Going Back Home

Ivan, Lil Dave and I packed everything up and checked out.  We left the Temptations Resort Spa at 9:05 am.

Our flight took off at 11:50 am headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. 

We went through Immigration.  Ivan had his fiancé visa.  I was waiting over 20 minutes and I was worried.  He has overstayed on his tourist visa before.  The Immigration officer said that if he didn’t have the fiancé visa he would have been denied access since he’s overstayed a few times in the past.  I guess he’s gotten lucky the last few times he’s entered America.  He came out after 30 minutes.  I was glad everything was alright.

We got our bags and rechecked them in for our next flight. 

Ivan and I got sandwiches and an Auntie Anne pretzel.  Lil Dave got a banana wrap.

We used the internet.  The flight was delayed since the plane arrived late.  We were supposed to leave at 4:45 pm, but ended up leaving at 5 pm.  We arrived at LAX at 6:10 pm.  We used the internet.  Our flight left at 8:20 pm headed to Las Vegas.

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Iron Bridge

Ivan left for his dentist appointment at 9:30 am at the Plaza Las Americas mall on November 29, 2011.  He had an appointment to his bridge fitting in at 10 am.  I stayed in the room and went back to sleep.

I went to make a reservation at the Asian restaurant, but nobody was there.  I had food at the breakfast buffet with Lil Dave.

I went to the front desk to ask about restaurant reservations.  The lady told me I had to book at Bellavista.  I went there and the girl said that the Asian & Italian restaurants were all booked up.  I told her that I tried to make reservations at the restaurant, but nobody was there.  She said I could book it for tomorrow.  I told her we’d be going home tomorrow.  She squeezed us in for 7:30 pm.

Ivan came back later on.

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It was another overcast day.  We went to the pool to relax.  The Iron Man contest was going on.  The guys performed a few games.  The men had to go on a surfboard across the pool, go through 4 ladies legs with balloons filled with water, do 5 push-ups and then yell Viva La Mexico!  It was a really funny contest.  It’s great that Temptations is fun and entertaining.

We headed to the room to use the internet.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were tired and took an hour nap.

Ivan and I booked the airport shuttle for the morning.

We headed to the Las Americas mall.  Ivan had to get his bridge put in.  I used the free internet while he was at the dentist’s office.

We got a taxi back to Temptations.

We had dinner at Village Wok.  Ivan and I got the miso soup for a starter which actually wasn’t very miso-y at all.  We got some lovely sake.  Lil Dave got banana sushi.  Ivan and I shared sushi, fish and a shrimp stir fry.  It was a great meal.

We headed to the room and used the jacuzzi.  It was an early night for us since we had to be up early to leave for the airport.

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Buffet Bistro

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had the brunch buffet at Hacienda Sisal on November 27, 2011.  Ivan asked a waiter if the chef could make a fish dish for us and they did.  It contained a delicious garlic sauce.  The food was great especially with our mimosas. 

We walked along the beach towards our hotel taking our time.  The water was wavy and it was overcast day.  It sprinkled a bit, but it didn’t rain. 

We decided to chill on lounge chairs on the beach and read our books.  I was reading The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly while Ivan was reading Lee Evan’s autobiography Life of Lee.

We all walked to the jacuzzi to relax and read more.

It was time to head back to the room where we used the internet.

Later on, we got the bus to Savio’s Bistro by La Dolce Vita.  We got a tasty bruschetta for free.  We started off with a good seafood soup.  Lil Dave got a good banana fettuccine.  Ivan and I got grilled seafood, a vegetable calzone and a fettuccine dish with shrimp & scallops. 

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The food was ok, the calzone was very boring and plain.  The bread was more like a pastry than a calzone.

We walked around to find something to do.  Mandala Nightclub was handing out cards for a free drink.  We sat inside the open air nightclub.  Ivan and I each got a margarita.  Lil Dave was mad that he couldn’t get a banana margarita (he’s still too young to drink!).  The music wasn’t the best.  We decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel.

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Shrimp Dancer

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got a taxi to Playa Linda on November 26, 2011.  It was an overcast day and it looked like it was going to rain at any minute.

It started raining a bit.  We got on the Dancer boat.  Breakfast was rolls with coffee and juice.

It was open bar and food – which is always nice.  The weather slowly started to get better.  Hurray, no more rain!

We went to the ancient Mayan ruins of El Meco.  Our funny guide Edgar told us about the ruins. 

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It really wasn’t much to see, but Edgar kept us laughing.  I love guides who are informative and funny. 

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We got to take pictures with one of the guides wearing a Mayan outfit.

We went back to the boat.

Ivan and I were so happy that the weather was better.  We enjoyed the scenery and drank some alcohol. 

