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Cozumel, Tulum and a raccoon named Kiki

Bienvenidos a Mexico

What a blast so far. Travis and I met in the Cancun airport last week and by some miraculous grace of a woman named Fatima, we were actually able to find each other.

We spent two lovely days in Cozumel staying with our friend Monica and her family, snorkeling, etc. And of course attempted the usual Cozumel debauchery at Senor Frog's for ladies night, which my friend rightly calls, "standing around for hours waiting for drinks." We asked Mony to go to breakfast with us in the morning before she left for work and to invite her mom, and by the time we got back to her house, we had changed this to have her mom cook us breakfast. Mony woke her mom up at 3:00 am and demanded sopes, different varieties and something for Travis, the particular vegetarian. I never would've tried this with my dad - but it worked and they were delicious.

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Next stop was Tulum which has a completely different vibe. Somewhere between LA and NYC conveniences/restaurants and nice things and super hippy with little electricity.

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We had a super fun night in town, dancing in the streets and hopping from bar to bar. This night, we hung out with two locals, Javier and Daniel who showed us around. Daniel also told us perhaps the most interesting story after we casually told them about an aggressive raccoon we had encountered earlier. As it turns out, he used to have a pet raccoon named Kiki. He rescued Kiki and let him live in his house.

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Kiki fancied cheese and whenever he wanted more, he would rub his hands together and poke Daniel until his beloved fancy snack. Eventually Kiki got big and belligerent and so Daniel set him free in the jungle. That is... he tried... Kiki followed him several times so he finally jumped in a taxi. His last view of Kiki was him trying to catch up the taxi on the highway. So... RIP Kiki...

The rest of our time in Tulum was spent swimming in the ocean and cenotes. Cenotes are great - we saw a crocodile and a puma in the first cenote. In the second one, I climbed up a poorly constructed high jump and immediately regretted it. But going down aside from jumping would've required dismounting via a ladder that wasn't set up properly and that seemed just as undesirable.

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Finally, on the last day of Tulum, my bank card stopped functioning due to fraudulent activity and they need to send me a new one. Luckily, Monica had met us in Tulum and suggested I return to her house and stay with her until the card comes. While I was ready to venture out on my own, this was obviously the best decision and life is pretty great in Cozumel. I went swimming in a lagoon yesterday, snorkeling this morning. Her parents are some of the nicest people I have ever encountered in my life. Each day, they go next door, where their neighbors are fisherman, and get fresh fish for ceviche or roasting. It's better than any restaurant food I have had.

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In short, all of the people in Cozumel I have encountered are extremely hospitable - it is a reminder that even in the hustle and bustle of NYC, you should slow down and make sure you're treating people just as you would want to be treated. I'm sitting in a friend of Monica's bedroom right now to write this blog post because I mentioned that I was in search of a place for WiFi yesterday. I can't thank Monica and her family and friends enough for making me feel completely comfortable and part of the family. Nor can I thank Travis enough for making the first part of my trip amazing - we shared so many laughs. Cozumel has long been one of my favorites and will certainly continue to be.

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Posted by emlehan 15:33 Archived in Mexico Tagged tulum cozumel

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