The sun is shining and I am so content
Trip Start May 31, 2008
5Trip End Jun 14, 2008
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Monday I think was the day that it was kinda nasty weather so a few of us switched shopping in Playa del Carmen to Monday incase Wednesday was nice out and we would rather be on the beach. That was a very good choice because today is Wednesday and it looks nice out. Shopping was fun, I didn't buy much but I did manage to barter down a nice silver ring. We sampled some Tequila that Corey was buying for a friend back home. Corey, Lisa, Alesha and Damien got their picture taken with a spider monkey. Lisa and I got scared by a man dressed all in feathers, and we ended the trip with Churros from a street vendor.
Then that night we had our first a-la-carte at the Japanese restaurant. It was FANTASTIC! Great food, great atmosphere, and awesome show on the tepanyaki grill! We had a reservation for 10:30 and didn't leave till midnight. Then it was time to go to bed because we had to get up early for our Mayan Coba Encounter excursion!
Sooooo great! Only 12 people all from our resort in a small van. It was Marina, Ellen, and myself and a few others from Eastern Canada and a family from Belgium. Nice intimate tour. We started at 8 and drove out to Tulum where we got the run down of the day. Then we drove north to the Mayan Coba ruins. The guide we had was Mayan and spoke Mayan, Spanish, English, and Italian. He gave us a 45 mins walking tour of the Coba ruins and then turned us loose to walk 2 km into the jungle to find the largest Mayan Pyramid which for about 1 more year people are permitted to climb. It was a tough trek up the Pyramid (especially because I now have a bit of a cold) but the view from the top was breath-taking. Then back down the pyramid to go for our next adventure. It started with a Mayan purification ceremony by a shaman so we could swim in the sacred Cenote (sunken cave and underground river system). Then we walked through the jungle in search of spider monkeys and howler monkeys
Then luck was on our side. We wanted to get into the a-la-carte Mexican restaurant but there were no reservations left. However our buddy at reception is friends with the hostess there and he pulled some strings and we got in on the condition that we treat his friend well when we go there. Oh and we had to be ready in 30 mins and get to the complete otherside of the resort STAT! Sooooo worth it. Marina, Ellen and myself had the best time. Great food, wonderful service, Mango margaritas flowing, more Churros and we really got into things when we put on sombreros for a picture and then Ellen and I polkaed all the way out of the restaurant from our table to the music from the Mariachi band. They were hooting and hollering to make us go faster. It was very fun!
After we got back to the room we met up with a very tipsy gang with Jeff and Brandi and Marina and I joined them for a long starlit walk along the beach. That was all I could handle with my cold and I took the tram back to the room and called it a night.
My cold feels a bit better or the same this morning so I plan to take it easy today and tomorrow are the weddings!
Will touch base probably on Friday!