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Published: June 25th 2017
Geo: 20.6327, -87.0666
We woke up early in the 4am hour, showered collected our toddler and things and headed up to KCI. Without event, we departed at 7am to Minneapolis. With hardly enough time to use the bathroom, we connect to our flight to Cancun, which went immediately nowhere as the water tanks were leaking water before we left the gate. I joked with Cari that I only get this mechanical delays or cancellations when flying with her, then we realize it's happened at least 6 times. I'll document those another time.
We arrived around 1:30pm at Cancun International. Customs and immigration was reasonably organized and painless. Having a cute toddler is like a free pass with immigration officers (and everyone else). I could not get any MXN out of the ATM in the customs area so we exited into the arrivals hall and outside to our car rental shuttle. The car rental was about a 5 minute shuttle ride away (American Car Rental). Considering I had reserved in advance, I was surprised that the paperwork took about as long as it would take me to purchase a new car on credit in the US. Cari patiently waited for Carmen in the A/C.
After finishing, but before going outside, I had my first and only encounter on the trip with a timeshare sales pitch. Once I absorbed all there was to know, I noted never to listen again.
Car checked out ok, although it was a surprising piece of crap by US standards. It had A/C, an automatic transmission, and four doors and was a 2011 model. I don't know how a 2011 could be so damaged. The door made a horrible creak when opening. No power locks, no power doors, no power windows. Not to complain, but I expected slightly better for $320/week (collision insurance included). Oh well.
Powering up the GPS, we turned south on highway 307 toward Playa del Carmen. The highway driving is pretty reasonable, with a few topes (speed bumps) and police checkpoints along the way. I turned into town about 50km south. Immediately the town feels like I'm back driving in Amman Jordan. Actually it's not that difficult, but is of a very masculine style and requires 100% attention. Typical American drivers would crash or hit a tope within 10 minutes. I don't think I'd want to drive in this town during the high tourism season (September is the
We checked into our place, the Riviera Maya Suites, near the beach about a mile north of the main touristy square. It didn't take long to realize that our first (and most recurring) priority was finding something for Carmen to eat that was both healthy and acceptable. Closest was a Mega Comercial Mexicana. I tried twice to get money from the ATM with the same result as before. I had to spend 15 minutes on the phone and reach the secret travel desk before they finally fixed it by disabling all security on my ATM card. Just in case, I changed my PIN after every subsequent transaction on this trip.
Anyways, MXN cash in hand, we bought some basic goods like pasta, pop tarts, milk, avacadoes. Not much else today except chasing Carmen around the suite and heading to bed. We did find a way to arrange the furniture such that Carmen could not see us from the crib, allowing her to give up and go to sleep.
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