11 March 2013

Arriving in Tulum

The night before we left for Tulum was a disaster. I hadn't packed yet, blog posts needed to be scheduled for the week, there was hardly any food left in the fridge, my apartment felt cramped and I was exhausted. All of a sudden midnight rolled around and I realized that Rich and I had to be awake in less than 3 hours to make it to the airport. So I finished packing, showered and took a nap for 1 short hour.
If you've ever been to New York in the dead of night, you know that public transportation can be awful at best. We had to take a train west to go east, and in the end it turned out we could have just gone home and waited for the first train headed int he direction of the airport. We were late for our flight, but made it just in time. In the blink of an eye we were in the air flying above the Gulf of Mexico. (Well, a blink for me, Rich couldn't fall asleep but I couldn't stay awake).
In the Cancun airport parking lot waiting for our bus to Playa del Carmen I thought I was in actual heaven. There were palm trees swaying in the warm breeze, huge flowers were everywhere and the sky was so blue it could have been painted. After a strange transfer to a second-class bus in Playa del Carmen we zipped south down the coast to Tulum.
On our way to the hotel I caught a glimpse of that green-blue ocean, and again I was convinced I was in heaven. All those lofty sightseeing goals to see ancient Mayan ruins and the natural wonders of the cenotes were forgotten in one glimpse of that beach.
Its not really the kind of place where you take pictures. I managed to get a few, but the pace is so different and its so unplugged from everything. There's hardly any places that have electricity for 24 hours a day, and we only had access to wifi twice. I gave up on makeup and styling my hair, pretty outfits went out the window and I just kind of let go of everything and really, truly relaxed for the first time in years.

10 comments

  1. It looks stunning! Rich is chilling in that photo...

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  2. Oh, so relaxing and this is what I need nowadays!!

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  3. Sounds so amazing! How great to be able to truly relax and unplug for the week. What a great birthday!

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  4. I think there is some sort of unspoken rule that the night before an early morning flight must be haphazard, at best. A tropical destination balances everything out, though!

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  5. This looks beautiful, going off the grid can be just what you need!

    Maria xxx

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  6. i've heard so many wonderful things about tulum and have been dying to go since siri first wrote about her vacation there. i was already convinced that it's a paradise, but this has strengthened my resolve to get down there asap! i wanna sleep in a beach yurt god dammit.

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  7. I'm not at all the type of person to go voluntarily to the beach, or to anywhere warm, but this actually looks AMAZING.

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  8. I don't know if that place still exist but Camello was an awesome place to eat! the ceviche was just mucho good! It's on the main street in Tulum.

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  9. So I was thinking of your anti-sun sentiments and I thought you'd really like it because you can sit under a palm tree (and some hotels have these hammocks and swinging beach beds under awnings) in the shade so you don't get burned but get the breeze and the nice smell and everything.

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  10. I am also an anti-warm weather person, but this looks very relaxing and pretty :)

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