What happens in Cancun....
I met the Wiz on wednesday; he had gone done early for an AT&T conference, and by Wednesday, it was just rapping up. Thursday was blissfully uneventful, nothing more strenuous than the ocean, the beach and the swim-up bar at the pool. :-) The resort was beautiful. Simply stunning. The Fiesta Americana Condesa.
Tourist days happened on Friday and Saturday, where we played around in the ocean snorkeling, visited aquariums and shopped. Curiously enough, Cancun is EXPENSIVE. No fooling. Pesos are easy to come by, and EASY to spend. The economic basis of Cancun's existence is tourists willing to part with their dollars to buy memories. The economic imbalance between the tourists and the inhabitants is significant, and it's hard to block that imbalance when the cost of the drink you are sipping is equal the the daily wage of the person serving it to you. I'm not sure how many other vacationers are challenged with this ethical dilemma, but we were.
Saturday night, our last night in Mexico, and we didn't want to do anything too silly - a dinner on the water, a few gentle beverages; we were pleased to return to the resort - only to discover our room had been broken into. We lost both cameras, a Rogers Blackberry and a few Canadian dollars. The kicker was the loss of the almost full memory cards in the cameras. Damn. That hurt the most.
Funnily enough, my TELUS Blackberry remained behind in the carnage. Even Mexicans realize that my stupid Suretype keyboard is crap. :-)
The concierge from the hotel was outstanding, and took charge - taking us to the Policia, doing the translating and making sure that all the documentation was completed and signed off. Insurance, thank god. Despite the loss of the excessive number of photograps, it was a fantastic trip. Just what we needed for a few days. The coming days, weeks and months are going to make us thankful that we were able to get away, if only for a moment.
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