Thursday, April 7, 2011
We really had a great time on our anniversary vacation. The Big Guy and I went with two other couples who were also celebrating 20 years of wedded...Bliss, yeah, that's it! We stayed at the Now Sapphire resort on the Mayan Riviera. Great resort. Not a complaint in sight.
Anyway. I learned several things in Mexico.
1) Carlos was supposed to be a six-foot tall cabana boy with six pack abs. Instead, he was a five-foot tall shyster in the airport, who sucked us in to buying discounted snorkeling trips in exchange for suffering the time share experience at the Moon Palace Resort (which was lovely, but still).
Lesson: Keep Walking. TBG, the only one of us who suggested we NOT take Carlos up on his offer, was very nice, and never even once said "I told you so."
2) Carlos was supposed to be a six-foot tall cabana boy with six pack abs. Instead, he was a five-foot tall shyster in the airport.
Lesson: Mexican men in Mexico are, on average, no taller than the Mexican men in Kentucky. Someone was passing a link around last week with a map of the world and average, uh, man part lengths which suggests that Mexican men don't need to be tall, but I can't verify that this is true. Anyone?
3) To a Mexican bartender, "Virgin Margarita" sounds just like "Frozen Margarita." I was really good and didn't spit tequila across the bar when I took my first sip of alcohol in 8 years. I also didn't fall off the wagon. It was just a sip, it wasn't intentional, I didn't feel a buzz, and I didn't drink anything else. I never got to go to an all-inclusive resort as a drinker, and I might have felt like I didn't get my money's worth, but I remembered the most important Lesson of all: Free tequila is never really free.
Cancun is absolutely beautiful. We did get our snorkeling trips and I found Nemo. He's safe and sound living next to some purple fan coral of the Isle Mujeres. The people of Mexico were delightful. The guys on the boat ride to the snorkeling place did the best Titanic skit I've ever seen, and they do a lovely impression of Ricky Martin singing YMCA (You kinda had to be there).
But now it's back to real life, laundry and carpools and science experiments that don't always work. I found my favorite pen and I'm all recharged and ready to do some more writing!