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Sep 29, 2004 - Headin' Home

Becky and I woke up early and quickly packed our things. We got some of the free breakfast and then called for a cab to drive us to Cancun. We left for Cancun at 8:45, where I had to pick up the rest of my luggage that a friend had left for me in the production office at the Sheraton. My flight departed at 12:20, so I need to be at the airport at 10:20. This gave me roughly an hour to get to Cancun, find my bags, repack everything and make it to the airport. We were a bit pressed for time, but I thought we could manage it. The taxi dropped...

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Sep 27, 2004 - Puerto Morelos!

Becky and I took a bus to Puerto Morelos for a dollar sixty each, a small price to pay to get away from Playa del Carmen. The bus dropped us at the side of the road, and there were several taxies waiting there, one of which took us the rest of the way into the town and to the place we wanted to stay. We checked in at Rancho Libertad, a wonderful Bed and Breakfast right on the beach. We got an upstairs bungalow which has a bed that hangs from the ceiling, several inches above the floor...kind of like a big hammock. Outside of our room is a...

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Sep 26, 2004 - Playa del Stupido

Becky and I decided we needed a change of scenery. We had heard that Playa del Carmen was more touristy, but it is also a bigger city than Tulum, so I figured more tourists/more space it all evens out to be just a bigger Tulum.... WRONG! Becky and I took a first class bus up to PDC and slept the whole way. We found our way to a hotel that is nice, secure, quiet and had air-conditioning. After checking in we decided to walk around and explore this new town. No sooner had we set foot on the main drag, were we being pulled in every direction...

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Sep 22, 2004 - Return to Tulum

Becky and I woke early and hiked back to the Chichen Itza site to catch a bus to Tulum. The bus ran a little late but no problems. I had learned the previous time that the bus ticket window is in the Chichen Itza gift shop, which does not open until 10am, so I had the foresight to buy our tickets the previous day while we were at the ruins. I get a lot of satisfaction about being able to deal with little problems that arise when traveling, and learning how to avoid them again in the future. We arrived in Tulum and headed back to my...

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Sep 18, 2004 - Back to Cancun

This morning I said goodbye to my three new friends and headed off to the bus station. I caught a first class bus to Cancun without a problem or incident. The only thing really worth mentioning was that they played a movie on the bus, "What a Girl Wants" in spanish. I arrived at the Cancun bus station and a friendly and helpful baggage handler asked where I was going. He was clearly expecting one of the common replys from a tourist. He seemed shocked when I told him the hotel he was looking for. He walked with me for the three blocks to...

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Sep 8, 2004 - Cabañas in Tulum

As it turns out, the same day that I got stuck on a second class bus to Piste, my three Italian friends got stuck on one also. So we both learned the same lesson, only travel first class (the ticket price is only a couple of dollars difference if that). When we were at Chichen Itza, Marco checked the bus schedual and found out that a first class bus to Tulum stopped there at 8am. So we got up very early and backpacked the 2 KM to Chichen Itza. The place was closed and the parking lot empty. We were the only souls standing in an empty...

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Sep 5, 2004 - Akumal Mexico, Caribbean Retreat-1999

Akumal, Mexico: A Caribbean Retreat (Yucatan Peninsula map) Click, whirrrrr. The camera shutter closes on yet another brilliant moment. To the west, the setting moon dangles on a deep blue background while eastward the rising sun guilds the facades of the scattered buildings below, highlighting the edges of palm fronds. Magenta, bronze and azure streak the sky overhead. Caribbean colors. Maya colors. The colors of our dreams. It's our first morning on the playa (beach) in Akumal, Mexico. From our balcony, we enjoy the breathtaking view of...

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Sep 3, 2004 - An un-natural disaster in Cancun

Well I arrived in Cancun on August 30th, but I haven't had a chance to make an entry until now. The reason for that being that this is the biggest disaster of a show I and many others have ever seen. If I want to get internet in my hotel room it costs $20 US a day.... Most of us have been getting 2 to 3 hours of sleep a night and working in very extreme conditions. A meeting is to take place in a couple of hours, the result of which may very well end in every department head and probably most of the crew quitting. Either that or the network...

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Jul 26, 2004 - Chetumal, Mexico

We drove here from Placencia, just to stop off for the night. Chetumal is a nice town right on the Caribbean, and has Mayan ruins nearby. We plan on leaving early in the morning and heading for Palenque. We should be back in the States within a week. The website will turn off on Aug. 1.

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Jul 6, 2004 - Cancun and Chichen Itza, Mexico

Flew business class from Toronto to Cancun courtesy of Richards new found silver status so arrived fresh as daisies even though we were up at 4.30 am. The beaches at Cancun are incredibly white silky sand with turquoise clear waters. The resort is very built up with massive hotels. We stayed around the corner from the big hotels at the beach so was nice and quiet. Spent most of the time at night in the downtown area as less touristy and the budget stretches further. Stayed over night in a beautiful hotel at Chichen Itza in a thatched roofed...

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May 21, 2004 - Tulum, Mexico

We went on an excursion to the Tulum ruins for the day and I'm so glad we did because they are so beautiful. Not quite as spectacular as the Palenque ruins, but I think their setting is more amazing. The remains are right on the edge of the clear blue Caribbean, and surrounded with tall palms. It's like a scene made for a movie. There were also a few iguanas around and I managed to get a few good photos.

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May 20, 2004 - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Zoe and I spent almost a week in Playa del Carmen which is about an hours drive from Cancun. We stayed in a cabana again, this time very close to the clear Caribbean, and we got into a bit of a routine again - sleeping in, going out for breakfast, lazing on the beach all day, having a siesta in the afternoon, swimming in the hotel pool, then showering and going out for dinner and a dance. We were shown around by some waiters we'd met at 'Carlos 'n' Charlie's' (a popular restaurant/bar). We visited bars like 'The Blue Parrot', 'El Pirate'...

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