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Saturday, December 1st, 2007


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November 30th – Light And Sound

We spent most of yesterday travelling back to Merida, via Tulum and Vallodolid. We have 2 nights back with he lovely Ofelia at Hotel Mucuy. Despite’s O’s moans that she was bored with ruins (we have hardly seen any) I booke da trip to the evening sound and light show at Uxmal (o-sh-maal). An hour’s ride deep into the jungle and we arrived at 3. Completely different from Chichen Itza it was deserted so you could really get the feel of the place. The site is more Mayan in history and the architecture different from the other site. The carvings of animals and figures were incredible and walking around in the heat I got lost again in my own little historic world imagining what it was like centuries ago.

The group took a short break for dinner and then back again at night for the show. We had weird headphone things that translated into English. The show is basically sit down and various buildings light up in different colours while a story is told. I know it was bad but at one point I was nearly laughing when the voices were praying to the god Chac Mool for rain. Phrases like “we will do our most fervent singing and dancing if you grace us with wet lands” etc etc you get the picture. It was just a bit over acted but then on the way back I got thinking – dangerous I know…………

It seems strange to us that only by praying to a God would bring the rain, we supposedly in this day and age know better. What things in 2000 years will people think we did that was silly? I imagined with the kids someone doing a tour of Man U and saying “Yes they actually used to play with their feet and the players were like Gods. Here we have what was known as a Director’s Box, where the rich were served “hot dogs” – a canine delicacy in those days”. It amused us during the ride anyway.

Buildings also made me thinktoo – the journey back was a long one. Temples and places of worship have always been the most splendid relics and we visit them the world over. Again what do we put most effort and money into building these days that will be the visited places of the future – Trump Towers, the gherkin in London? Wouldn’t it be nice to have something other than an Olympic stadium.


Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Father Christmas – Mexico Style

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Memories of Playa.

This post is really more for me while it is fresh in my mind. Walking along the pedestrianised streets at night, window shopping and enjoying the feint sea breeze after the heat of the day.

Being called, cajouled, coaxed into any of the small shops by an array of vendors. They would use anything from “Lady, Lady, come see, almost free” to whistling like you would use to a dog to try and get your attention – this ploy never worked whereas at least everything else would get a curteous “non gracias” from us.

Josh trying to make his excuses to leave at the earliest opportunity and O in her shorts and Converse boots (I am so out of date as it looks strange to me).

Taxis and buses tooting to see if you need a ride and the traffic police with their whistles in Merida, never understood quite why as there were traffic lights that seemed to work ok.

The awful Carlos n Charlies restaurant with lame jokes, eg a covered platter put on the table with a fake haggis underneath, rubber cockroaches, huge hand pointing signs saying drunk tourist or celebrating divorce that were put over you, the conga – the list just goes on and on – the kids thought it was wild but I just died.

The Oxxo supermarkets with their little tables and chairs and Arizona green tea in a can.

Hair braid, hair braid, hammock, rug !!

The taxi drivers listening to the 80’s music and singling along at full blast using all the wrong words – words, come e cee to him – fab!

And my favourite – the skeletons – especially the Elvis one.

Unda Da Sea – The Seaweed Is Always Greener

Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Puerto Morelos Reef Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
November 28th - Puerto Morelos The reef that runs along this coast is the second ... [Continue reading this entry]

Beach Bums

Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Enjoying A Cocktail On The Beach Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
November 26th - Playa Del Carmen Bored with the concrete of Cancun ... [Continue reading this entry]

Isla Mujeres – Bridge To Avalon

Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Isla Mujeres - Bridge To Avalon Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
November 23rd – 25th This is our relaxing bit of the journey ... [Continue reading this entry]


Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Snorkelling At Xcaret Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
November 22nd – Birthday Girl We woke early and O opened her little presents I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Cancun – 2

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Deserted CancunWednesday November 21st

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Cancun Shopping Centre - La IslaSaturday November 17th Decided to take the first class bus to Cancun – about $20 each. It’s basically a coach but the seats go right back and there ... [Continue reading this entry]


Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Shop In MeridaFriday November 16th  [Continue reading this entry]

The Bat Cave

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

CenoteThursday November 15th

Another day another trip. It sounded exciting at the time so I booked a cenote trip – without really knowing what it was. Cenotes are prolific in this ... [Continue reading this entry]