OK well I’ve put it off long enough here goes the long post about everything (at least most everything) that happened on spring break this year. As most of you know we headed out on a week long cruise from Miami to Key West to Calica/Playa del Carmen Mexico and back to Miami. I had a great time and I’m pretty sure everyone else did too, there are many stories and memories that we all share now.The ship was awesome, the food was spectacular, Key West was beautiful and Mexico was something I could have never imagined. Here’s some pics and a few stories:
First things first we got up at the crack of dawn, actually it was still dark and headed to IND for our flight out to MIA, everyone made it safely aboard but there was a ton of turbulence so it was quite a bumpy ride down. Miami is a beautiful city, an amazing skyline and tons of palm trees, I swear I heard at least 4 languages before we left the terminal. We got straight on the boat no problem, dropped our luggage and headed out to the main deck and waited to set sail. On the main deck, the lido deck as it was called was a huge party, lots of music and dancing, all in all a really good time.
Our first dinner was a bit strange and overwhelming for us. It was fancy, formal, and full of foods most of us had never tried. one of our starters was Roasted Duck, Jake tried the stuff on the side, not his favorite as the picture will show. It was fluffy, sticky and pretty much tasted like vomit flavored Jello. Yummy!
Welcome to Key West! A beautiful city full of roosters! Seriously there are roosters all over the place just walking around the streets. Weird. Erin and I got up early and headed straight for the city, we found a cool little Cuban restaurant and headed there with Jake and Annie. We ordered some fried Plantains with mojo sauce that was absolutely amazing, if you have a recipie for that let me know! We ran into Kyle later, here he’s clearly looking for something…
After we got to the ship everyone got ready for the Captain’s Dinner, basically a big formal dinner that everyone dresses up for. John looking sharp:
During dinner though things took an ugly turn… Ben got angry:
Then John and Kyle got into it with “Captain” Matt:
Kyle tried to break it up and call a truce:
Drinks were served and everyone was friends again:
Everything I said after “John looking sharp:” is false, Matt was not the captain in any way. He was cool and we saw him all week being a really cool guy.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A cool little place really. Clearly a tourist place, everyone knows at least enough English to get you to buy something from them. They all have something to sell too. Kyle, Erin and I headed down the main street in town, Avenida Cinco, to shop. The rest of the gang headed to the beach first. We bought and saw all kinds of stuff, it was just a really good time basically. We saw alot, ate some tacos, bought stuff for the families, the usual really. At the end of the day we got back in a crazy taxi and held on for dear life as our cabbie drove over a sidewalk to pass 3 cars a red light, drove 40 Km/h over the limit and narrowly avoided a ditch while fishtailing a corner to get to the boat. Great time really.
All day on the boat, we were all tired and sick mostly. We walked around the ship a bit, sat around watched some March Madness on TV and took a 3 hour nap. Everyone turned out on the back of the ship though to watch the sunset, really cool. Carnival also does some cool things in your room for you while you are out, namely turning down the sheets, leaving a mint on your pillow, and making towel animals and leaving them on your bed. Most were easy to figure out, dog, snake, etc, but what was waiting on us this night was something I just couldn’t quite figure out… Any thoughts on this one?
Erin and I headed to MIA at 7am to try to catch an early flight back to IND. No such luck, the flight was full. We now had 10 hours basically to wait on our evening flight back with the rest of the group. I found some Wi-Fi, $10 for the day, not bad. We sat around all day waiting… At 7ish the plane finally took off after some delay. At nine-thirty we landed after a really smooth ride actually and I was ready for bed. I got home around midnight, said hi to the family and went immediately to sleep, didn’t even take off my jeans…
Spring Break this year was clearly a great time. I had tons of fun and made memories that will not be soon forgotten. I am truly glad to be home though, I missed my bed, a stable floor that doesn’t rock with the waves, and everyone speaking English around me. Erin, Kyle, John, Ben, Frankie, Jake, and Annie, I thank you all for making this spring break great. As we all begin our journeys into the “real world” I hope that one day in the future we can travel again together.
This post is too long, not layed out well and all that junk. Deal with it. All the pictures can be clicked for larger images. Stay tuned for regular posts to resume this week.