Mexico

[Mexican Matrimonio – Playa del Carmen]

May 29, 2015

After surviving several weeks of what is definitely as winter by those in the Bay Area…it was time for some sun, at this point I was almost looking forward to the humidity.

I landed in Cancun Friday morning, walked out the door and embraced the wonderfulness of the heat wave. Ben had already landed there for his cousin Jake (and Erin!)’s wedding the night before so he came to pick me up in a rental car. I have to say the $6 a day fee was beyond worth it. Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are all along one straight shot highway. I’ll happily hand it the award of easiest foreign drive.

We made it to Mahekal Resort. I’ll take this time to say that we are not really resort people and left to our own devices we would have spent the whole weekend in a cenote. That being said, something all inclusive like this made so much more sense for a wedding, it was so nice to see all of Ben’s family and catch up without having to worry about everything. Ben’s dad took it upon himself to pay the bill for things we’d bought that weren’t included without telling us….we had racked up about $4.

Home for a few days, we're the upstairs bungalow!

Home for a few days, we’re the upstairs bungalow!

Beachside pool, er, poolside beach?

Beachside pool, er, poolside beach?

Hammock Life

Hammock Life

After getting settled in our rooms we headed out to a patio by the beach for dinner and toasts. We grabbed a family table and plateful of meats, ready for some speeches!

Our view from dinner

Our view from dinner

When in the buffet line...

When in the buffet line…

We woke up early in the morning because of course we do not have the ability to sleep in and grabbed breakfast. This was our favorite meal every morning. Between the arepa station with a woman pouring batter straight onto a grill to all the fresh fruit, we were sold.

Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

The humidity was beginning to set in. I was no longer a happy camper

The humidity was beginning to set in. I was no longer a happy camper

The obvious remedy was the beach

The obvious remedy was the beach

This is the point in the day where I decided I might not leave

This is the point in the day where I decided I might not leave

Despite this I was convinced to walk to “5th avenue” aka tourist street aka time to eat lots of snacks, ignore the beckoning cries of merchants that transformed Ben and I into “princess” or in his case “power forward”.

Fact: you can never have too many magnets

Fact: you can never have too many magnets

Or too many giant urns

Or too many giant urns

Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Ben made friends too I guess...he was kindof an ass

Ben made friends too I guess…he was kindof an ass

to buy or not to buy that is the question

to buy or not to buy that is the question

Cigar Factory Stop

Cigar Factory Stop

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So many cigars

From cutting to rolling

hand rolled and stickered

On the way home we saw this Domino's delivery man. Let's all take a moment to commend his dedication to delivery.

On the way home we saw this Domino’s delivery man. Let’s all take a moment to commend his dedication to delivery.

After a fun day out, some bargaining and purchase of a stack of $6 plates from a tent. We made our way back for drinks, the wedding and of course some dinner and dancing.

Waiting for the wedding, literally with sand between our toes

Waiting for the wedding, literally with sand between our toes

So it seemed like an opportune time for a selfie

So it seemed like an opportune time for a selfie

Before/After, officially married!

Before/After, officially married!

The best thing about this resort was the endless buffet. Never will you want for refried beans in the buffet line. Ben’s sister Melissa and her boyfriend Andrew were there. I feel the need to randomly bring this up because we saw them at every turn and I now realize they’re popping up in pictures with no explanation. We also drag them to Tulum but more on that later.  First, appetizers.

Time for appetizers

Time for appetizers

It was time to steal starfruit off everyone's drinks

It was time to steal starfruit off everyone’s drinks

There was dinner

There was dinner

And dancing

And dancing

We got up early, hit the breakfast….yes, you guessed it – buffet and then got ready for our drive to Tulum. One straight shot further down the highway and we were ready from some ruin exploring.

Into the jungle, er, ruins

Into the jungle, er, ruins

We had to fight the crowds for a shot at taking pics

We had to fight the crowds for a shot at taking pics

Ben was too big for the ruins, Mayan times are hard times

Ben was too big for the ruins, Mayan times are hard times

There was some prickly vegetation

There was some prickly vegetation

lots of stairs

lots of stairs

Sights to explore

Sights to explore

And beautiful views

And beautiful views

On the way back we made sure to stop for some coconut

On the way back we made sure to stop for some coconut

It was so brutally hot we had sweated out may 50% of our water weight, now it was time to recharge with some food. We went downtown and stumbled upon an open air restaurant with an awesome band playing Pink Panther and Mission Impossible which was very apropos.

Pickled veggies and cervezas

Pickled veggies and cervezas

Finally got a torta with of course more Guacamole

Finally got a torta with of course more Guacamole

We stopped by a delicious popsicle place with a very very cute garden to sit in and watch them melt deliciously all over our hands. If you ever have the time – Flor de Mihoacan is the best pit stop.

Sunny days go fast but our memories live on in our iphones. If there’s anything to learn here, the best finds are usually in a roadside tent and sugar can sprites are still the best. Cheers to Mexico and our beautiful beach wedding weekend!

Bye!

Bye!

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