Friday, October 5, 2012

Ancient History, Volume XXX

Previously, I walked across the border from Belize to Mexico, hung out at a ruined city on the beach, and arrived in Cancun.

The next day, Sara and I decided to head into the Hotel Zone. Getting there was QUITE the experience. There are no official bus stops, so you just walk into the middle of the road and flail your arms about wildly until a bus stops to pick you up. Needless to say, we were a little hesitant to stand in the middle of a road full of crazy Mexican drivers, so it took a while for us to actually get on a bus. The bus ride was equally interesting. We had no idea where the bus was going (other than that it said "Zona Hotelera" on the front) or where to get off, given that there were no official stops. Aaaaaand after a while, a random guy got on the bus, started playing the guitar very badly, made a really long speech in Spanish, and then went around the bus collecting money from people. 

So that was an adventure. We finally decided to hop off the bus and attempt to find the Hard Rock Cafe, because if we ate one more tortilla/fried chicken based meal in a row, someone was going to get hurt. The Hard Rock Cafe in Cancun is hilarious, because it features this window:

It also features this view from the deck, which isn't too shabby:

Sure, it was hideously overpriced and indescribably tacky, but sometimes a girl needs a burger, you know? We followed up our trip to Hard Rock with a wander around the flea market. My God, was there some crap in there. Even the vendors knew it, as evidenced by the guy who said as we walked past "Come in, come in and see my quality junk!". At least he was being honest??

Eventually, we ended up at a mall, and decided to finish the day with a trip to Haagen Dazs. Because when you're indulging in overpriced food in Cancun, where the hell else would you go?! Following the ice cream, we declared ourselves too scared to brave the bus system again, and took ourselves (and our food babies!) back to the hotel by taxi. 

We got back to the hotel in time for our pretour meeting, and were kind of relieved to discover that the only other girl on the second half of the tour was NOT an 18 year old married to a 29 year old, as Arizona Boy's paperwork led us to believe, but a 28 year old who was the subject of an unfortunate typo. After the meeting, we went to dinner at a place specialising in Yucatec cuisine, and I topped up my food baby with a serving of chiles rellenos. They were delicious. After dinner, we headed out to a bar. Said bar turned out to serve beer in 3L towers, so the boys were all pretty happy there.
In case you're unfamiliar with it, this is a beer tower.
Also, source.

Sara and I, meanwhile, were discussing how Suit Pants (who, if you recall, was a tour-leader-in-training who hit himself in the groin with his water bottle at Tikal, and who dressed exclusively in $5 suit pants from op shops) was wearing quite possibly the most hideous pants yet. Somehow, this turned into us daring each other to TOUCH said pants (which were hacked off at the knee to form shorts) and see if they were as horrible as we imagined. This resulted in many attempts at ninja-style pants touching, all of which failed spectacularly. Eventually, we managed it, but Suit Pants busted us and decided we were bonkers. To be fair, we kind of are... Also, the pants were even worse than we'd imagined. No one likes polyester suit pants, especially in a tropical climate...........

And so ended our time in Cancun. Next up, Chichen Itza!!

K xx

6 comments:

  1. Yup, CancĂșn is the pits. Crass, loud, expensive. And so expensive! The bus situation has improved with the addition of formal bus stops, but that guy selling quality junk was still there last week!

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    1. Did you stay in the Hotel Zone?? Because we were in Cancun town, and while it was more expensive than the rest of Mexico, it wasn't exorbitant. Good to know the quality junk guy is still around!!

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    2. We did, at the Oasis or something, which is actually about 5km up the road from the hotel zone proper, at km4. But we had an Oxxo and taco stand nearby plus a pool so it wasn't a dead loss!

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  2. I had a similar feeling re food when I was in Italy for 2 weeks. The food was great, but by the end I just wanted a giant burger!!

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    1. Much like how whenever I'm in the US, I feel the need to get home and eat nothing but vegetables for a week because GET ME AWAY FROM THE BURGERS AND CHIPS!!

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  3. Fun fact, I own a beer tower. I should blog that story.

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