On Wednesday, we went to Isla Mujeres or 'Island of Women' for the day. Isla Mujeres has a long and colorful history. In Mayan times the island served as the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of fertility, reason, medicine, and the moon. The Temple was located at the South point of the island and was also used as the lighthouse. The light from torches was shown through holes in the walls, which could be seen by the navigators at sea. The Mayans also came to the island to harvest salt from the salt lagoons.
In March of the year 1517, Francisco Hernandez Cordova discovered the island. When the Spanish expedition landed, they found many female shaped idols representing the goddess Ixchel, thus Isla Mujeres got its name.
Isla Mujeres was only a 15 minute ferry ride from Cancun. We wandered through the shops; Monique was really into it and wanted to go in every single store. It only took 10 minutes before we were all dripping in sweat; the humidity is was 86%. Needless to say, that was the end of shopping for the day as we opted for the beach. This was easy because the island is very small. The water was amazing, very clear, and shallow for a long way and fish were everywhere. We stayed as long as we could but the sun is very strong, even with sunscreen and t-shirts on we felt we were getting 'fried'.
As we walked back to the road an un hombre on a motorcycle asked if we wanted to rent a golf cart. We said 'yes' as that is the thing to do on the island. Raymond hopped on the back of his bike and off he went; it was quite an amusing sight.
Raymond returned about 10 minutes later with a golf cart and picked us up. We had a great time driving around the island, seeing all the sites. The kid's favourite part (and my least favourite) was when Raymond didn't slow down for the speed bumps and they flew off their seats. This island was so beautiful, I'd say it should be on the 'must see before you die' list.
Friday we took the kids to Wet 'n' Wild, a waterslide park in Cancun. We have been to the Tsawassen and Lake Chelan waterslides and I'd say these were just as good, if not a bit better. There might not be as many choices but they were more exciting. Sabrina's favourite was the toilet bowl. You go straight down in the dark and it shoots you out, going very fast into a huge bowl, then dumps you head first into the water.
The girls finally got their chance to swim with the dolphins at the end of the day.
They were pulled by two dolphins and had lots of chances to touch them. Definitely, a highlight!
We have had to take a lot of taxis, and often the driver speaks very little English. So, as Raymond tries to use his limited Spanish (sorry sweetie!) he has taken to saying "Soy Mexicano" which means 'I am Mexican', that always brings a hearty laugh from the driver.
As I write this entry early Sunday morning Raymond is out joining in a 7am soccer game. Hopefully he can hold his own as soccer is a passion here. Hasta Luega!
We have spent another sun soaked week on the beach. The weather has been perfect every day. I'm not sure where the rain from the rainy season is, but hopefully I haven't spoken too soon.