This was my biggest day of struggle though; it was so hot and I felt so miserable, that my smile in most of the pictures is not real. Because of the pregnancy hormones, I was on the verge of a breakdown a few times, but I held it together (I'm not a public crier). Emma did not last on this excursion either, and fell asleep in the stroller. The ocean again looked so enticing, but we decided against going down to the beach. I just really wanted to go home, I was feeling quite done being in the heat and humidity.
Once we got back to the market, just outside of the ruins, we had lunch. Ice cold coconuts filled with fresh milk, quesadillas, and shade. It was wonderful (Emma LOVED the coconut milk). After that we took some pictures and I had a delicious, two-scoop cup of caramel and chocolate ice cream that cost about $9. It. Was. Worth it.
I am so glad I was able to see the ruins, even if I wasn't in the best of moods. I still remember how I felt walking in, how that feeling brought me to tears because it was so overwhelming. It didn't last long, and stayed for only a moment, but it was enough to testify to me that this is a place of reverence, and that many great and marvelous events took place here.
Here are the pictures of our Tulum adventure, again, sorry for my fake smile in all the pictures... at least the scenery is nice!
|The original red hands painted from the Mayans|
|The corner of this building is a face, we thought it was cool|
|This is the fertility temple|
|part of the city at a glance|
|The tour guide said this was the Kings house|
|This is for Owen, I thought of you when I saw this guy. He was huge!|
|This is the cliff that protects the main temple, they've made stairs so you can walk down to the beach. The waves were massive!|
|My comment was something like, "how do they dress like that, how did the ever dress like that?!" These guys were in full covered, cotton cloth outfits, walking around and banging their drums... in 80 degree weather plus humidity. Must be some ritual.|
|"Mayan" people. They posed free for pictures, but then said they do it for tips. What the heck, right?|
|This was the bomb, I wish I could have more!!! So refreshing.|
|and yet, more drinking. She chugged the milk through all of my pictures, she loved it!|
|Emma sleeping on the way to the airport, going home!!|
|such an angel when she sleeps, but then again, aren't all babies?|
We had a great time, and had some unforgettable experiences in Mexico. It was a lot of work taking Emma with us, but I can't imagine experiencing all of it without her. She had fun, and we will have some great pictures to look back on someday.
Yeah for Mexico!!