Cancun, Mexico

Christmas in Mexico with mi familia.
2 hr flight delay
3 hr flight from Atlanta
2 hr of customs through Mexico
1 hr shuttle delay
40 minute ride to resort
And we’re here! It took almost an entire delay of traveling due to all the delays. Patience has never been so difficult.

It rained when we arrived. The smaller airlines don’t park up to the bridge and it didn’t look like there were many of them anyway. Getting off the plane and into the bus that drives us to the airport to go through Mexico Customs

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Arrived at the resort.

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Everyone drink right now.

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Sun rise from the resort

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Going to a nearby island to explore.

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On a ferry boat. I had to sit by myself because my hair is too big and will slap people.

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Hair calming down.

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Eating bananas

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View on the island

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I love boats. Pretending all these boats are mine.

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We thought all vendors would accept credit card so we only had $44 dollars in cash. Immediately regretted it when we arrived to the city. We tried to rent a golf cart to drive around the island since its only 7km long but none of us brought our drivers license.  Walking instead.

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Buying mayan body jewelry for $10 US dollars.  I saw it later near on our resort for $45.  I’m glad I bought from this family that needs it more than from the mega super stores.

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Carrying around a bag of wet towels and snacks with our $44 dollars

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My mom wouldn’t take a selfie with me. She said she was having a bad hair day. Showing off my mayan body jewelry.

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In front of the resort.  Sending hearts to you.  I would not recommend this resort or go back again myself.  We didn’t stay a full day here and overall it was a good experience, but never again.

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Walking to dinner.

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Red Christmas.

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Going to see the oldest church in Mexico and one of the oldest in North America.
Cathedral de San Gervasio

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From the side.  To be the oldest church, I cant imagine how many people have worshiped here or how many people have served here and found joy and forgiveness here.

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Up close to see the stain glass. There were a lot of people here this day in celebration of the birth of Jesus. I was happy to be here too.

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Test shot. I’m always the first subject for my family to make sure the lighting is okay. I get one or two shots and when the lighting is perfect for them then they get the next 100+ shots.

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With my mom on this windy Christmas.

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From the inside

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The park in front of the church had these chairs where you face each other.  Mayan people aren’t allowed to show public display of affection until you are married.  The seats were designed to prevent couples touching or kissing.

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Walking into a community where the people still live with Mayan traditions.

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Handmade homes. Every time a guy asks me if I can cook I’m tempted to ask if he can build a house, but I guess some guys really can? Amazing.

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My dad thinks taking pictures sideways is a really really artistic. I have all these random pictures of me sideways, not even horizontal or vertical… just sideways. I asked him to stop but he wont stop being “artistic”. I gave up.

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Mini-garden where the religious leader comes out to bless us.

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Blessings on blessings on blessings.

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Making every mask by hand.

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Turtles everywhere. Believe it or not, this place takes Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Everyone, welcome to the first world.

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Approaching the main event.

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Vendors are everywhere.

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busy day at the ruins.

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This thing is huge.

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Wide view

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Selfie.

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More ruin pieces

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Each pillar is for a warrior that died.

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There was a pile of limestone that crumbled and exposed an underground water source; Cenote. Theres tons of these in Mexico. We went to the one in Chitzen Itza.  There are no laws requiring people to wear life vests but we got one to start.

$2 life vest rentals and wore it for 10 minutes.

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Doggy paddling in place with my dad. We eventually both took ours vests off and had a contest to see who can swim deeper with one breath. We were forced to stop when my mom started freaking out watching us come back up for air.

Being the only child in my family meant I also have to be the son my father never had so I’m always down to drink a beer with him, watch random sports games, and compete with him. He always wins, but I like it that way. Its just a friendly game, nothing personal.  It’s just another way to bond…so I’ll start worrying when I beat him at something one day. He won here this day and I wouldnt want it any other way.

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My dad drifting away from me.

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From above

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Back at the resort. The lighting wasnt good here so of course I get to be in the picture.

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Last day on the resort beach

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Merry Christmas to my family. We are incredibly privileged to have the life that we do. I hope God continues to bless us and takes us higher.  No one drives me crazier or pisses me off like my family, but its all we have at the end of the day. I can’t wait to do this with my future family one day.

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