Whirlwind Traveling – This Week, The Yucatan (Otra Vez!)

Two weeks ago I was in New York, visiting my officemates and hanging out with old friends.

Last week I was in Texas, helping my mom sort out a really complicated medical situation. When I’m less angry at the medical system in Corpus Christi, I’ll write more about this. For now, suffice it to say, I’m fuming mad at doctors in South Texas. What gives, doctors? No humanity left?

Anyway, I must cut myself off before launching into a full tirade. Tomorrow I’m headed to one of my favorite places in the world: Tulum, Mexico. Located on the Caribbean Sea two hours south of Cancun, Tulum is an eco-resort sort of place. Hut-style cabanas instead of mega-hotels. No golf courses. Instead, yoga classes.

If a picture says a 1,000 words, then here’s my 1k.

A view of the Mayan ruins from a snorkeling boat, Nov. 2004:

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My Dear Amigos, I Heart You

John is from Missouri, so we forgive him for this behavior.

John is from Missouri, so we forgive him for this behavior.

Texas…Mexico…Minnesota…and of course, New York…it’s so great to have fantastic friends where ever we go!

Eileen shows off her sleek new haircut. Connie can't resist going in for a hug.

Eileen shows off her sleek new haircut. Connie can't resist going in for a hug.

Thanks to Connie for this beautiful set of photographs during my trip to New York City last week. There’s nothing quite so comforting and relaxing as hanging out with the ones you love.

Dora's boyfriend is from the Bronx, as if this isn't obvious already! *wink*

Dora's boyfriend is from the Bronx, as if this isn't obvious already! *wink*

I managed to scribble down a few funny things we said while drinking wine and enjoying John’s spicy boiled shrimp:

  • On John’s next recipe (inspired by a trip to Martha’s Country Bakery), he declared he would try making “shrimp cupcakes, hush puppy style.”
  • “Do I unsheath the Bigfoot?” – John contemplating his high school job at Pizza Hut, which involved tempting situations at the trash dumpster as he stood there, throwing out two-foot-long pizzas.
  • “My name is Dora” — The chorus for the rap video we’re going to film inside Mohammed’s bodega near Dora’s house.
  • Somehow, discussions between Brenda, Dora and me always come back to David Bowie in the film “The Labyrinth“. (And a video for the truly addicted)
  • “Well, this has Charlie puke on it” — Dora looking for a blanket when the couch potatoes got cold.
  • Stephanie’s sea sponge <– warning: a link that’s not for the faint of heart. Seriously.
  • And the winner goes to…..ADAM:

  • On Spa Castle, while directing a flaky cab driver: “It’s the building with the hand of god pointing at it.”

Photo Tour: Beautiful Malinalco, Mexico

We spent the long weekend (it was a holiday here on Monday) in Malinalco, Mexico. We rented a house for two nights, and when not reading on the patio, we spent time exploring the local pyramid — picturesquely situated on a hill above town — and buying fresh produce at the market. We also explored an avenue south of town flanked with dozens of trout restaurants — they keep the fish in cages in the stream that runs by the street, and cook them up fresh for you.

A couple enjoys the view from one of the ancient pyramids perched above town.

A couple enjoys the view from one of the ancient pyramids perched above town.

A tree with pink blossoms stands over the town.

A tree with pink blossoms stands over the town.

I take in the view (I have to force Brendan to take photos of me, otherwise I am absent from all trip photos.)

I take in the view (I have to force Brendan to take photos of me, otherwise I am absent from all trip photos.)

Brendan on the many-stepped climb uphill to the pyramids.

Brendan on the many-stepped climb uphill to the pyramids.

The house we rented for the weekend. The dog was in love with it, of course.

The house we rented for the weekend. The dog was in love with it, of course.

Charlie enjoying the warm tile.

Charlie enjoying the warm tile.

If it doesn't grow, it's because you didn't plant it.

The garden is less than two years old. The owner told me there's a saying in lush Malinalco: If it doesn't grow, it's because you didn't plant it.

Our purchases from the town market. You don't want to know how cheap and delicious this produce is.

Our purchases from the town market. You don't want to know how cheap and delicious this produce is.

I am really tempted to try this -- the view must be incredible.

I am really tempted to try this -- the view must be incredible.

To see more photos from our trip to Malinalco, go to Malinco, Mexico Flickr album.

If you’re interested in renting a house in Malinalco, here’s one.