Cancun, swimming with the fishes.

Trip Start Apr 26, 2013
Trip End Dec 20, 2013

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Hostel Ka'beh
What I did
Mexican Sushi
Whale Sharks

Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Safely back in Cancun and before we could get sucked back into Hotel California we booked our trip to go swimming with whale sharks. That's right Mama Keane, I'm throwing your baby girl into the ocean with the largest fish on the planet. Actually, I'm pretty sure you know that is the other way around.

They sea was angry that day my friends. Our 45 minute ride out into open sea took more like an hour and a half. The waves were rolling and one poor guy from England threw his back out when the boat was slammed down from a particularly nasty wave. Fortunately only one poor slob got sea sick. Rae and I were wise to dose up on dramamine the night before and the morning of. I've only been sea sick once. Never again. Once on location our boat and others in concert with a helicopter set out to spot the Whale sharks. And find them we did. The whale shark can get as large as 15 meters long. The ones we encountered were in the 10+ range at least. To see something larger than your boat swimming along next to you and knowing you are about to go face to face with it really gets the blood pumping. Rae was the 1st one in with me right behind her.

Without further ado I give you.....          

There is much more video footage but it is too large to upload to Travelpod. I managed to get a few onto You Tube for you to see and added a screen capture of one of the amazing manta rays that we were fortunant enough to see. I will try to get more added to You Tube in the future. The return trip to land was even rougher. A sqwall came through that had a few on the boat in a panic. Bah! We had life jackets, we would be fine. Suddenly the boat stopped and the captain started shouting wildly and pointing. As we looked to where he was guesturing we were greeted with sea turtles, mate. Well, actually, it was sea turtles mating to be exact. And I tought people made funny faces when they...... never mind. Sorry, no, there will be no sea turtle porn on this blog. Couldn't get the camera out fast enough. My bad.

Once back on non-rolling dry land we headed back to our hostle to dry off and check in with the folks back home. It was there that we were surprised by an e-mail from an old friend from High School.

Ben Biggs finds the button...

Some of you may or may not have noticed the little button to the right of the title of each new blog entry. It's right there just above the bit that talks about the authors. It's small and we never really expected anyone to a really push it but Ben did. See, since the last blog in 2006  Travelpod has added a donation button. It's designed to let you donate to your favorite traveler and works through PayPal. Like I said, we never promoted it because we never thought anyone would actually use it so imaging our surprise she  we got a message from PayPal saying we had received a donations from Ben Biggs with a lovely note and offering to buy us a dinner on the road. There was once catch: we had to post pictures of the meal.

"How cool is that!" we thought. Such a generous offer had to be met with a dinner worthy of the gesture. It couldn't be just any old meal. No trip to Hooters or Mac Donalds would suffice. No, this had to be something extra special that we could only get here. We consulted with our Cancun guru, David and came up with the perfect dinner. Ladies and gents, I give you Ben's meal.....


As our Irish friends would say, we ordered 'heaps and heaps' of Mexican sushi. Mexican sushi is not just sushi mind you, it's a whole new take on the theme! Much of it included beef, cooked beef, beef in curry sauce and some green stuff I could never identify. There was an over abundance of cream cheese, other types of melted cheese, hot mexican pepper hotter than wasabi to go on it and plenty of Mexican beer. And all sushi was made by, yes you guessed it, real Mexicans. We were not sure what to expect but it was damn good and a much needed change from tacos, chalupas, quesadias and Raman noodles.

Thank you Ben for your generosity and a wonderful meal. You made our day.

Should any of you brave readers out there feel the need the button is there for you. Who knows, maybe we can come up with an activity campaign. If we come up with X amount of $$ Rae will swim with great white sharks or eat a sheep eyeball. I will even get it on video if it is above water! Anyway, enough said about the button.

Itinerary update:
Soooo, thanks to Cancun (we blame David, Christina, Jess and the whole Ka,Ben crew) we spent way too much time here. What was supposed to be a 3 day stop has turned into a 10 day stop all together so we have to make up the time somewhere. As a result we will have to skip Panama entirely as well as the hoped for Big Corn Islands. Well, you can't see it all in  one trip, or so they say. So, next stop will be Ecuador.

We now return you to your reading....

Our last day in Cancun was spent in the hammocks where it all began except this time we kept watching the sky get darker and darker. By the time we were ready to catch our bus to the airport it was raining heavily. David took petty on us and drove us to the bus station. By the time we reached the airport and settled in with a beer to wait it was a torrential down pour. Our flight boarded 20 minutes late. We had a one hour layover in San Salvador before our flight to Ecuador. We sat another 30 minutes on the runway waiting for the lightning storm to lessen. No way we are making our connection. Once air born we had a lovely view of the lightning storms and a few Haunted Mansion drops on the way to San Salvador but we made it and with the luck of the Travel gods we were the last to make the connection flight to Ecuador.

Adventure never ends. We rolled into Quito at 2am. To our hostel that lost our reservation....

Until next time gentle reader we bid you
Dos Equis wishes and Mexican sushi dreams!

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