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

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Monday, March 4, 2013

HIYA. Just to let you know this is a pretty bad blog for two reasons:
a) I found it really hard to write this blog in English. I feel like I can't quite put the words together correctly... I guess this is a good thing for now...
b) all my friends on facebook will be pleased to know that I am currently no longer doing anything exciting enough, to share, so I won't take/upload any more sunny photos...haha. I realise I haven't even put on my bikini since the Jungle Tour :( So again, I'll take this opportunity to say sorry to all for my over-active facebook use.

So yeh, I don't have much to report on in this blog as I have been a bit quiet the last couple of weeks since my family flew back to England... that's right, I have finally started taking my YARP/Dissertation/Tesis, call it what you will, seriously. After seeing posts on the Southampton "Year Abroad" facebook group with people panicking at the fact that they might miss the next deadline (3/4 have been and gone I believe,) it suddenly dawned on us that maybe we should make a start. Given the fact that the Easter holidays our coming up (which means more travelling,) we don't actually have that much time to dedicate to the only thing we are being graded on in our 3rd year at University. Why would they make us do this when we are in CANCUN? It is just impossible for us to concentrate given that the sun is always shining and there is constantly something more appealing for us to do... plus it makes it ten times longer having to read in Spanish, process it in English, reach conclusions and write it in Spanish. Oeuff.

The only exciting thing I can really write about in this blog is the Jungle Tour I did the other weekend! Maryanna was able to get cortesias and discounts, and so I was able to go on this excursion for less than half the price woo :) It was so much fun, we had our own little speed boat to drive and the only thing I had to do was stay in line and follow our group. We were the last ones, and I felt like the female version of James Bond riding the waves so quickly, it was amazing! The waves were pretty rough in the lagoon/sea and so I had to keep up with the boat in front to avoid the nasty bumps/waves. 


At times, I thought too much of my bad boy driving skills and the impact as we crashed down over the waves was killer, hilarious, but then it just got too much at one point. We were the last boat in the group and the waves became too much for me, together with the salty, crocodile water crashing into our faces/through our sunglasses every second. And so we got caught way behind everyone else, and I lost the line I was supposed to follow. I even had blisters on my thumbs to prove how tough it was to manoeuvre over the waves in a way that didn't feel like it was going to snap the boat in half... eventually I saw that there were less waves closer to the Island in the middle of the lagoon... so like an idiot all I was thinking about was the fact that there are less waves over there, so thought I was a genius and drove smoothly and quickly close to the shore until.... BANGBOPBSOGHRJLSOFJKSF................ Shit. I crashed the boat.



 It was the worst noise ever, as the motor flicked up. Shit. We just looked at each other like :O NO MAMES. I tried to reverse and get us going again, but the sound of the motor was just terrible! There we were, our group now out of sight, with no boats around us, stuck in crocodile waters with nowhere to go. Pinche Kim. I couldn't believe it hahaha it was so funny, what an idiot. It was just so rough out there in the sea/lagoon that we couldn't keep up once we fell behind, and couldn't ride in the wake of the other boats. We had to just sit there and hope that our guide would realise that we were missing. Hilarious. After 15 minutes of sitting there in disbelief, the rest of the group came back to save us. How embarrassing. Que oso. Oh my god, it was so embarrassing, just sitting there like lemons, so helpless. Hahaha. The man drove over pretty angry and saying we should've kept with the group blahblah and then he tied our boat to his, and told me (in Spanish) to put it in neutral, but I put it in reverse obviously (idiot) and the horrific noise started again and he started shouting away "NO NO" and Maryanna was like "PINCHE KIM, NEUTRAL NEUTRAL" hahaha. Oh god it was so bad, he was saying that I had broken it and that we were going to have to pay... and then he asked us to sit either side and rock the boat to free us from the shallow waters. What a sight, Maryanna and I looking like the biggest idiots rocking the boat from side to side. So awkward. Like a scene from The Inbetweeners. I thought I had ruined our tour, but then it was just that sand had got caught in the motor, so we were good to go, phew! This time I made sure to keep up with the boat and ignore the crashing thuds as "no pasa nada" he assured us the boat wasn't going to snap in half...

After an hour of cruising through the lagoons, peacefully winding through the mangroves and battling with the waves at sea... we arrived at the Angel Reef, Puerto Morelos. Maryanna isn't a fan of fish nor snorkelling, so it was huge that she jumped in with me! The reef was incredibly shallow and there were too many tourists to appreciate it fully. The fish were amazing, and I saw so many different types that I have never seen before, with the most beautiful colours! Such a shame though to sea all the stupid tourists destroying the reefs, some were even sat on the coral walls?! It was terrible! The new scuba girl coming out in me, but once we were away from the reefs/tourists it was amazing, the water was so beautiful and crystal clear! 



It was then time to drive back to the Hotel Zone, Cancun and this time I made sure to keep up with the group. So much fun and drama all rolled into one, surrounded by beautiful scenery :)
In the mean time, between working in the SAC and sitting in the library working on my tesis, I have been chilling with friends and playing basketball everyday. This week I played with 2 new teams which was different/cool/hard... and in Kuchil Baxal it was the best game! Kuchil Baxal is an INDOOR COURT, where the Pioneros (professional team of Quintana Roo) used to play. Finally a court that bares resemblance to the Jubilee Sports Hall! Ah it was amazing, the team is a new team- the selection of the Saturday/Sunday leagues, and I was starting :D I scored some uncharecteristc shots twice from the elbows, making all my free throws, and the usual lay ups! So good to be back on a court which isn't cement and considering the team had only just met before the match we played amazingly well with some brilliant passes. I loved it!

To wrap this blog up nicely, take a look at my Mexican basketball license card... ta Edith!


Hahaha. Now I'm about to watch my first live Manchester United game since being in Mexico... yes I took the day off work for this :D

Lots of love, Kim xxx

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Actually - I like this blog and it made me laugh hearing about typical Kimbo driving skills !! and so so pleased that your actually now working on your thesis.

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