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The Grad Finale – Part II

The day after the wedding my sister hosted a brunch for us and all of our guests. It was another lovely day where we hung out in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the prior day. We ended the day swimming ocean side at Christine’s Aunt Marg’s cottage. The cottage is an amazing place that Christine and now Dave love. A great end to a great weekend!

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

An easy afternoon by the water

An easy afternoon by the water

A very cool place to relax and swim

A very cool place to relax and swim

On Monday all the Moore’s packed into their rental cars and headed to Prince Edward Island. It took a couple of hours to get to the ferry and then a few hours on the other side to get to the White Sands Cabins. We expected the pristine and well manicured property that is PEI but instead got the leftovers after a huge music festival that happened over the weekend. However we made the best of it and the bright side was there were no other guests!

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Our short time on PEI was filled with exploring the National Park and beaches, checking out Anne of Green Gables and eating and drinking in abundance. Lots of lobster, steak, scallops, Cow’s ice cream, along with some beverages in front of a camp fire. A great time was had by all!

We made it back to Halifax and then the departures of our family began. It was sad to see everyone leave and know that our Halifax wedding festivities were drawing to an end. However we did have more wedding celebrations to look forward to back in Melbourne! We had many departure dinners and lots of goodbyes (of course we missed some people!) before flying out on July 14.

At the airport, all ready to go

At the airport, all ready to go

We arrived in Melbourne and got geared up for our party on Saturday night. Christine and Dave even had friends fly in from Perth and Vietnam to help us celebrate! The party was at Agent 284 which is a cool bar/restaurant downtown in Melbourne. We had a private area and our own bar and we think everyone had a really good time! The wedding planners for this party were Dave’s parents and they did a super duper job.

Party time in Melbourne

Party time in Melbourne

Good times

Good times

with good friends

with good friends

The last week in Melbourne was filled with dinners, meet ups and lots of food and drink. We got to visit with lots of friends and family and even managed a winter bike ride on the rail trails. This made it very obvious that we need to get back in to the hiking and biking and a bit less of the eating and drinking!

Making pizza bases together

Making pizza bases together

Out biking with the parents - who left us in their dust

Out biking with the parents – who left us in their dust

Lovely family dinners

Lovely family dinners at home

And dinners out!

and dinners out!

and more dinners with good friends

and more dinners with good friends

and  their adorable kids

and their adorable kids

Exploring around Torquay

Exploring around Torquay

Loving a blue sky day

Loving a blue sky day

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

We wish to thank everyone who participated and helped us celebrate our wedding, our big grand finale to our trip. It was a very fitting way to end such a great year and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone. A special thanks to our parents, Marg, our sisters and brothers who are so important to us everyday but especially on our big day. We couldn’t have imagined the day without any of them. Your help, generosity and time over the last month is greatly appreciated.

We are currently back in Singapore and trying to come to grips with the end of our amazing year and a half of travel and fun. It has been a wonderful adventure full of awesome experiences. And most importantly, we shared an incredible time in our lives together that we will always remember. People have told us that if we can survive in our little van for a year we can survive anything! Well bring it on!

Enjoying the delights of Singapore  - chilli crab - YUM

Enjoying the delights of Singapore – chilli crab – YUM

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

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Checking out the new sights of Singapore

Checking out the new sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

We are now gearing up for our next adventure – DUBAI!!! Let the next adventure begin! This one however involves working and getting back to the 9-5 routine. It also involves getting paid which is a necessity after such a wonderful year.

Thanks for reading our blog and following us on this great journey. We hope to do it again sometime. We’ll keep you posted…

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The Berrigans do Cancun

Christine’s story:

It has been a very busy couple of weeks since I dropped Dave off at the airport.  Rita arrived just an hour after Dave’s departure. We hopped in the van and went back to my favourite beach at Xpu-Ha.  We settled in for a few days where Rita relaxed and recovered from regular life back at home. We were treated to a lovely lunch at the restaurant complete with drinks at the fun bar swings.  Thanks Marg!

