12.14.2011 – 12.18.2011
Normally I travel alone. But this time I have arranged a group trip. Being the trip organizer takes hard work. I am living in San Francisco, while three of my buddies are flying into Mexico from the east coast. In this trip, I am excited to visit one of the “7 New Wonders of the World”.
Although I am only here for four days, we visit Chichen Itza, Izamal, Valladolid, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and the Cancun hotel zone.
My favorite destination is Izamal, a small Mayan town, also named the Magical town. The town is painted yellow, with cobblestone streets and iron lampposts, horse-drawn carriages, located in the middle of the Yucatán Peninsula. It was conquered by the Spaniards, and the monks in their eagerness to convert the Indians to Catholicism gave the city its religious distinction.
Spicy Mexican Food, Chaya Drink
I love authentic Mexican food. We eat a lot of great local food in food stalls. One of the best meals we have is in the Cejas inside the Mercardo 28 local market, where we order 10 seafood dishes and end up paying only $20 USD per person, so fresh and special. I love the evergreen Chaya drink, and I love the forever-Mexican-people-favorite extra spicy hot sauce “El Yucateco”.
The Local People
Mexicans are very friendly. While my travel partners are out for a snorkeling trip, I take a pleasant half a day off by myself to wander the streets. Unfortunately, I take the wrong bus to the wrong Liverpool mall…aware that I am lost, the Mexican people, are quick to assist. A guy regales me about his experiences living in Santa Ana for three years and I am surprised he speaks fluent English.
The only bad or good experience is that my friend’s backpack gets stolen while we are driving the golf cart in Isla Mujeres (two locals on a motorbike grabbed it).
My Missed Flight
Of course, other stupid things happen too. I miss my flight from EWR to CUN: get to the airport 45 minutes before the flight, due to the closure of Lincoln Tunnel in New York. This is my first ever missed flight!
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