Welcome to my new blog…
Some of you may remember me from my other blog, Choosing Doorways. I decided to start a new blog which is totally dedicated to my travels in Mexico. Since I have come to love the country and all it has to offer, I thought it deserved a blog all to its own, separate from my life in Texas. Between you and me, however, my life in Texas is not nearly as fun or interesting as my visits to Mexico, so I haven’t had much to blog about at “home”. To be honest, in the past five years I have felt more at home in Mexico and spend much of my time thinking how I can end up there some day. I still have a lot to explore and am looking forward to learning much more about Mexico.
I’ll start out with my most recent visit a week ago to Isla Mujeres. It was a spur-of-the-minute kind of trip because of a surprising drop in airfares between Austin and Cancun right before Christmas.
This was my seventh trip there, but I just wanted to go to relax, eat some good food, and soak up some sun (and cervezas and Margaritas, of course). Because all the electronics in my house were stolen the week before I left, I did not take a laptop this time (which I missed). I did, however, get a new camera (a Canon G12 to replace my G10), which I gave a good workout during my stay. I thought these shots just before landing in Cancun were pretty interesting.
My first day was pretty uneventful as I didn’t arrive on the island until about 4:00 p.m. I used Best Day for shuttle service again and I was very happy with them. I’ve heard some people complain about them, but I’ve always had the best of service. In fact, most times I’ve used them to get to Puerto Juarez, I’ve been the only passenger. Same thing both ways this time, as well. In fact, my solo ride to the ferry was in a big black unmarked SUV…made me feel like people might think we were with a drug cartel…hahaha!
Adios, Puerto Juarez…
Rueda Medina is a mess right now with the northbound lane under construction. They did make some progress while I was there, so hopefully, they will be finishing soon. I think it has to be hurting the businesses on that side of the street.
I stayed at the Hotel Plaza Almendros…which I will never do again during times when school is not in session. WAY too many kids there this time. I should have taken someone’s suggestion of staying at the Suites Los Arcos instead. Live and learn.
Sidebar: As if it wasn’t bad enough that the kids could be noisy, the couple that checked in to the room next to me a couple days after I arrived were even worse. The first night, they woke me up at 3:00 in the morning with their arguing…which lasted about an hour…seriously. Actually, the woman was doing all the arguing. The guy would just mumble something every ten minutes or so, which would just set the woman off again. I should have complained or knocked on the wall, but I kept thinking they would stop. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I could have actually heard what they were saying because that would probably have made it MUCH more interesting (haha), but the concrete walls muffled their words. Then I didn’t hear or see them for a couple days and I thought they were gone, but then they showed up the day before I left. Weird.
I walked around a little bit before heading over to Picus. This is the new sculpture where M&Js used to be.