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Playa Caracol

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  • Day60

    Beach day in Cancun

    September 9 in Mexico

    Heute sah das Wetter schon besser aus, deshalb machten wir uns nach dem Frühstück auf den Weg an den Beach. An der Beach bar gab es erstmal einen Pina Colada und dann machten wir es uns in der Sonne gemütlich. So ging der Tag vorüber und am Abend ging es das erste Mal in meinem Leben in ein Tattoo Studio. Natürlich nicht für mich selbst!! Aber wurde gefragt ob ich mit möchte also dachte ich schau mir das Mal an.
    Danach gab's noch Abendessen und wir spielten eine Runde Übergroßes Jenga auf dem rooftop.
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  • Day52

    6.5 Cancún Beach Clubs

    October 14 in Mexico

    Cancún is one giant enormous party!

    Of course we went to a beach club. Which was great. The play house-longe music for the hole day until night, when the party starts. However, everything is super expensive.
    So best way is to go with people who are spending a lot, then I don’t have to.

  • Day315

    Kickin' Back in Cancun

    June 9 in Mexico

    The three amigos, Julie, Jason and Ricky, were set to travel to Cancun to spend a week on the Riviera Maya. We arrived at the airport early and, at this point, our flight did not have an assigned gate. Go budget airline! We kept a vigilant eye on the information screens waiting for a gate number to be assigned but it didn't seem forthcoming. Then, all of a sudden it changed to T. We all looked puzzled at each other, trying to work out what this meant. Was it to be announced or was there some other (hidden) code to all of it? Then, 20 minutes prior to the flight, we saw a sign in the distance with a T on it and we figured this was the correct direction to board our plane. Two hours later, we landed in Cancun and were taken to our Airbnb by a pick-up service, which was actually cheaper than a taxi. Über had been operating in the area, but due to some violent incidences with taxi drivers, this was no longer an option.

    The first afternoon, we took a bus for 12 pesos (less than AU$1) to go to La Isla Shopping Centre in the Hotel Zone. We were staying in between the Hotel Zone and Downtown so it took only about ten minutes to get there. Amazingly, or maybe not, the price of food (and everything) was about three to four times more in the Hotel Zone compared to Downtown, where tourists rarely go. On the way home from the Hotel Zone, the bus seemed to be converted into a nightclub as the music blared from the speakers and the coloured lights flashed throughout the bus. It seemed that the bus driver was on commission as he stopped for anyone who might look like they needed a ride home. This meant that the ten minute journey took about half an hour to forty minutes. It felt like a lifetime as some of the passengers yelled at the bus driver, rather aggressively, to hurry up while others started to busk on the bus.

    The next day, we headed to el Rey, a Mayan ruin in the Hotel Zone, but little known by most tourists who visit Cancun. El Rey is a site that includes 47 structures from various phases of the occupation from 200 CE until the Spanish invasion, when it was abandoned. After a brief tour of the ruins, we crossed the road to one of the beaches along the Hotel Zone, Playa Defín to check out the crystal blue water and fine, white sand. Playa Defín was one of the very few beaches that we have visited that could actually rival an Australian beach.

    For the remainder of our stay, the heavens opened up and flooded most of the area, which meant we were largely house-bound, except for a quick outing to get food or a short tour of the downtown area. On one occasion, we headed to the Downtown area to indulge in some cocktails and Mexican food. The prices were a quarter of the tourist area so why not have four times the amount and become gluttons. Bart, not Bart Simpson, was the owner of the restaurant and dressed us up in traditional Mexican costume, as we sat back and sipped (sculled) on our cocktails before stumbling home.

    The rain, however, wasn't confined to Cancun. Many areas of the country were affected by flooding caused by two hurricanes off both coasts of the country. But fortunately, the sky held out for our day trip to Chichen Itzá and the flooding had receded at our next destination.

    Next stop: Mexico City.

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/-gjsCxWygNk
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  • Day1

    Hacienda el Mortero

    October 29, 2017 in Mexico

    Had dinner at the Hacienda el Mortero for some authentic Mexican food. Maded the mistake of ordering a magarita which was huge and more than I could ever drink alone. The food was good and a Mariachi band played for the patrons. I was early so it was a little sparse on diners and service but a good change of pace. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150807-d2490589-Reviews-Hacienda_el_Mortero-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.htmlRead more

  • Day4

    DevCon3 Cancún Convention Center

    November 1, 2017 in Mexico

    Day 1 - Attended the first day of Ethereum.org's Devcon3. Listed to talks by many of the architects, developers and programmers behind Ethereum including the Founder and Chief Architect Vitalik Buterin. It was an interesting day and gained some insight into the future product road-map.https://ethereumfoundation.org/devcon3/Read more

  • Day1

    Dan 1 - Bienvenido a Mexico

    April 22 in Mexico

    ...dolgopričakovani odhod v Mehiko je končno tukaj. Vmes je bilo še malo potovalne vročice, dvomov ob novicah kako je Cancun nevaren, koliko so jih ubili itd...ampak, tudi v Portorožu se menda po novem streljajo mar ne?...

