Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Good Morning, Bahia! What a Wonderful Day!

Cancun, Mexico
On Monday, Oct. 21st Bill and I were awake around 3:30. Not surprising, again, because of our early bedtime. We were able to drop off a few times in the cool atmosphere and got up around 5:30. We were able to just relax and finally connect to the free wifi. I was very happy about that and emailed my siblings, children and our buddies back home to let them know of our safe arrival.

The time on my camera was still on EST - the sun rose at 6:50 am
 Then, I was able to publish yesterday’s post so I felt better about that too. We showered (and I let the water run today!), got dressed for walking and together we toured the area of the buildings where Jess, Matt and a few others were staying. Except for Bill’s 3 oldest daughters we know no one else in our building. We saw the Infinity Pool which is VERY cool and I MUST go there a few times. We ate in the restaurant right beside it.

Our room visitor

I was there too although not many pictures depict that
It was buffet style and for breakfast and lunch there are no restrictions on clothing but a treat was that it is an adult only eatery. What a feast! We’d like to come back for dinner one night and it just means wearing more suitable attire, nothing fancy. That’s easy for us ladies as we can throw a summer dress over a swim suit. The guys need to pay a little more attention. Some say shirts with collars and long pants, others allow shorts and a nice shirt.

We are enjoying Los Corales restaurant for a few meals
We met up with Yvonne and Dennis, Charlotte and Cory at one point and agreed to go the Akumal Lobby to ‘register’ for our return shuttle to take us to the airport on Sunday. That was quick and painless and gave us the information we needed. Then we walked back to our room and I immediately changed into my bathing suit and began today’s blog while I cooled down. Then it was beach time! They hadn’t been in to clean our room yet so it was good to vacate, allowing them access.

We found a spot on the beach to sit, swim and read for an hour or so
Bill and I took a walk to the Akumal main building and behind it, walked by the 3 pools along the way. There were a few more ‘little’ people in the pools than we wanted to experience so walked down to the beach area and snagged a couple of chairs. Bill had one in the shade and I had one beside him in the sun. We met a couple from Uruguay, well, the Mrs. anyway. She was trying very hard to communicate with us but there was a huge barrier. Still nice to try and she seemed very nice.

Pool time fun
We took a swim and the water was beautiful! So warm! When we returned to our chairs, I messaged Charlotte to see where they all ended up and after ordering and finishing a rum punch, we walked back to the Adult Infinity Pool. Cory, Yvonne, Dennis, Krystal and Matt were all there so we joined them for the remainder of the morning and into mid-afternoon. I don’t think I’ve spent so much time near water in one stretch. I think there will be a few more days just like this one.

top pictures were lunch
bottom pictures were supper
We ate in shifts at the same restaurant that we had breakfast in and this kept our lounge chairs for us. The food is wonderful and the staff are efficient and often very funny. We have always had a good rapore with the Mexicans in Los Algodones so didn’t expect this to be any different. They want us to have a good time and they also want our American dollar.  At 4:45 we walked back to our room, some of us a little redder and some of us browner than others. We were all very cognizant of the sun’s rays and used sun screen.

These funny raccoon/monkey type critters are called Coati (ko-ah-tee)
and are all over the resort
They aren't pests and are not dangerous
Fun to watch with their typical raccoon/monkey behaviours
Bill and I had a snooze in our cool a/c room and read our books. We dressed for dinner with the girls and their guys and met at 7 at the Akumal lobby buffet. I’ve never seen so much food at a buffet. Not even Lin’s in Yuma has as much to offer. It went on and on and on. I started with a small salad plate and then refilled with some of the same and tried a couple of new things. I skipped dessert but Bill didn’t. He hadn’t eaten as much as me this time.

One more critter right at the edge of the leaves
at the pool
We met in the Theatre room for a Back to the 80’s tribute and even though the 80’s wasn’t our time or our favourite music era, the dancers were very good and we knew half of the songs at least. Yvonne got chosen to go up on stage and compete in a hula hoop competition. She’s a great sport! Go, Yvonne. From there, we walked outside into the beautiful fresh air around the pool to listen to a group performing ABBA songs. They were good but we had no seats and when we’d finished a drink each, we walked home. Again, not a group we really followed.

Tonight's indoor entertainment
Back to the 80's
Outdoor entertainment ABBA

It was 10:30 so time for us to call it a day. I wanted to get this post done tonight so I could get up and out for a walk in the morning. What a wonderful day we had! I know the time is going to fly by with the wedding tomorrow and a tour on Wednesday but we’ll do our best to keep up and relax at the same time. It’s tough, but someone’s got to do it. Bill and I like to step up to the plate in times of need. 😊 I hope you are all filling your days too.

Good night from Cancun!

Thank you for the visit!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Flight and Cancun Day – Are We Excited Yet?

Cancun, Mexico

Bill and I slept well in our motel suite, as I said, the beds are so comfy with those luxury sheets and pillows. I think I woke around 4 am first on Sunday, Oct. 20th. The first thing in my head “Cancun today!” I managed to drop back off to sleep until a few minutes after 5 and then I began to get excited for the day. I’m never sure what the airport experience will be like so there was a bit of trepidation but mostly excitable jitters.

