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Tulum

30 °C

Tulum på Østkysten

Vi tok buss fra Merida i circa 5 timer for å komme til østkysten av Mexico, rett pladask ved det karibiske hav. Tulum ligger sør for Cancun og er et rolig og avslappende sted uten så veldig mange turister. Selv om det er mange hoteller langs stranden bærer de preg av at dette er et avslappende sted. Mange av hotellene tilbyr massasje og yoga, så dette er det perfekte stedet for en stressende Oslo-slave :)

Perlita reading in out tiny cabana

Perlita reading in out tiny cabana

Gunder slacking

Gunder slacking

The first dip i the carribbean sea

The first dip i the carribbean sea

Splashing perlita

Splashing perlita

Happy Perlita

Happy Perlita

Our beach <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Our beach :)

Selv om vi har slappet godt av her i Tulum har vi holdt oss i sving med diverse aktiviteter. Kodeord: bølgehopping, snorkling på korallrev, scooterturer, tur på Hidden Worlds (rapellering ned i grotte, snorkling i grotte, berg-og-dal-bane på wire, wire-sykling over trær og ned i grotter, taubane-splash i grottevann).

In the Tulum ruins

In the Tulum ruins

Seashells

Seashells

Our boat for snorkelling at the reefs

Our boat for snorkelling at the reefs

A view of the ruins from the sea

A view of the ruins from the sea

Look at that colour! Insanely beautiful

Look at that colour! Insanely beautiful

We had a tiny little guest at the table while having lunch

We had a tiny little guest at the table while having lunch

And then he wanted to hang in Pearls arms.

And then he wanted to hang in Pearls arms.

Scary big mosquitoes here in Tulum

Scary big mosquitoes here in Tulum

Sunset over Yucatan

Sunset over Yucatan

Sunset over Yucatan, part 2

Sunset over Yucatan, part 2

Us in the sunset

Us in the sunset

English

Tulum on the east coast

The bus ride from Merida took 5 hours to reach the east coast of Mexico, by the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is south of Cancun and is a calm and relaxing place to be, with less tourists than Cancun. Even if there is a lot of hotels and resorts here it´s a very relaxing place. Many of the hotels have massages and yoga, so this is the perfect place for stressed up Oslo inhabitants :)

Perlita reading in out tiny cabana

Perlita reading in out tiny cabana

Gunder slacking

Gunder slacking

The first dip i the carribbean sea

The first dip i the carribbean sea

Splashing perlita

Splashing perlita

Happy Perlita

Happy Perlita

Our beach <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Our beach :)

Even if we have slacked a lot here in Tulum, we have keep busy with some activities. Codewords: jumping in waves, snorkeling at the coral reefs, riding on the scooter, Hiddel Worlds (rappelling down to a cave, snorkeling in the cave, hanging rollercoaster on a wire, wire-cycling above the trees and down into the caves, wire-splashing into caves.)

In the Tulum ruins

In the Tulum ruins

Seashells

Seashells

Our boat for snorkelling at the reefs

Our boat for snorkelling at the reefs

A view of the ruins from the sea

A view of the ruins from the sea

Look at that colour! Insanely beautiful

Look at that colour! Insanely beautiful

We had a tiny little guest at the table while having lunch

We had a tiny little guest at the table while having lunch

And then he wanted to hang in Pearls arms.

And then he wanted to hang in Pearls arms.

Scary big mosquitoes here in Tulum

Scary big mosquitoes here in Tulum

Sunset over Yucatan

Sunset over Yucatan

Sunset over Yucatan, part 2

Sunset over Yucatan, part 2

Us in the sunset

Us in the sunset

Posted by laughlovelife 22:29 Archived in Mexico Tagged tulum Comments (0)

Videre om Merida

Tidlig en morgen dro vi på en guidet tur i området rundt Merida og fikk servert en god porsjon historie. Vi fikk en god innføring i de gamle farmene som spanjolene etablerte når de kom hit for ca 500 år siden. Disse ble kalt Hacienda, og var alt annet enn trivelig for lokalbefolkningen.

