I was suppose to go to Haiti for project medishare but my passport was stolen, so I didn’t get to go. (Long story, but I get to go in January now.) Instead I had my birth certificate overnighted and was able to go on a cruise to Mexico.
First Miami. It was really cool just hanging out down here and seeing all the shops. I would love to come back down when I actually plan on being here and have money saved. I did eat at some amazing cuban restaurant called YUCA.
And then at this deli out of a gas station called down below that was out of this world good. (I ate there three times in two day!) The beach was wonderful and public transport was pretty easy to figure out.
The cruise I went on was carnival. Our first stop was Cozumel. I’ve been here before and its so pretty. This time I went to dolphinaris and swam with the dolphins, snorkeled with sting rays, and paddle boarded. Oh yeah and dislocated my knee cap and tore my MCL :( Just not a lucky trip for me! But riding on the dolphins belly and seeing all the fish were worth it. There were puffers, clown fish, and I got to touch one of the stingrays!
Hurting my knee pretty much altered everything excursion wise for me. I had to change it up from action/adventure things to pretty much laying around. The food on the boat was pretty good. A lot of exotic things like alligator, rabbit, escargot, ox tongue. (gross BTW). It was really awkward at first because I didn’t know anyone and the table they sat me with spoke Spanish. But I met some people and moved tables after that.
The second port was Belize. I’ve always wanted to go here and was pretty bummed I couldnt see the ruins like I planned. I would love to go back and really see the city and culture. But for me and my hurt knee I took it easy and just went to Starfish Island. It was really nice and pretty. GORGEOUS water but sharp shell beach, and tons of starfish in this one area. I kicked back, relaxed in the hammocks and just hung out.
The third port was Mahogany Bay, Honduras. I though this one had by far the best water because it was the warmest, and the beach was soft sand. It was however, the busiest with people. I swam a lot, drank a little, and ate some seafood.
The last port was probably my favorite- Costa Maya. Its not too far from Cancun, but this one had so much to do! The town was very poor and the shanty’s people lived in reminded me of south Africa. But everyone that lives here seems very happy and in touch with their mayan culture. Its like being in a different time period. (Kinda mad me sad thinking about what an emphasis I seem to put on material things when they have so little.)
We got to drive by some neat ruins but didnt get to stop. (And I couldnt get my camera out in time.) The snorkel site was 45 min into the jungle. The water wasnt as pretty as the other places, but the snorkeling was better because there was an area with an underwater plane and cars. We saw a lot of ocean life also including lots of colorful fish, a baby stingray, urchins, and starfish again.
After the snorkeling, i went kayaking on the ocean. They also had a big blow up fun island thing but I couldnt do it with my knee.
Then I found my friends from the boat and we drank, and drank, and drank. (hey its the last port and it was free ;) We even caught a crab!
That was the end of the cruise. I loved it but ran out of money fast! The onboard entertainment was good, and even though the medical center cost me a fortune to put my knee back into place- it was worth it. (ps. you cant use insurance on a boat. The directly charge your sign and sail card. No billing. )
Back in Miami I did an everglades tour before heading to the airport. Got to hold another baby alligator and ride on an airport. Pretty neat and a good way to kill time.