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Apr 6, 2012 - Back in Bacalar, Mexico once again.

I made a mistake by not getting out of Belize before the Easter weekend. Everything is shut down. Normally there are busses every 30 minutes or so. Today there are only two. The first one leaves at 11:20 a.m. That would get us into Belize City about 2:30 p.m. Too late to catch a connecting bus to Mexico. We would have to spend the night in Belize City which I don’t want to do. Another option is to stay another night in San Ignacio. There will be more busses on Saturday. Still not as many as normal but more than today. But all the...

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Find Tom 4

Apr 4, 2012 - Mayakoba- Spring Break 2012

Reese's first spring break! The Rosewood at Mayakoba We were on our way home from a New Years trip to Kiawah, when I got the itch for the next vacation! We decided it was time for our little one to get her passport. We spent the whole car ride home trying to figure out an easy but warm travel destination with a 7 month old. Yes, this was a challenge. We have many years ahead of us to visit a kid/family friendly hotel. This being said, I wanted to stay somewhere nice that was baby friendly. After a few week of research ( you know I loved...

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Mar 11, 2012 - morning in mexico

Early morning is the prettiest. Each tide brings in and takes away treasures. Aling with shells and rocks, cone every sort of plastic garbage you could imagine. Yet, nature has its filter. The seaweed drys, waves wash over, snag the trash and beach cleaners haul away to some undisclosed location. I checked weather on michigan. Only 10-15 degrees warmer. VERY strange for sure. Hardly met any americans. Not even a lot if students on spring break. Mostly canadians. Lots of american folks have retirement homes along the shore line. Tourism is...

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Mar 10, 2012 - cancun and isla mujeres

Arrived iat marriott. Most beautiful. Recommend priceline for sure. Had to experience walmart. City buses 8.5 pesos. Great way to see. Real city. Ate queso empanada at local foid stall. Argentinaian, got receipe fir mist amaxing pesto, by using spanish dictionary and digb language. Cancun.... Self indulgent day, baked in sun, abd ordered chaise lounge servuce. Beer abd hot dig. Hot dog, stuffed w swuss cheese, wrapped in bacon, with avocate. Dragged my very relaxed self to city bus to try to find way to puerto juarez, at rush hour. Not a...

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Mar 10, 2012 - sunset over Isla Mujeres

Ola, life today is easy and good. How to vacation on a budget in mexico? Check in as the next door fol are chcking out, graciously gave me enough groceries to last til monday. Wandered thru lical village to tiny mercado and found beans n rice, yogurt to ward off any tourista issues, and queso fresco to top ioff beans and rice. Girl scout camping one-pot.meals experience comes in handy. Watched the sun set and these are the photis i added tonight. Am pondering posdibilites for work and life ince i get him. Realizing hiw much i miss...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Cozumel

The trip from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico was unique. No one got seasick, but strong winds hit the side of the ship just so and it rode at an angle that made us think of the poor Concordia on her side off the coast of Italy. We did our usual vigorous deck walk trying to burn off a few of the millions of calories we had consumed and it felt like we were walking on a roller coaster track. A large stack of bowls crashed to the ground in the buffeteria (luckily they were plastic) and the ice skatng show was cancelled. The captain struggled a...

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Feb 20, 2012 - Who knew...the we loved bikes so much

Yes, apparently the Tuinzings love their bicycles, first Japan, now Mexico. See photos, need we say more!? On another note, watch out Dean Karnazes here comes Andre...bike, uphill with a headwind, "5k" running road race, bike, uphill with a head wind back home, then bike back into town, uphill (again) and with a headwind (again)! Oh and did we mention he came in 2nd after the elite runners flown in to rig the race! Isla is awesome. Thank you so much Al and Cliffa for opening up your home to us and to Brad and Tiffany for taking us in when...

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Who knew...

Jan 7, 2012 - My final days

Well beautiful Playa del Carmen...our final stop! After some searching, and a mile walk we found a parasailing kiosk. They kept asking for our hotel bracelets- I am so glad to actually have been able to experience these countries rather than planting myself in a deck chair and watching the world go by between my toes. After another short ride, reminiscent of an earlier ferry boat rode, on a jet ski we arrived at the boat for "take off". About 45 minutes latery fearlous loco buddy Rob and I were ascending to the heavens...what a thrill! This...

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Christmas 2011

Jan 6, 2012 - Tulum and Playa del Carmen

An early morning start to catch the ferry to San Pedro. According to the locals it was the inspiration for Madonna's hit song in the 80's. Then the long ferry ride to Chetumal, Mexico. Picture it, if you will-a full speedboat ferry of approximately 100 passengers, a windy day and very rough seas...and no one got sick! My bum is still sore from sitting on the middle row of storage boxes for 2 hours. I was so happy to finally sit on the bus for 2 hours to get to Tulum. The ride was great- I slept for most of it. We arrived in Tulum with...

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Christmas 2011

Dec 14, 2011 - Back In Southern California

Hello Everyone, Well, this concludes my travel journal for 2011. I truly thank all of you who mentally travel with me. I am back at home safe and sound. My luggage even arrived home the same time I did. As I almost missed my connecting flight from Miami to L.A., I have to remember to allow at least 2.5-3 hours layover time between connecting flights when re-entering the states. This is because you have to do a passport check, reclaim your luggage, go through customs, recheck your luggage, and a lot of times catch the airport train and go to...

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Dec 12, 2011 - Isla Mujueres Day

Hola Everyone, Today I went to the Isla Mujueres with the Cathy, one of the owners of the place where I am staying. She invited 3 other nice ladies, who are from Chicago, who are also renting one of her other units. We all had a great time. Prior to heading to the island she took me to breakfast. It was very good. Cathy is a very friendly,lovely lady, she has a great spirit about her. I wore jeans but it got too warm so I bought a pair of shorts and flip flops and changed into them there. Isla Mujueres is an island off of Cancun. Sort of...

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Dec 11, 2011 - Boredom is starting to set in...

Hola Everyone, As the title reads...boredom is starting to set in,...and the holiday blues are to. I have a few more days here, but in all actuality, I'm ready to go now. There is nothing else that I want to do, or to see. I am scheduled to take a short boat tour today, but I think I am going to cancel that. I don't feel like being too tourist like today. I hung around the resort yesterday, probably will be more of the same thing today. Tomorrow I am scheduled to go to Isla Majueres with the owner of the spot that I am renting. She is...

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