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Week in Cozumel

October 12, 2009

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 The early drive to the airport, security and customs, plane changes, hours spent packed into the inevitable middle seat somewhere in the depths of coach, and the overstuffed suitcase of anxiety I packed along, soon melted away as I found the bottom of my third Mojito.

The resort was perhaps twenty percent full, so we perpetually enjoyed our pick of deck chairs, attentive staff, quiet hallways, and plenty of  personal space at the pools, bars, and restaurants.  One could be as adventurous or as restive as they desired.

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By late morning, perhaps a third of the chairs around the pool were in use, and we swam, ate and drank, and socialized with other couples between activities led by the entertainment staff. 

We participated in water aerobics daily, which I thought would have been a joke, but it wound being more challenging, especially in co-ordination and balance than I would have imagined.    We reasoned that this daily act somehow partially redeemed us for our other indulgences.

Water volleyball, decorative food carving , drink mixology, ping pong, snorkeling along the shore,  and variety of campy games in the pool whiled away the afternoon hours.

Activities and entertainment every evening, from Casino night, to Mariachi bands, singers, dancers, and the extremely popular fire show kept things lively.  

I took a number of photos of the fireshow, but couldn’t begin to do it justice.  The men and women performing were truly spectacular.  A few stills I captured from this week in October, and then a short Youtube video uploaded by someone else back in July, yield a better sense of what it was all about.  I recommend the video.    I wonder if Lucas saw something like this when he dreamed up the light saber battles?

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We experienced a lot of things and took a lot of pictures, but I don’t want this post to become the Web 2.0 equivalent of showing a whole bunch of slides of “our vacation” to a hapless dinner party audience.

I will note that we spent a morning on a “swim with the dolphins”  experience, but I’ll leave that for another post entirely.

The work week looms, and my inbox is a sea of red.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    October 12, 2009 2:38 pm

    Sounds like a great detour from the daily grind. Welcome back!

  2. October 12, 2009 3:33 pm

    Mark,

    THe resort luks kewl,where is it?

  3. October 13, 2009 12:26 am

    “hmm… i seemed to have misplaced the bottom of my mojito.   ahh, there it is!” 😆

    glad to hear the trip went well and that you made it back alive.   not so glad to hear about the bloody inbox though.   that’s unfortunately one of the risks one takes when going on vacation.   i’ll be doing the same soon, if even for only a weekend.   as they say, no good deed goes unpunished.   (albeit not quite in that same context :P)

    welcome back!

  4. October 13, 2009 1:57 am

    Vijay,

    Cozumel, Mexico.

    Erik,

    I recommend a similar trip for you one day soon – you really need at least 5 days. Would give you some down time and room for activities. Myan ruins, snorkeling, scuba dives, underground river swims, insane zip lines, swim with the dolphins – you can be as active or as much of a decadent slug as you choose.

    Met a number of folks from Ohio, Indianna, and Texas there.

    Mark

  5. October 26, 2009 3:11 pm

    Welcome back to reality

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