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Wednesday and Thursday in Cancun

Yesterday was definitely a lazy day. ljtourist and I slept in late and it was great. After breakfast we headed for the beach. We spent several hours in the water with the waves. It was amazing to be swimming in this water with white sand that made the water look turquoise. Unfortunately, we still did not have enough sunscreen on and got burned. I neglected to take into account that sun is a helluvalot stronger in this latitude. Mine is not too bad, ljtourist is a different story. :(

Thursday (today) we made our trip out to Chichien Itza (chich en EATS ah), the site of one of the largest ruins of the Mayan people. Its about 2.5 hours one way to get there. We had a big bus for the large group. I took many pictures of the ruins, but here's one that links to the set...

It was hot. I believe someone said it was in the 90's and rather humid. Seeing the ruins was spectacular. Wish we should have spent some more time there, but there was some confusion about the itinerary. On the path leading up to the ruins from the parking lot we were constantly inundated by people trying to sell us their goods (and mostly for USD$1). We did not buy anything though. There were some pretty items, but it just seemed to touristy that it creeped me out a bit. Our guide was very good but very hard to understand sometimes.

Driving through the small towns on the way back it was quite surreal to see the living conditions these people live in. Many of the buildings are incomplete, lots of garbage around, lots of little shops that look abandoned, etc. It really shows how poor certain areas can be. Of course, it's possible for them that this is simply their way of living and they desire no more. Regardless, it makes you appreciate what you've got back at home.

Along the main road back to the hotel, it was another interesting drive. Most of it is 4-lane and people seem to wait until the last minute to pass anything. There are also a large number of pedestrians and cyclists on the road which seems strange as there are no buildings anywhere for miles. Just another aspect of the culture here I guess. OMG, their budget on signs is insane! Every 2 miles there are like 5-10 signs reminding you of what the speed limit is, that you need to wear your seatbelt, radar is in operation and other Spanish signs that I could not interpret. Again, every 2-3 miles for long stretches of road over 30 miles long with no exit or cross road. Yeah, a bit overdone.

We're still not sure what we're doing tomorrow, but probably some more beach time. May go into town on Saturday. Buenos noches!


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Mar. 14th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you are having a good time. Yay for international travel!

It's always eye opening when you leave the country and get to see the conditions that other people might live in. Perhaps it's a bit bold to wonder if they don't desire anything more though. A lot of people in the world can't imagine the opulence that we live in here in the US, even the middle class. Everyone always wants to provide better for children. When mired in such poverty even getting one step ahead can be a monumental effort.
Mar. 14th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
totally amazing! too bad there were so many other tourists there though...lol.
Mar. 14th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
makes me want to go to a place far far away....
Mar. 14th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
ive always wanted to visit ruins like that :o)
Mar. 14th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Now, THAT is what I call a vacation! Loving you photos on flickr, Joe! :)

I began the application process for my passport on Wednesday. I need to have a couple pictures taken, then schedule my appointment. Life's short. I need to get out more...

Thanks for sharing, buddy!

Mar. 14th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Wow! This must have been amazing.

Beautiful pics.
Mar. 14th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Chichen Itza is on my "must-see" list... the pre-Mayan ruins at Teotihuacán were arguably the most amazing thing I've ever seen, and I definitely hope to explore more of the other Mesoamerican and Incan ruins at some point in my life.
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