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Back to Life, Back to Reality

Despite snow last Wednesday, we managed to make it out of Boston and catch our connecting flight in Philadelphia without problems. In fact, despite some delays in Philadelphia, we still arrived early at the Cancun airport. And unlike last year when we arrived midday, our evening flight allowed us to breeze right through immigration/customs.

Note so self: always arrive in Mexico at night.

Anyway, I’d reserved a driver to drive us the 50-60 minutes south to Playa del Carmen so we wouldn’t have to take a taxi or rent a car (which we did last year and got pulled over by a corrupt officer threatening to hold onto my license unless I paid him $100).

Our arrival at the hotel was uneventful. We’d walked by the place last year as it appeared to be opening and it looked quite luxurious. On the same block as the beach, and only a block or so to the main shopping/dining street, the location was perfect. We checked in and went to our room, a spacious suite with a full kitchen, private balcony, and large bathroom. It was dark so we couldn’t really see the view all that well, but we could tell that at sunrise, we would have a pretty nice view of the Caribbean.

And what a spectacular view it turned outt to be (see photo). After breakfast we took care of the “adminstrative” stuff of the vacation by heading to the local supermarket (Mega) and stocking up on breakfast foods, snacks, bottled water, sunblock and wine. After that, the remaining 5 days were a blur of beach and mojitos.

We did have one overcast day (Saturday) but that didn’t stop us from laying around by the pool and relaxing. From that day forward, the weather just got better every day – with our last day being the best.

But all good things must come to an end and the driver returned to pick us up yesterday morning (how depressing to think that just 24 hours ago I was standing on the balcony overlooking the turquoise waters of the Carribean).

Since we’d been to Playa del Carmen before we didn’t take as many photos as we normally do. But I should have a few things posted to my photo gallery (link at bottom right) and on Facebook within the next day or so.

Oh, and while we were down there our friends, Ben and Sandy, invited us to stay with them in their timeshare in Puerto Vallarta in November. hmmmmmmmmm…decisons, decisions.

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Jeffrey on March 10, 2010 5:55 pm

    Welcome back to crappy ol’ Arlington. At least you don’t have to bribe the cops here.

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