We just spent a fabulous week in Mexico, sunny and 85 degrees everyday for 8 days straight. Wonderful. We stayed at a beautiful place, and for the first 4 days we spent our days sitting poolside, a few steps away from the beach, enjoying the sun, water and some good books. OK, some average books... I didn't pick winners this vacation, but I digress.
The resort offered pergola's that you could rent by the day, directly on the beach. We convinced ourselves that we really didn't need a pergola, once we figured out what a pergola was. Then one day when we came back to our room we had a message that said we received a complimentary pergola the next day. OK, we'll give it a try. You see, we didn't fancy ourselves Pergola People.
From one day to the next I went from not knowing what a pergola was, to can't live without it now. Everything is better in a pergola. The Bloody Mary's have more vodka, the bottled water tastes better, the sky is bluer, the book is better (ok, not even a pergola can help a bad book), the people sitting next to you (not too close) are friendlier. As we packed our things up at the end of our first Pergola experience we contemplated renting one the next day.
I always go through guilty moments at these times. Do I really need this? Aren't the beautiful pools enough? Isn't being at a beautiful resort enough? If it's not Greek Guilt on my side, it's German Austerity on my husbands! I come from a people who put a straw mat on a pebbly beach and that is luxury. They last the whole day on the beach, lined up body to body, and that's wonderful. No umbrellas, nothing. Just a mat a bit smaller than the body on it. That's good enough. It's wasn't in my DNA to want for a pergola.
Well, it is now. We are official Pergola People, and proud of it. We decided we needed to reserve one for the remainder of our trip.
Did I mention that they had a special pergola, where they offered massages right on the beach? The luxury of a massage IN a pergola, directly on the beach, now that's going a bit too far for this Kalliope.