i went to mexico the first week of spring break. it was amazing. i felt just awful for not speaking any spanish. all i could say was "good morning/afternoon/evening" "where are my pants" "i'm pregnant" "what's your name" and [possibly the most useful phrase]
i love riding aeroplanes.
[my city is still breathing, but barely it's true...]
i tried to talk to the people city next to me, i really did. clearly, they were not very interested:
she looked exactly liked the mother from requiem for a dream
bienvenidos a akumal:
we stayed there for a few days, that was splendid.
the maids folded my towel in the shape of an elephant!
there were a lot of wild/stray dogs, we stopped at this 7/11 and i helped a man feed pieces of hot dogs to them.
we stopped at the tulum ruins on our way out of akumal
but i think i liked these flowers best
bienvenidos a xcalak
we spent the majority of the week there. it was this little fishing town near the coast of belize.
[that's a jellyfish. not a plastic bag]
i visited the preschool:
and the elementary school:
two of the boys came down to visit at the place we were staying
we built a sandcastle together...
i let them use my camera, this is what happened:
the owners of the villas [robert&margo] where we stayed were really excellent, they were an american couple from seatle. robert had all these amazing collections. one of them was "things that are round"
those all washed up on the beach from old cruise ships. try to guess what they are.
he also collected bottles that washed up
xcalak as seen through 20 pesos
xcalak as seen through a margarita glass
we stopped in the town of tulum on the way back to cancun-
those cards were everywhere, i'm not sure what they are. i bought a bag with the watermelon on it. i also fell in love with a teacup. a 400 pesos teacup. needless to say, it did not end up coming home with me.
we also drove
to the coba ruins
madre y padre
grace hated the ruins. she did not know i took that picture. she called them "dumb piles of rocks." i didn't mind them. but i really liked this tree.
that's the only picture i took in cancun. i think it was the only thing i liked in cancun too.
on the plane ride home i talked to a nice german man. at the end of our conversation i found out that he works for a company that "dabbles in chemical warfare." charming.
things i learned in mexico:
1. you know you have the right amount of leisure time when you can read an entire book in one day
2. pineapple pizza is good. pineapple and mango pizza is better.
3. digital cameras do not like sand
4. snorkel mask marks make me look severe
5. your mom will not get mad if you ask for a sip of her mexican beer. she will get mad if you don't make a disgusted face afterward.
6. outgoing waiters are good. drunken waiters are better.
7. when snorkeling, it's best to take the plastic inserts out of your flippers before using them
8. next time you shouldn't make your parents aware of the fact that your 11-year-old sister's daiquiri is not virgin
9. [mexican] coke gives you a sugar high, [mexican] "coke light" gives you a UTI [i didn't learn either of those from personal experience]
10. mom likes margaritas. a lot.
11. after a few of those margaritas, she does a surprisingly accurate impression of SNL's "schwetty balls" spoof on NPR
12. mexican beverages have funny names, like "yomi lala"
13. what's more funny is to see my dad drinking them
14. sharpie writes on everything. except coconuts.
sharp- call me!! 4848833686 or my parents office.