I need a six month vacation twice a year – Pete Macarthur
In honor of my first Wanderlust Wednesday post, I thought I would reminisce back to the time Brady and I went to Cancun.
I am trying to make Wanderlust Wednesday a weekly writing topic – whether it be about places I have been or places I want to go.
What do you do when you’re about to turn 20 and drinking isn’t legal in the United States? You fly to Cancun of course!
This trip took place back in August 2010 and was before I started documenting my journeys. I wish I would have done a better job! It was my first time out of the country using a passport (I had traveled to Juarez, Mexico on a mission trip when I was 14, but at the time we drove and did not have to present a passport at the border) and sadly I don’t even have the stamp anymore because I am married and had to get a new one!
This was the first vacation Brady and I took as a couple by ourselves and our first time flying first class, so as you can imagine we were on cloud nine. We were also meeting up with a couple that we barely knew from where we live!
The morning after we arrived, we hopped aboard a van and drove across Cancun to a marina where we then boarded a small boat to go snorkel with whale sharks. Whale sharks can reach up to 40 feet in length and are the world’s second largest fish. Oh, they can also weigh 20.6 tons! And we were swimming with them! Guess who didn’t have an underwater camera? That would be this girl!
Just wanted to put into perspective how big these babies are! But, never fear! They have no teeth and prefer plankton!
At one point, Brady and I were swimming and we turned around to see one headed directly for us with its mouth agape. Brady began back-pedaling as fast as his flippers would take him. In case you aren’t aware, you can cuss through a snorkel. I came above water to doggy-paddle away from said danger and heard Brady say “oh shit” from underwater through his snorkel (sounding like he had sucked all the helium out of a balloon) and nearly choked on water I laughed so hard. Totally worth the scare factor. He came away unscathed and my sides hurt the next day from uncontrollable laughter.
The whale sharks migrate through the Cancun area from May – September so if you’re ever in the area and get the opportunity to go swim with these magnificent creatures, do take advantage. You can book your tours here.
Once the other couple arrived, we went out for a night of clubbing in the touristy area of Cancun away from the hotel strip. Among the places we went were Senor Frogs and Coco Bongo. If you are not a fan of large crowds, steer clear of Coco Bongo at all costs. To exit, you must weave your way through the crowd, cross over the mystic river, cross a bridge, and swim 3 miles, or at least that’s how it seemed. The exit is literally on the complete opposite end of the club in the most inconvenient place ever. Would I ever go back there? Not a chance in hell.
By the way, what appears to be Pink singing on the stage is not actually Pink, but an impersonator. We didn’t know that at the time. Brady was pummeling people to get a good spot only to be vastly disappointed. Exact quote, “Move out of the way it’s F*cking Pink!”
Our last day in Cancun, the four of us took a signtseeing tour about 4 hours east of Cancun to see Chichen Itza and explore a Cenote. Our tour bus broke down before the trip began, so we were then transferred to vans. The four of us were crammed in the very back seat of a van for 4 hours with crap air conditioning, and one hell of a story to tell.
We spent several hour exploring Chichen Itza and the Cenote. After sweating profusely, getting rained on, and being haggled to buy souvenirs that were “only one Mayan dollar” (which is apparently equal to $20 American or so they said), we made our way back to our cramp little bus for the return trip. Brady was drenched from head to toe with sweat and literally wrung his shirt out. Thus began the stinky 4-hour journey back to Cancun. Blah!
Even though our trip was a short 4 days, it was totally worth it. I can’t imagine having 2 better friends than the couple we went with that we barely knew at the time. To this day, we still laugh over Brady wringing his sweat-covered shirt out and how he was pile-driving people to get a glimpse of “Pink” performing.