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May 4 to May 13 –

     Matt and I are on the airplane back from our trip to Mexico! It was a blast! We went to Cozumel for a week and then went over to Cancun for a few more days.

Day 1 – Friday – We got to Cozumel after a long day of traveling. We ate dinner in their great buffet and watched a show at our all inclusive hotel. I didn’t really like the show because the dancers were a little scantily clad for my taste so we left early. We stayed at Park Royal Cozumel. The service was great and we thought that the hotel, beach and pools were beautiful. It was just so fun to be able to speak Spanish again. I miss it. I’m so impressed with Matt because he has never taken formal Spanish classes and he still speaks so well. He’s so good with languages. He also speaks Portuguese because of his mission to Brazil.

Day 2 – Saturday – We hung out at the pool and snorkeled for most of the day. It was nice to just relax. We have been so busy with finals week, so we decided to just have a nice relaxing day. We then ate at one of the two nice restaurants, El Mexicano or El Italiano, that the hotel has. You have to make reservations early in the day. It’s a nice, more formal dinner. It’s included in the all inclusive price.

Day 3 – Sunday – We walked to church. It was way fun. We were going to pay for a taxi but we thought it was too expensive. Church started at 1 PM so we left around 11 AM and walked along the beach boardwalk and through town. It was so fun. It was about 3.5 miles and it was really hot and humid but we still had fun. We did decide to take a taxi home though because it was just so hot. Church was so fun. We love going to church in different countries. I love that we got to go for the testimony meeting. Their testimonies are so pure and strong. I felt like I want to become more like the members of the church there. They are great examples to me. We then spent the rest of the day laying out, reading at the beach.

Day 4 – Monday – Matt and I went out with Liquid Blue Divers to Palancar Reef. David was Matt’s dive master and Javier was our boat captain. I saw a sea turtle and lots of baracudas. I snorkeled while Matt scuba dived in Palancar Reef Cuevotas. It was so amazing. The visibility under the water was crystal clear. The water was a bright blue/teal color. It was so fun, especially for Matt because this was his first time diving in the ocean. It was his dream come true and that made me so happy. We then took a hour long break on the beach and went out again to another dive/snorkel in Paso del Cedral.

Day 5 – Tuesday – We went out again with Liquid Blue Divers to the Santa Rosa Wall. It was my favorite. It’s this wall of coral that drops off 3,000 feet into the ocean. Matt went down 80 feet. He saw a shark and a sting ray. He got stung by a black fern on his foot. We then went to Villa Blanca for the last dive. It was great.

Day 6 – Wednesday – We rented a jeep and drove around the island. We went to San Gervasio, the Mayan ruins in Cozumel. It was very hot but it was beautiful. I got lots of mosquito bites. We then went to the south of the island and laid out and played on the beach. We were the only ones on the beach.

Day 7 – Thursday – We traveled to Cancun. We took the ferry across the channel to Playa del Carmen and then we took a bus to Cancun. We checked into our hotel at Park Royal Cancun.

Day 8 – Friday – Matt and I rented a car and drove to the Mayan ruins of Cobá and Tulum. We got a tour guide in Cobá and rented bicycles to ride to all of the different ruins. It was so fun. We climbed to the top of the tallest ruin in Cobá. It was so interesting. We loved it. Tulum was the most beautiful because it’s a ruin right on the coast.

Day 9 – Saturday – We went with a tour guide, Helamen, to more Mayan ruins. We first drove for 2.5 hours to Ek Balam. It was really interesting. We learned a lot with our amazing LDS tour guide, Helamen. We then went to Chichen Itza! It’s one of the new seven wonders of the world! It was probably my favorite part of the trip. We want to learn more. We wish that we would have studied more about it before visiting it. We then went to lunch at a hotel and swam in a Cenote! It was one of the coolest things that I have ever done.

Day 10 – Sunday – This morning we went to the beach by our hotel and played in the ocean. Now we are flying home. Our trip is over. It was so fun to spend all of this time with Matt. He is the best husband ever and he was such a gentleman the whole trip. He never let me carry anything and he kept asking me again and again if I was happy and comfortable. He’s so thoughtful, kind, forgiving and patient. We fell in love again. 🙂

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