Okay, here’s the story. First of all, I did not plan on waiting a month from when I left for my vacation to be posting again. There is a very reasonable explanation, and it starts with food poisoning.
On the morning of the day we flew home from Mexico, I woke up very early with a pain in my stomach. Didn’t know what was going on. I thought maybe I just had to #2, and I’d be fine. I was not fine. I had food poisoning and I was sick all throughout the day. I couldn’t keep anything down. I even threw up on the plane just before landing (there’s a first time for everything?) – it was great stuff. Never going to forget it.
I called in sick to work the next day because obviously I hadn’t ate or had any proper rest. I was pretty sure I would still get sick if I were to eat anything that weren’t salted-top crackers. After being away from work longer than I had intended, I really wanted to focus on getting back into the swing of things. Despite the food poisoning, I was feeling pretty refreshed. Work’s been probably my main focus but while focusing on work, I still wasn’t really resting properly. Coming back to the snow and below zero temperatures was also not ideal, and I caught a cold (that I’m still getting over). It’s just a lot of congestion, a cough, runny nose, and body aches (not Covid-19, I’ve tested lol), but it had me in bed/laying down whenever I wasn’t working for like, a week or more.
OH! And somewhere between all of this, I went to the SZA concert with my little sister! I was sick and couldn’t scream/sing as much as I would have liked but it was such a fun and memorable experience. It was her first concert and it made me so happy to see her experience it all for the first time. I watched her sing all the words to the songs (it shocked me lol), and we stood in a very, very long line and got some cute SZA merchandise, then had a fancy little lunch the day after. It was so much fun that I might even write a blog post about it, for memories’ sake ( and because we got some really cute pictures). But yeah, I was really going, going, going, and that really didn’t help my recovery, or provide the time to write this post.
Anyways, that brings us to a month later. I was beating myself up for not trying to write sooner but my body and time just weren’t allowing me. Thankfully, I’m at the end of this cold *knocks on wood*, and I feel ready to finally write this recap of my first trip to Mexico, ever. I hope you enjoy reading!
I went to Mexico on February 8th and returned February 15th. The feeling I got when getting off the plane in Cancun is so hard to describe (in a good way). It was perfect. The sun, the heat, the palm trees, and already seeing alcohol being served next to the buses that were going to take us to our resorts… holy exciting. I really couldn’t remember the last time I went on a vacation. Our resort had everything we needed. I’m not really picky when it comes to this stuff. As long as it has a beach and somewhere to sleep & eat, I’m good. My boyfriend on the other hand, is very particular about the beach. I’m actually pretty grateful for it because the beach and the view we had from our room was absolutely stunning.
When going on vacation, my ideal vacation, I’m simply reading on a beach. I did that (and way more) in Mexico. I was the happiest girl ever. The food at the resort was better than I had expected. The water, although pretty wavy at times, was so nice. It was not too cold and so clear, and salty, and dreamy – I loved it so much.
One evening, we also took it upon ourselves to leave the resort and do a little local shopping. We went to La Isla, which was this huge mall that had a ferris wheel. What is it about ferris wheels? I just find them so photogenic lol. Exhibit A:
Another day we left the resort to do some souvenir shopping in the area. We stopped at a market in the downtown core and there were so many cute trinkets! I got a few things for my family and myself:
I’m a bit weird and also like to check out the types of snacks there are when I visit a different country. We stopped at a grocery store and had so much fun looking at all the different snacks and the packaging. I think I would pass out if I were to ever visit Japan. Their packaging and snacks are unlike anything I’ve probably seen before. It’d be a dream. Japan is at the top of my list of countries I want to visit for sure. Anyways, here’s a picture of me living my best life at a Mexican grocery store:
We also went on an excursion to Chichen Itza, where we saw the ancient Mayan ruins: one of the new 7 wonders of the world! I saw a pyramid named El Castillo, a temple, an ancient ball court, and more. It’s so crazy to me that these architectural wonders have been here since the 13th century and that we have the opportunity to see them. Here are some pictures:
After visiting Chichen Itza for a couple of hours, we stopped and ate the best tacos I’ve ever had. I have to share some pictures:
And then afterwards, we went back on the bus and I saw my very first cenote. It’s a sinkhole or pit of water that you can swim in! I cannot swim (fun fact!) so I opted out of the swimming portion (even though they had lifejackets). But it was still beautiful to see. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it in Canada. I stood there mesmerized for longer than I had expected. Nature is so overlooked, and I think I want to take it upon myself to explore more if it’s possible. Here’s me at the cenote, completely in awe:
Those are probably the highlights of the trip. I think the trip overall was exactly what I needed or exactly what I didn’t know I needed. I felt so refreshed. I loved spending an entire week, including Valentine’s Day, with my boyfriend in a different country. Not many people can say they’ve done that and I feel so blessed. With this reset, I’m feeling so ready to take on the rest of the year. I have this healthy glow (despite having a cold/being not-so-healthy lol). I hate to repeat myself but I really can’t describe it with any other word than “refreshed” – I’m like, me again! When I got back, I started feeling way more creative. I’ve been planning outfits again. I’ve got all these ideas for content. I’m reading and crocheting way more. I think I’m more engaged at work and my confidence is back. This could honestly be all in my head. If you’re able to, I would give yourself a vacation if you’re feeling in a slump. If you can’t get on a plane, just take time away for yourself to do things that make you happy! I know that there’s a lot in life to worry about, and stress about, but you only have one life and you should be happy. You deserve to be happy.
I’m going to leave it at that. That’s the little recap of my trip to Cancun, Mexico. There is probably much more that I could say/ that I probably left out, but all I can say is that it was perfect. And I can’t wait to take another vacation – should I turn this into a travel vlog ha-ha?
Hope you’re all well!
Until next time,
– Tiny ❤
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