Almost made it to Cozumel

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Sunday, July 4, 2010

As we woke fashionably late we missed our noon ferry to Cozumel. This is an island in front of Playa del Carmen. Yesterday we decided we wanted to check it out and go snorkeling around there. Unfortunately we could not throw in a dive as we have to fly the next day. And every diver learns that flying and diving within 24 hours make for a very unpleasant experience.

We figured to take the 14:00 ferry instead (there was no 13:00). so we headed out to the ferry pier in the afternoon. Once we made it there we were surprised to see that the 14:00 ferry was canceled and the next one was 15:00. We stranded at the most touristic place you can think of “Senior Frog”. This is a horrible bar, where the waiters have to do a silly dance every 30 minutes, a clown comes to your table to make you some balloon heads and the photographer comes 5 minutes later to try to make a photo of you which you can buy for a lot of tourist dollars. The food was as expected, not very appetizing. I still don't quite know why we sat there and had lunch, we must have had some kind of sun related delirium. Anyhow we ate our grilled chicken sandwich and thought it would be too late to take a 15:00 ferry to Cozumel and try to rent a car, and then find the beach and snorkel tour. We could see the island from the bar and there were some threatening clouds hanging over it. We decided over a coin flip not to head out.

We walked over the beach, and for a short moment we thought, lets lie on a beach chair and enjoy the ocean. But when we reached the 'beach club' from out hotel we quickly decided that we would not really enjoy a screaming DJ calling out Bingo, sand and smothering heat, so we headed back to the apartment to enjoy the pool instead. We had the pool area to ourselves, we read a book and browsed the web a bit (as there was wireless Internet at the pool).

Later that evening we headed out for dinner. Earlier we saw a restaurant with a cuban feel to it on the 'Hello Amigo' street, so we got dressed and walked up there. The place was named 'La Casa de Agua' and it was one of the few places where there was no pushing sales guy outside the door trying to lure you in.

The place had a very nice atmosphere to it and actually felt a bit classy. We ordered a cerviche and a corn cream soup for appetizers. The corn soup was very good (according to Linda) but very filling. The cerviche was 'different', it had some thai chilly sauce in it which gave it a strange sweet flavor, very unusual. For our main we both ordered a fish dish, as fish was their specialty. I ordered a goat cheese Groupa with grapes and arugula, Linda ordered a fish with mussels and saffron sauce. We expected more from it than it turned out to be, the flavor profile of the dishes was very 'strange'. Dessert was very nice though, we shared a chocolate tarte au cognac which was very nice.

Apart from the somewhat disappointing food we had a lovely evening sitting out on the balcony looking over the 'Hello Amigo Avenue'. Tomorrow we leave for New York, a day of travels...
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