Our Great Adventure has begun! It started with our good friend Amanda taking us to the Fort Lauderdale airport at 8 this morning. Thank you for Dunkin Donuts and all your help Amanda and Dave!! Our Jetblue flight to Cancun, Mexico went off without a hitch, and after clearing customs we only waited about 30 minutes to catch an ADO bus to Playa del Carmen. After the easy 45 minute ride, Rachel quickly bought us lunch, and we took a short cab to another ADO terminal to get on our bus ride to Chetumal. We ran like a bat-out-of-hell in order to be the last people boarding! Four hours and thirty minutes later, we were in Chetumal flagging down a taxi for another short ride to our hotel Villa Fontana. Chetumal is a medium-sized border town with a lively main street full of shops blasting music. For dinner we walked down to the Bahia Chetumal boardwalk in search of local food. The mission was a success! We found an “exquisite taco” cart and wolfed down 3 tacos each. The woman at the stand was making fresh (spicy!!!) salsa and guacamole so we knew we’d made a good choice. So here we are with our bellies full of street tacos, Modelo Especial, and peanuts. Tomorrow morning we’ll be crossing the Mexico/Belize border and then taking a water taxi to Ambergris Caye (pronounced “key”).
Both of us were nervous this morning. They weren’t nerves of doubt, sadness, regret, or even happiness. They were just nerves of the unknown. But after arriving in Playa del Carmen all of that subsided. Both of us are extremely happy to be finally living out our dream. This first day was actually fairly easy even though it seems like there was a lot to it. We keep reading from various blogs and books that the first day and night is the most difficult. Not because of traveling and leaving friends and family, but because of the huge lead up to the trip and expectation that one might create in his or her own mind. Lucky neither one of us feels like this. Now we can rest our heads next to each other tonight with a smile on our face.
Note to future travelers: ALWAYS have water or something to drink with you. Don’t ever think that you will have time at the next stop to buy some because Murphy’s Law says you won’t! If you are scheduling more than one travel arrangement in a day, always take the later schedule. This gives you more time to check out where ever you are, grab something to eat, and gives you plenty of time to make your next schedule.