Celebrations in the Yucatan!!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Feb 16, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Monday, December 19, 2011

Let the celebrations begin!! In the true spirit of the holidays we all come together in the sun, sand, and surf to fiesta in the name of a wedding and no less than four birthdays!!  An amazing time!!

The resort was a wonderland for adults - giant blue butterflies graced the soft breeze on hot days, inspired gourmet food was presented like a gift at every meal, we were treated to exotic drinks and desserts, immaculatly maintained grounds with cool blue pools and stunning ocean views at every turn.  The service was unlike anything I'd ever experienced - 24 hour room service, attention to every detail was made in our room and by our serving staff - I felt like a movie star! 

It was fabulous to vacation with a group of about 60 people who had come together for the wedding.  Every day was spent with friends which was really special.  But we met some really nice new people at the restort too. On the bike trip we met a honeymooning couple and also a couple celebrating their 25th year.  Which may tell you just what a romantic place El Dorado could be.  I also became friends with a lovely British lady one day on the beach when we got to talking about living in London and then books and then Margaret Atwood in particular.  She recomended I read "Dark Matter: A ghost Story" by Michelle Paver so that is next on my list.

Besides all the relaxing beach lounging in the golden sun and book reading, Senica and I did a tequila tasting.  I never would have thought I'd like tequila so much but we actaully found the tequilas they served to be worth sipping and savouring, as they were sweet and mild - nothing like the salty powerful shots we normally grimace at in North America.  We stocked up on tequila at the duty free shop on our way back home to Yellowknife (via Cancun, Miami, Montreal, Kingston, Calgary, Edmonton - where we were delayed.  Would have normally been a terrible experience but West Jet put us up in a lovely Sandman Hotel overnight where we had a swim in the pool a soak in the hottub and all our fine meals compensated, so in the end was quite tolerable. It was actually a bit like a extending our vacation! Thanks West Jet! )

I was hoping to explore more of the Mayan culture and ruins in the Yucatan but that will have to wait for next time - and we WILL be coming back!! However was lucky enough to find out that our cleaning staff spoke Mayan in their home and I learned a few words of the ancient language from them.  I learned that 'kin' means sun and also day.  Beacause it was my 30th birthday, I looked up my star sign on the Mayan calendar and found out that my 'astrological' name has the word Kin in it as well.  Seeing as this is one of the few words I know in Mayan, I take this as a good omen for the coming decade!!

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Allyson on

Great photos!! Happy Birthday Laura.

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