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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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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