Yacutan Peninsula

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With me being unemployed for a week and not being able to take and time off  in the near future due to company probation… Me & M headed off to see the Yucatan Penminsula in mexico a few months earlier than expected… we boughtmi the tickets less than 48 hours before departure on AA.com for $370cad each leaving from YVR for Vamcouver that is quite the bargin! Our budget would be $100/day for the both of us.

The first day we had a stopover at Dallas for the.night but we found a nice airport hotel for $60usd a night. (on a side note the cad: usd was 1:1.01 on wednesday and 1:0.96 on Friday!!!)

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Anyways the second we landed in Cancun we boarded the ADO bus to Valladolid roughly 2 hours from Cancun. Nice quite mexican town far from the craziness of its americanized party city to its north. For dinner we were introduced to Mexicans love affair with cheese. We had a ‘ special’ plate of melted cheese topped with beans , chilli, meat….to be wrapped in a soft shelled taco. We also had a regional specialty of lime soup with chicken. We finished the dinner with pouring rain. In this part of the world no one thinks to carry a rain jacket or umbrella… Maybe its because the rain is so nice and warm.

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Early next morning we headed to the most famous mayan ruin In this region, Chichen Itza.  To escape the crowds we went early. (before 10:30 am to escape all the tour buses from Cancun). It was hot and humid, reminded me of Pompeii. We left after 1.5 h because I swear I have ADD and caught the 2nd class bus from Piste to Merida.

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Merida is all hustle and bustle as it is the capital of the region but at the same time its got real character. We were lucky to go on a Sunday because thats when all the street festivities occur. Free bands, dancing, street vendors, and lots & lots of police right in the centre of the park with the road closed to traffic. My favourite was when a bunch of boys started to break dance in the middle of the square (they were good!) And later at night when it seemed like the whole city started dancing to some techno-rock mash up…and I meant everyone, old grannies dancing with cool dudes, young and old just thumping to the beat. You would never see this in vancouver.

Next stop was Campache, a beautiful unesco city with colonial past and a lovely walled city. The only annoying thing was that the bus station was a long way off from town. We didn’t do much in Campache except wander the cobbled streets lined with the pastel coloured houses. The walled city isn’t a real tourist city as it is filled with residents and electronic

stores. There is a nice long and well lit board walk right next to the city which made for a nice evening stroll.

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For lunch we went into the city market for some truly local chicken sandwiches though the hygiene is best not to think about… next to us at another stall a man was eating a seafood cocktail soup (cold) filled with shrimps, octopus and raw oyster. I am fairly adventurous when it comes to trying new food esp street food but I would probably have died eating that as the seafood were just placed in clear glass jars on the counter with no refrigeration, high humidity, and prob 35° c indoors. For dinner I actually tried the seafood cocktail, albeit in one of the top restaurant in town (it was delicious) and a local dish that consisted of layers of taco, black bean and shark meat.

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The next day we took a bus organized by the state tourist centre to the Mayan ruin , Edzna. Actually I prefer it to Chichen Itza because it was a quarter of the entrance fee, you could climb everything except the pyramid, and there was probably only 12 visitors in total.imageFeeling a need to swim in the infamous Mexican beaches we went to Tulum… a small town set to become the next Cancun in 10-15 years. For now though it is still nice and hippy esq. we rented bikes from the hotel and biked to the beach to watch the sunset and drink some over priced margaritas. We went to see more ruins. The Tulum ruins are pretty because they are right next to the ocean. it even has its own beach to, swim in. We left just as the hoards of tourist came.Next we biked around 10 km to the grand cenote. The fee was 100 pesos but it was well worth it. The water is crystal clear and bats are sleeping and flying everywhere. It actually freaked me out a bit….things hanging upside down on the ceiling everywhere you look…but it wil be so cool to try some cavern diving there, if only M will get his PADI license soon.Our last day was spent in Playa de Carmen, a resort city next to Cancun with a million foreigners. Funny thing happened to me & M. We ate at one  of the expensive tourist restaurant run by expats (the name is Babe) where we shared a dish of super fake pad thai … Where we promptly got diharrea. So the lesson learnt is that street food is fine but not westerners trying to cook asian food. (seriously, Pad Thai is not made with chow mien noodles + crumbled peanuts+ all the asian sauces you find in a supermarket)

To make up for the lack of tanning we did all week we spent the whole day at the beach. M wisely decided to forgo sunscreen on his chest and legs and now he looks like an overcooked lobster with burnt nips .lol. I would post a picture of him but he would kill me.

Well thats all for now. blogging on the plane on a smart phone is hard. Until next time.

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