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day 1 part 2! Christmas Day

By: Estrela (View Profile)
Date: 1/9/2007

I'm back. All last week we were restoring our kitchen floor back to it's original 1872 maple floor so our appliances were in the parlour and it was a mess!! Then over the weekend our son had 2 birthday parties for his 5th birthday so that kept me away from the computer.
So I had been excited to see the beautiful water as we flew in to Cancun, but we circled for about 40 minutes through dark, rain-filled clouds. It was scary with all the turbulence. I dont' like to fly much so I was happy to land!
As I was saying, we stayed at Cabanas Maria Del Mar. The grounds are gorgeous-especially at night with all the white lights strung around the palm trees. Our room was basic. It was in the Cabanas section right above the pool. The balcony was HUGE! A huge iguana lived right next to us in the palapa part of the balcony. There was a light and also a nice ceiling fan outside each room. We had 2 beds which were very hard, but we were expecting that. The room was very clean, except there were little ants all over the bathroom. there was a safe and a small table with a chair. We usually sat at our table on the balcony....there were also nice lounge chairs out there. The bathroom shower had decent pressure and the water was always hot when we wanted it to be. The hotel lobby had an adorable Christmas tree all decorated with lights and ornaments. The beach was very close to our hotel. Actually, it was bigger than i had anticipated. Even in the dark it looked beautiful. There were 12 of us in our group so we had 4 rooms in a row-all on the 2nd floor. It worked out really well. After we changed we went into town for dinner. We ate outside at Buccaneros. It was windy and slightly chilly, but coming from Minnesota we were happy to be outside!! The food was not impressive AT ALL, and it was expensive.The big hit for our 2 little kids was the order of refried beans! It was yummy!!!!! Downtown was decorated really cute with lights and garland. I will never forget listening to the strolling musicians singing, "Felis Navidad" while eating chips and salsa a drinking a mango margarita.
After dinner we got our son his first turtle of the trip. He had a fist full of money so he was SO excited to start spending it! he collects turtles so this made his night. We walked to the square to check it out. The grocery store was closed. There was a blow-up Santa with reindeer which was deflating and it looked tacky. In the corner was a nativity scene and that was fun. A big lighted Christmas tree was on top of the Municipal building. Kids were running around playing. The fountain wasn't working. Time to head back to our hotel for some sleep. We had a hard time getting our baby Maya to sleep, but we had brought her pack n play so she was safe in there. Our son fell asleep immedietly of course! It was strange to not see a TV, radio, clock, or phone. It made me have some anxietly because I'm hooked on all those things-especially my TV, but in a way it was nice. As I fell aslepep i was thinking about how wish we would have taken a taxi to our hotel from the ferry because I had a blister on my foot! the taxi was only 20 pesos from the ferry to our hotel. It was an easy walk, but with 2 little kids it was sometimes worth it to hop in for a ride!!

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