Thursday 14 April 2011

Mexico - May 2010

Last year, Marco's brother Giulio got married to his then-fiancĂ©e Toni. They decided to do the deed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a popular holiday destination for people living in Vancouver. Marco and I did not want to miss the wedding, and even though our 2010 was kind of chocca (what with planning our own nuptials) we thought we'd take this opportunity to go on vacation. We're always quick to jump on those!

We flew into Mexico City, where we stopped over for a few days on our way to Cabo. What an amazing place! What I loved best about being there was the friendliness of the people, the street food and spending a night at Arena Mexico for Lucha Libre. Sorry there are no photos of the food or wrestling, I was way too busy actually eating and cheering on the Luchadores... The way that food is such an integral part of Mexican life was joyful to see. Even at the arena, there were people selling the most amazing and varied snacks.

I also enjoyed traveling on the underground, with all the CD, book and sweet vendors touting their wares on the train. And the parks in Mexico City seemed like little jungles to a European like me, used to temperate climates and flora.

One of the days there, we took the bus to the pyramids of Teotihuacán. We climbed the two tallest ones, and I can still vividly remember the sound of bird and jaguar whistles that the whistle-sellers were advertising.

There was so much culture and life to be discovered, I wish we had had more time to spend to get to know Mexico City!

After Mexico City, on we went to Cabo San Lucas, a resort town on the Southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Staying at an all-inclusive hotel was a first and a bit of a culture shock for us, but we quickly got used to free drinks at the pool and dinner buffets right out of Schlaraffenland. It was lovely to get to hang with the Canadian family, as we do not get to see them too often. I also completed my PADI Open Water training during our week there, something I had been wanting to do for years. The diving is also the reason why Marco's eyes look a bit like he got stung by a bee in these pictures, he's an Advanced Open Water Diver but couldn't handle the pressure. Look at my rookie eyes, all nice and unswollen... He-he.

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