Winter getaway

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Cancun sunrise

Cancun sunrise

Fortunately, this year I had the good fortune of going away for a long weekend to a warm place during my winter break. Having small children, this of course is not in our cards usually. But as the rep from the travel company (that we nicknamed Jimmy Buffett) told us: who knew you could travel the world from selling tires?

Well, apparently you can. DH earned two tickets to an all-expense paid, all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. Say what?!  Well, the business actually earned 4 tickets, so we were able to spend our vacation with my bro- and sis-in-law. The brothers spend a lot of time together at work, of course, so it was nice to spend some time together, r-and-r-ing. Hyphens are running amuck!

I learned a couple of things: yes, I can survive being away from my children. No, I won’t develop an anxiety disorder simply by being away. Yes, if you are as fair-skinned as me, you must reapply sunscreen oftener than the bottle says in Cancun. Yes, you should make it a point to go away in the winter if you can at all make that happen.

This image sums up our last day at the resort.

This image sums up our last day at the resort.

We stayed at the Dreams Riviera Cancun resort and spa. Never stayed at an all-inclusive (that wasn’t a cruise ship); this was a first. Ohhh emmm jeeee it was ahmazing!!!! The all inclusive part was just ridiculous awesome. The staff was so attentive, I was not able to get used to it. It is advertised as a family resort, great for couples or families, and I found this to be absolutely true. Because it is a family resort, you didn’t have your spring-break types (I’m too old for their shenanigans), but it wasn’t overrun by kids either. I could definitely see both types of travelers feeling fulfilled at this resort. Only down side to being kid-friendly was that a toddler pooped in the infinity pool, causing it to close for a while.. Eh, whaddya gonna do.

I only cried due to missing my children on the first day. I realized it was due to lack of sleep and a long day of traveling. Not that I flew the plane personally, but it is tiring and stressful, at least for me. But, I quickly realized that the more I put the paralyzing sense of missing my children in the back of my mind, the better I could allow Cancun to work its magic and heal my soul. Roll your eyes, I just did. My point is, I’ve never been one to get away, or want to get away for more than a few hours from those rugrats. I feel refreshed and recharged! So glad I went.

ahhhhhhh!

ahhhhhhh!

Now, I don’t know when I can go away again, my guess is it won’t be anytime soon, nor would I want it to be. But, I’ll always have this experience to remember and pictures to look at. I’ll know I did survive, and was more the better because of going. I think it was fitting to go this year- we will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this summer.

Ok, away from the abstract and to the real- Cancun was gorg. Everything you thought it would be, and then some. We mostly stayed at the resort, although our companions went to Cozumel for a day, rented a jeep and had a great time. We did do a quick excursion to Xel-ha. The regrettable part of Xel-ha was that we we’re only given 2.5 hours there, which isn’t even close to enough time. We were only able to go snorkeling, which wasn’t anything spectacular, and have lunch. The lunch buffet came with admission, and it was pretty much spot on. As with the resort, everyone was super friendly. From what I can tell, at least in Cancun, Mexicans are great at hospitality to tourists. I fear we are not the same!

Hope to do it again sometime!

Amazing mariachi band!! Got to hear them twice while we were there.

Amazing mariachi band!! Got to hear them twice while we were there.

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