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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun January 6th 2017

Rough start today, Alex's stomach issues continued until about noon. It made for a muy mal (very bad, in Spanish) night and morning for Alex. So we lounged in the room, even watched Princess Mononoke on his laptop. Lucky for WiFi to keep us entertained and in touch with the world. We tried a couple granola bars to make sure his tummy was good to go before deciding on an activity for the day. Once we decided he was good, we headed over to the Plaza Las Americas. This was described as an up and coming area online and turns out it is now a huge mall. To play it safe, we got lunch at Chili's. There was an ice skating/gymnastics show on TV, so I shared with Alex my mom's love of both sports and ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Isla Mujeres January 5th 2017

Time to explore a completely new area today - Isla Mujeres AND under the water. We grabbed a cab to drive over to Puerto Juarez to catch a ferry across to the Island. We snacked on sandwiches and granola bars for breakfast while waiting in line. The ferry took about 20 minutes to get to Isla Mujeres and Alex, of course, slept the whole time. We arrived around 7:50 just enough time to walk to the dive shop we were going with. However when we got there it was closed with a sign on the door stating they were out diving and wouldn't be back until 5:30pm. Eeek! My Emil had both 8 and 9 on the information so I was under the impression that 8 was the show up time and 9 the departure. Now ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun January 4th 2017

Ahhh, the joy of sleeping in. We have only plans for the evening so we spent the morning laying in bed reading, writing, and getting mortgage loan stuff in order. For breakfast, we book a short break to skip on over to the grocery store and grab some breads and donuts. Then back to the apartment to munch on them and continue being bums. We did make plans for our afternoon. Alex needed printed off pages signed for the loan so we hit up the Internet cafe to start our adventures. They had no idea what a fax was so we ended up scanning the documents. Amazing how outdated an advanced country like the US can be with those types of requests. Business out of the way we grabbed a cab right outside the store (luckily ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Riviera Maya January 3rd 2017

Another early morning, Alex and I woke up to throw on our swimsuits then head down the street to a nearby hotel called Adhara Hacienda to catch a bus to Xel Ha for the day. We had a much easier time this morning and were on the bus without issue and off to the Xcaret company hub. They were much more organized than Go Mexico and had a bus hub to split up tourists to the right park queue and get them cruising to their destination quickly. We jumped into the Xel Ha line and soon were off to the park. Like usual, Alex fell asleep right away while I stayed awake hearing the details about the park. Including the need for biodegradable sunscreen and bug spray only allowed in the park... So of course we ... read more

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Chichén Itzá January 2nd 2017

The planner I am, I purchased a nice deal of a pirate cruise in conjuncture with a Chichen Itza tour. Today is the Chichen Itza tour part of the package. However, unlike my original email claimed, I didn't get an email correspondence to plan for the company to pick us up. I did call the Pirate Shop company, Jolly Roger, to get the information before we left the States. Through the clerk's poor English and my little knowledge of Spanish, we managed to get a time of 7:15am at Plaza la Fiesta to get on the bus. With our fear of being wrong through miscommunication and the unknown of how easy to get a taxi, we left the apartment at 6:30. Two blocks from the apartment we caught a cab and made our way to Plaza ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun January 1st 2017

Like most of my travel, it started with a visit to The Parking Spot to drop off my car and get shuttled to the airport. This time felt weird though because I left my keys for Alex's roommate to come pick up the car. Our shuttle nabbed Alex, I, and one other family before heading to the airport. Alex speculated they were going to Cancun. I said I doubted it since so many flights leave early. However thanks to our driver confirming our gate and airline, the mom asked if we happened to be going to Cancun like them. I think the driver was secretly trying to help them because they couldn't figure out which terminal and gate they needed to go to. An early arrival at the airport (5:10), turned out to be well needed. ... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis December 31st 2016

This trip begins with the end to another. Alex and I have finished an excursion visiting his family for the holidays in Oklahoma and just now mine in Minnesota/Wisconsin. We left late New Years Eve to fly from the Minneapolis St Paul airport with my parents kindly opting to listen to the Wild hockey game instead of watching to prevent a hefty Uber cost. After dropping us off, Alex and I went to check in to our Cancun flight through Spirit that gave us a nice overnight layover in Dallas Fort Worth for the night. When buying the tickets, boy was I proud of myself - getting 2 flights for the price of 1! Not only did we get to not pay for the cost of a direct flight back to DFW from MSP, but we ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita May 25th 2015

For my last day in Japan I just couldn't spend it all day in the airport. So instead, I got up early (again) to catch a train to Ikebukuro in Tokyo. I had read online about a place called Ice Cream City in the big mall Sunshine City. I got into Tokyo around 9, and it was 9:30 by the time I made to the right area. Since the mall doesn't open until 10am, I hung out at Starbucks looking up where the place was. I found out it was on some gaming area called NamjaTown within the mall. At 10, I heard that way. I was greeted by a long of screaming kids waiting to get in. (Ah the things I will do for ice cream). Finally they let us all in. Turns out this ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Tochigi » Nikko May 24th 2015

Like usual, I picked an early train to maximize my touring time. It takes three hours to get to Nikko, my destination for today. I debated last night not going and staying in Tokyo because of the travel time, but so many guide books and blogs recommended it, I decided to still go. I had to switch trains in Tokyo to catch a bullet train out. I had to switch again to get a local train out to Nikko (it's a small town part way up a mountain). On that train I made a new friends. His name was Rob and he was in Tokyo from Maryland for work, (something to do with bio engineering). He had a three day weekend (I'm thinking he works with the government as a contractor and gets memorial day off ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita May 23rd 2015

It turns out CJ and Clara are not morning people. They didn't get up until 10am, and then CJ was still like a zombie. Corey and I had our cereal as they woke up. He was feeling bad thinking I wanted to see a lot more today. I had to tell him I had no more expectations of Korea other than to see them, so already he'd shown plenty. Since I had to catch a bus to the airport at 2pm, we stayed in Gangnam. First we wandered around the rich neighborhood that even the previous president lived in (his house was surrounded by guards). They were pretty impressive houses despite being in the middle of a city. Intermixed with the mansions was a bunch of TV and recording studios. It had become a fad to ... read more
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