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  • Day9

    Mexican market

    December 23, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Once Mitch lay down everyone else suddenly needed a rest, so we decided to stay at the hotel for half an hour.

    The girls and I the left Mitch to sleep while we explored the artisanal market. We loved everything we saw - the colours, the clever art, the selection of goods. We bought a few souvenirs and headed back to the hotel as this time it was Charley’s turn to fade.

    Alex and I left Charley to rest with Mitch and we headed out to explore the local streets and get a decision, cinnamon-spiced got chocolate at a nearby cafe.

    Alex was bemoaning the difficulty she is having converting the Mexican peso to the $A (14.2 : 1) .. something Mitch manages to do easily in his head (!).
    Alex; ‘I hope something drastic happens to the peso and it becomes 1-1 while we’re here’.

    And so to dinner - another recommendation by our lovely hotel manager - another authentic Mexican restaurant. Chicken tacos for the second night for Mitch and Charley - a more adventurous plate for Alex and I along with the obligatory guacamole.

    We’ve taken to playing Uno whilst waiting for our meal and it gets quite rowdy sometimes. Alex was the victor both games tonight and while we suspect she cheated, she insists that’s not the case.

    Straight back to the hotel tonight.
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  • Day17

    Farewell 2018..

    December 31, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    It was the nicest way to end the year- a gorgeous day spent in luxurious surroundings, lying by the pool overlooking the ocean.

    Everything was wonderful - the buffet breakfast, the weather, the view... it was relaxed and very holiday-ish.

    We ate lunch on 5th Ave and the girls went shopping at the American stores - spending ages in Forever 21!

    We looked for somewhere to have dinner - everything was fixed price tonight - even the food court - starting at $US75!
    We decided instead to get a pizza (take away) before attending the New Year’s Eve party at the hotel - $US 60 for access which includes no food - just music and fireworks. But last year I promised Alex a good NYE party and so she got one.

    We danced until it began to rain, then ran for cover and waited it out. Danced again until the mid Iggy fireworks and went to bed just before 1pm. Goodbye 2018- you were hard work!
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  • Day18

    Welcome 2019

    January 1 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Buffet breakfast... swim... sunbake... stroll down 5th Ave.. buy trinkets for presents and souvenirs... repeat.

    It’s such a horrifically overpriced town, I am now resigned to ignoring the prices to do what we like because bargains are impossible to find. Hiring a cabana by the hotel poolside today cost $US175 - crazy!!! So there’s no point stressing. For these 4 days we will pay what we need to. But it’s certainly not the sleepy relaxed beach town Ben and I visited all those years ago.Read more

  • Day17

    Diving paradise

    January 9 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Cozumel is a real paradise. What a chance to see eagle ray passing right in front of you.
    Drift is the most common type of diving. It’s a really pleasure to “fly” over this amazing rift without effort. Did you know that this zone is a protected parc and that the amount of diver is limited each day?

  • Day10

    Chichen Itza, Holbox & Sian Ka'an

    April 8, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    We’ve been oot on 3 trips since I posted last, soz guys, so busy!!! Chichen Itza was so cool, we went to a proper Mayan village after it asweel which was cool to see how folk really live. We went to the island called Holbox which was so boannie, the island dusna hae ony cars so we drove around on golf buggies dan went and laid and drank on dis beach. Dan daday we’ve been to Sian Ka’an which is in Tulum and it’s like tonnes o mangroves that we drove through on a boat and saw a crocodile, dolphins, huge turtles etc. So good going oot and seeing more as da hotel, kinda brunt in places but tan is coming no bad. Going to coco bongos on Tuesday I’m excited aboot dat 🤪Read more

  • Day17

    Playa del Carmen

    December 31, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Last morning in Havana and we were all SO sad to leave. It’s been the most amazing and perfect part of the trip and nobody was ready for that to end.

    We decided to forgo the very atmospheric - but so, so bland buffet breakfast at the hotel in favor of an alfresco brekkie near the square we stumbled on yesterday.

    Today was magnificent- slightly cooler than yesterday but with a clear blue sky and no humidity.

    Breakfast was simple- eggs, bacon, coffee, juice. But we loved being outside in the middle of the street, listening to live music in the sunshine.

    All too soon it was time to go to the airport - Cancun bound.

    It was a very bumpy descent and upon landing we quickly discovered why- it was pouring with rain. Still warm, but a thick grey cloud covered the coastal city and we hurried to our transport getting soaked on the way.

    Playa del Carmen is about a half hour drive from Cancun and it was difficult to see much. But the Grand Hyatt was beautiful - a very new resort which has been magnificently fitted out. We are all in one very spacious room with 2 queen beds. We took a quick look around in the dark and could see everything being prepared for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve party.

    By 7.30 - having reconnected with the world through social media and phone calls, we were hungry. (After all lunch was a packet of Pringles and a Toblerone)...

    We headed to the main strip - 5th Ave and found it teeming with life - big chain stores jostled for attention next to souvenir shops and tex-mex cuisine alongside Italian versus steakhouses.

    Before we had time to choose, the heavens opened again and we ducked inside a nearbyT Texas BBQ restaurant. Everyone was happy- nachos, tacos and a Texas bbq burger. Huge American-sized portions with a Mexican influence.

