Thursday, June 9, 2011

Western Caribbean Cruise: Cozumel, Mexico

I’m not sure why, but I was more excited to visit Cozumel than Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is a beautiful island and gave off a nice, relaxed, island vibe that felt so different from the rushed craziness of my city. But there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the States and Grand Cayman, at least in Georgetown. So I was excited to visit Mexico and be on its soil.

When we got to our cabin on departure day, we had a note saying that the excursion we had previously scheduled had been canceled. (We had planned on a tour of the city, along with lunch and shopping at a mall.) So we had to choose something else. For me, the Mayan Ruins intrigued me the most. Looking back, I wish I had done another snorkeling or sea excursion, but at that time, I didn’t know how I would feel about the snorkeling experience and wanted to do something completely different.

I think my favorite part of Mexico was being there. I kept thinking, “I’m in Mexico!” It felt surreal. I had heard about Mexico, learned about Mexico, knew where it was on a map (don’t be jealous of my awesome geography skillz!), but being there was incredible. I snapped picture after picture of the island as we drove by bus to our destination, enthralled by the difference of where I lived and seeing words on storefronts that I had only seen in textbooks before.

I have a lot to say on the excursion, which was broken into two parts: a tour of the Mayan Ruins and then lunch and an hour at Playa Azul before going back to our starting point. For now, enjoy some photos of Cozumel.

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10 comments:

  1. I love cruises! Hopefully I will get to go on one next year. When I went to Cozumel before we toured the ruins as well. So neat. 

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  2. I went to Cozumel on a cruise once, but I don't remember a lot about it. I think I was only 11 or 12 at the time. I just remember my dad thought the city was really sketchy, and I bought this really tiny key chain Bible in the market. I remember loving the beach, though. The water was so clear and blue; it was beautiful, and you could see fish swimming underneath you. It was really cool. I think my favorite place, though, was Co Co Cay. I got corn rows there, and scored a super awesome tan. :)

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  3. I love the photos you took! And the one of you in the hat is priceless. So something I would do :) Can't wait to read more!

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  4. I'm excited to hear more about your excursion! I loved Mexico when I was there, I wish I had seen more of it. That's one of the places that I've already been that I actually wouldn't mind going back to, but I'd want to visit a lot more this time! 

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  5. Really great photos, Steph! I'd love to visit Mexico one day.

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  6. girlwiththeredhair6/9/11, 1:50 PM

    That giant hat is HILARIOUS! Looks fun. 

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  7. KJHartenstein6/9/11, 5:05 PM

    I adore Mexico and really enjoyed Cozumel when I was there. Mexico has such an interesting history and culture and it's so fun visiting.

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  8. lisasyarns6/9/11, 8:20 PM

    I have never been to Mexico!  I don't even know much about where I would go if/when I do go!  It's sort of something I have saved in my mind for when I have someone to travel with.  

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  9. tell me you bought the hat :)

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  10. Awesome hat! I love the pictures and hearing about your cruise. I am so glad that you and your mom were able to have the experience together.

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