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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 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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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 - Feeling A Bit Better Mentally...

Hola Everyone, Well, as the day moved on, I started feeling better mentally. I am still ready to head home, but the day didn't turn out as bad as I felt that it would. I decided to do the "Duck Tour" today. My friends from England decided to do it with me. The "Duck Tour" is one of those land and water tours. You know where the bus goes into the water. I had never taken that type of tour before, though I had seen them. Of course we didn't go into the ocean, but the lagoon. The guide stated that there are many crocodiles in the water here....

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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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Dec 10, 2011 - Unplanned Free Day...

Hola everyone, Today turned out to be an unplanned free day. Unplanned because originally I was suppose to do a day trip to Cozumel. The tour package that I had chosen was canceled due to the Harbor Master over in Cozumel canceling all water activities. Something about the water being rough. I don't mind that they canceled the tour because I'll get a 100% refund, and I needed to recoup from yesterday's tour. What I do have a problem with is that they did not contact me at the resort to let me know ahead of time. They waited until we got to...

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Dec 9, 2011 - Tulum and Coba Tour Day

Hola Everyone, Today was another 12 hour day, and I have yet another long day tomorrow. I'll be heading to Cozumel for the day. They will pick me up at 7:00 a.m. Why I scheduled 2 long tours back to back is beyond me. What was I thinking...? I rescheduled my short tour on Thursday to Sunday, but depending upon how I feel when I get back tomorrow, I might scratch Sunday's tour and get some rest. I'll probably lose the money that I paid for it, it was less than $50, so I won't cry over it too much. Now let's talk about Tulum and Coba a bit....

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Dec 8, 2011 - Cancun Day Of Leisure

Hola Everyone, Today was a day of leisure for me. It was a bit on the cool side, not cool enough for a jacket, and somewhat windy. I'm sure the weather was still nicer here than back in Cali. I prepared breakfast and lunch for myself, did a little work , and I did not get dressed until 4:00 p.m. I was somewhat mentally and physically drained from the long day yesterday (Chichen Itza tour). I canceled the short tour that I had scheduled for today until Sunday. Tomorrow I have yet another long day ahead of me. I am touring Tulum and Coba. The...

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