob - I knew you were super smart too - haha - it was NO accident at ALL that I selected the summary picture as one of Missey in a bikini:) haha! Sorry Missey - but I know darn good and well - she is a smart girl too and marketing is everything! LOL haha I coulda been a pimp in another life maybe??? haha! j/k


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Coulda been a pimp in another life, eh. I could use some artistic license for the first time Kelly and create a character for you in the Tall Tree [ read tawdry] Trailer Park if you like lol.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Kelly, I have tried 3 times to leave a comment here. At least this time it let me vote. Maybe you were editing or something.

Missy, I had the same goals once. Moved to Hawaii instead and married a yankee. But once I wanted to move to Cozumel and open a therapeutic massage spa for scuba divers. It is awesome and I visit via Google Earth all the time.

I hope to make the December trip to Cancun with Kelly and her gang! Safe? You betcha.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ha ha - definitely - now I will let you work on my parents! LOL


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You made Selvatica, Cancun come alive for us, Kelly, with this hub - outstanding descriptions and great photos. I've been there several times but never found time to visit the jungle - too busy running around to the jewelry shops and eating at Senor Frog's - one of my favorite spots. If you do set up a Cancun trip, I'm all in, m'luv.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Lol - Alastar that's funny! I've been fictionalized in a worse light I think! Haha I'd be flattered - isn't that sad?


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Lela - that's weird - I wasn't editing at all! Lol. But I typed in my subdomain and it says I don't exist! That explains it:) gosh who knows!

I knew you would for sure like this Mexico hub! Yeah we are going - 12/21/2012! Chichen Itza! Be there or be square! Awww and you're still married to that Yankee too:)

I'd go to Mexico alone and not fret. I really would.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Sad? Nah. I'd make you Queen Real of the mobile homes.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Give me their number. Haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj - oh I love the shopping there. Everything is just so colorful and happy feeling! The music that is played everywhere just makes me smile:). Last time - we even had a guy singing beautifully on the bus - opera quality!

I loved the jungle - it was so wild to be there! I went to a Cenote there too....it was indescribable beauty with all the flowers blooming. Let's go - 12/21/2012! Lol. That would be a heck of a great time!


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

Wonderful Hub!!! It all looks like such an adventure, living in a world so different than ours, it is always exciting to experience - and your pictures really brought it to life! Good Job.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Any other place I had on my list of "Places to see before I die" just got bumped down a peg. THIS is where I want to go. And I want to meet a Missey too. What a great friendship the two of you have formed :) And now I get to be a part of that friendship via Facebook groups! Missey, you are amazing girl. RHW you did an awesome job making Missey just spring to life with your questions. How could someone not want to travel to Cancun and meet Missey after reading this?!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Aww! Think we could do a commercial and everything??? hahaha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Chatkath! Good to see you:) Thank you so much! It was really a great adventure! We had such a blast! All the photos belong to Missey - she was kind enough to let me use them:) I had trouble choosing - she has a library of the most awesome photos on her FB page. I am so glad you enjoyed it! You should go to Cancun! It is really a trip! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ardie! You would love it! My children had so much fun - Mexico has so many historic places to visit. I took my nephew too - it was just a blast. We hardly slept, we just went everywhere we could. I was watching an episode of Survivor - they showed them zip lining - and I was like hey! We have to go do that! I found Selvatica on the internet - and off we went! It was amazing being on that zipline - feels like your are flying - except when your upside down - that is freaky! haha! If you go there take me with you! I want to go back right now!

Thanks so much and if you get to Mexico - look them up!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub;your obvious hard work has certainly paid off here.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Kelly, I love Cancun!! I think this young woman is living the dream. I am sure it was difficult for her to adjust, but she has turned her life into adventure and love. I am a bit envious. Can you imagine standing in line at the airport and deciding to not board because you can't say goodbye to the one you love... So romantic, and it sounds like her job and her new family are so enjoyable. What a great success story!! Up, across, and shared. :-)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that was fascinating! What a great find and wonderful interview. That girl just radiates happiness doesn't she? I love stories like this one; I don't care what my son does with his life as long as he lives it to the fullest. Thank you for this; sharing on Facebook shortly.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a wonderful hub! The pictures, the love story. You've done a great job here, girl. I've never been to Mexico, but you gave me a new appreciation. Well done, my friend. I gave you every vote I could click on! :-)


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Wow! Wow! Wow! thumbs up on this interview slash adventure slash friendship slash love story. Wonderful photo journal in addition to the adventure. Very exciting and tempting to give that ripcord a try. Many blessings to all, Debby


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bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

What a great story. I am glad Missy's life is working out so well for her.

