Day one of Mexico - A lot of patience and a warning from my Mexican taxi driver
This year I decided to embark on another big journey. Mexico.
I must say I never felt so stressy about a trip before. I don't know exacty why but I had butterflies all week preparing for this trip, though I had never felt more prepared. I had a big bag of all the things I had forgotten in the past: medicine, blister bandages, bar soap instead of shampoo bottles and what not.
I left early morning for a two hour drive to the airport in amsterdam, so far so good. However when I arrived at the check in counter of United Airlines it seems I had forgotten to request an ESTA, which you apparently also need for layovers in the US. What a stressy moment as I did the online application and waited at the check in counter to see if it had gotten approved. (Normally it takes 72 hours) After an hour of nail biting, I was relieved to say it had gotten approved. Let's hear it for my organisational skills.. not. After a lot of waiting in line I boarded for a 10 hour flight to Houston, where with a two hour layover I would arrive in Cancùn at 17.45 local time, which is 2.45 BE time. However to a maintenance problem we arrives an hour late. Well, at least I got there.
At the airport I took a taxi to my hotel, which is the Amarte Marona Eco Boutique hotel about 50 km from Cancùn. On my ride over there I brushed up my rusty spanish and started to talk to the driver, a local Mexican from Cancún. I asked him about his favourite places in Cancún, his favourite food and what he does with his family on vacations. (He doesn't have that many vacation days though - he just goes to the beach)
He from his side could not believe I was travelling Mexico ALONE. WAS I CRAZY? And warned me only to travel by day and avoid to be seen too much alone. Guess I have to make some friends on this trip. The hotel was very pretty, but as it was already quite dark outside I wasn't able to appreciate fully. I dived into my bed at 5 am BE time and fell asleep. Day one. Over and out.
Tomorrow onto the Poc na hostel in Isla Mujeres for 2 days of socializing and diving.