The sisal fiber made of henequen. The Mayan people use this cactii plant to make ropes, clothes etc. It is very strong and durable.

The sisal fiber made of henequen. The Mayan people use this cactii plant to make ropes, clothes etc. It is very strong and durable.

Hacienda

Hacienda

Perlita in the Hacienda

Perlita in the Hacienda

Ikke alle eierne av disse farmene var like slemme, men man kan trekke nærme sammenligninger til slavedrift. Inne på farmene kunne det bo flere hundrevis av familier som i mange tilfeller aldri forlot farmen. De bodde der hele livet sitt og jobbet for sjefene sine. Som betaling fikk de en slags lokal pengetype som bare kunne brukes inne på området. På den måten kontrollerte de at arbeiderne sine ikke tjente penger slik at de kunne spare seg opp midler, og de sørget for å ta klekkelig betalt for varene de solgte. Arbeiderne måtte betale ca 3 ganger så mye for de samme varene som på utsiden av farmene.

Cool donut windows

Cool donut windows

Donuts up front too

Donuts up front too

Different Yucatan food. The Salbut was extremely delicious, but the best we ate was in Merida at La Rosita with our dear friend Fernando.

Different Yucatan food. The Salbut was extremely delicious, but the best we ate was in Merida at La Rosita with our dear friend Fernando.

My dear wife inside the Hacienda

My dear wife inside the Hacienda

Tadaaaaa!

Tadaaaaa!

Vi fikk også sett noen gamle bygninger fra Mayafolket, og det er et trist kapittel i spanjolenes historie at de ødela så mange byggverk når de kom til Mexico. Heldigvis tar Mayafolket godt vare på tradisjonene sine og er i ekspansjon den dag i dag.

Cenotes

I området er det ekstremt tørt i tørketiden, halvparten av året. Men Mayaene hadde god tilgang på vann fra huler i bakken, såkalte Cenotes. Disse stedene ligger under bakken og inni kalkstein (limestone). Vannet kommer hit fra underjordiske elver og fra regnvannet over. Når det regner siles vannet gjennom kalksteinen som et gigantisk filter, og blir veldig rent nede i hulene. Vi besøkte to slike grotter i dag og fikk bade i begge to, dog vi benyttet bare muligheten i den andre siden den var enklere å komme ned i. Spesielt for en livredd Gunder som ikke kan svømme :)

The first cenote that was approximately 20 meters deep.

The first cenote that was approximately 20 meters deep.

Perlita swimming inside the Cenote

Perlita swimming inside the Cenote

Gunder trying to survive in the water.

Gunder trying to survive in the water.

English

Early in the morning we joined a guided tour of the area around Merida, and had a nice introduction to the history of the city. Our guide gave us a lot of information about the old farms that the spaniards established when they arrived around 500 years ago. These farms are called Hacienda - but they were not the coziest farms in the history of this planet.

The sisal fiber made of henequen. The Mayan people use this cactii plant to make ropes, clothes etc. It is very strong and durable.

The sisal fiber made of henequen. The Mayan people use this cactii plant to make ropes, clothes etc. It is very strong and durable.

Hacienda

Hacienda

Perlita in the Hacienda

Perlita in the Hacienda

Not all of the owners were bad to their workers, but this was a type of slavery just like in the northern America. Inside the farms there could be several hundreds of families living, and in some cases they stayed at the farm their whole life. As payment they received some kind of token that could only be used inside their own farm. In that way the owners controlled that the workers didn't earn money so that they could leave the farm and start a new life somewhere else. The workers had to pay up to 3 times as much for merchandise inside the farm, so in that way the owners actually got payed for having workers.

Cool donut windows

Cool donut windows

Donuts up front too

Donuts up front too

Different Yucatan food. The Salbut was extremely delicious, but the best we ate was in Merida at La Rosita with our dear friend Fernando.

Different Yucatan food. The Salbut was extremely delicious, but the best we ate was in Merida at La Rosita with our dear friend Fernando.

My dear wife inside the Hacienda

My dear wife inside the Hacienda

Tadaaaaa!

