Tall Matt's Travels

Beginnings

Beginnings
Matt - Thu Jan 11, 2007 @ 08:48AM
Comments: 10

There´s such pressure in writing the first entry.  So much build up and expectation.  Given that, i´m going to keep this short and save the detailed commentary for later.  I´m writing you from the Hotel Meson de Tulum in Cancun, Mexico.  I´ve only got a few minutes before i need to grab my stuff and head to the bus terminal to catch a ride to Chetumal, then on to Belize City. 

Everything is going well so far.  Getting in was a bit rough, as i apparently needed a GPS system to find this place - I was walking around downtown Cancun for two hours with my huge pack.  Needless to say a 6-9 gringo with a big-ass backpack draws some attention, especially when he passes by the same spot about 5 times. 

Obviously, i found it - got some rest, and did some exploring.  Cancun is really two cities.  The one you´re thinking of is the Hotel Zone.  This is where all the rich folk and spring breakers go.  if you´ve ever been to Panama City, Destin or pretty much any coastal city in America, add in some Vegas-sized hotels and some water, and you´ve seen this part of Cancun.   I´m staying in "old" Cancun, near the bus station.  It´s a lot more "authentic", and much less americanized. 

Yesterday i made it out to Chichen Itza, a set of Mayan ruins about 50-60 miles inside the Yucutan.  They were impressive - i´ll post some pictures as soon as i can.  I took an organized tour - well worth the price of $45 for a full day of sightseeing.  Our guide was a dude named David, who i can only describe as an elderly Mexican version of Gomez Addams from the original Addams Family.  He was great. 

Ok - I really do need to run.  I´ll work on some pictures, and give you some more thoughts as soon as i can. 

Comments: 10

Comments

1. Doug   |   Thu Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:24AM

Are you going to talk about the peyote you were talking about last night or is that private??

2. Dustin Franks   |   Thu Jan 11, 2007 @ 01:26PM

Doug is showing his ignorance again! Any good drug addict knows peyote mainly grows in the Southwest US and down through central Mexico. Since Cancun is in the extreme eastern part of Mexico peyote isn't common. Then again, Matt is a pretty resourceful fellow and probably packed plenty of illegal pharmaceuticals for his adventure.

3. Arch Fuston   |   Thu Jan 11, 2007 @ 07:47PM

You should have timed this visit with Spring Break...bowchikkawow-wow.

4. Adam Cogswell   |   Thu Jan 11, 2007 @ 09:05PM

Congratulations, Arch. You're the first person I've even heard actually spell that particular expression.

Good luck, Matt and let us know about Belize. I'm dying to take a diving trip there.

5. Heidi   |   Fri Jan 12, 2007 @ 11:43PM

Chichen Itza is amazing.

So. Very. Jealous.

Enjoy.

6. Shawn McGrew   |   Sat Jan 13, 2007 @ 02:16AM

Chichen Itza and Tulum are both amazing. I love the culture and climate of that part of the world. You picked a good place to start, especially since we have several inches of ice on the ground at this moment and I can hear it pelting the windows as I type. I hope you are having a good time and God Speed with you travels.

7. Brad Mann   |   Sat Jan 13, 2007 @ 12:22PM

I can't believe you are really doing this. In a sense, Michelle and I are jealous. Keep us all posted. Stay safe and we'll look forward to catching up with you...in a year!

8. Stacey Bellomo   |   Sat Jan 13, 2007 @ 03:04PM

Oh, you think you're so fancy! Well, compete with this: I changed 14 diapers, made 200 visits to the potty, four trips to Target last week, and am currently iced in with two little ones and their drippy noses. You're not the only one living the good life, you see. Ha!

In all seriousness, you know we're thrilled for you and anxious to live vicariously through your experiences until travel returns to our lives. At that time, we'll take your top 10 list of where we should go. Be safe and enjoy!

9. Jon Doolittle   |   Mon Jan 15, 2007 @ 03:06PM

I'm so jealous! Chicken Itza sounds delicious.

10. Dustin Franks   |   Fri Jan 19, 2007 @ 11:03AM

Did someone say Chicken Pizza? The Chicken Pesto Pizza at Schlotzsky's is delish.

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