I am heading to Agua Dolce, Veracruz, Mexico to see my son in a few days. He lives his life much like Missy. He loves to go to countries to be with the locals not the tourists. He is in Mexico for 4 months for an archiological dig. When not working he takes the bus with American and Mexican friends to visit ruins and to go to festivals. He barely knows how to order beer in Spanish, but that doesn't stop him from traveling around rural Mexico.

The pictures are great and the story now has me looking forward to my trip. Perfect timing for the Hub.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Eddy! thank you so much! You have a terrific day too:)


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X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

I clicked on this hub because I seen a girl in a bikini swinging from a rope. You knew that was going to get some attention!


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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

Omg how amazing does it look there!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! I agree - Missey is the most vital young gal I have ever met. Her sense of humor and spirit - really remind me of my oldest daughter Laurel:) lol I am envious as well! I am sure she has her moments like all of us do - but she does do what she wants to do. She is in control of her life and doesn't let it get boring.

Yeah - and to be at the airport with such a good looking guy like Adrian? I wouldn't have left either! lol He has the sweetest way about him - and huge puppy dog eyes! Ah - to be young and in love:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi billybuc - I feel exactly the same way. My oldest is 23 - and she is pretty vivacious, a world traveler with a good job in the mortgage industry and right about to graduate with her bachelors from Lindenwood U. So great to raise mentally healthy kids that know how to work hard and play hard.

Missey does totally radiate that happiness. Her smile is infectious and she has no fear. I worry about that sometimes but I was pretty adventurous too and I turned out ok? hahaha! Yes - maybe I should be afraid for these girls! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Victoria Lynn - oh I hope you do go to Mexico someday! Especially being such a great Spanish speaker! You would LOVE it! It is such a fun atmosphere - the music, the gorgeous weather, the people are so nice! I could see myself retiring there!

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Debby - thank you so very much!! I absolutely loved zip lining - the whole day was amazing. I would have never imagined myself in a huge tanker navigating dirt roads to a beautiful Cenote in the jungle. It was surreal! To top it off - I made some of the sweetest friends you could imagine! I can't wait to go back again - I have even more to look forward to!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi bankscottage! That is awesome! I am excited to hear what your son does! That is wild - and something I really would have enjoyed doing. Archeology and Anthropology have always been very interesting to me. Every time I travel - I try to go see how the local people really live. The touristy stuff is always fun but I am more interested in people. I always find myself talking to the hotel staff a lot:) They are the best at telling a person where to really go for the fun and interesting stuff.

Cervasas! lol I don't speak Spanish but I know how to order a beer:) haha! lol That is about it - oh - wait! I did learn how to say STOP after getting stuck on a bus and the driver spoke no English - neither did the passengers:) hahahaha I thought I was going to end up on a farm somewhere! lol

Thanks so much - enjoy your trip! There is so much to see and do - the people are lovely.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi X-Con - you got me! I so purposely used that photo as my summary clip for that reason! Now I'm busted:) lol But hey - wouldn't you have? Be honest!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi eatforcheaper -

I will tell you - it is totally amazing. The climate is great - even in the summer the heat doesn't bother me at all - the people are so nice and helpful. Everything is really reasonable and it's just so festive! You can take a bus downtown for like a quarter! The shopping is really fun - they have a mall that is out of this world on Kulkulcan Blvd. (I think Im spelling that right).

Thanks!


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TrahnTheMan 4 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

Wow- this is the most personal, and thorough, hub I have ever read! Thank you Missey- you have inspired me more than you know. All the very best wishes for your and your husband's life down there- your life is the epitome of 'one door closing and another opening'.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi TrahnTheMan:) Love that screen name btw:) lol

Thank you - Missey is the picture of a life lived well! I really thing people should be more like her - they would be happier. As you can guess - she doesn't concentrate so much on material objects - she is motivated by living. Good luck to you and I hope you follow all of your dreams too!


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seo4site 4 years ago

I'm impressed!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi seo4site - thank you so much! I appreciate your comments!


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X-Con 4 years ago from The Free World!

Of course! ;)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

What the fork! This was hilarious! Gringa loca stayed back with Adrian. Lol! Life is full or surprises. This was a fun read with lots of pictures. Thanks Kelly! Oh Dios!

LORD


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey X-Con - I could tell by the stlant of your font you were smart:) haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lord - thank you! Life is full of surprises - or well I hope it is - because it sure keeps things fun:) I loved the photos - Missey has so many - I wish I was there to take some today!


