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6/17/2014

Cabo!

We had an absolute blast in Mexico. This was my first real time out of the country, and I was so excited to see Jared in his element.
We got into Cabo at about noon, and instead of taking the $75 private taxi, we took the public bus to our resort at $30 pesos a person (about $2.75)
Driving through the town to the resort was so cool! You could definitely tell we were in a different country. It was pretty stinking hot though. We got to our resort and we were both starving. We couldn't check in until 3, but they let us head over to get lunch, and check out the resort.
It was absolutely beautiful. Right on the beach (though the tide was so strong, they strongly advised against swimming). I loved that it wasn't too big either, that meant less walking for the 8 months pregnant girl.




Finally we got to check in. At this point I was already pretty beat, but we headed out to take a dip in the pool. After about an hour Jared made friends with some guys, and I didn't feel too guilty leaving him to play pool frisbee with them while I went back to our room to catch a quick nap.
That night they had a banquet style dinner right on the beach. After dinner, we walked across the street to the huge "Mega", basically a massive wal-mart, and we got some waters and other snacks for our trip to the beach the next day. Then again, I had to head to bed, but Jared stayed up to check out the first night's entertainment. I'm so sad I didn't stick it out because he got called on stage to play a battle of the sexes game, and ended up winning a huge bottle of tequila, which he traded for a shirt ;), and $200 pesos to a restaurant down the street.
So Wednesday we headed to Chilleno Bay, again, we took the bus.
The beach was GORGEOUS! It wasn't too busy, there were tiki umbrellas for shade, the water was so clear, and the snorkeling was awesome! Jared and I love to snorkel, and  we just held hands and snorkeled all around, there were a ton of tropical fish that loved just swimming with us.
One of the best parts was there were several large boats who left out of San Lucas who charged $65 a person to boat them up to this bay and give them an hour to snorkel, and some lunch. Well again, we took the bus at $30 pesos each, and spent about $75 pesos the night before on snacks, so we were set, with the same experience, for about $12 US total.
That night we went to the Rock & Brews restaurant where Jared had won his $200 pesos to. This is a restaurant owned by Gene Simmons of KISS. Not authentic mexican, but I had a delicious Margherita pizza :)
The next day we took the bus down to San Lucas to find a beach down there. The beaches there were so much different, it was so busy with all the people at the bars that backed up to the beach, and there were mexican vendors EVERYWHERE, trying to get us to take ferry rides and jet skiis. We walked as far away from the craziness as we could and found a good quite spot right at land's end. The snorkeling wasn't as good here as it was at Chilleno, but we saw a bunch of pufferfish! It was also there in San Lucas that we stopped at a Taco place, and I had the absolute best quesadilla of my life.
It was so great because wherever we went Jared was able to ask locals questions, and I felt like we were "in the know" because he could communicate so much better than the rest of the Americans speaking English. So many people were surprised and how fluent he was, and I always felt completely safe knowing we could communicate well.
Friday we were both pretty beat, but we headed up to downtown San Jose del Cabo. It was SWELTERING! It was all tourist shops, and we were hoping for a more authentic experience. We stopped in at a taco place for lunch, and the first thing they served us was a bowl of hot spaghetti-O's, seriously. It was 105 degrees outside, the LAST thing I want is a bowl of hot canned soup. So I didn't touch it, which later I was glad when I saw one of the women working there stick her FINGER in someone else's spaghetti-o's to make sure it was hot enough. I pretty much lost my appetite after that, especially seeing this same woman ride up on her bike and head to the "kitchen" to immediately start preparing food without washing her hands. I decided the cuisine from that place would probably not agree with my stomach...and it was just crazy to think that Jared ate at places just like that, and probably way worse for two whole years and didn't die.
We decided to go back to the resort for a more acceptable lunch, and then spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool. The entertainment that afternoon was a game where the DJ played the first few seconds of songs from movies, and whoever yelled "Papichulo!" and gave the correct movie, got points. Jared and I teamed up, and ended up beating another team by just one point, winning us the second huge bottle of tequila of the trip, which we ended up giving to the losing team, and the entertainment crew thought that was so nice they gave us another shirt, so a shirt for both of us at this point!
Then again, that evening for the entertainment, we sat up front, and of course Jared gets called on stage with two other guys. They had to mimic this little Mexican guy named Paco, and do things like ride a "horse", ask the waitress for tequila in Spanish, shoot the tequila (really), and other funny things. Sadly I didn't have my camera, because this was just about the best thing I've ever seen. Jared was hilarious, and made the MC of the show shoot his tequila for him. Then at the end, all the men won bottles of tequila (so our THIRD!), but the MC remembered that Jared was the same guy who gave away his last two bottles, and ended up buying us a marlin sculpture from a vendor on the beach, which everyone was so jealous of, that was way better than tequila!
Saturday we decided to just take it easy. We lounged by the pool and read books, and just relaxed.

Saturday night we decided to go somewhere fancy for dinner to celebrate our 4 year anniversayd (just a week and a half late ;) ). We went to this cute restaurant where Jared got lobster, and I ordered a Rocket Salad. If you are an arugula fan like I am, you know a Rocket salad is a salad with arugula, because arugula is also known as "rocket greens", well my salad came out and it was spinach! I don't mind spinach, but that's not what I wanted, so we asked the waiter and he said "they didn't bring arugula today, so just Spinach", which is funny, because it's basically like Jared ordering lobster and getting crab, and him using the excuse that "they didn't bring lobster today". Well that would have been nice to know when I ordered! So I got a dessert instead, which was better than any salad :)
Then Sunday we packed up our stuff and flew back to the USA. We will definitely go back to Cabo, what a beautiful place! I am still trying to recover, I am so beat still, but I was quite the trooper.

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