    And then suddenly everyone was exhausted. We went for a short stroll along the avenue before heading back for the last sleep of 2018.
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  • Day2


    January 5, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We arrived in Cozumel today and took a trip to see Chichen Itza, the Mayan ruins that are one of the seven wonders of the world. It was especially interesting to see what it is today because I visited there when I was 15 with my high school
    Spanish class. The ruins are roped off and protected now, but it the early 70’s we climbed them!
    We also visited a cenote ( the 4th photo) which is a natural swimming hole that is formed by limestone breaking away into a large underground system of caves and rivers. It is a popular place to swim, but it was a little cool for us to partake.
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  • Day1


    March 30, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Hola! Got to da hotel yesterday at 3pm, it’s amazing!!! Jacuzzi bath in wir bedroom next to wir king sized bed (I wakened up last night and couldna was even reach Ian it was dat big!) no used the jacuzzi yet so no sure if it will make me bed claes wet (sorry Katie!!). Drinking a ridiculous amount o cocktails, playing in da pool and lying in da sun daday, went for a walk and saw a peerie lizard thing. Da restaurants are so good, I’m going to be 2 stone bigger afore I’m heem. Planning what wir going to do the rest o wir two weeks shortly. Miss u, love u bye bye xxxRead more

  • Day4

    Windy day in Isla Mujuresl

    December 18, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ 🌫 21 °C

    We woke to the sounds of birds we had never heard before. Mimi came in to ask whether it was the cockerol or the pagona coming to eat fruits. Bruno had told us an iguana might come looking for fruit in the morning, and mimi was excited to feed him a banana... (the only fruit I had pickup up at the grocery store... apart from limes which I planned to use for margueritas. We had a nice family cuddle before I sent Zoe and mim down to eat cereal. The returned before long to say the cereal I got sucked as it disintegrated in their mouths... I soon joined them and made scrambled eggs, toast, peanut butter and jam, and sausages ... the works! They laid the table and called papa when all was ready. We enjoyed an extended breakfast and hit the road around 11am. Our plan, that Alex had devised the night before, was to walk the length of the island stopping into sites and beaches along the way.

    First stop was Playa Tiburon. As we walked in we wondered if we were in the right place. It seemed abandoned. When we got to the beach there were very few people. We became soon aware of the very uninviting weather conditions - windy and cloudy. The sea was very mixed up and again, not the tropical turquoise one would expect. They invited us to swim with a tiger shark for 20 USD and hold a baby in our arms and take a picture kissing it... I thought that sounded disgusting and uninviting... We left the beach and moved onto the turtles.

    We visited the world renown turtle sanctuary. We paid the entrance and got a bag of turtle food. Went into the aquarium to find different sized turtles swimming in tanks. It felt a bit more like a turtle prison, but ati was quite impressed and the girls love feeding the turtles. We had a few near misses with the birds who had realised that this was a great place to get an easy meal..they swooped down to collect the pellets of food on the water. Before we knew it there were at least 50 birds hovering and on attack. We made the rounds of the turtle tanks, caught the tortoises on the way out and continued on our way.
    The girls were armed with bubalicious chewing gum which always make walking easier and more fun. Next stop (beach)...the wind was still crazy, but the beach was still beautiful. We thought it was maybe time for a Marguerita and of course some lemonade. We could imagine how gorgeous this beach would be in the sun and without wind... I put ati in a corner and she passed out fo a while...We hung out and considered braiding the girls hair.. Alex pulled a veto not wanting to be pegged a stupid tourist.. Instead we went for the next more touristy thing on that beach - sit with your feet in an aquarium and let the tiny fish eat the dead skin off your feet. We all had a go... Then moved to our lunch spot.

    This beautiful resort was pretty empty do we had our pick of tables... We moved three time to avoid wind and rain... The girls played in the playground until the downpour began. We enjoyed another Margarita accompanied by nachos and fajitas. The girls had dedos de pollo y pesca. The rain subsided for a moment after lunch and the girls got to swim in the pool. It was surrounded by double beds where I considered napping... But ati wanted to get involved too. The sun appeared for a moment and Alex and the girls went to the beach... By the time I joined them the sun was gone... We thought about staying there day to avoid getting caught in the rain... My FOMO kicked in and I pushed for a move to up Punto Sur. We walked the last stretch of the island with
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  • Day3

    Home Sweet Home

    January 6 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I made it to Mexico the morning of January 5th and, after a 2 hour bus ride to Puebla, arrived at my host family’s home. My roommate, Erika, met me there at the same time and we met our family together. We put our suitcases in our room and then went to the table to share our first meal with the family. Margarita, our host mother, made us scrambled egg and tomato sandwiches on freshly baked rolls and we sat down together with her daughter Lupita and her son-in-law Jesus. We talked about the mountains and volcanoes surrounding the city, my roommates stressful travel adventure to get here, and lots more, all in Spanish!
    After breakfast, Erika and I unpacked our bags and “moved in” to our new home, then took a much needed siesta. Around 5pm, we walked through the neighborhood to our housing coordinator’s home and took care of the financial part of the trip. When we got home, Margarita made us a small dinner (rice with eggs and green beans), and we had some really interesting conversations. When we sat down, Erika asked if the family typically says a prayer before meals. Margarita said no but that she would say one if we wanted. She then prayed over our food, thanking Him for our food and praying for all people to have food too. As dinner continued, we talked about everything from family and her home to politics and religion. When we brought up Trump to her, she immediately responded with empathy, saying that we should pray for him because he must be suffering. She spoke with such kindness and compassion in spite of the fact that his beliefs do not match her own. I think that we can all learn a lot from Margarita.
    Later that night, Erika and I met up with some classmates at a nearby bar and drank to our new adventure.
    All in all, today has been exciting, overwhelming, and exhausting, but I’ve learned that I am far braver than I ever knew and I am so so so thankful to be a part of this incredible experience.

    That’s day one. Stay tuned for more.
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