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Back to Isla Mujeres…day maybe 12 or 13??

So now I’m back from Puerto Morelos and I just have a couple more days left on my vacation. I pretty much just totally lazed back and did nothing. The heat had a lot to do with that decision. Anyway, I will backtrack just a little bit before PoMo to say that it was kind of fun to be in Mexico during the World Cup. Not being an avid sports fan, I didn’t even know this was happening until I got down here and saw all the commotion. When Mexico was playing, it was a big deal. This is what I saw when I went down to the beach.

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I had to google Platte River…it’s in Nebraska.

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They had two huge TVs out on the sand…

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This is the first group in front of the TVs…

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And this is the second group behind the first group…

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And this was the “band.” These guys/gals really kept up the beat between the drums and the horn blowing. There was not a moment of quiet during this game. Unfortunately, Mexico lost…I was bummed about that…along with the rest of Mexico.

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Okay, so I didn’t really keep track very well of my photos on the last couple of days on the island, so the last posts on my vacation will just be a kind of collection of this and that.

More food! This is my mojito at Cubano’s.  It’s funny, but when I’d take my computer to restaurants and work on my photos, many times I’d see that the servers were standing behind me looking at the photos I was working on.  After all…it’s their home.

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As most of you already know, Vivian moved from a side street onto the main drag of Hidalgo.   As a result, Cubano’s is larger and offers more on the menu now, to include drinks. I’m a big fan of the Cubano sandwich, so that’s what I had. It was good, but I wasn’t a fan of the chips.

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I was able to catch up with a regular of the area…

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As well as a couple more locals that I hadn’t see before…

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Here’s a shrimp cocktail at Muelle 7. Wonderful. I wonder why more places in the United States don’t offer this.

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My favorite jewelry place on the island. As long as I’ve been going, it’s always been purple.

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I was having fish and chips at Bally Hoo one day (absolutely wonderful)…

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…and took these pics. I guess these women were from Cancun, but I have to wonder why someone would come to Isla and only buy something from Senor Frog’s. Other than going in to cool off because it’s one of the few places that has air conditioning, I would never buy anything from them.

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This was the new popular T-Shirt…I’m not a fan.

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I love the colors of Café Cito, but I never went there for breakfast even though it was across the street from where I stayed this time.

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I had some spring rolls at an Asian plane on Hidalgo…I can’t remember the name. They were very good and they gave me a free sampling of the cabbage appetizer.

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Back to the beach for some shots. I love the old boats on the island. I can just imagine all the miles they’ve put in out on the beautiful sea.

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I switched settings on my camera on this one.

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But the colors are too beautiful to ignore here. I like these better.

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I was walking by the Mundaca real estate office one day and took the following pictures. They’re not the best because they were taken through glass and the sun was reflecting on the windows, but you can get an idea of what is being offered now.

I didn’t get the price on two of them, but none of them were cheap by any means. You can always call the real estate office for more details!

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I still have more last-day Isla photos to share, so stay tuned.


Puerto Morelos…dia numeros dos…

I’m doing one more post on Puerto Morelos before I finish up on Isla Mujeres on my trip. Like I’ve said, PoMo is a very small town and this is the main square in the tiny downtown area. It hasn’t changed since the first time I saw it and the fountain with Chichen Itza in the middle still isn’t working. It would be really cute if they could get it to function, but it’s probably not going to happen.

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This place has been under construction since my first visit. The manager at the Posada el Moro told me once that it was supposed to be a bar/restaurant. Obviously that never happened.

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It must be used now for some activities, but I have no clue what they are. Maybe someone could clue me in as to its current use. I’m just glad it’s being used for something. It certainly is an unusual structure.

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Here’s the pier off the downtown area.

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And off to the right of that. There are no large boats here. They are very strict about protecting the coral reef offshore, so they don’t allow any big boats on shore.

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But they do allow them out at sea. This is a very long-distance shot of a cruise ship going by, so it’s not a very good quality. I’ve never been on a cruise ship before. It has never appealed to me to be restricted to a boat…I’d rather explore on land.

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Just some shots around town. Here’s a gift shop.

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I’m not sure what this was, but I liked the tile work.

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This is what I had for dinner the night before. It was okay. Kind of unusual to have turkey slices with a hamburger.

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More musicians traipsing through the heat. I really have to hand it to these guys. I would never have the perseverance to do this.

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An early morning shot of the beach.

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I like this sidewalk.

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These guys were anxiously hanging out at the doorway to the corner OXXO (a small convenience store).

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They were happy when their owner came out.

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Interesting wares for sale in this shop.

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And some more unique concrete wall art. This time it’s anchors.

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A colorful restaurant…

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I really like this wall of wine bottles…what a unique idea. I’m going to have to assemble a collection to do something like this. More wine, garcon!

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Here’s the local church. Like I’ve said before, I love the churches in Mexico. They’re peaceful, serene, pretty and welcoming.

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I don’t know what the streamers mean, if anything.

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Here’s a rear view. I love the round stained glass window.

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Here’s a new OXXO that was built right as you get into the town.