    Malo pred drugo uro zjutraj odrinemo proti Benetkam, kjer nas British Airways dostavi v London Heathrow. Karta je bila ugodna, catch pa v tem, da smo morali v Londonu menjati letališče, iz Heathrowa na Gatwick. Vesel sem, da nisem “šparal” in naročil National Express bus kart, saj verjetno danes ne bi bili v Mehiki. Po malo brskanja sem naročil Hummingbird prevoz, privat, ne sicer najbolj poceni, ampak voznik je bil točen in če ne bi pravočasno uporabil vseh trikov stranskih poti, bi nas promet v Londonu obdržal na cesti in bi zamudili letalo. Bilo je blizu :), ampak zaslužil je tistih 70 GBP, ker nas je 30 minut pred boardingom za Cancun dostavil na Gatwick. Pot, po kateri bi šel bus, bi trajala zaradi zastoja cca 45 min več.

    Po vkrcanju na letalo za Cancun lahko po 10 urah rečem samo to, da lahko prvič pohvalim hrano na letalu, British Airways so oddelali dobro. Filmi na letalu so tudi super in praktično, če zanemarimo sedem ur časovne razlike, smo po skoraj 24 urah na poti, prispeli v Cancun. Tudi tukaj smo si uredili prevoz, Happy Shuttle Cancun...odlično, vse kot so napisali, čakali, oddelali, v avtu dobili lastno hladilno skrinjo z vodo, pivom, soki...pot iz letališča je trajal cca 20 minut in tukaj so se začeli prvi vtisi.

    Cancun je pač očitno party mesto, resort do resorta, lokali, trgovine, vse raztegnjeno na t.i. Zona Hotelera. ( po zadnjih 14 mrtvih na cestah Cancuna sem nas iz centra mesta prestavil v malo bolj turistično okolje). Hotel v katerem smo, je predelan trgovski center v hotel, trgovine bivše so zdaj hotelske sobe, vse čisto, zanimivo, brez pripomb.

    Po nujni osvežitvi še na krajši sprehod in prvo mehiško večerjo, saj smo bili malo lačni. La Casa Tequila je restavracija, ki nas je kar dobro olajšala za prvo izkušnjo, ampak bili so mariachiji v živo, bila je tequila, Margarita, quesadilla, tacosi, chimichanga...hrana top. Utrujenost nas je morda prehitro odnesla nazaj v hotel in potrebno je spanje. Buenas noches
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  • Day1

    Dan 2 - Cancun

    April 22 in Mexico

    Dobro jutro, ura je 5 zjutraj tukaj in ne moremo spati :) malo še časovna razlika dela, ampak do jutri bo vse ok. Kaj smo se še naučili včeraj, ne menjati denarja na letališču, USD kupijo za 14 MXN po dolarju, v mestu po 17 MXN po dolarju.

    Čakamo na sonce in potem nas čaka raziskovanje Cancuna. Ob 6 smo šli v Oxxo (market kao), je 24 ur odprto, po kavo, vodo, zunaj še kar mrak :) po kavici mali sprehod in potem na zajtrk v hotelu, 12 EUR za 3 osebe, “all you can eat”, dobro, poceni.

    Vsesplošna obsedenost s “Soy Luna” nas seveda danes prvo vodi do znaka Cancun :) Peš do avtobusne postaje, ki so praktično povsod, cena je 12 pesotov, kar je cca 60 centov na osebo. 11 km je do tja, praktično na koncu hotelske zone, zraven Playa Delfines, ikonični napis Cancun. Ljudje dejansko stojijo v vrsti, da se slikajo, vendar smo mi napis brez ljudi našli tudi na plaži. Več kot 7 km peščene plaže, resort do resorta, leguani se sprehajajo mirno kar po plaži in pločniku. Sonce je izredno močno, vlage cca 84 %, lepo kuri, ampak je prijetno, ker cel čas piha iz morja. Na koži se bo poznalo zvečer verjetno :)

    Ujamemo bus do La Isla, komercialni del hotelske zone Cancuna. Pivica ena tu, tam, malo sprehod, kosilo in še nazaj do “mestne plaže”, turkizna barva, beli pesek...res lepo. Sprehod se po “stripu”, kjer so vsi nočni bari, diskoteke, show bari, mora biti pestro tukaj ponoči. Po aktivem dopoldnevu si punci privoščita jacuzzi kar v hotelu, sredi hotela :) . Cancun je sicer zanimiv, v hotelski zoni je kot v kakem Miamiju, vse prilagojeno za turiste in tudi cene so temu primerno malo višje. Cocktaili so cca 8-9 USD, kar je kar normalna cena, hrana je sicer povsod dobra, jaz sicer bolj čakam bolj pristnost ulic, kot pa Hooters in podobno. Pričakujem, da se bo poraba spustila, ko se bomo premaknili drugam. Tako pač je, pa tudi napitnine so tukaj obveza, ne gre mimo tega, dejansko pričakujejo, čakajo na napitnine in te celo opozorijo na to, da račun ne vsebuje napitnine. Pričakujejo pa nekje med 15-20 % napitnine na račun. Ni to Azija :)

    Malo si spočijemo in zvečer še sprehod, nežna večerja in spat. Jutri se odpravljamo baje v raj, Isla Mujeres.
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