El Perreo

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Sep 15, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Monday, October 15, 2012

So much has happened since my last blog, I'm not sure where to start. Cancún is amazing, the people are incredible and there is just so much to do and see!

I'll start off with a couple of facts.

1) Limón (or Lime, as we know it in England) is a must for every Mexican household, bar and restaurant as they add it to pretty much everything that you can eat or drink. Micheladas, is a favourite here, and with my new, almost forced, taste for beer, limón is the perfect addition to accompany the chilli, salt and whatever else they add. Nachos, tortas, tacos, everything is served with limón.

2) All the men I have met here are such gentlemen, and put most Englishmen to shame. For example, they won't allow you to open the car door or close it. Genuine nice guys, with a rose to finish the night tonight!

3) I have been trying to keep up with all the Mexican slang and groseras, much to the amusement of my new friends. There are SO many ways to say "cool."

4) Tequila shots in Mexico, are always double.

5) Buses are pretty frequent and cheap. Taxis are also cheap in the centre. Don't get a taxi to the Hotel Zone $$$

6) My salary, or beca, is much more than I had expected and so I will treat myself to some scuba diving to get my PADI open water certificate in order to explore the reefs and cenotes around here (lots of scuba divers in my residential) YAY.

7) Christmas holidays start the last week of November. YES :') 6 weeks I think. There is SO much to see in Mexico, I cannot wait. Additionally, one of the best things about this job is that I'm lucky enough to have the luxury of 3 day weekends and so I am hoping to make the most of the natural beauty that can be found across Mexico, if I can ever drag myself away from Cancun, and take every chance I get to explore the active volcanoes, the exotic jungles, the unscathed archaeological ruins... too good to be true!

University conversation classes have been going well, and I've met some lovely Mexican students and I'm forcing each one of them to be my friend :) They are all so lovely and welcoming that it feels like I've been working there for ages, strange to think I've only just completed my first week (slash 4 days.)

Basketball has been so so good! I'm slowly getting used to training outside everyday in the 30 degree heat! They asked me what position I play, but after looking around, due to my height (in comparison) I'm now learning the ways of a post player which should be interesting. They are also looking into whether they can register me for the Munincipal league for Saturdays... not sure what this is, but I'm excited. Fingers crossed! Basketball (basket not baloncesto as I keep saying,) is a nice break during my day, I start work at 10am, then basketball is from 2-4pm and then I finish work at 5. The team are so nice and patient with my stumbling Spanish. They invited me to watch the professional team play Los Pioneros de Quintana Roo, which was good fun! Spotted: first Mexican to make it to the NBA. They also took me out on Friday night which was hilarious. First we had drinks at a bar, where I ordered the litre of Mango Michelada which was accompanied with a picante chamoy. I have no idea what this chilli stick was, but I tried it, much to their amusement. SO STRANGE. They add chilli to everything here! At around 2am a change of scenery was in order so we tried to go to Sensations, the rooftop bar, but it was full. So we ventured into the hotel zone to join the party in Sweet. Oh my. I thought I had seen it all, but I was literally in shock. The girls just kept laughing at me as I looked around the room with horror on my face at the "perreo" style dancing. Every single person in the "antro" (club) was partnered off with an equally slimy and dirty dance partner. My word, I've never seen anything like it... apparently the Mexicans have no limits when it comes to dancing. Shocked. So I decided to do what I do best and sarcastically join in behind them, imitating them with my "perreo" style dancing, solo, until they spotted me taking the mick. Perreo, means "doggy style" by the way. I had so much fun with the girls and token boy as they kept me away from the advancing slimeballs and took to the stage dancing and singing along whilst everyone around us got frisky.

Baby turtles! Rosie and I had been wanting to free the baby turtles ever since we arrived, and just by chance, there they were on the same beach stacked up in boxes ready to be released into the sea! We were on Playa Marlin, in the Hotel Zone, with some friends from our residence, who are students at the University (2 Spanish, 1 Mexican and an Argentinian girl) all speaking Spanish with slightly different accents :) The turtles were so cute, and we each were allowed to hold one and release them at 7pm, as they made their way towards the luna light (hence why we weren't allowed to take photos.) So cute! Amazing experience! Oh, and we were interviewed by a camera crew about our time in Cancun which was hilarious.

  Boat trip! We made friends with a Restaurant owner who had a boat, so we returned to the Hotel Zone and drove up the road in this cute little car to our next mode of transport, Don Luis. They filled the ice box on the boat with cans of beer, a bottle of Bacardi which Javier took from his restaurant, and Captain Morgan's spiced rum which he kept in the bonnet of his car. Lots of fun sailing out to the Caribbean sea for the day, although by the time the sun was setting they somehow managed to get pretty drunk and weren't making any sense at all, while we were just enjoying the beers, so we were ready to head back to the Hotel Zone. Pretty funny, but good experience snorkelling and just loving life dangling my feet into the beautiful sea. When we had anchored and were swimming in the sea, they bought fruit from the fruitman. Although it was strips of mango and cocunt COVERED in chilli flakes. WHY?! It was nasty!


House party with some new friends, which was pretty interesting as all the Mexican girls had dressed up with heels and looked nice, which was a bit of a contrast to myself. I had a great time though and the house had a little bar under the stairs with the birthday boy's friend as the bar man. Barra libre, open bar, all night which made for another great night. Met lots more people too and afterwards we went to the Irish pub in the centre by which point I was starting to crash, but again, met some more people and had a good time!

I honestly can't even remember what else I have done, but I think I have covered most things :)

Kim x

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Shirley Coward on

Wow - Kim! All I can say is I'm really jealous - wish I was there! Although I'd definitely struggle with the Spanish and the CHILLI - Lol.
Really glad you're having so much fun and that everyone's friendly and out to party.
Love all of the photos - especially the baby turtles - that's something I'd really love to do - seeing as I loved the marine biology part of my course many moons ago.
However, you don't get many turtles on the beach at Bangor in Wales!!!! Lol.
Take care - keep the blogg going - lovely to read. XXX

Alan on

Another GREAT blog - well done daughter - and, please, keep count of the number of roses you collect !!

chin on

Babs , it sounds very like my kind of life .... :) sooo happy you are having a great time settling into the Mexicano lifestyle. Love those photos, you are looking ship shape ....well done.love you lots xxx

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