Thursday, February 04, 2010
Escape to Cancun
|Back in the end of January when it was actually cold in Dallas for over a week straight, I decided I had had enough. Alison and I both had 3 days off coming up, so we decided to do something about it, and set our sights on Cancun, Mexico. A day later, we were taking off first class in an American 757 and landed in warm weather just two and a half hours later. Cancun boasts 350 sunny days a year, so I guess we should consider ourselves lucky that we got so see such a rare event as a rain storm over the beach. Spent some time exploring the hotel, having lunch, and hanging out in lobby when the rain finally stopped so we could head outside.|
We walked along the beach and waded out into the ocean, but there were pretty strong waves so we called it quits pretty quickly. Went back up to the hotel to change and ended up falling asleep after having to wake up so early for our flight. Later in the evening when we woke up, we went out walking along the street and came upon the hard rock cafe for dinner. The burgers were big and good, but the band wasn’t too great so we left for the hotel again.
|The next day the weather was sunny again, with temperatures in the upper 70’s. Glad to be out of cold Dallas and especially glad to be out of the snowy northeast, we set off for the beach again. The waves were still pretty strong so we didn’t last long in the water. We found an umbrella to sit under, but were chased away promptly by some mexican guy demanding money. The Hyatt’s beach was still under construction, so we didn’t have any nice beachfront to enjoy ourselves and we ended up coming back to the hotel to lay by the pool. Of course the pool wasn’t heated and was freezing cold so almost no one was swimming, and everyone was crowded along the outside of the pool laying on chairs under umbrellas. We found an unused umbrella by the top pool, which the wind picked up out of its stand, threw it 10 feet in the air, and then back at us. So much for the upstairs umbrellas. Finally we were able to secure a nice spot by the downstairs pool and spent the afternoon down there.|
For dinner we went out to an authentic mexican restaurant across from the Hyatt. It was a large restaurant but was completely empty except for one other couple. It was a pretty strange place. It seemed like they didn’t even know why we had come when we opened the doors, asking us what we wanted. Yeah…we’d like some food please… So I figured they were all in the mexican mafia and the restaurant was a cover-up. But the food was okay and it ended up all good. Early the next morning we headed back to Dallas first class again, awesome!
|Fun trip all in all. This was different than our usual touristy trips where we explore cities. We mostly stayed in and around the hotel. I forgot how easily I sunburn, so I’ll take an extra moment to think about it before signing up for the next beach vacation. The mexican folks were nice people, but they are so in-your-face about selling you stuff. They spot you from a mile away and rush you. I felt like sometimes I couldn’t get a whole sentence out without being interrupted by someone trying to sell me tickets to a comedy club. The more they asked, the less I wanted to go. It got to the point where I didn’t want to go out anymore. Also, every time I looked at something’s price I freaked out because the symbol for the peso is the same as the dollar but it’s worth 12 times less. So a dinner entry costs $650. Couldn’t get used to that in the short time we were there. Other than that and sunburns, I did enjoy getting away for a few days and not freezing anymore. Might try Key West next though instead of Mexico.|