Tadaaaaa!

We also got to see some older ruins from the Mayas, and it´s a very sad chapter in the spaniards history that they destroyed so many buildings when they arrived in Mexico. But the good news is that the Mayan people is expanding today, and they are taking good care of their heritage and culture.

Cenotes

In the dry season it´s extremely dry in this region, but the Mayas had good access of water from Cenotes - underground caves. These playes lies deep underground inside the limestone. The water comes from underwater rivers and rain above. When it rains the limestone filters the water so that it becomes very clear and safe to drink. We visited two of these cenotes today and got to bathe in both of them. The first one was a bit tricky to enter and was very deep, so the scared to death Gunder got to dip his white body in the second, and safer one.

The first cenote that was approximately 20 meters deep.

The first cenote that was approximately 20 meters deep.

Perlita swimming inside the Cenote

Perlita swimming inside the Cenote

Gunder trying to survive in the water.

Gunder trying to survive in the water.

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Flytur til tropiske Merida

35 °C

Natta etter bryllupet stod vi opp klokken 0300 for å fly til Merida. Her bor faktisk noen av Marianas søskenbarn som vi møtte i bryllupet, og skal møte dem igjen i kveld. Det var litt komisk når vi spurte Fernando (søskenbarn) om hvor mange mennesker som bor i Merida. Han svarte: "Vel det er en ganske liten by. I underkant av 1 million." Noen ganger er det ganske komisk hvor lite Norge/Oslo er.

Welcome to Merida

Welcome to Merida

Her i Merida er temperaturen stort sett rundt 35 grader. Byen ligger midt i den velkjente halvøyen Yucatan, og området er full av etterkommere fra Mayafolket. Morsomme og vennlige mennesker som er bittesmå, har kraftig beinbygning, store hoder, og ser ut som sinte krigere. Jeg skjønner at spanjolene som landet her for 500 år siden måtte ty til våpen for å overta området. Slemme slemme slemme spanjoler.

Perlita is happy!

Perlita is happy!

A mountain of yummy nachos!

A mountain of yummy nachos!

Første dag her i Merida brukte vi til å besøke pyramidene i Uxmal. En eldgammel by der de eldste bygningene stammer fra ca 500 år før Kristus. Man er ikke helt sikker på hvor gammel byen er siden store deler fortsatt ikke er utgravd. Foreløpig er stedet fredet så det vil neppe skje utgravninger i nærmeste fremtid. Guiden vår William var en meget kunnskapsrik herremann. Han kunne hele 7 språk flytende, og har to halv fillipinske barn. En fornuftig fyr med andre ord i valg av kone :) Men selv med all den lesingen kunne han jo ikke noe norsk. Fnys! Han fortalte mange spennende historier om området, og vi var så heldige å ha han for oss selv. Resten av gruppen var meksikanere så derfor hadde de guiden på lokalt språk. Besøket avsluttet med et ultrakjedelig lysshow ved pyramidene. 50 minutters fortelling på spansk er ikke særlig spennende når man ikke kan språket. Men det var jo morsomt å se belysningen av bygningene i mørket.

The main pyramid in Uxmal

The main pyramid in Uxmal

Tittei

Tittei

500 years old. Cool!

500 years old. Cool!

The old "soccer" field. There are two rings on the right and left side - almost <br />like basketball. The Mayans stood for honor, and the winner of the game sacrificed themselves. They chopped the head off the winner <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

The old "soccer" field. There are two rings on the right and left side - almost
like basketball. The Mayans stood for honor, and the winner of the game sacrificed themselves. They chopped the head off the winner :)

Scary steep stairs. 40 degrees inclination.

Scary steep stairs. 40 degrees inclination.

Flying Perlita <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Flying Perlita :)

Light show

Light show

Merida er en koselig gammel by med ufattelig smale fortau. Vi spiser mye god mat, snakker med hyggelige lokale folk og turister, drikker endel pils, og koser oss mye i solen.

