It’s been almost 2 years since I went to Cancun for my cousin’s wedding. Looking through this site I’ve come to realize that I haven’t really talked about that trip. I posted some photos, and I might have mentioned something how it’s not fun to do homework on vacation (I was taking an online class during that trip and had assignments to work on), but other than that I haven’t said much about Mexico.
A few weeks ago I won a few DK Eyewitness Travel Guides from The Traveling Canucks and one guide was for Cancun & The Yucatan, which got me feeling all nostalgic. In between writing, and planning for a trip to Toronto I’m finding myself online looking up travel deals for Mexico. I’m not planning to go to Mexico right now, but why not see what’s out there? Anything is possible, but meanwhile here are some reasons why I liked Mexico, and of course why I’d like to go back.
Speaking as a prairie girl who didn’t see the ocean until she was 8 (and then didn’t see the ocean again until she was almost 13) the ocean is fascinating to me. Unlike previous trips to the ocean (Vancouver, Nova Scotia) the ocean in Mexico was actually nice…a.k.a it was nice enough to go swimming in – at least the part by the beach. It was pretty cool to hear the waves lapping from my room’s balcony.
This might seem like the same thing as the first point, and it is similar, but my trip to Mexico was really the first beach/resort vacation I’d ever taken. Sure my family went to California when I was 12, and we spent some time at Newport Beach, but we also went in December. The Pacific Ocean + December = Cold water (yeah I figured the ocean in California was warm all year round). In Mexico I got spend time in warm water, and lounge on the beach chair reading trashy gossips magazines. Aside from the whole homework thing I got to take a break on this vacation. The closest I’d come to a relaxing beach vacation before Mexico was spending a day at the World Waterpark in West Edmonton Mall. No offense to West Ed but an indoor waterpark does not a beach vacation make (a.k.a it’s not the same).
You might be able to tell that my vacation in Cancun was on a resort. I’m not going to try to lay claim to trying the most authentic Mexican food ever, but I will say that the food was really good. Personally I tried to go for the food that seemed a bit more local, foregoing the daily pasta dish for tacos or ceviche. Being in Cancun, and close to the ocean I also went on a seafood quest. I can get beef or pork or chicken at home, but good seafood is a a lot harder for me to find. The seafood I had in Cancun was fresh and delicious.
I’m not much of a drinker. It’s not that I don’t like alcohol, but I’m usually too busy and/or too poor to go out and drink. The nice thing about my vacation in Mexico: we were at an all inclusive resort. Now I didn’t go out and get drunk every night (although that might have made the essay I had to write about Oedipus Rex more fun), but I liked being able to order an Amaretto Sour at the bar, and enjoy it at the beach, or open up a Corona and sit on the balcony listening to the ocean. It’s not a life I’m used to, but it’s one I can definitely enjoy every now and then.
The History and Culture
I won’t attempt to touch the history and culture of Mexico, or even just Cancun and The Yucatan, in this short post. I know it’s long, and varied, and there’s a lot I’d miss if I even tried to give you an overview. What I will say though is that did enjoy the day trip we took out to Chichen Itza. I was kind of just expecting to see the Great Pyramid and nothing else. I had no idea the site was as large as it was, and the different artifacts, and temples. Even The Great Ball Court (where the Mayans played a game kind of similar to football/soccer, yet different) was huge. In retrospect it makes sense that Chichen Itza was so big (and just goes to confirm that I still have travel ignorances). This was an ancient city and all, but it just didn’t click until I got there and saw that Chichen Itza wasn’t just the Great Pyramid. Yes Chichen Itza was busy. It was hot, and there was a vendors selling souvenirs, but I just chalk that up to part of the experience. You can’t expect to visit one of the busiest tourist sites in Mexico, and one of the new 7 Wonders of The World, and have the place to to yourself.
The whole point of our trip down to Mexico was for my cousin’s wedding, which was really nice, and a lot of fun.
The people I met during my short trip to Cancun were friendly, and helpful. Usually it’s the people we’re around who make or break a trip, and luckily for me the people I was with were pretty great, which made the trip great too.
Why do I want to go back? Well like every trip I’ve ever taken there’s a lot I didn’t get to see, and I know one week in Cancun isn’t enough time to give a fair assessment to a country as large and diverse as Mexico. I’d gladly go back to Mexico again.
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