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The Grand Finale – Part I

It has been almost 2 months since our last blog. And man, we sure have done a lot in that time!

After our arrival back to Christine’s home town of Halifax in Canada, we finalized all of the wedding plans. There wasn’t actually too much to do as Christine’s parents were superstar Wedding Planners and had booked, confirmed and done everything prior to our arrival! It made everything so easy.

The following week, August 13th, Dave’s parents arrived all the way from Melbourne, Australia. After a weekend of introductions to the Berrigan’s and some time to recover from jet lag, we took them off on a 2 week trip around Nova Scotia in the trailer/caravan we borrowed from Christine’s parents.

Our parents together at Peggy's Cove

Our parents together at Peggy’s Cove

The gents enjoying the view

The gents enjoying the view

Set up in one of the great national parks

Set up in one of the great national parks

Enjoying a mussel dinner by the ocean

Enjoying a mussel dinner by the ocean. We’ve done this before!

We had great weather and managed to see lots of the beautiful Nova Scotia coastline and parks. However, even with brand new cars and top notch maintenance, things can go wrong. On our 3rd day after we stopped for lunch in Bridgetown, we had absolutely no brakes.

Our vehicle being taken for repairs.

Our vehicle being taken for repairs.

The amazing thing was how straightforward it was to remedy the situation. A quick call to CAA, an easy tow to the dealer, a replacement vehicle and all of this in english! It was all very easy and the only issue was that we weren’t able to sleep in the trailer so had to get a hotel for the night. A treat for us who had been sleeping in a tent!

The second week in the trailer Christine returned to home to continue with wedding preparations and Dave went along with his parents to Cape Breton for another week of sunshine and fun.

Dave's parents exploring Cape Breton

Dave’s parents exploring Cape Breton

Local wildlife in Cape Breton

Local wildlife in Cape Breton

Hiking by the river

Hiking by the river

The wedding week officially kicked off with the arrival of Dave’s oldest brother and his wife, Steve and Sue. They had a challenging time getting there with delays and flight mix ups, but arrived full of energy and enthusiasm. This started the influx of international guests including Dave’s younger brother and girlfriend Rob and Katie, Christine’s older brother and girlfriend, Richard and Elaine. By Wednesday all our family had arrived and were divided among Christine’s families homes. The week was filled with lobster dinners, seafood chowder, brewery tours, visiting Peggy’s Cove, touring around the Eastern Shore and of course last minute wedding stuff. The Berrigan’s and Moore’s got along swimmingly and all worked well together to make it a wonderful, memorable and very special time.

Dave preparing the house for visitors

Dave preparing the house for visitors

Great BBQ weather

Great BBQ weather

Outdoor family dinners

Outdoor family dinners

Great afternoons at Marg's cottage by the water

Great afternoons at Marg’s cottage by the water

Nova Scotian lobsters were a great hit!

Nova Scotian lobsters were a great hit!

and enjoyed by all!

and enjoyed by all!

Enjoying local beers and pizza

Enjoying local beers and pizza

Checking out the local beaches

The Moore’s checking out the local beaches

Practice run the night before the wedding

Practice run the night before the wedding

Socializing with friends and family before the wedding

Socializing with friends and family before the wedding

The wedding day was especially wonderful. Halifax was having a uncharacteristically hot and humid week of beautiful weather and this continued for the wedding on Saturday, July 6th. Poor Dave in his suit, vest and tie was a little puddle of sweat in the church but survived with a big smile on his face. Christine arrived to the church on time with her entourage and walked down the aisle with her parents. It was a simple but meaningful wedding ceremony thanks to the excellent Reverend who accomplished this in the hot and stifling church.

Our wedding

Our wedding

The happy couple

The happy couple

After the ceremony we took some pictures at the Public Gardens and then carried on to the reception which was at daMaurizio’s restaurant.

Christine looking stunning!

Christine looking stunning!

Both of our families at the wedding

Both of our families at the wedding

The best part was being greeted with the Moore-tini’s that were served on arrival. This was then followed by a 5 course meal and then cake. A feast for sure! We ended the night after the restaurant closed by going to a local Irish bar for one last drink with the hard core guests who were left standing. It was an awesome day!

Enjoying Moore-tinins before dinner

Enjoying Moore-tinins before dinner

A great night being had by all

A great night being had by all

Enjoying a post wedding drink

Enjoying a post wedding drink

The Moore's recovering post wedding

The Moore’s recovering post wedding

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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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