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Trip Start Aug 23, 2006
Trip End Apr 15, 2007

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Casa Caribena

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Who knew prepping for long term travel could be so much work? Selling everything you own that you can get a few dollars for (thank god for Craigslist) and storing whatever you can't with friends. Speaking of which, huge thanks go out to Sid & Noelle, Travis & Jill, and Anne & Lisa for making room for all the stuff we needed to store. Anne gets double thanks as she will be street parking until we return, as she's sacrificed her space in the driveway to my Jeep. This whole thing would have been a lot harder without your help, so sincerely, thanks guys!

The trip started well, with Karen being "randomly" selected for a security screening at SFO. Funny that, her being British and all... She ended up in a separate line from me, having her daypack emptied and wiped for trace explosives. The best part though, was when they put her into the electronic sniffer, a high tech chamber that looks like nothing so much as an early version of the transporter from Star Trek, where she was hit with a couple blasts of air which the machine samples for illicit chemical signatures. Basically a multi-million dollar dog's nose. Needless to say, she sailed through and we were soon on our way to Mexico.

Arriving at the Cancun airport, we quickly boarded a bus to downtown Cancun, where we hopped a ride to the ferry terminal in a 30 year old VW van taxi with a leaky exhaust, and then transferred to a catamaran for the ride to Isla Mujeres, a small island with a great Caribbean vibe just a couple miles off the coast. We ran around town with our backpacks, wilting in the heat while trying to find the cheapest possible accommodations. Sadly, all the truly cheap places were booked, so we've ended up at Casa Caribe Maya, where we're paying $25 a night for a double with fan, no A/C, and a broken toilet. Ah, the glamor of life on the road.

Our first day was all about rest, and day two not a lot different. We slept in, snorkeled for a couple hours at mid-day, stuffed ourselves with seafood and cervezas (1.25 for a Corona!), and not a lot more. We'll be back on the road tomorrow, heading for Vallodolid about 60 km inland, and not far from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza which weŽll see while weŽre there.

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