Chichen Itza, Mexico

the_first_wonder
the_first_wonder

Went to visit one of the wonders of the modern world today. Been looking forward to this for a while, and it was basically one of the selling points of this holiday, since I can only sit in the sun for so long. The trip to Chichen Itza involved a 3 hour long coach drive, it probably would have only taken one hour is we hadn't stopped so many times along the way... Grumble as I may it was also the best coach journey I've ever been on since there was a guy serving free beer.

The wonder was pretty good, once we got past wave after wave of people trying to sell us their crap - even the tour guide was trying to flog us 'maya' gold. It was actually fairly large, despite my rather loud announcement to the group that I expected it to be bigger. Disappointingly you're not allowed to climb up it any more which was the first thing I wanted to do. There were no security people that could have hindered a sneaky climb but since everyone in Meixco has guns I decided against it. Despite the very real possibility of death I did manage to surmount the security rope for some other piece of ruin while Victoria took a picture. On our later perusal of the pictures we agreed that it is definitely an ancient loo - very exciting!

the_maya_loo
the_maya_loo

After the wonder we went to a sink-hole for some swimming which was amazingly cool. The sink-hole was in the middle of the jungle, luckily somebody had built a road to it and a platform on which we could swim from. The sink hole was apparently part of an underground river, all I know is that it was the deepest thing I've ever swum in. I later reflected that swimming in what is essentially a large puddle with no filtration system may mean that I now have some kind of a disease. If I didn't get a disease from the swimming I most certainly did from the dodgy-as buffet. "All you can eat" read: "All you dare to eat" "TIPS! Please senor, tips, tips".

mexico_sink_hole
mexico_sink_hole

Following the swimming we went to a town with an old church and conveniently parked right outside a shop. I bought some tequila that has a worm inside - I don't intend to drink it.

Hello from Mexico

While 'testing' out the new waterproof camera I seem to have ruined all the good pictures with a drop of water that remained on the lens. Whoops! Never mind, here is one of us on Thomson's shiny new 787 Dreamliner. There are many stories to be told of the plane and the trip, although unfortunately since I have _the_ worst wifi connection in the entire world so they will have to wait. Weather here is fantastic and as usual I am suffering a very red nose respite hosing it with sun cream hourly. The red nose may or may not also have something to do with there being no 'good' pictures... Right, off for another Tequila (and to try and upload this post!) on_the_plane