régen minden jobb volt

December elsejétöl nagyjából december 23.áig tartó gondolatmenetem olvasható alább, ami még januárban is megállja a helyét, pláne reggelente, amikor nyolcszázötven rétegbe csomagolom be magamat hogy azalatt az alig két kilóméteres úton amig elbicajozok a munkába ne faggyak szanaszét. Szigorúan retrospektíven.

Szóval bezzeg tavaly…

…amikor nem érdekelt hogy mi lesz karácsonykor az asztalon…
…amikor december eleje óta tudtam, hogy nem lesz karácsonyfa a nappaliban…
…amikor nem fájt a fejem a karácsonyi ajándékok kapcsán…
…amikor naptejet vettem kilószámra decemberben – és nem három réteg cicanacit…
…amikor bikiniket és rövid nadrágokat pakoltam – és nem a karácsonyi dekorációkat…
…amikor hidegen hagyott a hó látványa mert tudtam, hogy pár hét, és mindent itthagyok…
…amikor két héttel utazás elôtt akkorát taknyoltam a szétfagyott betonon hogy a fogsorom bánta…
…amikor Mexikóban jártam és nem a havas téli utakon…

…sóhaj…

Tipp, tôlem nektek, szeretettel: ha egyszer az életben lehetôségetek van kicserélni a telet a nyárra, hátrahagyni a karácsonyi mizériát és elszaldni a világ elôl valahova jó messzire, ahol sós a nagy kék víz, és ahol puha a homok a lábatok alatt, akkor menjetek.
Minden pénzt/idôt/energiát/védôoltást/szúnyogcsípést/napégést megér.

Mexico

Tavalyi élménybeszámolók és képek szívfájdításképpen errefele találhatóak.

little moments of joy

  • aka a visual guide to the Mexican cuisine
  • aka culinary moments that completely swiped us off our feet
  • aka instead of writing a ton about how awesome the Mexican cuisine is, here are some pictures

pineapple in paprika - how come noone started to import this stuff to the EU???

the Swede meets the Agave - a joyful reunion

Supposedly, this is yoghurt with jelly. In reality, it is jelly with jelly (in different colours)

fried banana slice puts smile on your face (and joy on your taste buds)

Heaven on Earth: a bowl of melted (Oaxaca) cheese with tortilla, mushroom and guacamole and chilli sauce

Cocos Frio - go to a market, ask for it, and never hold it the way I do on this photo.

epic sandwiches at Ty-Coz (recommended)

ki'Xocolatl with red pepper and spices - someone really should start importing this to Europe

the day we went to Chichen Itza

When waiting at the super-crowded entry to fetch our tickets and our guide, we knew that there was something fishy with this place.

To start with, none of the visited Mayan sites had sooo many tourist as Chichen Itza (though some of them are as fun, if not more fun than this place), and none of the sites required a local guide to join you on your trip. Literally, you cannot walk on your own at Chichen – you have to have a guide with you even if you are there as a couple (which would be an interesting investment anyway for two), so instead, you would join another bunch of tourist to save quite some sum – and to loose completely the experience of walking around at historic sights on your own pace.

The other downside of a super popular Unesco World Heritage site – in comparison with other awesome Mayan sites – is that you cannot climb up to any pyramids anymore where – unless you are some popular singer shooting some videos here (damn you JLo).

So, this is what you get at Chichen Itza:

  • a guide and a group tour
  • herds of other tourist
  • walking around at closed of sights (absolutely no climbing anywhere at all)
  • herds of Maya marketeers (the whole place is like a big souvenir shop with some famous sights in the background
  • not enough time to walk around the whole sight (due to your rushed group visit)

Nonetheless, if you happened to be around, go there, see it, walk around and admire the history and the culture, try not to fall for the marketeers (or is it only me who don’t believe in the concept of local marketeers in large amount at big popular places??), and make sure to have a loads of water with you – because it might get hot and dusty out there.

