Arriving in Mexico

Let each situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be…

What do you mean it’s Winter? November/December is an ideal time to come to Mexico – according to the guide books…

Flying in over Cancun was miserable. Dark grey, storm filled clouds hung heavy over the landscape. We landed with the rain hammering down showing no promise of subsiding. We had 3 days to explore this incredible coastline and the prospect of doing it in the pouring rain filled me with dread. My ‘perfect’ vision was shattered.

When we arrived at our hostel I sat cross legged on the bed, chewing at my fingernails, anxiously scrolling through my phone’s weather app – informing me that the next week’s weather was going to be completely hideous. F#@k!

Weather however is unpredictable. The mornings turned out to be glorious and it was only in the afternoons and evenings that it rained.

The hostel owners told us about the giant sea turtles of Akumal: “You have to go see the turtles while you’re here. We’ll give you guys some snorkels and you can just jump in a collectivo for $30 pesos. Go any time of day and you’re guaranteed to see them. You don’t need to go far – just 10 metres in and you’ll see them.”

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I didn’t even know there were sea turtles nearby – the guide books didn’t say anything about them. We woke up early and the sun came out. By 8am we were in the water swimming with Galapagos sized turtles, barely a few metres beneath us, swimming next to us whenever they needed to come up for air.

This sign was up in our hostel:

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Damn right, I thought! Time to let go and just let life be – but it’s hard. I’m still trying – I think I’ll get there soon.

My sister, Zosia, told me:

“We live in a society that makes us think there’s a perfect version of life just within our grasp – we have to be alert to it, spend money chasing it, keep aspiring for more and more and more. The truth is, life is about the unexpected moments, and the people we share them with.”


Check out my highlights and travel tips for everywhere I travelled to in the world: CubaMexicoColombia, Ecuador, The Galapagos IslandsArgentinaLAFijiNew Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Japan.


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