Auntie Yvonne and Easton waiting at the airport
We were up, dressed and had a motel room Starbucks coffee before packing up the few things and heading down to check out. Our shuttle departure was a chosen early one, at 5:55. We checked out and waited with Rose and Sandy. It didn’t seem like a long wait and we were on our way to Pearson International Airport. Only 4 of us got off, with all of our luggage BUT after he pulled away we noticed he’d off-loaded a bag that wasn’t ours. Woops! Not a good way for someone to start a vacation!

Let's go Dad!
He was a pretty good little guy on the 4 hour flight
This was an easy time and I do believe it was because of the early arrival. No line ups at check-in, no issues with our baggage and other than a ridiculously long Tim Horton’s line up – it was a breeze. By this time, we’d met up with Yvonne, Dennis, Charlotte and Cory so we sat and endured the couple of hours waiting. Jess, Matt, Easton, Matt’s Mom, brother, Sandy’s brother and some friends soon joined us. Once Krystal and Matt arrived, the gang was all here.

It was foggy at the airport
There were announcements that the flight was full and because of that it meant that there may not be room for everyone’s carry-ons in the overhead compartments. They were looking for volunteers to check a carry-on bag free so Bill and I slipped our laptops out and checked ours, a second one, for free. That way we didn’t have to worry about shoving it up top and we didn’t need any of that stuff anyway. They just better not lose it!!

That is our pilot up there in the cockpit

These guys are the most important ones on the plane
As it turned out, by the time we got to our seats, on the wing, we saw that there was overhead room aplenty. Oh well. Take off was within 15 minutes of scheduled time and we were off! Yahooie Louie!! It was nice to look around at the sets behind and beside us to see family and friends. Jess and Matt were about 6 rows ahead of us with Easton. He seems to be behaving very well from what we can see. I hadn’t planned to have my laptop at my seat but because I did, I was able to start my post. Bonus!

Seats on the wing

Thumbs Up!
The flight was good and with just a bit of turbulence, everyone was happy. When we touched down in Cancun, there was loud cheering and clapping. I can’t imagine why. The security check lines were very long so I was glad that I only had my ‘purse/bag’ to carry. We zipped through with no problem, naturally. They want us in their country, don’t they? There is no describing what we all felt when we stepped out of the airport.

Coming in over Cancun
My glasses steamed up, need I say more? Lovely!!! 30C/92F. We were directed to our Transat shuttle, exclusively for the Richards/Flessati Wedding and 20 of us piled on. Our driver, Victor, and our guide, Alan, welcomed us and offered and served beer when we were thirsty. The trip was an hour and 20 minutes and we all admired the view along the way. I need to change the time on my Fitbit when we get to the resort. We gained an hour. Woohoo!

The shuttle ride was long but the a/c was on keeping us all cool
Alan had the driver stop for a beer run
and he served drinks during the 2 hour drive
 We tipped the driver and were on our way into the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal Resort. Dropped at the entrance, we got in line for check-in. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne as we waited. I have to admit some of their Spanish accented English is difficult to understand but it is mostly because they talk so fast. We figured, as she explained everything to us, between all of our group, we’ll understand what to do while here. 😊

Lots of arrivals, check ins and waiting for a ride to our rooms
We were taken to our room, which is like a little condo room on the main floor and our suitcases were dropped off with us. This is lovely! We quickly changed out of our Ontario clothing (and even that was skimpy for October) into Cancun attire and met the girls by the pool at a buffet snack bar. Snack bar? Heck, we were starving and had a rum punch with a regular meal. We wouldn’t need supper. It was only 4:00.

 Jess and Matt had invited us all to meet at the Tulun resort within this grouping of 5 for a welcome and thank you for attending. We ordered drinks there, pina coladas for Bill and I and everyone else tested and tried a few new and some familiar cocktails. It was a pretty somber group. Happy but quiet because it has been a long day for all of us. J & M gave out little gift bags and we toasted to Cancun, vacation, love and weddings.

A little bit of a few things and it was all delicious!
There were a few of the group who hadn’t eaten yet so they went with Bill’s daughters and husbands to grab a bite. We were finishing our second pina colada and were quite content with the food we’d eaten earlier. We took the last of our drinks outside and I couldn’t believe how a wind could be so incredibly warm in the dark at 7:30. We caught the shuttle back to the Akumal lobby and walked to our room. The paths are smooth stone and well-lit for evening walking.

Bill and I walked the beach of the Carribbean Sea after we ate

Pretty fossil rocks form the railiings

This part of the water was choppy, the way Bill loves it
Further down, there was a sheltered area where many were swimming
It was 8 when we returned to 5606 for the evening. One thing for sure, I knew I hadn’t drunk much water today so Bill tossed me the water I’d brought with me and I managed to get a full bottle into me before the night ended. We are not getting the ‘free’ wifi tonight so this may not get posted until tomorrow.

Coconuts in all stages of development

And this critter greeted us on the walkway
 This has so far been wonderful. The views and the heat take our breath away but that is why we’re here. The staff and service so far is second to none and with pools and beaches literally ‘right there!’ there will be no complaints about too hot from this gal. Tomorrow is a free day for us and I plan to make the best of it. We were in bed at an embarrassing 8:30 with our books. Us old folk were exhausted.

Good night from Akumal!

Thank you for your visit!