English:

The flight to tropical Merida

The night after the wedding we had to get up at 3 am to catch the airplane to Merida. Some of Marianas cousins live her, and since we met them in the wedding we will meet them again tonight. When we asked Fernando (the cousin) about how many people that lives in Merida he answered: "Well its a small city, with under a million inhabitants". Its a bit funny how small Norway/Oslo really is, with our 5 million inhabitants in total.

Welcome to Merida

Welcome to Merida

Here in Merida the temperature is around 35 degrees. The city lies in the middle of the Yucatan peninsula, and the area has alot of descendants from the Mayan people. They are super friendly and quite small, stocky and large heads. They all look like angry warriors that can snap your head off at any time. I understand why the spaniards that arrived here about 500 years ago had to use weapons when they wanted to take over the area. Bad bad spaniards!!!

Perlita is happy!

Perlita is happy!

A mountain of yummy nachos!

A mountain of yummy nachos!

The first day we spent visiting the pyramids in Uxmal. A super old city where the oldest buildings derives from approximately 500 years before Christ. The city could well be even older than that since large parts of it are still not excavated. The area is now protected from further archeology. Our brilliant guide William was a very wise man, and could speak 7 languages fluently. And still he didnt speak any norwegian?! See how far it took him with all that reading? hah! He told many interesting stories from the area and we were so fascinated. He also had two kids with a filipina wife - smart choice of girl :)

The main pyramid in Uxmal

The main pyramid in Uxmal

Tittei

Tittei

500 years old. Cool!

500 years old. Cool!

The old "soccer" field. There are two rings on the right and left side - almost like basketball. The Mayans stood for honor, and the winner of the game sacrificed themselves. They chopped the head off the winner <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

The old "soccer" field. There are two rings on the right and left side - almost like basketball. The Mayans stood for honor, and the winner of the game sacrificed themselves. They chopped the head off the winner :)

Scary steep stairs. 40 degrees inclination.

Scary steep stairs. 40 degrees inclination.

Flying Perlita <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Flying Perlita :)

Light show

Light show

The visit ended with an extraordinary boring light show. 50 minutes narration about what happened before - in spanish, wasnt very interesting since we dont speak the language. Nevertheless, the lights were fun to watch.

Merida is a cozy old city with extremely narrow pavements. The food is delicious, and we meet alot of nice locals, aswell as tourists. The beer is tasty and the sun rocks!

Posted by laughlovelife 17:42 Archived in Mexico Tagged merida Comments (0)

Den store dagen

Endelig ble det den store dagen for Mariana og David. Det hele startet med en flott katolsk seremoni der det ble sagt masse rart vi ikke skjønte. Perla fikk med seg noe av det siden hun kan litt spansk, og jeg skjønte faktisk 4-5 ord iløpet av timen de holdt på. Sånn midt i hele greia snudde folkene foran oss seg for å hilse på oss, og jeg skjønte absolutt ingenting. Perla hvisket "bare hils på de. Det skal være sånn!", så da karret jeg meg til å utføre ordren. Man blir jo litt paff av sånne plutselige ting når man kommer fra Harstad. Jeg ble like paff når de plutselig begynte å klappe for brudeparet. Man klapper jo ikke i kirka! Uhørt! Men uansett, det var en morsom opplevelse.

Here they are being photographed

Here they are being photographed

Dancing

Dancing

The couple!

The couple!

I del to av bryllupet feiret vi på ganske samme vis som vi gjør i Norge, sånn bortsett fra at det er 1/10 antall mennesker tilstede. Vi fikk hilse på mange familiemedlemmer og venner, og på bordet vi satt hadde vi tidligere australske studenter som Mariana møtte der. Kule mennesker, og vi ble enda kulere etter noen hundre drinker. Det ble mye dansing på kvelden og musikken var helt perfekt. Vi hadde store forventninger til livlig musikk og det slo til så det smalt i veggene. Live band med mye futt i, samt en DJ som steppet inn i pausene. Turen er absolutt godkjent med tanke på skyhøye forventninger til bryllupet.

Me and you, just us two

Me and you, just us two

We are all so cool!

We are all so cool!

Lovely asawa <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Lovely asawa :)

How cool is this guy?

