I Arrive in Cancun - And the trip really begins!!
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It's not a dry heat anymore...
I arrived at the Cancun airport, and knew immediately that one small issue of the trip would be that almost none of my clothes would work here; it was just too humid. Arizona is so very dry, and I should have thought about it more - but somehow I didn't take that aspect of the planning so seriously for such a short trip, when really it matters just as much. Regardless, the materials are not fantastic. For pants I was ok, pure cotton... for shirts, not as much.
I headed to customs, for the strangest customs experience of my life; I walked over, they asked me to push a green button that lit up a green traffic light with the word "pass" on it, and then told me "Welcome to Cancun.
I purchased my bus ticket into town for 35 pesos and headed out to the bus. The trip all total takes about 35 minutes I think and the bus is very nice. The one thing I could have done without was the dubbed version of the movie "S.W.A.T." they had playing quite loudly on a flatscreen tv on the front of the bus.
I reached the main bus terminal in town, and called Manolo (one of my Couchsurfing hosts) who had kindly offered to pick me up at the bus station. He answered the phone, I let him know I had arrived, and he let me know what his truck looked like so I could be looking for it. I, in turn, let him know what I was wearing so he could look for me.
Only minutes later he arrived, with huge smiles and hugs. He took my bag and led me to the truck, and our coversation was easy and wonderful from the start. He drove us to the house where we would wait for Erik to get back from doing some business.
A little piece of Heaven
It's hard to explain the experience of arriving at Manolo's and Erik's house and being subject to their beautiful home and their even more beautiful hospitality.
Manolo and Erik themselves are amazing; they are artists, musicians, smart businessmen, world travelers...well read and fantastic senses of humor. They have some of the deepest senses of family I have ever experienced; both with their immediate family, and the friends they choose to include as family.
Currently, one of the jobs they are doing is to help remodel a restaurant on Isla Mujeres, and every day one of them needs to go check the progress of the workers; it was Erik's day to go.
After an amazing meal, we went back to the house and relaxed a bit more. I took a much needed nap and feel completely asleep in the beautiful bed I had been given for the night. Later Manolo woke me up to go over to their friend's house for some drinks and a visit.
We walked over to the home of two of their friends, who now live in Cancun but are originally from Philadelphia, just as I am; and it turns out we know the same family! It was a fabulous night of great conversation, and I loved ever minute of it.
Monolo is also a gifted masseuse, and my neck was in a great deal of pain (it gives me a lot of trouble) after such a long day of three plane rides. Monolo to the rescue!! After one of the best massages of my life, I was ready to pass out and go to sleep!