Friday, January 30, 2009

The Mystery of Playa del Carmen

Our room balcony faced a forested area, and every evening, a bunch of these critters came out to play. While sitting on the deck with my coffee and book, I watched many a tourist approach these furry animals, while trying to figure out what they are. Some of the guesses I heard were....raccoons, lemurs, cats, marmots, and marmosets. It wasn't until I got home that my suspicions were confirmed....they are called coatis. And if you give them bagels, they will stand up on 2 legs, then run off with the treasure to bring it to it's family (presumably). And no, I wasn't the one feeding the bagels, that was someone in a room below me!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Swanky Outside, Too!

Here are some shots from outside. Although it was overcast our first day there, who could complain? It was still in the 70s! The next few days were warm to hot, but nothing a pina colada couldn't cure! The ocean was perfect for swimming and cooling off. I soaked up every moment of sun I could, knowing it would have to tide me over for a few more months of Colorado winter! (My first few days back in Colorado were gorgeous, but the high today was 20 degrees. Boo.)


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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Swanky Digs (inside)

We stayed at the Sandos Resort, right on the Caribbean. It was beautiful, indoors and out. First, some pics of the swanky indoor areas.....

welcome

our (my and my brothers) room/suite

the in-room jacuzzi...where I spent some quality time the first night, when my brothers were out exploring

yep, Obama was all over tv down in Mexico too!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yahoo for the Yucatan!

The reason my last post was mysterious was that my mom told us we were going on a trip to Mexico, but wouldn't tell us where! It wasn't until we got to the airport that I found out our destination: Sandos Resort, Playa del Carmen, which is south of Cancun.

It. Was. Amazing!

January, it turns out, is an awesome time to spend on a beach of the Caribbean! After all, who wouldn't want to leave this:

For this:?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

I will be leaving early Thursday morning for somewhere where it doesn't snow and I am bringing my bathing suit. That's about all I know....more to come soon!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Do You Do....the R word?

Resolutions, that is!

Normally, I'm not a big resolution maker...or I make them but they are sort of vague and just in my head. This year I'm going for it though....

1. Go Green(er).
  • No water bottles (in the United States) I had to amend this, as if I travel abroad, which is a possibility, that is sometimes the ONLY way to get clean water. However, when I am in the U.S. I am resolving to cut down on waste and not buy bottled water, just using reusable bottles.
  • Fewer paper/plastic bags. I bought my cloth ones and I'm ready to use them! Now, I just have to remember to bring them to the store!

2. Stay on the exercise bandwagon

  • Fencing 2-3 times a week
  • Weights/walks/runs the majority of other days. But a day off here and there is okay, because everyone needs a break. I'm planning on limiting those "off days" to one a week.

3. Fence in one tournament (my first!) this year.

4. Continue learning Spanish-through Colorado Free University(which is not actually free, unfortunately!) and/or studying abroad.

Okay, now it's official!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth...

I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth...I'm just not sure where my camera cord is. Someday soon, I will find it and update! Really!