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So now it’s time to leave PoMo. Here I am at the bus stop waiting for my bus. You see all sorts of people at the bus stops. The Asian woman with the baby stroller was a tiny little thing, and she was wearing this shift-type dress that looked like it was about six sizes larger than she was. She sat across the aisle from me in the bus and her little toddler was the sweetest little thing ever. She didn’t make a peep the whole trip and just sat by mom quietly. I will have to say that I’ve taken lots of bus trips in Mexico and many have been with small children. They have always been quiet…I can’t remember a single time when a small child has been whiny, crying or obnoxious.

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I took this picture on a bus trip to Valladolid a few years back. He, too, was quiet as a mouse the whole trip…and what a cutie.

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Here are just some shots of the scenery along the way back to Cancun.

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So here we are back at the Cancun bus station. I am always amazed at how these bus drivers can maneuver these big buses. Between driving through crazy Mexican traffic where everyone is driving like maniacs and then pulling into tiny parking spaces, I give them big kudos.


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Here’s the bus station.

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And outside the bus station while I’m looking for a taxi.

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And inside the taxi looking at the speedometer. These guys drive like they’re on their way to a fire, but you get used to it. Remember that this is kilometers per hour, so that makes it a little bit better, but this is driving through town…not on an interstate highway, so they definitely haul ass.

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And, as you can see, they’re not in the best shape. That’s okay. They get you from point A to point B alive, so that’s the main thing.

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Here we are at Gran Puerto waiting to buy my ferry ticket.

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Goodbye, Cancun!

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Oh, Lord…they had a couple of musicians, one of which was an Elvis imitator. Yuck…I don’t like listening to these guys when I’m on the ferry. Especially when you’re made to feel obligated to pay them.

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I just want to hear waves against the boat and see the beautiful water. But it is what it is.

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Final posts on Isla coming up.


I’m back!

Well, I should say I’m back to my blog, but not back in Mexico. When I returned from my trip in June, I transferred to a different department at the university, so I’ve been immersed in that and couldn’t think much about blogging.  Things have calmed down after three months, though, and I can finally get back to the trip, so I’ll pick up where I left off…in Puerto Morelos.

I started off with a late lunch at Pelicano’s which sits right next to the beach with a nice view.

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I had what I think was called the Chicken Vera Cruz, which was very good.  I am always amazed at the amount of food they give you in Mexican restaurants.  I think I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve finished a whole meal down here…especially when the temps go up and my appetite goes down.

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Here’s looking in the other direction from my table…

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There are actually two PoMo’s.  There is another one on the other side of the highway where most of the natives live.  I’ve never been to that one, but next time I’m here, I’ll make a point to visit.  I’ve noticed on travel sites that more rooms and houses for rent are becoming available there, so I think it may be getting more popular with tourists on a budget.

The PoMo where I stayed is definitely the more “upscale” one.  Even though it covers a small area, there are many nice homes here.  I would venture to guess that most are owned by foreigners who rent them out to travelers.  A lot of these homes have unusual doorways and every one is different.  I love the big dark rich wood doors.

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A colorful wall…

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On my first trip to Puerto Morelos, I took a lot more pictures of the homes.  If you want to see those, you can visit my old blog here:  http://isladeb.blogspot.com/2010/03/adios-puerto-morelos.html

Many of the homes have courtyards beyond the entry ways.  Everything is so lush and green and all the plants and flowers seem to flourish down here.

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It is rare that you don’t see some kind of vining or trailing flowers that grow from the sidewalks or cover the walls that surround the homes.

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I’m a big Hibiscus fan, and these grow all over the Yucatan like weeds and get to be huge bushes.

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Another one of my favorites is the Plumeria.  What a pretty color.

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I like the guy taking a siesta.  I want one of these.  It would be difficult to take one on the plane, though.  I’d have to buy another seat.

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Here’s the new location of The Little Mexican Cooking School.  I took a class at their previous location back in March of 2010 and it was a lot of fun.  This place is much bigger so they must be doing well!

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I looked inside the courtyard…what a beautiful front porch.  It reminds me of a southern plantation.

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If you want to see my experience at the cooking school, it’s on my old blog at http://isladeb.blogspot.com/2010/03/little-mexican-cooking-school.html

There are quite a few condos in PoMo…both on and off the beach.  They are kept up very well and also have lush vegetation which makes them so much more attractive.

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And these are some condos and homes from the beach.  None of these are hotels.  You have to go quite a bit up or down the beach to find the resorts.  They’re not within walking distance of the town.

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This beach area is quite wide and they keep this part pretty clean of seaweed.

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It is not nearly as clean by the crooked lighthouse where the little fishing boats are kept.

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The first time I went to PoMo, there were no beach vendors.  Now there are a few but not many.

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And they do have the roving musicians.  For the life of me, I don’t know how they walk around in the sand in those long sleeved shirts, jeans and boots when it’s 300 degrees.

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I think a lot of Mexico Mexicans come to PoMo for vacation.  That’s who I mainly saw when I was here this time.  They bring their families and little children and spend the day on the beach.

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Life is good in Puerto Morelos.

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More soon!

 

 


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