A few highlights from our trip . . .

* the last taco stand on the strip of restaurants on the ferry dock. we sat with the owner and his friend while we waited for our boat to arrive. the owner was right when he said he was about to serve me "the best margarita" i would have while in mexico.
* the twighlight ferry boat ride AWAY from the lights and noise of cancun . . . the warm, humid air felt so good on my skin after our long long long cold cold cold ridiculous winter!
* as we rounded a corner, we heard the shouting and laughing of hundreds of children. herb thought i was about to navigate us away from the noise and he near-panickly declared, "We have to go see what that noise is!!!!" As we crested the hill, we saw what appeared to be half of the community out cheering on the middle-school girls basketball team.
* Nightly sunset cocktails on the third story rooftop patio.
* Walking through the neighborhood where we stayed and people watching. With the tourists being mostly contained to two thouroughfares, we really enjoyed tooling around the community.
*Watching the way other cultures do such a neat job of letting family, work, and play all sort of bleed together . . . life is life. None of this compartmentalizing stuff.
* The color of the water - unbelievable! i have never seen anything like it before!
* Making an unexpected connection with another guest at the hotel we stayed at.
* Taking pictures of the early morning fishermen cleaning their catches - one of the men moved the mouth of his fish, making it "sing" to me.
* Riding bikes with herb down the coast; stopping for a fun photo shoot on a hidden strip of beach that was covered in conch shells and then drinks at a peaceful hotel with an amazing oceanside swing bar.
* Being the only non-locals at an ocean-side restaurant.
* Took a $5 cab ride to the end of the island where we snorkeled and rested in a secluded park strewn with hammocks and little niches to sit. It was so quiet we could hear a half-dozen different kinds of birds.
* The guests in our hotel got along so well that one guest initiated a dinner party on friday night. Everyone work together to make the party happen.
* Amazing mexican breakfasts every morning made by jose.
* Waking up in time to watch the sunrise from the rooftop; then taking an early morning walk with my camera down the coast.
* Buying a coconut from a man with a machette.
* Great talks with herbie.

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Blogger Tony Gambee said...

Ok, this is the one I want to hear more about....
"Making an unexpected connection with another guest at the hotel we stayed at."

By the way, based on the search results for the name of the hotel you went to... were there -his and his- robes in the room when you got there? ;)

6:56 PM, March 24, 2007  
Blogger Cara said...

tony . . .
the unexpected connection was that i didn't expect to get to know any of the other guests . . . but we actually spent a lot of time with the group as a whole. there was another guest that i have very little in common with on paper but we really hit it off and enjoyed talking.

and yes, we were the only ones wearing "his" and "hers" bathrobes.

2:32 PM, March 26, 2007  
Blogger denverherbie said...

I am so NOT following this bathrobe conversation... perhaps it's because I'm more of a "shorts and tshirt as PJs" kind of guy.... not sure.

Tony, one of the things that cara hit it off with the other guest was their inability to fill themselves with alcohol while waiting for dinner, so they scampered off to find the "roasted corn guy" which rumor held was right down the street. The rest of us, with higher tolerences, just kept downing margaritas and debating the whether Obama can pull out the democratic party nomination.

6:48 PM, March 26, 2007  
Blogger Tony Gambee said...

ok, it's a conversation that would typically contain someone referencing a Seinfeld quote. Ask Cara, she'll clue you in.

7:46 AM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger denverherbie said...

Seinfeld? Oh, they weren't Jewish. Everyone there was Lutheran.... from Minnesota afterall!

11:13 AM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Matt said...

I actually have nothing to say but enjoy following this conversation. Ok, maybe I do have something to say (it may be non-sensical, but...) I actually have a bathrobe that I wear when my kids wake up at night. I wear it mainly because I have nothing else on and it may be inappropriate for dad to calm his 9 year old daughter naked. My bathrobe is more like a towel with a belt.

2:56 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger denverherbie said...

Oh... so the hotel was providing bathrobes for daddies that sleep in the nuuuuuuuude.... in case their pre-adolescent daughters in comforting in the middle of the night. Gotcha. Although I don't think any of the other guests had kids. in fact, the owner told us that he wasn't really set up for kids and therefore kind of discouraged people from bringing kids along.

Tony, what kind of sleepwear do you prefer?

4:38 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Gambee said...

boxers only. mostly because Kelli instist on the house being 70 degrees and I boil at night.

8:24 PM, March 27, 2007  

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