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Missey Selvatica 4 years ago from Cancún, Quintana Roo

OH MY GOSH!!! Look at all these comments!!! Kelly, you did a great job on this hub, not just cause it's about me. Thanks to all you that enjoyed it, I had a blast helping Kelly to prepare. I invite everyone to stop by my Facebook page to say hola or get the hook-up on Cancun if you are planning a trip south of the boarder! Keep it real, live for the moment and enjoy life to the fullest. PS. I love my hubster, he is the best!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Missey! Laaaa! This was so much fun to do - I so appreciate your patience and tolerance with all my pestery questions! Lol. As you can see - everyone enjoyed hearing about your non stop fun and bravery!

I hope life is treating you kindly over on your side of the world today:). I always sit here and imagine you're off swimming in the ocean or zipping through the jungle. You take care of your bad self:) Tell Jungle boy I said hola!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Your frend lives a great life! I want to live free like that! Wow! Love the pictures of such a place! I want to be her in Pueto Rico! Micah and I want to move there someday...just need medical!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Audra - I would love to be so young and free again...I'd be more like Miss Missey:) lol. I love my kids and family life so I live vicarious through Missey:) man she has got the life doesn't she? The ocean, the jungle, the music:) lol. I love the music that is just omnipresent over there - always lively. The shopping is so fun...I love the climate too.

Good luck moving there - I bet you and Micah would be so happy! Cancun is amazing - so much to see and do!


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Cancun looks, and sounds like so much fun. I love the outdoors. Zip lines, hiking, cavef exploring, scuba diving, wildlife.

I miss doing those things.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Daffy! Good to see you:).

I love all that stuff too - except scuba diving - I've never done it but I want to really bad! Lol


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iloveyoujenny 4 years ago from Illinois

This is fantastic! I loved the description of the jungle in the second paragraph. I actually went to Selvatica in 2010 with my boyfriend and it was so beautiful and amazing. I'm going back to Cancun this summer with my family and I can't wait. Anyway you did a great job with this piece it felt very real and I loved how you included the picture of her name in the sand and the note about Melissa from her husband. Nice touch! =D


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi iloveyoujenny ( < ---- and we just met!) lol

Aww! You went too! It is out of sight isn't it! I can't wait to go back! Have a terrific time and take a photo and email it to me and I will add it into the hub!

Thank you very much for the terrific compliment - I really appreciate that!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Excellent interview Kel - so glad to learn about Missy. I remember your hub about your trip that you LOVED. My best friend goes to Cancun all the time with her partner. I have never been but maybe one day. This hub sure makes me want to visit!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Sharyn! I have a feeling - this time next year - you and me are gonna be rich from hub. I can see us lying on the beach with lil foo foo drinks...an ocean...maids, rolls royces! Ok well enough fantasizing - I can maybe take you out for one of them fancy Chicago hotdogs:) hahaha

Thanks - You would adore Missey - she is hilarious and fun - terrific girl!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I'm a dreamer, let's just stick with your fantasizing, I'm okay with that!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sharyn - yeah fantasizing can be under rated! Have you seen that Scwartzenager movie - ? Ya! Lol.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

This was an amazing story! So touching and yet beautiful! I really enjoyed this hub and once again you did an amazing interview! Wonderful job :-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Myth - you would love Missey in real life too. She is very outgoing and smart. She is really sweet too - see you both have a ton in common! You, Stacy and I should go meet up with her in Mexico - now THAT would be a trip!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

That would be absolutely amazing! I bet we would have a blast and it would be hilarious! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah we could zip line! I know Stacy can do that bad boy:) lol. We could li e it up!! Start saving:)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great love story you portrayed and what an exciting life they seem to be living. So nice to know that people are still enjoying places like Cancun in Mexico. With all of the drug wars filling the news these days, I am sure that many people have decided to vacation elsewhere.

Ziplining looks like so much fun!!!

Enjoyed Ruchira's hub that she wrote about you. No moss growing under your feet from the sound of it! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Peggy W! Thank you!

Missey is a doll and no matter what comes her way she deals with it with strength and courage. I'm so proud to be her friend:)

Ruchira is another one - so kind, loving, funny and she's got a keen sense of humor! I love that woman:). And thanks for visiting me!

I get bored easily and can't sit still so I'm constantly moving or if I'm sedentary - I'm writing about what I was doing a few minutes ago:) haha! My doc offered me meds to make me slow down a bit but iwmas like - uhhhh nope! As long as I can run like crazy I will...plenty of time for resting later on!

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