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Tulum travelogue

The last time AO and I went away on vacation together, without a kiddo and without agenda (i.e., a wedding), was in March 2011 when we went to St Maarten. And after some time touring around the island, we realized we should clearly write a travel guide to the place. Hence, this, this, this, this, this and this. Similarly, in Tulum, we thought, “Let’s write it all down to share with the world!” Or, you know, the readers of this blog. All five of you. And anyone who can access the internet.

As far as I can tell, there are no guidebooks solely dedicated to Tulum. Most guidebooks that include Tulum are either guidebooks to the Yucatan Peninsula or to Cancun and the surrounding areas. This makes sense for at least two reasons. One, the place is small. It’s not teeny-tiny, but it’s small enough that it probably doesn’t warrant its own book. Though it does seem like you could make a moderate-sized book out of Tulum, Coba, Valladolid, Chichen Itza and the Sian Ka’an biosphere. But what do I know? The second reason, which we had heard about before our trip and confirmed on our trip, is that there can be lots of turnover of hotels and restaurants. Of course this happens everywhere, but could certainly impair the quality of a guidebook. You wouldn’t want to do detailed reviews on dozens of hotels if half of them won’t be there in a year, would you? Well, I would if it meant my job could be reviewing hotels in Tulum.

Anyway, even if we had had the best guidebooks in the universe (and I’m not saying we didn’t, I guess), I still think we’d want to write down all of our thoughts on our vacation. If only in order to relive the glory. So, over the next week or so I intend to post about the basics, lodging and travel, as well as food, sights and sounds, and the general loveliness of our days in paradise.


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39 for another day



I know we all miss him, but thank goodness we can still read him. I can’t stop laughing.

How is it already January 20, 2015?

Today means that I have one more week left of my 30s. Wowee! What am I going to do with those seven days? Well, days one through four will be spent at work; day five will be spent on a car ride to Milwaukee, a plane ride to Cancun and some sort of wheels to Tulum (AO, we gotta figure that part out); and days six and seven will be spent touring some ruins, biking to the beach, and drinking tropical drinks. Or at least that’s the plan. I’ll check back with you later.

Now then, the real task at hand is to step out of this funk that set in around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. You know what I’m talking about. Oy vey. I don’t want to rehash it, but I do want to give mucho thanks to my stellar cousin Maggie for sending me this gem. It’s easing the pain. A bit. I might have to close my office door soon, though, if the hallway talk goes into play-by-play mode.

On yet another note, Molly’s THIRD birthday is coming up. Can you believe it? Now I feel like life gets real for her so I really need to watch myself. I mean, she’ll now start to actually *remember* all of the zillions of times I screw up. The pressure! My current thoughts about her birthday are two-fold. One, should we throw her a party with her pals from school? Two, it’s at three years old that doctors and nurses start to voice their concerns about a child’s speech. Will she be able to pull it together in the next six weeks so that we can avoid speech therapy?!*

*I don’t think speech therapy is dreadful and I know I’m lucky that we (a) have medical care that will tell us if she needs it and (b) we have resources to be able to give it to her if she needs it. So please don’t think I’m a bad person for hoping that she can pull her speech together on her own. I’m sure I don’t help her by talking too fast. I’ve been trying to work on that when reading to her. “Gooooooooooooooooooooo Doooooooooooooooooog Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

January 2015

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