Rita enjoying the swingers bar

Rita enjoying the swingers bar

Hanging out at the beach

Hanging out at the beach

We took a couple of day trips from here: to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins, Akumal to snorkel with the sea turtles, Yal Kul Lagoon to snorkel alongside a gazillion fish, Puerto Morelis to do some shopping.

Exploring the Tulum ruins

Exploring the Tulum ruins

Akumal snorkel practice

Akumal snorkel practice

On the last night before my parents arrived for their slight overlap with Rita, we decided to treat ourselves with a night at an all-inclusive hotel on Cancun beach to see how the other half live! I got a good deal on the internet. We eventually got checked in and then took advantage of all the amenities.  It was a fun day!

Living it up in Cancun

Living it up in Cancun

Enjoying the swim up bars

Enjoying the swim up bars

Rita and I picked our parents up at the airport Tuesday then went to Acamaya Reef Resort in Puerto Morelis where there is camping and little bungalows to rent.  It worked out great.  During the overlap we enjoyed the beach, did a bit of shopping on a trip into Playa del Carmen and had a great last supper for Rita’s departure.

Puerto Morelos beach

Puerto Morelos beach

The Berrigans in Cancun

The Berrigans in Cancun

Once we dropped Rita off at the airport we drove inland and west a couple of hours. I knew my mom and dad were wanting to see some Mayan ruins so figured Chichen Itza would be a good place to start. We stayed a couple of nights near the ruins in a cute little town called Valladolid.  It had a great central plaza, lots of good restaurants and a cool vibe.  I dropped them off at the ruins the next day (Dave and I had already seen them) and did some much needed tidying of Ginger while I waited.  Thankfully we got there early enough to avoid most of the big buses and by noon we were back on the road.  We decided to find the Ek Balam ruins that weren’t too far away and after a horrendous road made it to the entrance.  It seemed like it was less excavated than other ruins and would identify a pile of rocks and trees as something of significance.  However, it was much quieter than the other ruin sites and with hardly any vendors.

Cute plaza in Valladolid

Cute plaza in Valladolid

Ek Balam ruins

Ek Balam ruins

We made our way back to the coast and stayed in Playa del Carmen for a couple of nights.  We were planning on going back to my favourite beach at Xpu-Ha but when we went to check in it turned into a disaster!  The room I had sorted out for my parents we found out was unfit and just plain inadequate, especially for the high price they wanted.  And while we were trying to sort that out didn’t my mom get bit by a mean beach dog!  It just wasn’t our day! So we packed it in and went back to Playa del Carmen.  We sorted out my mom’s travel insurance before heading to Hospiten Hospital.  It was a quiet Sunday night and everyone there was friendly and helpful. Of course she got an injection for Rabies prevention and we would have to return in 24 hours for another one, with a final injection in a week back home.  A couple hours and a few hundred dollars later we were out of there and back at a hotel.

The next day we made preparations for Dave’s return!  We decided going back to Acamaya Reef Resort in Puerto Morelis was the best, and safest, idea.  I picked him up that night and he was surprisingly chipper for being in the air for the last 30 hours.  I was so happy he was back!

Dave arriving back to Mexico

Dave arriving back to Mexico

I have to admit it was a bit stressful manning the van all on my own (well with the help of my guests too!).  I never realized just how much Dave did and how much we shared responsibility!  I did OK with the driving but have decided I’m a much better passenger and navigator.

Tuesday, the day after Dave’s arrival, we went back to get my mom’s Rabies shot and then continued on back to Akumal to see the Sea Turtles.  The water was a bit choppier this time but we managed to see a few turtles.  The next day was spent relaxing and vegging on the beach and then we walked into town for a nice pizza dinner.

Our plan for the final night was to get a hotel room in Cancun to enjoy the beach and scene there.  I again found a great deal for an all-inclusive that was too good to pass up.  We checked in around noon and enjoyed all the amenities.  The beach was beautiful and we even managed to get beachfront rooms.  A great finale to my parents trip!  Thanks a lot for coming!