Wiki has pretty well-kept information about Chichen Itza that I don’t want to retype (hope you don’t mind, my humble reader), so if you are interested, head for this site, read along before/after browse through the photos below.

(By the way, it was fun though 😉 )

unless you are J.Lo, you can't touch this

Chac Mool at the Temple of the Warriors - unless you come with a film crew or a huge crane, you hardly see anything of him

El Caracol - The Observatory, a totally underestimated building of importance at Chichen.

La Iglesia at the Nunnery. Engravings and statuettes overload.

at the foot of the Ossario Kukulkan (the Maya feathered serpent god) stands by

the Great Ball Court - it is epic in size (no wonder that Pok ta Pok games here lasted for weeks)

Kukulkán at the Great Ball Court.

The temple of the Jaguar - if Maya people don't praise Kukulkán, they go and praise the jag god

A Maya marketeer - in full size (average Mayan height is not higher than 165 cm).

the day we swam with dolphins

What more should I say…there were lot of pros and cons for us when deciding whether to sign up for an activity like that (not particularly financial ones).

  • Does it worth it?
    (Yes, it does)
  • Is it ethical?
    (keeping animals in captivity is a long and dubious discussion, let’s discuss this later)
  • Is it fun for the animals?
    (Apparently, it is)
  • Are they kept well?
    (from the outsiders perspective, I think so; otherwise, it’s part of the long and dubious discussion about keeping animals in captivity)
  • Do they return any of the money you dash into this institution to the dolphins?
    (Dolphin Discovery does)
  • Is this company on PETA’s shitlist?
    (no, it is not)
  • Do I f@ck up my karma if I give in to a popular tourist attraction?
    (I hope not)

At the end, we gave in, for sole hedonist reasons (why not while we have the chance). You might ask yourself how fun it is to splash around with dolphins kept and breed in captivity and how realistic this experience is in comparison with swimming with wild dolphins. The fact is that wild (untamed) animals don’t swim with you, as it is their natural instinct to keep away from you as a human, so looking for realistic experience is a major fail.
However, interacting with mammals is fun.


It is also fun to see how tamed animals misbehave and do whatever the f@ck they like. Many times when the trainer sent out the dolphins to do some tricks, they just thought they would swim by their pals and hang around there and then come back for some treat / anchovy. In those cool / naughty dolphin moments I marveled at the bright mind of these gorgeous mammals, who know what they supposed to do or don’t do in certain scenarios, but every now and then they practice free will and do whatever they like.

the day we fell in love with Playa del Carmen

Well, it’s not that difficult to fell in love with this place for the European mind, after all. Especially after living for a week in Cancún, which feels like part of the big USA (the malls, the shopping, the all inclusive madness overall, the dollar ATMs, the high scale hotels and entertainment). We got here first when we took the diver for a bumpy ride to Cozumel.

Bumpy ride on the Norwegian ferry for 30 minutes

/Footnote/
Those of you who are not familiar with diving spots of the world, Cozumel and the coral reef around is considered to be the second best place to dive. It was pretty fun to try snorkeling here as well, spotting tons of fishes and a ray amongst the meter high waves and the windy-rainy weather. Well, that’s what you get if you end up at Cozumel the day before they close down the harbour due to weather conditions.
/End of Footnote/

View of Playa harbour - before the storm

Coffee lockers - they might have lockers for something else than coffee as well?!

Just like Cancún, Playa del Carmen used to be a tiny fisher village some 40 years ago, now it is a youthful booming tourist location, full of 30 something modern hippies who chose not to fell for Cancún.

Happy Swede spotting the Swedish pub in Playa

Playa mainly consists of one huge main street with shops and restaurants, streets and alleys opening from the main street are full of little bars, hostels, and apparently, after a couple of meters walk, the Carrebean itself pops up.


Laid back beaches, lack of skyscraper hotels, friendly community and the world 2nd most awesome dive location at hand – no surprise we fell for it 🙂

Playa at Playa

spotting Dózsa at the swing-bar

swing-bar - it is not what you think

a view in the afternooon

Next time we are going to book our stay in this alley