Auryn and I are going to live and travel in Mexico for up to six months!
  • Day1

    Atlanta to Cancun!

    September 26, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    First three or so days in Cancun! Took a flight from Atlanta to Huston to Cancun.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):

    Fights = $60 USD for each person.
    Luggage = $32 USD for each person.
    Bus from Airport to Cancun = 188 pesos
    AirBnb for 2 nights = $34 USD
    Groceries = 170 pesos
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  • Day3

    Valladolid

    September 28, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    We went to Valladolid! A small colonial town. It’s very beautiful and colourful. A nice contrast from Cancun.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):

    Bus from Cancun to Valladolid x 2 = 268 pesos
    Hotel for two nights = $58 USD
    Groceries = 96 pesos
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  • Day4

    My Birthday in Valladolid!

    September 29, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Celebrated my 24th birthday in Valladolid. Found a place with a nice pool and got some amazing tequila! We tried to go out for dinner, but with covid we found it hard to find any places open. We ended up finding a place with tamales though.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):

    Tequila = 140 pesos
    B-day Dinner = 140 pesos
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  • Day5

    Chilling in Valladolid

    September 30, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    A few days of sun followed by many days of rain.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):
    Airbnb x 2 nights = $42 USD
    Eating out (Subway) = 83 pesos
    Groceries = 175 pesos
    Eating out (Mexican) = 46 pesos

  • Day6

    Chichen Itza (Part 1)

    October 1, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    One of the seven wonders of the world! It is stunning! We got there fairly early so we missed most of the crowds.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):
    Colectivo (to and from) x 2 people = 160 pesos
    Chichén Itzá x 2 people = 497 pesos
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  • Day8

    Headed to Tulum

    October 3, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today we headed for Tulum not realizing that we’re headed directly into a tropical storm... oops.

    We firstly have a super wet walk to the ADO bus station in Valladolid. Then we have an intense bus ride through the storm needing to frequently stop for one lane traffic due to fallen trees on the road.

    Once we get to Tulum we have an incredibly windy and flooded walk to our Airbnb. We finally reach our Airbnb to find that our host has left us no instruction for entry and is no where to be found. We are left out in the storm for over 3 hours while Auryn bikes to the ADO bus station to access the internet (one of the only places in Tulum with power and internet at the time). I stay behind and guard our things with a neighborhood cat in a small covered area outside our Airbnb. Finally, one of the residents at the Airbnb complex contacts the host and helps us get into our apartment... which we find hasn’t been cleaned yet. Thankfully, our host puts us in a different apartment in the complex.

    When we finally get situated in our Airbnb we head to the grocery store to buy candles which proves to be more difficult than expected as the entire town is buying up all of the candles. Out of luck the person ahead of us decides to not purchase all of his candles which we buy up right away. (Apparently some customers were getting into fights over candles, but we were able to avoid that thankfully).

    After a long day we head home, eat some food, and rest.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):
    Bus tickets from Valladolid to Tulum x 2 people = 220 pesos
    Airbnb for 2 nights = $43 USD
    Groceries = 291 pesos
    Eating out (fancy) x 2 people = 215 pesos
    SIM Card and 3gb data = 230 pesos
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  • Day10

    Tulum to Playa del Carmen

    October 5, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We decide to leave Tulum rather quickly due to our stormy welcome, the expense, and the touristy vibe. At this point we’re looking for a place to settle into for a month to begin working online. With COVID still at large we’ve also decided that traveling every few days may not be the safest idea, plus things aren’t entirely open so we are traveling to places and not really getting to experience them anyway. So we’re off to Playa Del Carmen! It seems like a fairly accessible city for us to live in because all amenities are within walking distance (including the beach). 😎

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):
    Colectivo Tickets for Tulum to PDC x 2 people = 90 pesos
    Airbnb 1 night = $24 USD
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  • Day11

    Hurricane Número Uno

    October 6, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We find out on our second day in PDC that Hurricane Delta will be arriving the next day. 😨

    When we first heard about the hurricane it was only at category 2, so because we’ve already booked our accommodations, we decide that we’re going to hunker down and stay in PDC rather than try and take a last minute bus out of the city. As the day goes on the severity prediction crept up to category 4.

    We see tons of people boarding up the windows to their shops and houses, people are going on big grocery shops buying food, candles, and water, and stores stop selling alcohol (they aren’t allowed to sell alcohol during times of disaster, or on Sundays after 5pm).

    Auryn and I go to Walmart and stock up on a ton of food and we fill up sinks and all the bottles we have with water. Thankfully, we already have candles and a lighter from the storm in Tulum. We moved our bed away from the window. And we texted our families to tell them where we were and what was happening.

    The city becomes empty and quiet asides from the sound of the wind and the flashing lights from the odd police truck patrolling the streets.

    We hunker down in bed for a loud and scary night.

    In the last two videos you can see and hear the rain pouring into the apartment complex in the stairwell, as well as the bangs from things flying off buildings outside.

    Cost Breakdown (Approximate):
    Groceries = 288 pesos
    Accommodation for 1 night (average) = $23 USD
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