Isla Holbox: The Best Caribbean Island Paradise
Just two hours from Cancun on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula sits a tiny island called Holbox Island, or Isla Holbox in Spanish. At just 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide, this paradise island near Cancun has all the appeal of Cancun’s stunning beaches but on a miniature scale with a much more intimate feel. Perhaps the best Caribbean island to visit, you can escape the city life, slow down to enjoy the natural beauty, go swimming with whales sharks and see an incredible array of wildlife that calls the island home.
Getting Seperated While Traveling on the Mexico City Metro
So one day Auston and I were taking the train in Mexico City and we saw that it was coming so we quickly ran toward it. Auston barely made it into the train in time and the doors closed on his foot. I was right behind him but didn’t make it in. We both just stared at each other through the window and quickly gestured that we would meet at the next stop.
So I waited for the next train, found him at the next stop and we continued on our way. However, this scenario prompted us to come up with a plan should it happen again. We decided that if one person makes it on the train, he should get off at the next stop and that’s where we’ll meet since it worked out fine that first time.
And wouldn’t you know it, the same thing happened again last week while Auston’s brother Robert was visiting. All three of us tried to cram ourselves into a packed bus and once again I didn’t make it on. My backpack was getting caught in the doors and I had to step out. Luckily I found Robert and Auston waiting for me at the next bus stop!
So meeting spots aren’t just for when you’re in a crowded tourist spot. It’s also a great idea when taking public transit in a big city!
Visit to Teotihuacan Pyramids Near Mexico City
We’ve added a new page to the blog for photos! I think this will make it easier (and faster) for us to share them with everyone. The layout is still a work in progress, but you’ll be able to check out all our photos as we add them by clicking the Photos link at the top of the page.
Anyway, the first set of photos are from our trip to view some amazing Aztec ruins about an hour outside of Mexico City last Sunday with Auston’s brother Rob. He was visiting us for 9 days and taking Spanish classes with us at Frida Spanish School. Here are the pics: Teotihuacan Photos. Here you can read a little more about the ruins: Teotihuacán. Incredibly interesting place!
World Festival at Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City
On Saturday, we met a friend from class at a world festival (Feria de las Culturas Amigas 2012) that had tons of great food, entertainment and products from countries all of the world.
We enjoyed some pupusas de queso from El Salvador…
…viewed some political demonstrations for the upcoming presidential election in Mexico…
…and checked out a ton of booths with food to be enjoyed.
I’m also fairly certain that this may be the only place you will find Mexicans wearing kilts and playing bagpipes (this was near the United Kingdom booth obviously).
A Day in Our Life in Mexico City
We’ve been taking classes at Frida Spanish School for a week and I can happily say we’re fluent now. Yes, we’re that smart.
Ok… Not really. But it has been going really well for both of us. We took a test the first day and were placed into classes according to our appropriate levels. Auston and I are in different classes but we both have excellent teachers. Our classmates are from all over the world (France, Germany, Brazil, Korea, Japan, etc). It definitely makes for an interesting four hours of class.
We’re also staying with a host family while at the school. We live with a wonderful woman named Araceli or Ara as we call her. She has been very helpful giving us advice on how to get around in the city and what to do around the area. She’s also very patient with us as we attempt to speak our butchered Spanish to her. She has a 3 bedroom home and we each have our own room.
Anyway, this is what a typical day looks like for us while we’re in Mexico City studying Spanish for 2 weeks.
Every morning we wake up and Ara has a delicious (and healthy) breakfast waiting for us on the table.
After we wash our dishes, we finish getting ready and head to class.
We catch a small bus a couple blocks away. It usually takes us about 40 min to get there. Traffic is terrible! Auston forgot to do his homework one day and quickly finished it on the bus. Reminds me of high school!
Then we have 4 hours of Spanish class.
In the evenings we’ll either do homework, hand wash some clothes and/or go out to eat if we don’t feel like cooking.
And of course we also spend some time sterilizing a few bottles of water for the day. Auston bought us an awesome sterilizer that uses UV light so we don’t have to buy bottled water every day.
Getting the Shits in Mexico City
Getting sick while traveling abroad is bound to happen to even the most prepared traveler. Still, we were a little caught off guard when it happened so quickly during our time in Mexico City. We were cautious – making sure all the food we ate was thoroughly cooked and our water was sterilized. In the end, it just didn’t matter.
Auston woke up one morning with his stomach feeling a bit queasy. Not thinking much of it, he proceeded with his normal morning routine before we left for our Spanish classes that we had enrolled in for two weeks. This is where it gets a little graphic. When he went to the toilet just to relieve a full bladder he discovered there was more in store for him. Expecting to just let out a little gas, he unintentionally shat himself.
I died with laughter. It’s one thing to be sick, but can’t a thirty year old man understand his own bowel movements and make it to the toilet? I couldn’t resist teasing him all morning. Until it was my turn…
Auston still felt up for our Spanish class so we went as usual that morning. On a break from the lesson, I needed to use the restroom. Thinking I just had a little gas, I did the EXACT SAME THING as Auston and SHAT MYSELF. I did not see it coming! After cleaning up as best I could, I told my teacher I had stomach pains and hightailed it back home, clenching my stomach the entire bus ride. Hoping. Praying. Pleading that my insides would stay inside (to my relief they did).
It was a rough day. Thankfully, it passed within 24 hours and we avoided having anymore unpleasant stomach issues. Until we were in Guatemala…