Cancun to Valladolid
I took a 2-hour ride from Cancun to Valladolid and it was a little bit uncomfortable.
I know that some level of harassment is to be expected but I was annoyed by a man the entire trip. He moved seats to sit beside me and wouldn’t stop staring at me. I ignored him but eventually got up and changed seats. I got peace for a few minutes until he got up and sat beside me again. He kept trying to put his arm around me and wouldn’t stop staring and laughing. I mostly ignored him and shouted at him every time he tried to put his arm around me.
His intention was only to make me uncomfortable. I am sure that he meant no harm but some men like to make women uncomfortable for their entertainment. I was relieved to get off the bus but suddenly realised how badly I had to go to the bathroom. Fortunately, my hostel was close by. I showered and went to dinner.
At this stage, I have to admit I am no longer vegan. It isnot impossible here but it is too difficult with my level of Spanish. I ordered vegan tacos my first night in Cancun and it came with cheese. I ordered soup the next day and it came with cheese. I am on a budget and the hostel breakfast every day will include eggs. I’m not happy about it but I think as long as I am traveling I will be vegetarian and vegan where options are available. When and if I ever settle down I will endeavor to be as plant-based as I can be.
Day 2 In Valladolid
I got up early and visited the Chichen Itza. If I have to be honest, I saw first hand the huge negative impact of tourism (while aware I am a part of the problem myself). There are buses, queues and an absolute excess of vendors selling souvenirs. I knew it would be like that but I wasn’t prepared for the sheer scale. Empty plastic bottles everywhere and people throwing around their cigarette butts like why not destroy one of the Wonders of the Ancient World?
I enjoyed walking around though. It was much bigger than I expected and I didn’t get a tour guide. I am enjoying reading about it now and looking back at the pictures.
Also must endeavor to look less awkward in photographs.
Day 3 in Valladolid on to Merida
I met a girl called Tanya from Quebec and we had the same general plan. We wanted to cycle around the town before departing for Merida.
Well- traveled, fluent in Spanish and great with a map- could you ask for a better travel companion? I am so happy I got to cycle around the town because my initial impressions were not good. We rented the bikes from the hostel for 60 pesos and were able to explore the entire town It is a really cute town. We visited a convent called Parroquia de San Bernardino de Siena, the market which sold mango with chili and lime (yum) and an amazing Cenote in the middle town. Tanya said the bar was set high for my first cenote it was breathtaking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t swim as I am still letting my tattoo heal.
The low light of my day was explaining to Tanya that abortion is illegal in Ireland, that we let women die rather than give them adequate medical care and that we ship them to England rather than deal with the problem. I almost told her about the Magdalene Laundries in the convent too as it reminded me of Roscrea Monastery where I went to French college for 2 weeks but I stopped myself. Enough ludicrous Irish Catholic nonsense for one day I thought.
I also took the bus with Tanya from Valladolid to Cuba which cost 225 pesos, first class. It was worth it for the amazing toilet on board- I have the bladder of a 90-year-old woman, unfortunately. It was a really pleasant trip actually and Merida seems a lot busier than Valladolid.
Shock horror after falling off the vegan train Monday, I’m now off the vegetarian train. I had amazing pork tacos- I feel like Popeye when he ate the Spinach, to be honest. I felt a bit starved for a few days as I was only picking at rubbish and junk food. I am also recovering from my trauma with the visa
Where to Stay: I stayed at Hostel la Candelaria in Valladolid. It has great reviews on Hostelword and it was fine. However, the showers were cold and the locker storage facilities weren’t great. For $12 per night no complaints.
Food: Squims, Several markets and I cooked in the hostel because I have found everything to be super tasty but greasy. I cooked some of my own meals in my hostel.
Activities: Cenotes, Chichen Itza, Bicycle ride around the town.