My tan might be wearing off, but I'm still coming off the post-vacation high from spending a week in Mexico. Most of the time we spent as beach bums. Our resort was right on the beach, a large but homey 3-star (all-inclusive),with brightly coloured buildings and lots of gorgeous and fun decor to give it a Mexican fiesta atmosphere - despite the majority of the guests being Canadians (escaping our brutal February, no doubt!). The ocean was beautiful, with a clean beach and warm, shallow waters. Every morning I would wake up early and try out the morning activity, which was either yoga, stretching, or tai chi - none of which I'd any experience in. The little 60 year-old woman from Quebec was in better shape than me.
But I really enjoyed doing yoga, I'd always had an interest in it, but never tried it. That's what this trip was all about for me - other than family bonding - new experiences. I tried yoga, tai chi, octopus, haggling with locals, blackjack, boogie boarding, ziplining, swimming in a river, holding a snake, feeding monkeys, sailing on a pirate ship.. and I would have done so much more given time and money! I loved going and walking outside of the resort... the fleamarkets, the buildings, the locals, it was great. I had never traveled further past the United States, and was blown away by how it contrasted Canada and how we live, for better and for worse. Mexico is definitely a poorer country, but don't let the negative publicity deter you. It was a beautifully astounding experience, and I feel like I've been bit by the travel bug.
Without further ado, here is just a teaser of some of the beauty I captured. More photos can be viewed on my Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessica_awesome/ , with more to come as I sort through them.