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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 6th 2018

It’s very overcast today after the long rainstorm last night, making us think that our planned day on the beach is not the best plan after all. We have therefore decided to get up late and have a slap up breakfast back at the restaurant round the corner. We are pleased to see that the pool is being cleaned as we make our way out - at least they are trying. The restaurant is practically full up. We opt for the outside garden area as there is a nice cool breeze blowing through and all the tables and chairs have been dried after last nights torrential rain. We think there may be more on the way! I opt for a large bowl of fresh fruit, with yoghurt and granola whilst Ian has a bacon omelette, which ... read more
Mega breakfast
Waves on the beach

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 5th 2018

We pack our bags ready for our 1pm bus journey to Playa del Carmen. We really have not seen much of Tulum as we haven’t felt well. But to be honest from what we did see, we didn’t like it much. Still, our accommodation has been a little haven. We have enjoyed the peaceful garden and it’s been nice to have had access to the kitchen area to enjoy some simple home cooking. Our host hails a taxi and we are at the bus station within minutes. It’s not that far but it’s really hot now. The bus station is small and heaving. We manage to secure the last two remaining seats, but not before I have nipped to a chemist. Two bottles of cough medicine have not relieved the chest infections we both appear to ... read more
Playa del Carmen

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum December 4th 2018

I was not at all well last night so we are contemplating whether our planned trip to a cenote today is a great idea. We had hoped to be up early and at the place close to opening time. We have already missed that by at least an hour. Maybe we will go this afternoon instead? My hair is feeling thick and heavy - maybe it’s time for another haircut. There’s a unisex salon not far away so we pick up our bikes and cycle to it. At the salon there are two guys cutting hair and they look a little surprised when I walk in. Do they cut ladies hair, I enquire via my translator. Yes, they do! The surprise must be because I’m a tourist then? Using sign language I indicate that I would ... read more
More cute puppy pics

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum December 3rd 2018

This morning we are going for a bike ride to the beach. Unfortunately we are up late as we both had a poor nights sleep coughing and spluttering. Plus we are in a small bed here - they only had doubles. Ian also has to deal with a cockroach drama. Fortunately Ian spots it before me so his foot is on top of it only seconds after my shriek. There has been a very bad smell coming from the shower room and also Ian told the lady not to clean our room yesterday as I wasn’t feeling well. We tell the owner and he says they don’t normally have a problem with the drains in this room so he will have it investigated this morning. He also shows us how to fix the air con which ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum December 2nd 2018

I now have Ian’s man-flu. Well actually it’s a hacking chesty cough and I’ve had it a few days, but today it’s really getting to me. I stay in bed all day. Ian has a quiet day reading books in the garden. We have a small shared kitchen here so Ian kindly makes me a jacket potato for dinner as I don’t feel like eating much else. Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow!... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Tulum December 1st 2018

Today we have nothing better to do than to catch our bus to Tulum. We stay in our room until checkout at 12 noon and walk to the bus station. A taxi would have been better but we don’t see one and we don’t trust the hotel to order one on our behalf. Although there is some cloud cover it is much less than yesterday and it is sweltering. It takes us only 10 minutes to walk the 2x2 blocks. We have finally got our that we are leaving! We are both sweating buckets as we flop into a couple of seats to wait. We still have an hour to go but we decided that we didn’t want to stay in that hotel a moment longer. There are no convenient cafes near the station, only ... read more
Cute puppy
Puppy patting
People watching

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 30th 2018

I didn’t get too much sleep last night...I now have Ian’s cough! We are both awake around 6am and had planned to get the 8am bus...but since we are now awake we decide to make an early start. To add to the long list of complaints about the crummy hotel we are staying in, there is no electricity or water this morning so we can’t even have a shower. Not they ever have any hot water anyway! We arrive at the bus station and purchase our tickets to Tizimin...we are on the 7.30am service. The bus itself is not too bad. It has comfy seats, reasonable legroom and efficient air con. It’s free seating, but we are at the front of the queue so we choose seats reasonably near the front. We depart at 7.45am. There ... read more
Rio Lagartos
Pelicans in flight

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Ek Balam November 29th 2018

This morning I have had an email to say that my mum has been taken to hospital during the night so before we do anything I need to make a few calls. The hospital inform me that mum has been discharged. It appears she is back home and OK. We decide to take a short trip out to Ek Balam. It’s another archaeological site. We are tempted to say - oh no, not another one, but we are told it’s a good trip so off we go. First we stop for breakfast in the covered food hall near the town square. Two food stalls are fighting for our custom so we take one each. My man has a glossy menu with photographs on it. Perfect! I want this, I say, pointing to two fried eggs. I ... read more
The jaguar’s lower jaw
The view from atop The Tower - the Spiral Palace poking through the jungle behind
The steps up the Tower

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá November 29th 2018

We had planned on getting the 7.15 or 7.30 bus to Chichen Itza today...buses run every hour from then. The sky is blue without a single cloud in will be hot so we need to be there ASAP. Ian tells me we have plenty of time - it is 7am, he is not dressed and we have to walk to the bus station and probably queue for tickets. OK, it will be the 7.30 then! We proceed to walk around the streets in circles. Seriously, the bus station is only two blocks away, how can we possibly get lost? The grid system here either makes life incredibly easy or incredibly difficult - today it is the latter! Google maps is equally befuddled - sending us in one direction and then changing its mind and sending ... read more
Chichen Itza - Tomb of the High Priest, with moon above
Chichen Itza - The Observatory
Chichen Itza - The Nunnery carved relief detail

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Valladolid November 27th 2018

This morning is relaxed as we have nothing on our agenda other than to catch a bus at lunchtime. Ian still has man flu and I got little sleep last night due to constant coughing and spluttering. If I sound unsympathetic, it’s because I have been awake since 3am. :-( I make a call home and establish that Dad is definitely out of hospital and back home. He assures me he is taking it easy. Unfortunately the reception at this hotel is rubbish so we have a quick catch up and hope that the next hotel will have decent WiFi. We will be on the bus at 12.40pm (if it arrives on time). We go out for a slap up breakfast. I have fried eggs, bacon, hash browns and pancakes. It’s delicious. Ian chooses pancakes, thinking ... read more

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