Tulum Ruins by the Sea

Tulum, The Ruins and A Beach I Could Call Home

Yesterday we decided it was finally time to check out Akumal. We've heard nothing but great things about it since we got here. It's always been high on our list of things to do but for some reason a month had gone by and we still hadn't gone. Well that changed yesterday and I'm pleased to announce that we all had a good time. Before I get into it though, I suppose I should add a thing or two (or knowing me a hundred) about our three night escape to Tulum. I'm sure you got quite the earful in Cole's post but he only talked about one day and we all know 5 year olds can never be quite trusted. Especially when iguanas, a trampoline, cheese and mayonnaise sandwiches are involved. ;) We decided to take a bus to Tulum simply because we thought it would be easier than taking a collectivo...

Banana Crepes, Iguanas and a Trampoline

Today has been a great day. So great that dad is letting me, Cole, write this blog entry. Okay, I'm only 5 and can't really read or write that well but dad said he was going to use my voice, whatever that means. He says that people might enjoy a different point of view for a change.

We got into a place called Tulum yesterday and we're staying in a neat hotel room. Me and Jordan have to share a bed but that's okay because mom and dad are right beside us. I like it when we're close. Mom must have really wanted to keep me quiet because she let me play my Nintendo DS while she surfed the internet.

They never let me play games in the morning. It's too bad because I enjoyed waking up really early and sneaking downstairs to play it when I first got it a few months ago. Dad wasn't too happy when he found out and from then on they hid it at night so I coulnd't find it...

Side Street off 5th Avenue Playa del Carmen

Hanging With The Locals and Smooth Sounds

Yesterday was kind of a unique day for us here in Playa. Not only was it Sunday but it was also the last day of the Jazz Festival. The reason Sunday is kind of special here is that most Mexicans (or I guess anybody who lives and works here) gets the day off. Most of the locals work 6 days a week and Sunday is their one day to get out and enjoy what this area has to offer. A lot of quiet areas around town are suddenly filled and there are times where it actually feels like you're living in a Mexican town and not some immense resort.

We had heard that it could get a little busy on Sundays and to be honest the first two Sundays we kind of stuck around the condo. One thing we've learned early on about ourselves is that we're not big crowd people. We usually love when something big is going on but not for the same reasons as most people. We've learnt when the crowd goes one way, we go the other. It's usually the best time to see and explore touristy areas without having a million people ruining the fun. It usually works well for us...

Barefoot Nomads on the Beach in Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel and The Taxi Mafia

When we woke up this morning to beautiful sunny skies and no wind, we knew we needed to make the most of it. We've been thinking about a day trip to the nearby island of Cozumel since we got here but then our lazy streak started and well, we really didn't feel the need to go that far to have an enjoyable day.

After a quieter time than normal yesterday we were all itching to get out and see the world this morning. We had scoped out the ferry terminal last week while we were in that area and had a pretty good idea what to expect for the first leg of our journey.

We managed to get the kids ready and were out of the house around 10. Both ferry lines (UltraMar and Mexico Waterjets) run pretty mucheach hour during the day and we were gunning for the 11 one. After a quick $2 cab ride to the bus terminal (it's the closest drop off point to the ferry terminal) we walked the other few blocks to the ferry.

It seemed every person we passed (and there are lots in that small distance) was asking us if we were going to Cozumel...