The view from our Cancun hotel balcony

The view from our Cancun hotel balcony

Dave and I are currently back at Xpu-Ha beach.  Enjoying it and avoiding the dogs!  We plan on getting a move on to Belize very shortly.

Daves Story:

I had an uneventful, but very long trip back to Melbourne, with three flights and over 30 hours of travel. Thankfully my parents were waiting at the airport and quickly had me home for a shower and a couple of hours nap before a couple of well deserved drinks in the spa.

My great friends Ben and Emily had very kindly arranged a get together at their place for the Saturday night, which was fantastic and allowed me to have some great food and a few beers with some of my oldest and closest friends.

The next week I kept myself busy catching up with friends and enjoying some Australian food, beers and wines that I had been missing. I also managed a trip down to Torquay to catch up with my younger brother and his lovely girlfriend which was very enjoyable.

Oh, and any spare time I managed to find was spent trying to find, buy or otherwise acquire a long list of essentials that we had been unable to find in Mexico.

My second weekend in town was the wedding weekend, which was the main reason I travelled from Mexico back to Melbourne. This was my older brothers wedding, as well as the first wedding for any of the Moore clan, so no chance I was going to miss it.

Giving my ´Dr Seuss´reading at the wedding

Giving my ´Dr Seuss´reading at the wedding

The wedding was fantastic, and everything went as planned. Both Steve and Sue had huge grins on their faces all day, and it was great to see how truly happy they make each other.

Just Married!

Just Married!

Congratulations Guys!

The happy couple

The happy couple

Overall my trip home was a great opportunity to catch up with a lot of friends and family that I otherwise would not have done except for the wedding. It was also a great chance to get back into ‘normal’ life and society after travelling for 9 months as this really reminded me to appreciate the time we have for our travels, and to truly make the most of the remaining travel time we have.

Mum with her boys

Mum with her boys

Unfortunately my travels back to Mexico were not uneventful, as I was seated next to vomit boy on my long flight from Australia, but overall the travel was not too painful, and I even managed to get a few hours sleep here and there on the different flights.

The beautiful Christine was waiting for me this time, and soon had me ‘home’ in Ginger with a shower and comfy bed ready.

 

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A quick Cancun update

A very easy driving week

We left Chichen Itza and drove towards Cancun stopping only at the prison outside Valladolid to pick up a hammock. They are all double weave, great quality and made on site by the prisoners. It can take up to a couple of months to make one huge one! But I guess they do have a bit of time…

Christine testing out the new hammock

We drove right into Cancun and onto the little spit of land/sand where all the fancy hotels are located. Parked Ginger on the street and found a public access to the beach. Beautiful! So different than the Pacific Coast with the spectacular turquoise colour here. Also different in temperature – definitely a few degrees chillier, though we aren’t complaining!

The main beach in Cancun

We checked out a couple of camping options on the highway heading south away from Cancun. The Paa Mul campsite just a little bit south of Playa del Carmen did the trick for the night. It had a nice pool and restaurant/bar but it was like we were camping in the parking lot. After a night at the bar listening to the permanent resident RV’ers try and do Karaoke we decided to look for more options. And we were so happy we did! We stumbled upon La Playa Beach Club while checking out a spot next door. Nothing fancy and bare basic amenities but it has power and water and is on the most gorgeous, pristine beach.

Ginger-Lee all set up for relaxing!

We are hunkered down here for a total of 5 or more days most likely. The longest stop in one place since we left Halifax! Dave left on Wednesday and is now back in Melbourne for his brother’s wedding and to catch up with family and friends. Christine’s sister Rita also arrived into Cancun on Wednesday for 9 days. And the latest news is that Christine’s parents will be joining the party to keep Christine company and for a bit of an escape from the Nova Scotia winter.

The beach and bar where Christine and Rita will be forced to spend the start of the week….

 

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