Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
42Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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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.)
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.
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 :)