San Cristobal was lovely....except that it started to rain. At first it was okay-a nice break from the heat. The first night there we went out to eat and salsa dancing. That was a blast. The next day we could have gone horseback riding or for a speed boat tour through a river/rainforest, but with the weather we all decided to do a bit of exploring. That turned out fine because I landed up finding a yoga studio and taking a class.
The teacher is originally from Louisiana, but relocated to San Cristobal 5 years ago. It was so amazing to practice yoga with these women. We partnered up and did an assisted cobra with each other. My partner was pregnant and had to use props. The OM we shared at the end of practice was strong and beautiful.
After class I asked the teacher out to lunch. She and I had a lovely time chatting at an organic vegetarian cafe. Come to find out, she has a friend who is building a health and well being center with a yoga studio. She plans to dedicate more time to teaching yoga, but was worried about having to leave the studio without classes for six weeks while she travels at the end of this year. I told her I might know someone who would be interested in coming to stay for a month and sub her classes!!! Me, me, me!!!
When we were done I overheard someone talking about massage and asked if they could recommend someone. She did and later that day I came back for a delightful one hour massage...for $20!! I do believe that was one of my best days yet...magical.
The next morning (still raining) we were on a bus to Palenque. On the way we stopped at 2 waterfalls. Normally they are blue and we would have been able to swim, but because of the rain they were brown and crazy strong. Foiled by the rain again. But, I was able to walk out underneath and behind one of the waterfalls (another amazing experience).
We arrived at Palenque and had a fabulous dinner (the place was so good we went back for dinner the next night and for breakfast the next day). Then we all hung out under the covered patio drinking, chatting, playing Yatzee, and eating delivery pizza (still raining).
The next morning gave us a slight reprieve from the rain as we went to my favorite ruins yet. These were set in the rainforest. I wish I could put up pictures. This little boy followed us around the whole time helping out the guide just so we would buy his necklaces afterward for $1. After lunch and a swim I went with a friend into town to make a call (you cannot call international from a hotel phone) and on the way back it poured. I mean it realllllly poured. We landed up completely soaked and when we got back two of our other friends were playing frisbie, so we joined in. That was another favorite memory thus far.
Yesterday we boarded a bus for NINE hours to Merida. Nine freakin hours. The good news is that it was happy hour and we got 2 for 1 cocktails near the hotel. Today we spent the day exploring the city and except for two quick downpours it has been hot and sunny. Thankfully!! Tonight myself and a few of the others are going to a ballet and symphony performance at a beautiful theater.....after the 2 for 1 happy hour of course.
Some more fun observations:
*there are old school VW bugs everywhere throughout Mexico. Everywhere.
*Mayans used to use Jade as fillings for their teeth.
*I saw huge live beetles decorated in jewels.
*The public markets stink no matter what city you are in. I am still gagging over here.
*Mexican signs printed in English are very often slightly grammatically incorrect. Ex: Please dont put the paper on the toilet OR Dangerous not to swim.
*the average and acceptable tip here is 10%....and the service is not great. Typically half of our food comes out at once and the other half of our food comes out about 15 minutes later. The waiter can almost never remember who ordered what and is always giving us someone elses order.
*The damn keyboards here are all screwy. Its hard to figure out how to get to an apostrophe for example.
Adios for now....Im off to get ready for happy hour!!