No More American Spring Break Glitz

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

We had a very comfortable but boring bus ride to Tulum on the coast.  Why travel to Tulum?  Well there are a few reasons.  The first being it seamed a lot more interesting to travel to Belize via the Mexican coast rather than inland.  We also wanted to experience the beach without all the American spring break glitz and finally Tulum looked like the definite place to relax.  It was also important to stay in a place that was likely to have reasonable Internet and telephone connection services as Rick had to do a second interview for the job he is chasing back home.  As Tulum is still a frequent hang out for tourists we were sure we would find what we needed.  We quickly found a really nice, clean hotel room and headed out to source a good place and price for a lengthy phone call to Australia.  After a few places we found a really nice guy who assured us he had what we needed.  Whilst Rick rang home for the interview Megan and Carlie surfed the net answering emails.  Poor Rick had to perform his best while standing in the middle of a quiet Internet café on a phone connection that wasn't the best, everyone listening in to what he was saying.  Not the ideal conditions for second round interview.  After about forty minutes Rick was finished and looked happy with the interview.  As he was explaining that they said they would ring in a few days with an answer, the mobile phone rang!  It turned out they were impressed and decided on the spot to offer him the position.  What a relief!  Now we can pay off the debts we've amassed while traveling.
With that all sorted we headed out to celebrate!
The following day we got up early and hired some dodgy bikes to ride down to Casa Canote an underground river that has broken the surface and is a great place to snorkel.  We had a great time snorkeling along its length, watching the local wildlife and spying the fish hiding in the roots of the mangroves.  It's an interesting sight to see a bird sitting on the surface then dive below and catch a fish right before your eyes.  You can also dive in the canote and follow it underground to the ocean about 100 metres away.
One thing we have noticed and are getting sick of is backpackers that are not friendly.  A simple smile and "Hello" is ok guys, there is really no need for the dirty look as you elbow past.  You are not the only ones trying to find a nice place to visit.  Obviously not everyone is unfriendly so no offence to anyone that goes out of their way to smile and look like they are enjoying being on holidays.  
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