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Cozumel Day Six/Seven

16 Feb

We had an amazing trip to Cozumel. We had so many fun adventures and made lasting memories with family. It was wonderful to spend time together while relaxing and not worrying about work/responsibilities that wait for us at home.

On Tuesday we went into town to do a bit of shopping. I bought a beautiful purple and black blanket as well as some earrings and a pendant for my friend back home. Chris bought some vanilla and lots of sweets. He loved the chirro’s which his mother calls ‘Grease Sticks’.  Although perhaps unappetizing, it’s an accurate discription. They are coated in cinnamon and taste like the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal.

On our last night we went into town to celebrate Mardi Gras. We had dinner at Casa Dennis. It is a wonderful little restaurant in town that served us large (and I do mean large) drinks and homemade, authentic food. It was fun to try new meals and hang out with the locals. Everyone is so nice and welcoming. They would give you the shirt off their backs if you needed it.

After dinner we walked (more like stumbled after those Daiquiris) into town to watch the parade. I’m pretty sure we were actually part of the parade at one point. It was fun dancing and singing in the streets with Chris, Rob and Jenna. We had a blast.

The last day we soaked up the lazy of the sunshine and packed our bags. We headed to the airport at noon wishing we had just a few more days in paradise.

…We will be back Cozumel!

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Cozumel Day Five

11 Feb

Early in the morning we all jumped in the car and headed to the other side of the island. The east side is not populated and is very wild looking. We took the only road heading east. The map below displays the roads on Cozumel- there aren’t many!

Map of Cozumel

Heading east, we left behind us the only town on the Island, San Miguel. The width of the island only took us about 20 minutes to cover but it was amazing how quickly the jungle overtook the road. Soon the Cruise Ship terminals and tourist diamond shops in San Miguel seemed to be in another universe! We stopped for gas on our way out of town because we were not sure if our gas gauge was working (and there are only 2 gas stations on the island). Reaching the other side of the island, we drove south to El Mirador. It was a beautiful spot to stop and have a couple Coronas while exploring the neat rocks and watching the water surge and splash against the rocky shore. Apart from a family of locals and a small shop that sold both necklaces and Corona’s, we were alone on the edge of the water.

After our explorations were finished at El Mirador, we continues south and drove all way round the bottom of the island back to San Miguel. Our condo is located past the town and the airport (just past the label on the map ‘Playa Azul’).

For the rest of the afternoon we decided we’d like to try out our new speargun and jumped in the ocean searching for the invasive Lionfish. We were so focused on searching for the Lionfish in the coral that lines the rock wall below our condo that we almost didn’t see the giant Spotted Eagle Ray that came to check us out. Chris and his Dad noticed it first as I swam ahead to scan another part of the wall for Lionfish. I looked back to make sure they were following when I saw them snapping pictures of something my direction. I looked below me only to see the GIANT ray directly beneath me. I must say, it took me by surprise and nearly scared me to death at first! I have never seen something so large underwater. Realizing what it was I quickly turned the GoPro on and was able to film Chris dive down with it. Chris then swam to me, give me the speargun and I gave him the camera. Then he turned and swam as fast as he could to keep up with the gentle giant (I don’t think I’ve ever seen him swim so fast!). Despite our best efforts in no time at all the Eagle Ray was gone and we were left to buzz about our awesome experience.

The video isn’t too bad considering I was trying to swim as fast as I could while keeping the camera steady. The sun is setting so the colour is a bit distorted. You can watch the video here:

After snorkeling adventures we headed back into town for another night of Carnival. We had a blast dancing with the locals. Tuesday is the BIG finale… cannot wait!

Spotted Eagle Ray

11 Feb

We were originally snorkeling with the intent to find and spear a Lionfish with our new spear gun. We were so intently looking for Lionfish in the coral behind us that we didn’t see the Spotted Eagle Ray until it was directly beneath us! Less than 10 feet away, Jess managed to snap a few pictures before switching to the video to record Chris’s dive. Deceivingly fast, the Eagle Ray was impossible to keep up with despite our best efforts! –Cozumel, Mexico.

Cozumel Day Four

10 Feb

So on the second day’s evening, Chris was terribly ill…with pneumonia. He was in bed for 36 hours basically comatose.  Thankfully we traveled with his family (… his dad is a Vet, his mom is an ER Nurse, his aunt also a nurse, his brother an Xray tech and his sister in law an Ultrasound tech) so there was no shortage of medical personnel ready to give diagnosis. After a short trip to the pharmacy he was on a couple different antibiotics and now feels MUCH better.

He was able to come out for a fun night in town- the 2013 Carnival!!! It was awesome to celebrate in true Mardi Gras style with the locals. What wonderful floats and costumes!

The festivities continue on Sunday night and Tuesday night- we are all looking forward to the party!

Cozumel Day One

7 Feb

DAY ONE:

We arrived yesterday in Cozumel after a long-feeling four hour flight direct from Toronto. Flying at 35,000 ft, we amused ourselves by making puppets out of barf bags, completing three cross words and playing the age-old beauty ’21 Questions’.

The condo we are staying in is stunning and very spacious. Eight Canucks in total made the trip! Upon arrival we were also happy to discover that we were the ONLY people staying in the entire condo… the pool is our own private oasis during the day which is lovely. At the edge of the pool you can walk down the steps into the ocean where colourful coral and fish are abundant.

After a trip into town to buy groceries, we all hit the hay for some much needed rest. Chris and I got up at 5am this morning to watch the sunset in bed (our room backs onto the balcony with one whole wall being glass).

After breakfast, Chris jumped in the ocean to snorkel for an hour. We then walked into town. It took us about 45 minutes to reach San Miguel where the cruise ships were docked and the ‘other’ tourists were unloading. Instead of staying on the main strip in town, we walked West further into town. We are interested in seeing where the locals eat and live.

We found a cool little juice spot and treated ourselves to a chocolate ice cream cone and a large glass of mango juice…. all for the low price of $3! We then wandered down a small back street where we came upon a small nook where we ordered fresh tacos. The lady made the taco from hand and grilled the chicken, beef and potato while we watched. During lunch, and through broken Spanish, we talked with her about the Carnival this weekend. This Saturday the entire island will shut down for the Carnival/Mardi Gras- a celebration proceeding Lent for the Mexican people. Local men and women dress up in colorful outfits and dance in the street with floats and displays. They have already began setting up sparkly decorations in the streets and painting the walls in town. It’s so nice to see the entire community come together to create a special night for one another. We are very excited to experience the celebration!!

After our 3 hour walk, we came back to the condo and went snorkeling for the rest of the afternoon. We are all a little pink, but well fed and enjoying the sunset on the balcony. I look forward to tomorrow when we’ll drive to the other side of the island which is uninhabited. We are also hoping to go spearfishing tomorrow and catch tarantulas at sunset.

Cozumel is such a beautiful island, I feel very lucky to be here with such wonderful people!

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