Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Sunny. Consumed much ceviche and pina colada. Lots of sand.

Well, that's the summary of our Cozumel vacation.

Here is the slightly longer version:

Three years ago we decided to no longer wear shoes on Thanksgiving so we started spending in Mexico.

This year we chose Cozumel. An island off the coast of Riviera Maya (near Cancun) with one side on the Carribean sea. It is well known as a diver's paradise with good natural preserves, reefs and abundant marine life.

Adrian's parents joined Team Mia, we met at the airport (they came in from Boston via Charlotte; we came in from Seattle via Houston). We quicly checked into our hotel - the cheesily named Coral Princess. It's a perfect setting as the hotel pool (and beach bar) sits right on the ocean so you can just simply put down your drink and jump into the warm carribean sea.
One day we took that opportunity and signed up for a ''resort dive'', which beautifully sum up the causual nature of strapping several ton of gear onto your body and go into the water. 3 hours total, including training. Maybe total 45 min in the water. Fun, but not fun enough for me to do this more seriously.

We spend a good amount of time eating and eating well. Lots of ceviche, sopa de lima (lime soup w/t chicken & tortilla)...etc but mostly A LOT of delicious seafood. Not just your run of the mill grilled fish, but lots of creativity and of course fresh as heck. Best was a snapper w/t asparagus sauce and grilled in tin foil. Other terrific sauces included ''sweet mustard'' and ''diablo'' - a tangy, spicy mixture that really awakes your taste buds while reaching for that corona

OK so that's one day. What did we do the other six days? Well. A lot of sitting by the beach, eating tortilla chips and drinking pina coladas. We didn't do as much snorkeling as we'd have liked 'cause it was too windy at times (we got caught up in a once-every-years north winds, or El Norte).


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