Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
42Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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me for my last week before our big Central American adventure. Cue another week
being the tourist guide with the aim to show Michelle as many of the wonders of
Mexico as possible. Result, the tropical weather season accompanied us for the
first couple of days. Sorry Michelle! Nevertheless we did what we could with
the rain, and we still had an amazing week.
First on the list was Akumal, the land of
the Turtles. As always Akumal delivered and Michelle loved it as much as I did!
We went early and managed to see a lot of Turtles in the bay, swimming along
peacefully and munching on the sea grass. At one point, when we saw the biggest
turtle of the day, there were two big fish hiding under its shell and going
along for the ride. I was admiring them from the side angle, and Michelle was
swimming along from behind. Suddenly, the fish decides to do a poo right into
Michelle’s face. She stops midswim into a vertical position, and I was killing
myself with laughter. The look of horror on her face was priceless, as she
backpedalled frantically with her arms waving about to avoid the brown string
being left behind by this beautiful fish. So funny! That night we joined some
friends to give Michelle her first taste of a Michelada. She liked it, but 1
litre was too much for the little’un so I happily helped her out.
Wenesday was rain day so I took the
opportunity to take her to my favourite place to eat for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. Gorditas. Even just writing about it now makes me crave them… mmm.
Michelle enjoyed them but she didn’t understand why she was eating it for
breakfast haha. Due to the rain we also took her to enjoy the experience of
Cinepolis VIP. The reclining sofas, waiter service cinemas. Her reaction was
the same as mine at first… whaaaat?! We then explored the shopping mall in the
hotel zone, La Isla and walked about two hours on the beach, before the rain
Thursday, a group of us, with some of the
Southampton girls also travelling, went to Isla Mujeres. One of my favourite
places. We rented two golf buggys and ours was much newer and faster than the
other one haha. We explored the island and all it has to offer, including my
beloved turtle farm, and then we settled on Playa Nort. The most beautiful palm
tree lined beach with the calmest turquoise waters. All of us enjoyed one of
the delicious smoothies from the beach hut Tarzans. Amazing day finished off
with Michelle watching me and my 4 other teammates struggle in a basketball game
with no subs, in the boiling heat. Oueff.
Friday it was time for Michelle to get on
her scuba gear again, 5 years since her last dives in Australia/Thailand and we
headed to the underwater museum, MUSA. On board was the creator and designer of
the entire museum! We spent the whole boat ride eavesdropping on his
conversation as these BRITISH men had the most interesting lives and stories!
They were filming a feature for the BBC, so he told us to look out for it at
the end of the month. Maybe you will see us swimming behind him, so cool!
Saturday we went to the Cenote Cristilano
which was, as all of them are, beautiful. The scenery was so green and the
water was so clear. Really nice day just chilling in the cenote, watching the
fish and jumping off the cliff! Michelle, by now, could really understand why I
don’t want to leave Mexico, starting to fall in love with the country day by
On our final day in Mexico we went to the
ruins in Tulum (for my fourth time,) and had a great time exploring Mexico’s number
1 attraction according to the Lonely Planet guide, Michelle’s bible.
Afterwards, we went down the road to Playa Paraiso. Paradise Beach, and it
really did live up to its name. Beautiful, beautiful place.
And that sums up Michelle’s week in and
around Cancun. An amazing week to start off our travels through Central
America, next stop: Belize!