of course the fiestas and so it came that I extended my stay to nine full
days (maybe also īcause of a cute Mexican guy ;)) As there is not that much to do, I spent my days on the beach and the nights in the clubs. I met really cool people, with whose we played Beach Volleyball in the late afternoon and hang out in the night. One day I went with a friend to the ruins of Tulum. They are also quite impressive as they lie right on top of cliffs falling into the ocean. This place was an important harbour for trade inbetween other Mayan civilizations along the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala
. While we were strolling along the ruins out of the sudden my friend, who is Mexican, had a strange feeling of sensing something and all his hair on his arms stood up. Maybe he sensed his roots amongst this Mayan civilization. It was really weird, but definetly you can feel some strong energies in all Mayan ruins. Earlier this day we went to a turtle bay in Akumal, where you can snorkel. At the entrance they asked for 150 pesos each person, but as we didnīt want to spent that much money, we parked the car at a beach entrance, climbed over rocks and got into the bay without paying. But we were snorkling right at the mouth of the bay to the open water and as there were no other people it was kind of spooky, as in the end we didnīt know if it was allowed to snorkel there or not. So I was kind of speeding up to enter the actual bay as I almost got a heartattack, when I was swimming right over a Manta Ray, who was lying in the sand, doing whatever Manta Rays do. I know, that they are not that agressive and after the first shock it was pretty awesome. In the end we saw another one swimming in front of us, but we didnīt see any turtles (well my friends know, how lucky I am with those creatures, so I wasnīt that surprised to see none). It was an awesome day, which we rounded up with some chelas (beers) at a local streetfest with a reggea-cumbia band. Actually it was then, when I tried my first Michelada, which is beer with hot sauce (chile) and some hot pulver in it. Sounds disgusting but is actually pretty tasty. There is another one (I forgot the name) which they mix with Maggi sauce (jahaha, I am adddicted to this German specialty and couldnīt believe my eyes - VIVA MEXICO. After nine days of partying, drinking and hangovers I finally got my stuff packed and headed further to my next stop, Palenque...
Following the coast you come to the next Beachtown, Playa del Carmen, bit smaller than Cancun but with lots more flair. The hostel Maria Sabina is in a three storey house and the rooms are equipped with AC, TV and a bathroom and in the second storey, there is a roof deck with chairs, a huge bed and sofas, where you can hang out and meet other people. I really liked the people in the hostel and the whitesand beaches and