I recently made a short vacation to Mexico. :) It was my first trip out of the country in over a year (since biking across Vietnam!), and it was most needed and much too short. It was a good time though, and I’ll try to post some pics here.
WHERE: Merida and Tulum, the Yucatan, Mexico
WHEN: February 2010
WHY: I picked Mexico, and the Yucatan specifically, because I was going to do the trip with my boyfriend David. He’s been to three countries in Europe, but otherwise hasn’t traveled much, so I thought Mexico would be a good intro to Latin America and developing countries in general. (He said he’s a “level 3 traveler” and that I’m a “level 15 traveler,” and asked me to go easy on him). Silly boy… I’m just excited to go adventure… it doesn’t have to be something crazy. So Mexcico seemed good – a new language, new culture, less developed, but still easy to navigate, close to home/short flight, similar time zone, some familiar foods, etc. I think it was a lovely choice! I also opted to rent a car in the Tucatan because of its versatility…. if we were feeling lazy, we could just lay on a beautiful beach and drink margaritas. If we were feeling more adventurous, we could drive out to ruins and climb around, explore cenotes (underwater caves), and maybe hit towns that were decidedly more Mexican and less tourist. Also, escaping cold, rainy Seattle in February to a warm sunny place sounded delightful. And as an added bonus, I learned a little Spanish when I was 14 in high school, so it would help us get by when out of the touristy areas. :)
At Mayapan ruins near Merida