Relocating Cozumel

How I Came to Call Cozumel Home:   A Series by Island Residents

Nadine Friedman-Biezmienova tells us how her love of the island grew during her pregnancy ….

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 My husband and I had been sailing the Caribbean for about 4 years.

Working for Carnival Cruise Line in the photography department. When my husband got a promotion in the Head Office in Miami, we moved to Miami for about a month and I decided it was not for me,we even tried New York but my heart was not there. I wanted to find a place where it was safe and easy to meet people. The island life kept drawing me back specifically Cozumel Island.


Out of all the islands we have traveled to, and I mean, there are plenty that we been too. Cozumel was like a whisper in my ear, saying “come to me”


So I did it!

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Little did I know that I was already pregnant at the time as well. Um ooopsss!!!


July 4th 2014 we moved to Cozumel, we had options to move to the States. I still said no!

I still had this incrediable feeling of something is waiting for me in Mexico.

I searched for this safe and easy going lifestyle on an island and found this instantaneously.


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I had no friends and the only connections I had where my friends from the ships that would visit once a week or month, including my husband.He was based in Miami.


Slowly just by going to the park or going to have a morning virgin drink in downtown area or even going to yoga. I started to make friends and meet people. It became easy to socialize and understand the island life because everyone wants you to love it like they do.


I found on an island so small, there are so many things to do, from walking through markets in the downtown area to the celebrations almost every weekend, surf tournaments, live bands, festivals,festivals,festivals. Its never ending but serene. And most importantly it is safe. For a pregnant woman on her own, safety is always the priority and this island comes in safety by the bucket load.


As my belly grew bigger, so did my love for the island.

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I found a doctor and a suitable hospital super easy and felt so comfortable to be giving birth in a foregin country.


Now after 4 years have passed, I have giving birth to two kids, Yes two!

My husband has left his position in Miami and joined us in the island lifestyle.


Even my mom has joined us on the island and bought a house after a visit that was supposed to be only a few months.


We decided to pursue our photography and videography skills on the island. Since we both been doing it for so many years and love what we do. We wanted to create something that we both could enjoy doing and of course to work on our own schedule.


Family has always been first priority and it is very important to us.

So to work from home surrounded by our children is a dream come true!!

It is possibly the best option for us and this would never be possible if we weren’t living here in Cozumel.


Cozumel is like no other place in the world, It sucks you in and hugs you so tight that you cannot leave. It might be too much for some, but for most it is Paradise. A living paradise


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Thank you Cozumel for allowing us to become apart of the island family.


We are truly blessed.


Nadine Friedman-Biezmienova and her husband own Mik ‘n Drik Photography.  Oleksandr is more involved and interested in video photography/cinematography and personal portraits. While Nadine loves to focus her energy on newborns, lifestyle and interior photography.


Cómo es que Cozumel se convirtió en mi hogar: Una serie escrita por habitantes de la Isla

Nadine Friedman-Biezmienova nos cuenta cómo su amor hacia la Isla creció durante su embarazo. . .

Mi esposo había estado navegando por el Caribe durante casi 4 años, trabajaba para la naviera Carnival en el

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departamento de fotografía. Cuando fue promovido a las oficinas centrales en Miami, nos mudamos a Miami durante un mes y tomé la decisión que el lugar no era para mí. De hecho tratamos de estar en Nueva York, pero mi corazón no se hallaba. Deseaba encontrar un sitio que fuera seguro y donde pudiera conocer gente fácilmente. La vida isleña continuaba atrayéndome, en especial la Isla de Cozumel.


De las islas a las que hemos viajado y, créanme que hemos visitado muchas, Cozumel susurraba a mi oído “ven a mi”.


¡Y así lo hice!


En ese momento tampoco sabía que me estaba embarazada. ¡Uy!


Nos mudamos a Cozumel el 4 de julio del 2014. Teníamos opciones para mudarnos a EUA. ¡Aún así dije que no! Continuaba teniendo esta increíble sensación que algo me esperaba en México. Indagué sobre el estilo de vida seguro y sencillo en una isla, y encontré esto de inmediato.


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No contaba con amigos y las únicas conexiones que tenía eran los amigos en los buques turísticos que llegaban una vez a la semana o al mes; incluyendo a mi esposo. Su base era Miami.


Poco a poco, con tan solo ir al parque o tomar una bebida virgen en la zona del parque del centro, o incluso ir a clase de yoga, comencé a hacer nuevas amistades y a conocer gente. Fue muy sencillo socializar y comprender la vida en la Isla pues todos quieren que te guste de la misma manera que a ellos les gusta.


Encontré que en una isla tan pequeña hay muchas cosas que hacer desde caminar entre los mercados en la zona del centro, hasta las celebraciones que se realizan casi todos los fines de semana, torneos de surf, bandas de música en vivo, festivales, festivales, festivales. Es interminable, pero serena. Y lo más importante es que es segura. Para una mujer embarazada y sola, la seguridad siempre es una prioridad, y la seguridad de esta isla llega a granel.


Conforme crecía mi vientre, también lo hacia mi cariño hacia la Isla. De manera sencilla encontré médico y hospital adecuados, y me sentí muy cómoda de tener mi parto en un país foráneo.


Han transcurrido 4 años. Tengo dos hijos. ¡Sí, dos!

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Mi esposo ha dejado su cargo en Miami y se nos ha unido en el estilo de vida de la Isla.


Incluso mi madre se ha reunido con nosotros en la Isla, y compró una casa durante una visita que sería de tan solo unos meses.


Decidimos aplicar en la Isla nuestros conocimientos en fotografía y videografía, ya que ambos lo hemos estado haciendo durante muchos años y nos encanta hacerlo. Deseábamos crear algo que ambos disfrutaríamos y, claro está, trabajar en nuestro propio horario.


La familia siempre ha sido la prioridad; es muy importante para nosotros. Así que trabajar desde casa, rodeados de nuestros hijos, ¡es un sueño convertido en realidad! Es posiblemente la mejor opción para nosotros y de no estar viviendo en Cozumel, esto no hubiera sido posible.


Cozumel muy distinto a todo lugar en el mundo. De absorbe y de abraza tan fuerte que no te deja ir. Tal vez sea demasiado para alguno

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s, pero para la mayoría es el Paraíso. Un paraíso vivo.


Gracias Cozumel por permitirnos ser parte de la familia isleña.


Hemos sido verdaderamente bendecidos.


Nadine Friedman-Biezmienova y su esposo son propietarios de Mik’n Drik Photography. Oleksander está más comprometido e interesado en la video fotografía/cinematografía y retratos personales, en tanto que a Nadine le gusta concentrarse en recién nacidos, estilo de vida y fotografía de interiores.

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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  1. nadine friedman 3 months ago

    My family and My everything 🙂 🙂 🙂

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