How cool is this guy?

The main table

The main table

Dinner is served - with entertainment

Dinner is served - with entertainment

The entrees

The entrees

Another entree

Another entree

English:

The big day

FInally it was time for the big day for Mariana and David. First we headed off to the church with a typical catholic ceremony, where we didnt really understand much. Pearl knew many of the traditions from before and she knows a little bit of spanish, and for myself I understood exactly 3 words - "Casa", "esposo" and "amen". Suddenly in the middle of the ceremony the people in front of us turned around and wanted to shake our hands, and I stood there quite in shock and didnt understand anything. My lovely wife whispered "Put out your hand and greet them. It´s supposed to be like this. Trust me!" - so then I completed the order. I was also a bit surprised when they started clapping for the bride and groom, because in Norway we dont clap inside the church. This was unheard of! But its fun with different traditions :)

Here they are being photographed

Here they are being photographed

Dancing

Dancing

The couple!

The couple!

In part two of the wedding we celebrated in sort of the same manner as in Norway, except that we are about one tenth of the guests. We got to say hello to several of Marianas family members and friends, and at our table she had gathered some different friends that had been studying in Melbourne, Australia. We had alot of fun with them and the night got even more fun with several hundred drinks - the mexican way. There was alot of dancing through the night and the music was perfect. We had big expectations that there should be lively music with trumpets and drums, and our expectations were answered to the full. The band was really good, and the DJ stepped in when they had their small breaks.
Me and you, just us two

Me and you, just us two

We are all so cool!

We are all so cool!

Lovely asawa <img class='img' src='https://tp.daa.ms/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Lovely asawa :)

How cool is this guy?

How cool is this guy?

The main table

The main table

Dinner is served - with entertainment

Dinner is served - with entertainment

The entrees

The entrees

Another entree

Another entree

The trip is a total success regarding the wedding. Fun, fun and fun!

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Lokalt marked

Vi dro tidlig om morgenen til den sørlige delen av byen for å besøke et kjent marked ved navn Coyoacan. Markedet minner om hvordan man shoppet i gamle dager, med mange hundre små butikker samlet under samme tak. De selger alt fra ferske grønnsaker, frukter, sjokolade, krydder, leker, kjæledyr, kjøkkenutstyr, pyntegjenstander, klær, etc. Innimellom alle butikkene hadde de små restauranter som vi ikke turte å spise på. Man kan ikke si det var direkte rent hvor de lagde maten.

Kona mi med den fine hatten til kr 15

Kona mi med den fine hatten til kr 15

Noe større enn i Norge?

Noe større enn i Norge?

SÅNN kjøper man bacon crisp. Himmelsk godt!

SÅNN kjøper man bacon crisp. Himmelsk godt!

Fine farger fra Yucatan-halvøya

Fine farger fra Yucatan-halvøya

Mmm det lukter godt

Mmm det lukter godt

Etter markedet spiste vi tacos igjen. Tacos tacos tacos. De har mange forskjellige varianter og nå tror jeg vi har prøvd de fleste.

På slutten av dagen fikk vi deilig massasje. Digg

English:

Early in the morning we headed south of the city to visit an old market in Coyoacan. The market consists of many smaller shops under the same roof, and here we can find anything from fresh vegetables, fruits, chockolates, snacks, spices, toys, pets, kitchen utilities, art, decoration, clothes etc. There were also alot of eateries scattered among the shops where we didnt dare eating because of sanitary reasons. But we had a few snacks.

Kona mi med den fine hatten til kr 15

Kona mi med den fine hatten til kr 15

Noe større enn i Norge?

Noe større enn i Norge?

SÅNN kjøper man bacon crisp. Himmelsk godt!

SÅNN kjøper man bacon crisp. Himmelsk godt!

Fine farger fra Yucatan-halvøya

Fine farger fra Yucatan-halvøya

Mmm det lukter godt

Mmm det lukter godt

After the market we had some food again. And guess what: TACOS! There are several different ways of having tacos, and now we have tried most of them.

We finished the day off with a nice massage!

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