We went snorkeling which turned out alright.

It was time for lunch.  It was tacos with beef and chicken.  We ate the nice chicken tacos.

Next, it was time for dancing.  Joseph and the woman who dressed in the Mayan outfit were great dancers. 

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It was fun just watching them.  Lil Dave got up and showed off his monkey moves. 

We started headed back.  The staff is so friendly and energetic.   This is such a fun boat journey to do.  I really recommend going on the Dancer boat for some sun, fun and ruins.

The boat got back around 5:30 pm.

Later that night, we went to dinner at Bubba Gump.  Ivan and I each got a free Mai Tai drink with a coupon we had.  The drink didn’t taste alcoholic at all.  Ivan and I shared a shrimp salad, canjun shrimp and mahi mahi. Lil Dave had a bananas with penne.   It was tasty food.

Ivan waned to go to Coco Bongo.  I was feeling really tired though and didn’t feel like drinking.  It probably would have been busy since it’s Saturday.  So, we headed back to the hotel.

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Chest Problems

On November 25, 2011, I told Ivan about my chest.  Ivan called to see if a doctor could come to the hotel, but it was way too expensive.

We had breakfast at the hotel.

We headed to the Las Amercias mall. 

We got some food.  Lil Dave got a banana crepe.  Ivan and I shared a vegetable crepe and waffles with berries.

We went to the hospital there.  I went to get my chest checked out.  The doctor checked me out with a stethoscope.  He didn’t think I had any problems.  He asked if I was drinking more than usual.  I said no.  I did tell him that sometimes I get stomach problems with acid.  He said protocol would be to do an EKG next.  I wasn’t sure I should get one.  I asked if he thought I needed it.  He didn’t think I needed one.  I said I would pass on it.  He gave me a prescription for acid for my stomach and Tylenol. 

We went to the drugstore to get my medicine.

We headed back to the Omni.

Ivan wasn’t feeling good. 

We had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel.  We had vegetable sandwiches and soup.  Lil Dave had a banana lasagna.

We went back to the room and called it an early night.

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Going Boating

On November 24, 2011, Ivan, Lil Dave and I headed to the marina at 11:50 am.  Ivan got money at an ATM nearby.

We walked back to the marina and grabbed cup o’ noodles and spicy nuts at a little store.

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We got in the boat and Ivan got to drive it.  Lil Dave sat in the back.

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We had to follow other boats in our group.  It was such a beautiful day out.  We drove through the jungle while listening to music on Ivan’s Logitech iPod speakers.

We stopped in the middle of the ocean.

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It was time to go snorkeling.  Ivan and I jumped in the cold water.  We saw some fish, but not that many.

Later on, we got back in the boats and started driving again.  We drove through the jungle.

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Lil Dave didn’t think it was a jungle since he didn’t see any monkeys.

Ivan drove us back to the marina.  It was a fun day going out on a boat and enjoying the sunny weather.

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That evening, we got a bus to the center.  We had dinner at The Surfin’ Burrito again.  Ivan and I shared a tasty coconut.

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The food took a long time.  It was delicious.  We took it easy and headed back early.

That night, my chest hurt really bad.  I kept thinking I was having a heart attack.  I feel asleep eventually.  I thought I would go to the doctor in the morning.

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Coco Dentist

Ivan, Lil Dave and I headed to get some breakfast on November 23, 2011.  A timeshare lady said we could each get a free breakfast buffet if we talked to a representative for a few minutes.  It turned out that we had to take a tour with a lady and then we could get the free buffet.  Ivan and I were really hungry.  Ivan told them that we didn’t want to do the tour and told the lady who talked to us initially that she lied.  We just headed to the breakfast buffet and told the Timeshare people that they were paying for it.  Ivan did make a scene.  I know the TImeshare people didn’t want us to complain otherwise they could get kicked out of the hotel.  Timeshare people are so annoying.  We had the boring breakfast buffet.  There was barely any edible food there.

We got a taxi to Los Americas mall.  Ivan had an appointment at Cancun Dentist.  He was getting a bridge done.  It was going to be a few hours.  So, I headed to get some lunch a the food court.  I had some Chinese food at the food court.  I should have looked around more.  I used the internet on the phone. 

2 hours later, Ivan was done.  He had two of his teeth shaved down and fitted for the bridge.  He got a fake bridge on his teeth until his next appointment.

We went to eat at Tacos Maren.  Ivan and I shared fish tacos, a shrimp taco and fish soup.  It was really tasty food.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got a taxi back to the Omni.  We changed into our swimsuits and got into the jacuzzi.  We drank a mojito while chillin’ in the jacuzzi.

