Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:23 PM
What?! Snow on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen?
People often ask me what I miss the most from
back home (Montreal, Canada). I can
truly say that I am happy here in this paradise called Playa del Carmen;
however, a few things that I miss from the great white north come to my mind... I
miss the snow at Christmas time and even more, I miss the Quebec tradition of
spring: La Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack).
During the springtime in Quebec, Canada people
unite; families, group of friends, school children and work groups to visit various
Cabane à Sucre all over the province and enjoy many traditional dishes
complemented by natural maple syrup. Spring is the season, in Canada, when the
sticky sweet sap is collected from maple trees and boiled into maple syrup. This
traditional Canadian scene is white with snow and complete with horse-drawn
sleighs, maple trees hanging shiny silver buckets, rustic cabins bursting with
long wooden tables filled with people, laughter fills the air, children play
and people celebrate the harvest of the maple with tons of food, drink and
Mexlaw, a law firm owned and operated by
licensed Canadian, American and Mexican lawyers here in Playa del Carmen,
resolved to recreate this nostalgic moment, on our very own 5th
Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen.
Metal containers filled with crushed ice were
lined up and ready to receive some authentic and very hot maple syrup to
simulate the maple taffy that is enjoyed during this celebration in
Quebec. The hot syrup is traditionally poured
into bins of snow and children (and grown-up children too) roll the hot syrup
around on the frozen snow with a stick until it turns into hard taffy.
Many people, intrigued by the sound of the traditional
Quebecois music and the sight of the succulent maple taffy, gathered near the
tent, under the hot Caribbean sun to get a taste of this cold sweet treat.
It was an amazing and original idea to bring a little bit of
Canadian springtime to Playa del Carmen!
Especially since the tourism Quebecois is particularly busy on our
streets during the winter and spring months. There will be more events like this that bring
a little taste of Canada and Quebec to the Riviera Maya- stay tuned!
Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a
Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.
She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has
now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican
and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she
perceives the world through her photography and writing as the Girl Friday for
BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com
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