First Full Isla Mujeres Day 
We mostly relaxed for today (and most of this trip with Mary will be just chilling out and relaxing). We went to Mary's favorite place, Tia Yao, for breakfast and had super yummy crepes. I hung out in the room for most of the hot part of the day. Mary did some shopping. Once it was getting a little later when the sun wasn't so high and hot, we headed to the beach to do some swimming. Our plan was to snorkel around the rocks and see some fish but not only was it pretty busy, but it had been really windy most of the day so the waves were high. The area we were in was mostly protected but it was kicking up the sand which reduced visibility and created quite a current. We swam for a bit longer before getting out to head back to the room and shower before dinner.

On our walk back, we were walking barefoot and Mary managed to step on a bee which then stung the bottom of her foot. She limped her way back to the room and took some motrin. After our showers she said it was feeling all right so we went for a walk along the coast which was gorgeous. They have a cement walkway along the east coast that goes along most of the northern part of the island. After the walk we got a yummy dinner then headed back to the room. I spent an hour or so on the moon deck enjoying the breeze while reading before heading to sleep.
-Miranda


Super yummy crepe place.

Swimming and looking for fishies.

Mary at the coast.

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Stressful Day on Isla Mujeres  
After finding breakfast I was getting packed up when I realized a black sock and my fox t-shirt were missing. The sock is a little annoying but not that big of a deal. The fox shirt I really like so that was kind of sad. I wrote down some phrases and decided to go back to the laundry place just in case they did have it. The lady went and looked and sure enough, came back with the shirt. Yay! I was pretty happy. Not the sock, but that's all right.

We hopped on a bus to Cancun. From there we found a bubble tea place, sat down for a drink then got a cab to the ferry to Isla. The line for the ferry was crazy! It was so long. It didn't take us too long to get on a boat. Unfortunately that had me worried that we were going to have issues finding a place to stay. This did end up being the case. I tried about 5 places before setting Mary down with our bags at a juice place and wandering around myself. I finally found a place that had one night available. I took that and we proceeded to look around for a place for the weekend. Our plan was to stay at least until Monday. I ended up only finding a couple places that had one room available with only one double bed.... That would be pretty uncomfortable for the two of us. One of those options was not only expensive but only had wifi in the lobby. I was hoping for something to be available where Mary and I would actually be able to sleep.

We did one more loop together to try and catch some that I hadn't tried yet (there weren't many) and found each place that I remember Joe, Dani and I had looked at (after we already had a place) because it was painted super cute. It was pretty pricey. Mary and I stopped in and it was the same guy. I asked and he seemed pretty sheepish and said that he did have a room available. I expected a single bed or something similar and he opened the door to an adorable room with two double beds and a refrigerator. He said they have wifi throughout the hotel, a pool on the roof, a community kitchen and water available to refill bottles. It is expensive but we took it since we were obviously not having luck anywhere else. Mary is so extremely happy.

Once we could chill out a bit, I went back to the room while Mary went shopping. After she came back we found some yummy dinner then walked around a bit before heading to bed.
-Miranda


The first room.

Our upgrade. :)

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Meeting Up With Mary 
Today was the day we switched people. We got some breakfast then got the bags packed up and headed over to Cozumel. Since we got the hotel in Playa for 2 nights I could leave mine there. We got some juice and a light snack then caught a taxi for the airport. They left and I waited around for a bit over an hour for Mary to show up. Unfortunately, I somehow missed her when she came out of the doors so she walked around the airport and I didn't see her until she came back around the third time. It had her pretty freaked out, but we met up and headed out.

We went right to the ferry and over to Playa to drop off her bag. We then went out for some falafel for dinner and a little walking around before heading back to the room for rest and sleep.
-Miranda

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Travel to Playa del Carmen  
We got breakfast in the morning then packed our bags and headed to the bus station. We got a few treats for the bus since it would be traveling over lunch and we were prepared for a 3 or 4 hour ride. We ended up on the first class bus so it went straight to Playa (we were expecting it to go through Cancun) and it took under 3 hours.

We found a hotel and went out to find our last adventure. We took a taxi to Chaak-tun where Joe had read that it is a cave Cenote where you need a flashlight and it's pretty cool but a bit freaky. Once we arrived we learned that the info on the site he had found was a few years old. The place had been purchased by a company and now you had to do a guided tour plus it was twice as expensive as we though it would be. Since we had come that far anyway we decided to do it. The caves were gorgeous and I enjoyed our guide. Unfortunately, we were with all Spanish speakers so our guide had to say everything in both languages. I felt a bit bad for him. After the first part of the cave he dropped us off at a second part where we could jut snorkel around and explore on our own. Joe and Dani found a little area that looked like an old entrance that obviously hadn't been used in quite a while.

Once we got back we took off the hunger edge a little with some street food. We wanted to explore the possible restaurants and didn't want to be rushed. We ended up walking almost to the end of the pedestrian area (where Joe and I had a yummy falafel meal once a couple years ago) and found a Thai restaurant that had super yummy my food. The massaman curry was especially good.

Joe and Dani leave tomorrow and Mary comes!
-Miranda


A very pretty spot in the cave.

The area of the cenote we were able to snorkel around by ourselves.

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Valladolid 
We arrived pretty late so Joe and Dani dropped me off in the cafeteria area with the bags while they split up to look for a hotel. Turns out that not only is it a holiday (being near Easter) but there was also a soccer tournament going on all week. All the hotels were booked. However, Dani came back from her expedition with a room because a guy that owns one of the hotels told her she wouldn't be able to find a place but he had a friend with a guest house that we could stay in. It worked out really well.

The next morning we were trying to pull money out of the atm and none of our cards would work, including Dani's. We called our respective banks and continued to have problems. We were going to head to cenotes that were a bit out of town but since we weren't sure on our money situation, we started with Cenote Zaci, which is located basically downtown. We didn't expect much but it was actually pretty neat. Joe jumped off from pretty high up which got everyone's attention and encouraged a few others to do the same. We swam around a bit then headed back to the room to see if the banks had our cards figured out yet. Ours worked so we were feeling a bit better about the money situation.

Dani decided she should really go to Chichen Itza. We put her on a bus while we took a taxi to a couple cenotes outside of town. Our cenotes were pretty but a bit of a let down, plus pretty confusing. Our cab driver dropped us off at a back entrance or something so a lady asked for our tickets and we didn't have them but then we didn't know where to get them. We eventually figured it out. We just checked out the first one but swam in the second one.

We met Dani back in the cafeteria. She had quite the experience. Who knew she was heading to Chichen Itza on the most important day of the year, the spring equinox! There were people that had probably planned that trip for months and she just went on a whim. :) The reason it's such a big deal is because the shape and orientation of the main temple creates a serpent on the side at sunset on that day. Dani said the grass around that temple was completely packed and the line to get a ticket to even get in was crazy long. It took her about an hour jut to get in the park. However she was able to see everything else pretty easily and quickly since everyone was in the center.

She left a little early to be sure she could get on the bus so she wouldn't have seen it, but it was cloudy, so no one got to see it. The bus was crazy though. She got on the last bus and was the within the last 5 people on. She had to stand for the entire 45 minute drive squished up next to people. She said she was glad she went though.

That night there was a ceremony of sorts in the road next to the town center. We watched that for a bit then found a yummy dinner. The waited made guacamole right in front of us using 1.5 avocados! There were also quite a few vendors set up in the town square that we checked out before heading to sleep.
-Miranda


Cenote Zaci in the center of town.

One of the cenotes. We didn't bother swimming in this one.

The other one was packed with people swimming.

The church at the center of Valladolid

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