Remember when we were kids and we had pen pals? Remember waiting for the mail everyday to see if you had received a letter from your friend from afar? Well it's still going on today, only now, we don't put pen to paper and enclose Polaroids. Now we make friends on Facebook and Twitter. Pen pals have gone high tech! We follow each others blogs via RSS feeds. We "Like" each other on Facebook and "Re-tweet" each others Tweets. When we were kids, we carried on with the understanding that there was precious little chance that you would ever actually meet your "pal" in France, or South Africa or New Zealand. Today, for those of us who indulge in social media, all that has changed. Now, we have the opportunity to actually meet our cyber friends. These meetings are called Tweet Ups and I had the good fortune to attend a fabulous Tweet Up this weekend, hosted by Hacienda Tres Rios Eco Resort.

Hacienda Tres Rios
The beautiful lobby @TresRios

Hacienda Tres Rios
Bloggers and travel writers getting to know one another

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Chef Oscar and Genoveva, director of PR at Hacienda Tres Rios

Riviera Maya Tweet Up
Tasty fruity cocktails

Riviera Maya Tweet Up 

Riviera Maya Tweet Up
@DonFaustPhoto, @caroundtheworld, @RobKinnon, @LocogringoCom and @Iaaxpage

Riviera Maya Tweet Up
@caroundtheworld and @LocoGringoCom

Riviera Maya Tweet Up
More creative cocktails!

Riviera Maya Tweet Up 
@landlopers @LocogringoCom and @travelblggr

Riviera Maya Tweet Up
@travelblggr

Riviera Maya Tweet Up
Bloggers gone wild!!

Hacienda Tres Rios Tweet Up
@LocoGringoCom

Hacienda Tres Rios Tweet Up
@StayAdventurous

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@elmalquerido and Clau

Hacienda Tres Rios Tweet Up
The whole crew!

It was a lovely evening that included a cocktail reception, a tequila seminar and tasting and dinner. The writers and bloggers all had a great time at the resort and later, followed Kay Walten and I into downtown Playa del Carmen for a short late night tour of a few of the bars and restaurants participating in Taste of Playa 2010.

It was such a nice opportunity to meet and get to know the wonderful travel writers who I have been following in the world of social media. I am looking forward to their reports from the weekend!

Hacienda Tres Rios 

Hacienda Tres Rios

Hacienda Tres Rios
Sunset over @TresRios Resort