Thursday, 20 April 2017

Oops. I Forgot

I forgot to write yesterday. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I remembered at about 11:00 PM, after a very long day of exploring the Yucutan countryside, culminating with a fruitless stop at Chichin Itza. I have a sense of responsibility to write, yet at times I resent that very expectation that I should write. Being busy took care of that yesterday.

It all started in the morning. Anne was resting; she was not feeling well. Yet we had wanted to drive to Chichin Itza for the day. So, she rested a bit while I had some lunch and looked after a couple of minor details around arranging a spa time for Anne. When she did feel better, we finalized her spa, then, late in the day, decided to make what we thought was the two hour drive to Chichen Itza. It was 2:30 PM. We expected to arrive no later than 5:00 PM. We had been told Chichen Itza was open until 8 or 9 PM, with a light show starting at 8:00 PM.

We got directions from one of the local tour companies. Bad idead. Thier idea of the road to Chichen Itza meant wandering far out of our way, through all kinds of little towns with their little shops of knick knacks. There is a direct road, a toll highway; that's the "two hour drive". This meander through Mexico ended up taking us close to four hours to complete, putting us a Chichen Itza just as night was falling.

No worries. The light show, were were told, was terrific, including Mayan art designs and archeological explanations. It was to start at 8:00 PM with an audio guided tour through the park, lights emblazoning the key exhibits. The light show on the side of the main pyramid was to start at 9:00 PM.

The rain started at 8:45 PM. Not just a light rain, but a tropical explosion from the skies, the droplets splashing into quickly formed gigantic puddles, the sidewalks slippery and dangerous. They cancelled the light show.

So, not only did we not see Chichin Itza during the day, we didn't see it at night either. Our frustration complete, we got on the toll highway back to our hotel, arriving about two hours and 15 minutes later, at around 11:30 PM. We got as far as the lobby bar and ordered a drink, mine a Pina Colada.

It was at that moment I realized I had forgotten to write in the morning. This holiday crap is screwing with my schedule. There's so much to do when I am supposed to be doing nothing. So that's what I am doing today; nothing.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of running around ! Thanks for the post.

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