Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cozumel

by Meghann on October 12, 2011

Guess who ended up at the gym by herself yesterday morning?

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This girl.

Derek held his own for the first two mornings, but he lost his steam on the third.

Don’t worry, though – he made up for it later on in the day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think the key to a successful vacation workout is keeping it short and simple. Attempting to do too much will just eat up too much time and leave you dreading workouts instead of looking forward to them. I kept it light yesterday with a 2.5 mile run on the treadmill and my final New Rules of Lifting for Women Stage 3B workout.

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Equipment was limited, so I had to adjust a few moves to make it work, but I finished with a big smile on my face. ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast included a little taste of everything via the buffet line.

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I filled my plate with ham, waffle, french toast, potatoes, and eggs.

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Plus a side of fruit and a cinnamon pastry (love these things!)

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Our port of call for the day was hot and humid Cozumel, Mexico. Derek had never been and I had only been once via a cruise years ago. We made no concrete plans for the day and hoped to just enjoy our time on a beach somewhere.

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Unfortunately we made the rookie mistake of asking a taxi driver to take us to a beach, any beach. We had envisioned a quiet, off-the-beaten-path beach, but that’s not where we ended up. Instead we paid $15 to be taken 20 minutes away to a crowded party beach where you had to purchase $12 drinks to use the chairs, ‘Mexican Nachos’ ran you $20, and – in the 10 minutes we were there – several locals asked if we wanted to parasail, jet ski, or have our hair braided. Ugh. Not what we had in mind.

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So, we hopped in another taxi and asked to be taken downtown for good Mexican food. This taxi driver brought us to La Mission.

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I really wanted a good local hole-in-the-wall place and the taxi driver swore it was the best in downtown.

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The chips and fresh salsa were really what won me over. Usually I’m not a fan of chips and salsa in a restaurant setting, but the chips were still warm and the salsa was so refreshing that I couldn’t stop eating them.

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Derek and I had different opinions on which drink goes best with Mexican food.

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Cerveza all the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Our meals each came with a very flavorful tortilla soup.

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Derek kept commenting how delicious the ‘won ton soup’ was. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I guess he had never had tortilla soup before? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had absolutely no idea what I wanted, so I ordered the combination platter with everything. When in Rome, right?

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My favorite was the tamale, but the chile rellano was equally as delicious. Everything had a great spice the really went well with the beer. Yum.

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After lunch we decided we had enough of Cozumel and thought a nice walk back to the ship was in order.

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Ummm…. what seemed like an innocent idea at the time, turned into an hour long 3 mile walk in the direct sun and heat. Yikes!

Looks can be so deceiving! We could see the ship in the distance and thought it was so. close. but the further we walked, the farther it seemed to be. Several taxis stopped – or honked – to see if we needed a ride, but the walk turned into an issue of pride – we kept thinking “we’ve come this far – why stop now?” We were determined to do this.

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When we finally did make it back to the ship, we couldn’t get in the pool fast enough!

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Also, ice cream became a given.

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That ice cream was earned! So was the hour long (shaded) poolside nap. Big time.

Have you ever been to Cozumel? I was later told we should have told the taxi to take us to the opposite side of the island where the quiet beaches are. We definitely learned our lesson with doing a little research before heading off the boat. Live and learn.

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