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Published: January 26th 2013
We woke up this morning bright and early with no real plan of what we wanted to do. One thing was for certain though, we had no cash. We headed out to the bank to withdraw some money. This seemingly simple task took us 45 minutes, it wasn’t until the 4th
bank of trying that we actually managed to get some cash. At first we slightly concerned by our inability to get money but it later became apparent that there was an issue with some of banks connecting to our UK account. It ended up being fine, there so many banks along Avenue Tulum in downtown Cancun you will always find one that works.
We had a great morning lazily walking around the local markets, ignoring the persistent sellers. Heather loves markets the world over and to be honest, when compared to the usual high street shopping I get conned into I rather enjoy it to. The colours of all fabrics and ornaments were incredible. The lively characters which were all around us, made for great people watching. We decided to eat a snack based lunch from a tiny stand which had a few high stools outside
it. There was a young local mother and children sat there already, which implied to us that it must be alright. We sat and ordered some quesadillas and the lady serving was in no hurry and neither were we. Once again we were exposed to our lack of Spanish speaking ability, but we got there. It was great, the lady just stood slicing and dicing ingredients whilst chatting away charismatically. Even though we didn’t have a clue what she was saying we engrossed.
We spent the remainder of the morning perusing stalls before stopping at a little shop on a corner where enjoyed the simplest of treats. A coke from a glass bottle. One of those tastes you solemnly rarely find at home in the UK anymore. We relaxed by the pool before retiring to our room. One observation we made that evening whilst flicking through the channels on the TV when we cam across a dubbed Spanish version of the Austin Powers movie, is that the “moley” scene is universally funny in any language. Even when we were watching it in Spanish it was still hilarious. Day 6
Today was billed to be a
good day for us. After an early breakfast we headed straight down to Avenue Tulum where we got a taxi which 30 Mexican Pesos To Puerto Juarez. From here we caught the ferry Isla Mujeres which translates Island of Ladies. I didn’t put up any resistance to this suggestion. We had the intention on arriving and hiring some bikes to travel around the island. These would have cost us a 100 pesos for the day each. This plan got blown away when we saw that we could hire a golf buggy for 500 pesos for the day. Screw the bikes we got the buggy.
Off we set around the island. I drove...... we didn’t want repeat of happened when Heather drove in Crete once (I’m definitely getting hit for putting that). We went to the turtle sanctuary which was pretty cool, they would let you hold some of them under supervision if you wished. There were also some other wonderfully weird sea creatures there as well. I didn’t catch what they were called, I was too stunned by the site of them to concentrate on anything else. It was a very nice place with a clear strategy of releasing
the turtles into the wild when they were ready. In fact Mexico on the whole seemed to be acting in a very responsible way to conserve its wildlife and countryside.
It didn’t take long before we had driven the whole island and taken in a lot of the sites. Sticking to our budget after seeing the lighthouse and the beach where Heather had her first dip in the sea we enjoyed a crepe each. Now when I think of lunch I think savoury, Heather on the other hand had to choose the banana and Nutella filled crepe. I’m telling you this girl has the sweetest tooth on the planet. Isla Mujeres certainly is a great place, with its white sandy beaches, palm trees and bustling streets. It’s great fun on the roads in the golf buggy as well, there’s so many of them there you feel very comfortable. It seemed the vehicle of choice for the locals as well. We headed back across to Cancun on the ferry as the sun was setting, a popular time to head for obvious reasons, it was a lovely way to say goodbye to the island.
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