Later on, we got a bus to the center. 

We went to dinner at Natura.  Ivan and I shared a good pico de gallo, but the guacamole was really bland.  Lil Dave got banana tacos. 

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Ivan and I also got a vegetable quesadilla, which was more like tacos, and a shrimp ceviche.  The food was very boring and bland at Natura.

Later on, we got tickets for Coco Bongo.  It’s a nightclub with a show.  It took awhile to get in.  There was a show going on with acts like Chicago, Beyonce, Moulin Rouge, Michael Jackson, Pirates of the Caribbean, Queen, Beetlejuice, Lady Gaga, The Mask, Tron, Katy Perry, Kiss, Elvis Presley and more.  The stage is high and has many dancers and a performer lip-synching.  It’s so funny how they bring up girls to the main stage.  The girls dance and a gust of air comes from below them and their skirt goes up showing their underwear. 

Check out a video of the club:

There were aerialists going all around the club.  One act would go on and then there would be a break for a few minutes and then another act came on.  Confetti was being shot into the audience along with balloons.  It was amazing!!  I really liked the Spiderman vs. Green Goblin fight.  It was a well choreographed fight. 

We danced for 3 1/2 hours.  It was such a fun night.  If you’re ever in Cancun, you MUST visit Coco Bongo.

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Cancun

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had to wake up early at 7:20 am on November 22, 2011.  We checked in at Gatwick.  Then, we grabbed food at Marks and Spencer.

The plane took off at 9:30 am.  Ivan and I had lunch on the plane.  I had BBQ chicken with no vegetarian option.  Ivan had salmon with beans and cous cous – Good thing he grabbed food at Marks and Spencer.  We watched Beavis and Butthead and part of the movie Friends with Benefits on the plane.  I was really tired and fell asleep for 2 hours.  Ivan continued watching shows on the laptop.  Lil Dave took a long monkey nap.

We landed at 3:30 pm in Cancun, Mexico.  Immigration was really easy.  We had to wait a few minutes while our bags arrived.  We had to put our luggage through an X-ray machine on the way out which I thought was weird.

It was cloudy and humid and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Ivan had set up a shuttle through Best Day Travel.  We boarded the bus.  We were lucky to be the first off the shuttle.  We arrived at 4:30 pm at Omni Cancun hotel.  We got two double beds since there weren’t any rooms with king beds available.  We had a nice view of the lagoon on the 17th floor.

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We all used the internet which was really buggy. 

We took a look around the resort – it’s a just a generic hotel, nothing special.  Then, we got ready to head out.

We got a bus which is 1 peso per person to the center.  Our stop was at Senor Frog’s.  Ivan saw a place on the internet called The Surfin’ Burrito.  We stopped at the burrito place.  Lil Dave got a banana burrito.  Ivan and I shared a delicious fish burrito and a fish and shrimp ceviche.  The food can take awhile to arrive though since it’s usually busy.

We walked around and checked out brochures for tours. 

It started showering.  Ivan thought we should head back.  So, we got a bus back at 8:30 pm.

We got back to the hotel and it started raining even harder.

Ivan and I watched tv.  I worked on the blog while Ivan used the internet.  Shortly after, we decided to go to bed.

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Capsule Blog

Ivan woke up early on November 21, 2011.  He was waiting for the fiancé visa to arrive by courier.  It arrived in the late morning.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I packed everything up.

We said good-bye to Denise and Ken.  We took a taxi to the airport at 3 pm and arrived at 4:30 pm.

Ivan checked us in to the Yotel at Gatwick Airport.  It’s a capsule hotel.  We used the free internet in the room. 

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It’s a really tiny room.  There’s no privacy in the room since the shower is totally clear.

Dinner was bought at Marks and Spencer.  Lil Dave had a few bananas.  I had a crayfish and mango salad and a cous cous salad while Ivan got salmon with beans and a fish with cous cous. 

We watched tv while we used the internet.  I also worked on the blog.

We went to sleep early since we were headed to Mexico in the early morning.

Source: Yotel picture

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Sea Cranium

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had lunch at the house on November 20, 2011.  Ivan and I shared pizza and soup.

Ivan, Lil Dave, Neal, Denise and I headed to the seafront.  It was such a lovely day out.

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The tide was out.  We walked along the sea and took a few pictures.  I like the beach houses with all their different colors.

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Denise had to use the toilet and ran ahead to try to find one.  We thought we had lost her.  We caught up with Denise later driving the car.

Everybody had dinner together.  Ivan and I had gnocchi and vegetables.

Later on, we played Cranium Wow again.  It was Ivan and me versus Denise, Ken and Neal.

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It was lots of fun, but we didn’t win again.

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