Ekis, Somos Chavos
Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
42Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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Firstly, to list some of the new experiences since my last blog:
- My first experience of being in a tropical storm and the consequent flooding.
- Swimming with the World's largest fish, the Whale Sharks.
- My first night dive.
Some of the not-so-new experiences:
- Finishing my medication, only to become ill again days after.
- Crazy nights fueled by Tequila
- Final group visit to Cancun from the Southampton Girls!
The rain had been in and out of Cancun the week before but one day there was just no sign of it stopping. The water levels on my street kept rising and there was no way anyone was attempting to leave the house, if only to move their cars to save them from being completely destroyed. The next day we woke up to a nightmare. The water had entered our house, into the lounge, lifting the rubbish bin up and into the water, into the kitchen, and into the downstairs bedroom where my housemate had been packing her bags to leave the next day. Everything completely soaked, everything that was on the floor was ruined. The house was an absolute state these two days, with rubbish floating, glasses broken, with dirt and random flowers floating around and I had absolutely no idea what to do in a flood.
No electricity, no internet, no food, minimal water... so the people of Bahia Azul came together and made the best of what we had; an inflatable mattress for mattress surfing and some chelas (beers.) When we entered the only house with electricity we were amazed to find one of the boys already making Pasta Bolognese for everyone which was amazing! The level of water on our street remained at knee height for two days, and we had to constantly wade through the murky waters to walk inbetween houses, and to reach the little shop which was open... pretty grim.
Jenny and Elsa, two Southampton girls were welcomed this week to the rain and flooding. Nevertheless, we had a great time with the rest of Bahia Azul doing pretty much the only thing we could do, saca las chelas! After more than a month without alcohol, I've had various breaks this year, the first peda hit me pretty hard. I blame the new stupid, yet brilliant, question game which lead us down the dangerous route of 20+ tequila shots each (the English girls were hit the hardest,) and the phrases "EKIS somos chavos" and "EKIS somos sexies" which I shouted at every interval. These phrases are basically an excuse, or the persuasion needed, to do something stupid haha... basically translates to "whatever, we're lads" ... let's do it, kind of thing. Good times. Other nights involved a 4 hour poker game with an epic finale between myself and Caballo. The boys were shocked I knew how to play, more so when I took them out of the game with the most chips on the table throughout woooo. Easy to have a pokerface when you're a girl, as girls can't play eh? In the end I bowed out as it neared 2am, going all in with a pair of Queens and Caballo with a 6 and a 10. Even he admits he had the luck in the last hand. Boom everyone in my court was cheering, until on the table appeared one 10... and then it all hung on the last card, the fish of the river, and of course, it was another 10, the lucky bastard.
At the end of the week, the rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for the arrival of two more Southampton girls, Vicky and Jodie, for what seems will be our last group reunion here, with Floyd and Molly also around! We went to the beach in Cancun, I saw The Great Gatsby for the second time, spent a day in Playa del Carmen to see Laura, and had a beautiful day trip to Isla Mujeres where we spent the whole day lazing on Playa Norte, my favourite beach! Where I spent my 21st with my family :) The day was perfect, the sun was shining and there are never any waves at this palm tree lined beach, it really is paradise. Check out our video we made (there was a boat pumping music, we aren't just massive fans of PSY...) if you know any of us, I'm sure you'll appreciate it as much as we do... crying with laughter everytime! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5p87ENLWS8 Definitely worth a watch!
Saturday night was spent in Plaza de Toros watching the SemiFinals of a Lucha Libre competition. This was my first chance to see this Mexican tradition live, and of course this involved buying my own luchador mask! Check out my video of the main act Mistico vs Guerrero to get an idea of the acrobatics involved in the fighting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7hNFJAz48A There were lots of fights and the majority all look staged, and they all have an idea of what moves are going to be thrown and how to react. Still entertaining though, what with all the personalities their characters had created.
Sunday night we spent worrying ourselves in Parque las Palapas, which will always be a group experience to remember the next day. The 5 of us with envelopes. "Si, es ella"
Monday night was the time for 10 Engilsh girls to dominate the bar in the middle of Coco Bongos the entire night. Personal highlight was when the Great British flag was blasted across both screens before Vindaloo was played and then the act of Queen came out. We were all feeling pretty patriotic, and it was brilliant. The first time for a few of the girls in Coco Bongo, the must see club of Cancun, and I will never get tired of it, it is just simply mind-blowing for all first-timers.
Here a couple of photos from when 40 of us from Bahia Azul hit Elevate! The bus was completely full of all the students/work experience peeps from Bahia Azul as we hit Elevate for free. It started off pretty shockingly wish some old music to "Revive" the past which was pretty awkward in an antro of Cancun. After going upstars to the Sky Bar we returned and the music was then a mixture of classics and the normals, and we all had a really good night saying goodbye to some, and hello to new faces of Bahia Azul.
Another Semestre over, the second group of people to pass me by... wow!
Approaching my 10th month away from home... and my mum is barely hanging on!
Look out for my next blog, it is going to be a good'un full of Whale Sharks :)
Lots of love, Kim x