Guests can even enjoy a complimentary day by day yoga session at the nearby Treetop Palapa, enclosed in a secluded palm grove. Those years have been traumatic, particularly when a host household forced her to go to Mass. Her dark tales hovered over our café tables irrespective of how sunny the day. Each night as I sat and made notes in the café of the dazzling Art Nouveau Hotel Métropole, it seemed unusual to contemplate my mother as a younger Holocaust survivor rebuilding a life from nothing. But more importantly than that, she was an enthusiastic trainer, and her former college students informed me she would sometimes hug herself with delight when presenting material in school she found exciting. “So that’s the place I received my love of instructing from,” I thought.