A Few More Pictures

I wish I had all day to perfect this blog, but I don’t. So I’ll just sum up with a few favorite pictures that I neglected to put elsewhere, or that didn’t fit. And maybe a few random Mexico comments.

Sam climbing a palm tree at the resort

Sam climbing a palm tree at the resort

Random comment #1: the Mayan Riviera is awesome in terms of off-resort wholesome family activities. If you want somewhere stunningly beautiful and/or awesome beaches, Maui is a better bet.

Cheesy resort dinner entertainer. The size of that guitar-like thing is not distorted; it really was massive.

Cheesy resort dinner entertainer. The size of that guitar-like thing is not distorted; it really was massive.

Random comment #2: my office recently installed electronic toilets, no seriously, they automatically flush “hands free”. Supposedly the logic is for germophobes who don’t want to touch public lavatory appliances. The problem is, they fail regularly, leading to toilets that don’t flush at all, or that flush continuously. In Mexico (or at least, at our resort!) they solved this problem via foot-operated toilets. Totally reliable! You will appreciate that I do not have any pictures of this.

Ben's highlight was Swimming with the Dolphins...

Ben's highlight was Swimming with the Dolphins...

... of which I don't have any pictures of my own as they purposelly structure it to maximize sales of their own $25-per pictures. But here's one I snuck of Lenore.

... of which I don't have any pictures of my own as they purposelly structure it to maximize sales of their own $25-per pictures. But here's one I snuck of Lenore.

Random comment #3: at the fabulous Caribbean all-inclusive resort, you can literally eat – and drink – nonstop. If you go up to the bar and ask them for four beers at once, they say “No problem amigo!” and hand them over. And it’s not just beer, you can get “expensive” drinks too! And the food is non-stop. On the way to the Big Buffet, which is itself truly one of the guilty wonders of the world, you pass 2 or 3 snack bars, which are in & of themselves bigger than your average restaurant, just in case your BMI drops below 50 on the way to the buffet. And it’s all totally grab-what-you- want no-questions-asked. (If my Mom is reading this, she is saying, “Oh! It sounds DREADFUL!”).

Us at the bottom of the cenote

Us at the bottom of the cenote

Random comment #4: if Mexico can figure out how to erect a modern airport with radar and so on (I saw the antenna), how come they can’t figure out safe drinking water? I guess maybe it is safe enough for them, and not quite worth it to make it safe enough for tourists.

I love this picture. In the tourist areas, virtually everything is priced in both pesos and dollars, and cash registers operate in both currencies simultaneously. A peso is worth about $.10 (in case you can't figure it out) and the symbol for Peso on MasterCard slips is '$'. It is disconcerting to sign for such large numbers all the time!

I love this picture. In the tourist areas, virtually everything is priced in both pesos and dollars, and cash registers operate in both currencies simultaneously. A peso is worth about $.10 (in case you can't figure it out) and the symbol for Peso on MasterCard slips is '$'. It is disconcerting to sign for such large numbers all the time!

These "sport courts" seem to be in every small town and are always dilapidated, despiste very well cared for houses being right next door. What is this, anyway? Basketball? I though Mexicans played soccer. Is that a volleyball net?

These "sport courts" seem to be in every small town and are always dilapidated, despiste very well cared for houses being right next door. What is this, anyway? Basketball? I though Mexicans played soccer. Is that a volleyball net?

Well, that’s it for my Mexico blog! I hope you enjoyed it! At Spring Break, we’re probably going to either Boston or Chicago. Which is better, for 9+11 year olds? Next Summer, if we can afford it, we’re hoping to rent an RV again (only for a couple of weeks this time) and spend some time in the Yukon. Good Times!

xCaret and Xel-Ha are so awesome! If you go to the Mayan Riviera and don't visit at least one of them, you're an idiot.

xCaret and Xel-Ha are so awesome! If you go to the Mayan Riviera and don't visit at least one of them, you're an idiot.

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