Here are just some fun shots with my son’s GoPro camera on my last visit. This will be my last trip to Isla Mujeres. It has become “discovered” by daytrippers and HGTV, and it just isn’t the same to me. Adios, Isla…I will cherish the memories.
One of the best things about working at a university is that you get two paid weeks off over Christmas and you don’t have to use your vacation time. Sweet. Since it’s been a very busy fall semester, I am now finally able to get to a couple final short blog posts on my trip to Isla Mujeres this past summer. They’re just random shots I took in the last couple of days there.
I decided to have another beach day on my last full day there.
I mostly hung out at this place…which I can’t remember the name of now. It’s just a bit down from where Sergio’s used to be towards Privilege Aluxes. By the way, this is a screen shot taken from Google Maps. It is amazing how you can go almost everywhere on Google Maps now…it’s almost like being there yourself.
It never rained a drop while I was there for the whole two weeks. I wish it would have just to cool things off a bit. So as I was sitting on the beach, I noticed a lot of private boats go by…more than I’ve ever noticed before. I don’t know whether these are chartered or owned, but they sure were nice. And they seem to come so close to shore.
I stopped by Asia Caribe for an appetizer. These spring rolls were very good and the ingredients were very fresh.
This was a new (well, at least to me) gift shop along Rueda Medina.
I don’t know how authentic the items are there, but I liked this little lady. I’m not sure where a person would put this in a home…and it would be really difficult to take on a plane, so I had to pass it up.
I had an early dinner at this place on Rueda Medina, which was also new to me. This is also a Google Maps screen shot since I forgot to take a photo of the front.
I will have to confess that one of the main reasons I went here is because it was air-conditioned. After two weeks in the intense heat, I felt like I had become a puddle of sweat walking around on the island…gross, but true.
Here was the complimentary bread. The pesto/garlic butter was really good, but the bread was pretty crunchy and hard. More like big croutons.
I ordered a sampling of the pasta and it was really good. I wished I had the time to go back and try some other things there.
A final picture of the view from Bally Hoo…
It was nothing to write home about. I wish I could have gone to the loncherias for my last breakfast but, alas, they weren’t open.
I went back to the apartment to gather up my stuff and say ‘goodbye’ to the neighbor. He didn’t seem to care too much that I was leaving.
The sad final shots as the ferry backs away from the dock.
Lunch at the Cancun airport. Bleah!! And it made me realize I had completely forgotten to get a Bimbo Dog while I was on Isla…oh, no!!!
I will do one more post on the trip of some fun pictures I took with my son’s GoPro camera, so stay tuned for that.
This will be my last post on this trip to Isla. As usual…it’s a little lengthy, but I didn’t want to divide it into two posts because my trip was kind of random so there wasn’t much of a subject matter. I was just about to post it on the Isla Chatter Board when I read rnwendyl’s post that one of the brothers who plays at Minino’s stabbed the other for tips. How incredibly sad. I have sat there many times listening to them. These people must truly be desperate to survive. I wonder what will happen to them now.
So, on that sad note, I will continue with what I was going to post…here are a couple of panoramics I took this time…several pictures stitched together. (You can click on them to get the full effect.)
Looks attractive with the colorful bread, but I was disappointed. I know this place has gotten rave reviews on the chatter board, but maybe I just made the wrong choice. It was extremely heavy and just kind of mushy in the middle…
I hate to disappoint my viewers, but I will have to say that Isla is losing its appeal to me. It seems that more and more foreigners are owning the restaurants there which, to me, takes away from the Mexican appeal. When a friend introduced me to Isla back in 2006, I was mesmerized and just wanted to come back again and again because of its charm. As more resorts overtake the island and it becomes more of a metropolitan meeting place rather than a Mexican fishing village, it saddens me and I don’t feel the connection I once did. And I’ve only been going there since 2006! I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I had seen it when all the streets were sand. But I wish I could have experienced it then. And then when I hear that an 80+ year-old man is stabbed by his brother for tips…how horrible is that? I know that crime happens everywhere…but I think we all hope that it doesn’t happen on Isla.
On that note, I will be moving on to some other adventures on my next trip. Not because of this crime, but because I guess I have a little bit (or a lot) of wunderlust and I need to see some new places. I suppose I got it from my dad who packed up my mom, me, and my three older brothers for a road trip through Mexico in 1960. Yeah…this is me after the spoils of a bullfight at four years old…
When I was in Merida during this trip, I ran into an American guy on the street who helped me with directions. We got to talking and he told me that he had been an engineer in the United States. After a board meeting one day, he left, said “that’s it”…and moved to Mexico. He lives in a small town outside of Merida and loves it…and would never move back. He was taking pictures of doorways in Merida to help him decide on what kind of door to put on the house he was building. After my post on doorways in Merida, I realized he had a lot to choose from. I told him that I had been to Mexico nine times in the past six years and he said it’s time to move and threatened to take my passport…haha! Hmmm…maybe he’s right, though.
Anyway, Isla is a wonderful place and it will always hold a special place in my heart. It certainly has its share of beautiful sunsets…these were taken from Zazil Ha.