Palenque to Uxmal

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February 11th 2009
Published: February 17th 2009
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Another really long day of driving. We head north through the state of Campeche to the coast on the Gulf of Mexico. They grow sugarcane here, and we see trucks full of it along the way. We stop for a mid-morning break at a little place where a guy was busy in the back outside the building cutting up bags of oranges for fresh juice. He had two cages holding green parrots in the same space, but not close to the juice (nothing beats fresh orange juice - so much sweeter than our oranges too). Inside, ladies are busy making fresh tortillas and filling them with a kind of fresh stringy mild cheese, then frying them on a big round grill for quesadillas. Different than we are used too, but delicious! Later, we stop for lunch at a Mayan-run seafood place overlooking the gulf. Big shrimp, but still in their shells with heads and feet on. Good, but messy to eat, not to mention the smell on your hands afterwards. The bathrooms are another experience altogether.....A story for another time. All the checkpoints we pass through are manned with soldiers with machine guns. We really are in another world! The ruins at Uxmal are another must see. They aren´t as big as Palenque, but are much more detailed with intricate carvings and statues. They also had a ball court similar to the one we all hear about at Chichen Itza, but it is smaller and not as restored. AS we get ready to leave the site, one lady gets sick and blames it on the heat. It is even hotter and more humid than yesterday. Barf bags are supplied on a roll on the bus. Yuck - mostly for her, but also for those sitting close to her. It appears to be more than the heat as 3 or 4 people spend the night in their rooms - or more accurately - in their bathrooms. Luckily, we weren´t afflicted. Maybe it was good that we have been getting local food all along - we are used to the local bugs!

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