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... up for departure, bracing ourselves for the harsh realities that await us.
We'd booked a taxi to pick us up from Gatwick on the way to Cancun airport and the controller had warned us that they're expecting it to be minus 4 overnight with a forecast for snow. Let's hope our central heating has kicked in as planned as suddenly our shorts, flip flops, sunglasses and straw-hats seem utterly redundant. So as soon as we board we dig ...
... I wasn't too sure how I felt about it but Mark was keen. It was just the two of us in the group and our awesome guide/teacher Steve, who moved to Playa 6 years ago from London to set up a dive center. We had booked the first 1/2 day of training you need to complete your PADI (3 1/2 days all up) and this included two dives. We went through the basic skills and then it was into the water to practice what we had learned. I can tell you now that getting into the water with just a ...
... was tourist central – vendors, markets, restaurant sand all. The site itself was still impressive. We had a guide here(other sites we have just explored ourselves). It was really interesting. This is the site where the Mayan calender predicts an“event” on the 21st December this year. The main pyramid is amazing in relation to its astronomical connections.
Chichen Itza, meaning “at ...
... ticket and arrived on Cozumal (which was so ridiculously touristy and FULL of luxury cruise liners) before finding a cheap local eaterie to fuel up. Our two dives took us to one deep water wall and another shallow reef and both were quite impressive. We saw turtles, barracudas and lots of other smaller marine life but those whale sharks escaped us - boo hiss! We then headed back over to Playa for dinner and an early night before meeting our new group ...
... looking out at the rain. There is a black cloth hanging in front of the building and a trust fund has apparently been set up for the wife and kids. Let's just hope he had a will and something legal set up for them as ex-pats cannot have land in their own names. Hopefully the land and restaurant/home are in his Mexican wife's name. Somehow, seeing them after such as loss, the pouring rain seemed fitting.
Back home it was time to ...
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