It’s a simple question that often leads to long descriptive directions, similar to – we live in Colonia Cañotal next door to so-and-so’s house, across from the Mini Super, look for a yellow house with green and white trim.
On the other hand our house address here on Isla is a bit of a mouthful: Casa K’aay Hà, Lote #3 Circunvalacion Aeropuerto SM 02, M 204 Isla Mujeres QR 77400 Mexico. Just for fun I emailed four of our nearby friends to ask what their official addresses were. We all live on the east side of the street within a two-block area, on a road commonly known as Aeropuerto that runs along the east-side of the island.
Of the four friends I received four different addresses. One lives on Carretera Perimetral, two live on Circunvalacion Aeropuerto, and another lives on Carretera Garrafon.
Some of us apparently live in the neighbourhood of Colonia Rancho Alegra, while the others don’t. Lawrie’s sister Linda, and her husband Richard live one lot south of us so their address is almost exactly the same as ours, except they are lote #1, the lot in between us is still vacant and would be lote #2.
Along this road there are several lots numbered 1, or 2 or 3 because every time the Manzana number changes – that’s the M204 in our address – the lot numbers start over again. Many of our friends have attempted to number their houses with something recognizable, something that makes sense and the result is quite interesting: #216 is south of #305, which is south of #20. In other words if you were driving from the centre of town trying to find a specific number you would see #20, then #305, then #216. It’s a good way to keep everyone guessing!
Other friends have chosen to name their houses in an attempt to be easily located by postal workers, delivery personal, or emergency services. Some of the best names we have seen are slightly humorous ones such as Sandra and Carl’s Casa Spanglish, Brook and Paul’s Cas-A-Beer,John and Betty’s Casa Piolin(Tweety Bird) or Chuck and Marcy’s Casa Gallo, (Rooster is Chuck’s nick-name).
name your house, or put a number on it – anything to distinguish it from the others on your street
visit the post office with a photograph of your house and get to know the employees
stop by on November 12th, National Postal Workers Appreciation Day with goodies, beverages, and of course a tip. (They are only open until noon on this day.)
An error correction: Along this road there are several lots numbered 1, or 2 or 3 because every time the Manzana number changes – that’s the M204 in our address – the lot numbers start over again. That should read Monzana – we have lived in this house for going on seven years, and all of our paperwork says Manzana (apple) but I just discovered the word is Monzana (block). Too funny!