PVSD

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I can say with 100% certainty that a thing exists called post-vacation stress disorder. I wish there wasn't, that it's possible to just waltz back into reality glowing and inspired. My first morning home, I woke up acutely aware of the expanse of life ahead of me that didn't include pina coladas made with fresh coconut milk. Some problems are harder to acknowledge than others.

No problems, however, are hard enough that a good vacation can't soften their blow.
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We vacationed in the truest sense. We swam in Tulum, explored in Coba, sweated in Uxmal and swore in Merida. (It was a family vacation after all.) But we made it out in one piece- tanned, freckled, pink or otherwise. It's been a month since we've been back and I haven't recovered yet. Recovery is resignation and I'm going to stretch this withdrawal for as long as I can.

48 comments:

  1. Lovely photographs. It looks like an amazing vacation. Enjoy the afterfun!

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  2. I know what you mean...you need a vacation AFTER the vacation...Reality bites (sometimes)
    Thanks for sharing...the pictures, as always, are beautiful!

    Hugs.

    Lola

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  3. They have a term for that in Japanese - it's called gogatsu-byo, which means "May syndrome," because of the week of national holidays that start the month.
    From your pictures, it looks like you're in for a serious case.

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  4. I'm glad not to be the only one who suffers from this. I'm still having nightmares from the most wonderful London vacation with my oldest son ...over a year ago! Beautiful pictures!...k

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  5. Wonderful vacation and your pictures show it.

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  6. These are gorgeous pictures, and I love the story about your mom and the hotel. Post-vacation entry into real life can be difficult, but it is better to have vacationed and come home than to have never vacationed at all!

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  7. I love your photographs here! The man dancing in a hallway brings a smile. Thank you.

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  8. Beautiful vacation pictures with your mom and family! I agree that vacations are over too soon! Then back to reality again. But at least you will have your wonderful travel memories forever! Those memories you will take with you till the end. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Beautiful pictures! Love your bikini too!

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  10. oh my gosh - that bikini is to die for! happen to know where it's from? love the photos. xxx

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  11. Great photos of a great vacation! Thanks for sharing them and the story of your Mom's original hotel adventures.

    Totally with you on the PVSD! Hate when that glow-y happy bubble bursts. Getting ready for work the first day after vacation usually requires me to allot an extra half-an-hour for the difficulty of choosing what to wear. What, a pareo is inappropriate? Then I don't want to go. Sigh.

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  12. I am VERY intimate with PVSD! The only way to beat it is to plan another trip. LOVE your bikini!!!!!

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  13. What beautiful photos - I can see why you're having withdrawal!

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  14. love the photos, so original

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  15. WOW what stunning photos! I think I'm going to have to add that to my places to visit.

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  16. You do have a way with words!!!!!!!!! Fab post.

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  17. gorgeous. i need to vacation in a true sense asap. why am i not on vacation? it's a hard life...

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  18. Thanks guys, this is my bathing suit. http://www.bonadrag.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=996

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  19. your pictures make we want to get myself on a plane and go to mexico. cud-dos for the loss of genuine pina coladas. i feel you.

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  20. i'm still pining for paris from my trip almost two years ago, and still having free-museum and pain-au-chocolat withdrawals. mostly because i didn't go anywhere last year. hoping for a trip to new york later this year to keep me going until we can make it to paris again. i think that picture of your flower & bikini should be blown up and put over your bed, or painted as a huge Gauguin-like painting. it's so beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! I was worried it was a bit boob shot-y. Glad you like it.

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    2. I love your blog, and your work. My name is Merida and I was named after the city in Mexico - such a beautiful place. Thanks for being a visionary inspiration!

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  21. the man dancing in the hallway just gave me the biggest laugh I've had all day! Wonderful shot! Glad you had a lovely time.

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  22. I have been here! Truely amazing place!

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  23. love the shot of your dad clicking his heels! very joyous!

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  24. I have PVSD just from your pictures. I can only imagine that you, having lived it, are knocked flat, with good reason. It was so glorious.

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  25. gorgeous & looks like so much fun too!!

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  26. i will take one of all of those cocktails you have pictured.

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  27. Love the photos and I so know your feeling of coming to terms with reality after vacation. Keep the memories fresh and nearby! Love the photo of the girl in the top with the salmon colored flowers...

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  28. post-vacation stress disorder - you got me there:)
    great pictures!

    staklene bombone

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  29. What great pictures ... talking about vacations .. and I lack a holiday ...

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  30. Great pix, and I'm with you on needing a second, at-home holiday to recover from actual traveling vacations. It's not that you don't have a good time, it's that stress affects your body the exact same way, no matter if it's good stress or bad stress. Definitely good to leave yourself at least a day or two on the tail end to get your mojo back before hitting the real world again.

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  31. Great posts! Your photos and words make me happy... Viva Romanticos!

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  32. Oh, Mexico is so magical. I lived in Arizona for eight years, but I left it for Chicago. I miss being able to simply l
    drive to Mexico for a weekend of ocean and good food.

    I loved the story about your mothers adventures. Does she have plans to capture them in a book?

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  33. Edit: that should read: I loved the story about your mother's adventures.

    The iPad is not always a fan of the possessive apostrophe.

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  34. ALSO, the BATHING SUIT killed it.
    KILLED. IT.

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  35. yum, pina coladas, my favorite drink. I agree, its almost like we need another vacation to recover from the one we came back from.

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    Best,
    Liz

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  37. This condition sounds similar to my Post Birthday Blues

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  42. Amy, I know it's been awhile since this post, but what brand is that bikini-it's amazing! Love it.

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    1. It's Shakuhachi! Thanks, I love it too.

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