Forever Alone. Te Cagas Wey.

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
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Trip End Sep 15, 2013


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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

So again, this week has shown me that I will never have much success in the professional world, sorry Dad. We've always said I've copied everything Paul has done... Anyway, my home away from home, the basketball court. I have been spending time after training learning some new botadora moves thanks to los chavos de UniCaribe. I was so looking forward to trying to put these beastly moves into action this weekend... 

This week I also made my first visit to the cinema to see Skyfall. The sight of the rain, traffic and general stress in the opening scenes, making London look miserable, made me excitedly nudge my two Mexican friends and yelp a little "ahhhh that's London" - first signs of homesickness? As I tweeted, Mexican Cinemas really know how it is done. My nearest and dearest will know that for me, a trip to the cinema is incomplete without a large diet coke/pepsi to accompany me to my chair... Here, for the same price, if not cheaper, I was given a tray fit for a King, with the messiness of a baby, to hold my selected combo deal: large popcorn, large drink with a Hershey's Cookies and Cream to boot... W.O.W. Popcorn flavours in Mexico- Salt/Butter, Caramel, Enchiladas or a Combo... I went for Caramel, and if my memory serves me right, it was just as tasty as the famous Garrett popcorn in Chicago.

One of the things I love most about the Mexicans is their endless amounts of energy, and how, if you say something funny, they will laugh so enthusiastically that you think you are some sort of comic genius. Which we know in my case, isn't true. Another example is during the basketball games that I have watched, if the mascot wants to get the crowd cheering, all he needs to do is clap once, and the whole crowd have already joined in with so much enthusiasm... they are all just loving life 24/7. In England, the mascots have to work 100x harder to get any sort of response. Anyway, where was I going with this... oh yeah, so I love that they are so enthusiastic all the time, and if they're shocked, people in the next street will know they are shocked... this is all great, but in the cinema? Endless idle chit chat/laughter with the person sitting next to them, phones out, chatting away it's bloody crazy.

The girls had two matches this week, late on Wednesday night and Thursday. Both matches were played with great defence and and we won both of them :) I am counting down the days until January so I can finally start playing in the LUC (similar to BUCS.) 

Now, onto the beautiful thing that is, LADIES NIGHT. Ladies night at Dubai for the first time, went with some people from Bahía Azul, and Rosie and I dominated the Karaoke machine with our special rendition of Rock DJ- Robbie Williams. 



Ladies night at Irish Pub the following day, I do feel sorry for the boys who always have to pay their entrance fees and drinks, whereas the girls have free access to the bar all night... Another great night of salsa, drinks and fun with people from the residential.

 

 

Friday was my day off, but I went into Uni to watch the boys basketball match another 1 point game! A couple of us had already planned since the day before that we would go to Costcos to eat some pizza. Two giant pizzas. Then, it was time to visit my usual Friday night venue, Sweet, and take part in their "pyjama party." I say pyjama party, it was actually only some of the staff who had decided to stick to this theme, with us 4 girls having to embrace the harsh reality of being the only ones to turn up in pjs. How embarrassing. I felt sorry for the boys who had to spend their evenings with us.. Eventually, by the end of the night, we saw another pair of pj wearing idiots... hilarious. Another great night with glimpses of el perreo, but nothing in comparison to my first visit or maybe I'm now just used to this intensity.

Friday night included a run in with the Police and we were lucky to get away with a small bribe as that was all we had, $200, lucky escape. Nothing bad, but still probably shouldn't write down the details...

Saturday involved lazing about on the beach and then getting geared up to go and play some basketball, in the hope that I wasn't still playing like the last two games, as if I was still that 15 year old who couldn't play for shit, excuse the expression, and would need my sister to tell me not to cry during training... Minutes before tip off, and then, freak rain :( Match postponed. Wah. So the girls and I decided to go to Parque de las Palapas, the hippy place, with loads of food stalls. They all purchased Esquites, sweetcorn off the cob in a styrofoam cup filled with runny mayonnaise and chilli. Obviously I decided to avoid this and decided to go for the tastiest milanesa de pollo torta. Mmm. Delicious. After, we all jumped into Tec's car, again, with 5 of us in the back seats... standard procedure in Mexico... and drove to the Poliforum to watch Los Pioneros play. What a game! They were trailing the whole of the first half, taking the lead in the third and battling it out in the last quarter. Their star player who was absent most of the game, missed a 3 in the dying seconds, but then got the rebound and went for the 3 again, this time nailing it to win the game 81-79. Amazing! The atmosphere was electric. Mexican fans are brilliant.

 

 
Sunday, my favourite couple took me to the hotel zone to have a look around the new Museo Maya de Cancún which opened this week. Interesting things about the Mayan culture with some hidden ruins to explore. After, we went to find Tec some black basketball shorts. Possibly the most dangerous thing they could do with me, visiting all these sports shops, as they soon found out... First we went to Plaza La Isla, then Plaza Las Americas, where I also enjoyed Pizza al Pastor for the first time, and then to the Outlets. We went so that Tec could find some new shorts, and we left with me buying 2 new pairs of Nike shorts, which brings my total to 4 new sports shorts, and one SICK Jordan backpack. It was expensive, but beautiful, with a few of los chavos trying to steal it when we went to watch their game. Gameday again, this time I was even more fired up to play well, and when we were warming up with the other side of the court empty I couldn't believe it... when the ref confirmed that they weren't showing up and that we had won my default, I hit the floor in despair. Noooo. I have never wanted to play basketball so badly. 

I think that has just about covered my week, there was something that I made a mental note of to write about, and it is so frustrating that I can't remember what it was... maybe next time!
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Comments

Chin on

Another great week of fun and games...:) what about the " real work" Babs? Keep safe ! Love you lots . Xxx

Bro on

Great to read Kimbo - sounds like you are having a great time! What is SAC? and we all know you copy me, it's like a full time job. Except I don't bribe then police! haha

Father on

You what - Absconding from work and bribery of the local constabulary - I'm coming over to bring you home young lady,. PRONTO

kim_puravida
kim_puravida on

ahahah I love how you call yourself "Father" to give yourself some authority ;)

Paul, the SAC is the Self Access Centre at the University where I work, where students come to learn English...

Chill, the Police are rats that make a fortune here!

Mum on

You are not to say that , you respect the law Babs! naughty naughty .

kim_puravida
kim_puravida on

hahaha oh mum... I am in Mexico, nobody respects the law... especially the police

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