There are not many skinny Mexicans around, and when so much of their lovely food is deep fried and/or stuffed with cheese, it’s not really surprising. And if it isn’t the cheesy morsels that tempt, the hot weather means that ice cream is always available and beckoning. Thank god I’m nearing the end of the Mexico leg of my travels because I’m quite sure I’ve put on a couple of kilos since being here. I must learn to say NO, rather than thinking “aah, but I’m on holidays!” because, for the sake of not only my figure but also my arteries, I can’t keep saying that for the next 5 months.
Of course, this was slightly relaxed for my 30th birthday, when I treated myself to a lovely, juicy ribeye steak at the fanciest place in Cozumel. Heaven!
I did a couple of great dives in Cozumel off Punta Sur on the morning of my birthday, seeing a turtle, an eagle ray, and gorgeous reef fish and colourful corals. I also tried to dive on Christmas Day, however it was pretty blowy out so the dives were cancelled.
All in all, the last few weeks in the Yucatan peninsula – Cancun (awful, awful place), Isla Mujeres (planned to stay here for 3 days and ended up here for 6 days) and Cozumel (nice diving, shame about the cruise ships) – have been pretty relaxing. I arrived in Tulum yesterday to try some cenote diving, which were completely different to any diving that I’d done before and were a great experience. The first dive was in Angelita, where we went through a halocline of hydrogen sulphate around 25m. I couldn’t even see my buddy a metre in front of me through the cloud – really eerie feeling! The second dive was in the cavern of the Grand Cenote, where the water was gin clear and we weaved our way through hanging stalactites. Breathtaking dive!
Tomorrow is my last day in Mexico before I head off to Belize. Adios amigos!