On the road again...

Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
Trip End Jan 03, 2008

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

We arrived at Cancun airport at 8:30 in the morning, got our bags, went through customs, walked outside and were immediately greeted by Maiam, a longtime friend of Becky's family.  Maiam had made a white sign with our names on it and was waving it around and shouting, so it was tough to miss him.  After 'hellos' and 'how've you beens' we walked to his car (which he has named Nikita after a character or a car in some movie), threw our bags in and headed off.

Maiam is a character.  Hand signals and various noises are just as much a part of his vocabulary as regular words (which may be Spanish or English at any given moment).  If I learn no other spanish from him I'll never forget the word "tranquilo", which seems to be a catch-all word used to indicate that something is good/nice/easy/calm/cool/etc.

When we left the airport we headed to downtown Cancun (not the hotel/beach district) where Maiam lives, got a bite to eat and then hauled our bags into his 2 bedroom apartment where he is very graciously letting us stay for the time being.  After a fairly relaxing day being lazy, we headed down to Daddy Rock, the club in the hotel zone where Maiam works, for drinks, food, and to see Maiam in action.  His job is basically to make sure people are having a good time.  Whether it's getting them drinks or food, hanging out with them, introducing them to others, goofing off with them, shouting into a microphone, or acting silly - I would say Maiam's job title is "fun-maker".  Needless to say, we had fun at Daddy Rock regardless of the fact that it's not the kind of place we would normally seek out...

After a few hours at Daddy Rock Becky and I were ready to head back to the apartment (not Maiam, he works until around 6am).  Before we caught a bus back downtown Maiam took us to see Alberto, another friend of Becky's family from years ago who happens to work in a restaurant right around the corner from Daddy Rock.  (Actually, it was a restaurant that we almost ate in before going to Daddy Rock, which would have been quite a coincidence.)  After some chit chat and tenative plans to have dinner there before we left town Becky and I headed back to the apartment for some much needed sleep (our flight in was a 6am flight and we had been up for about 21 hours).

Today we are heading over to Isla Mujeres again, hoping that there will be 2 vacant rooms at the hotel we stayed in before.  Our friends Darran and Christie from Boston are flying down today to about 5 days here and we'd like to stay at the same hotel on Playa Norte.  We'll see...
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