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Christian Louboutin’s. I got these (for myself) on Mother’s Day 2011. My BFF, Karen said they look like they came from Payless, so I call them my Payless shoes. When I tell other people she said that, they ask if she is still my friend. She is, but that comment was a big test to the limits of our friendship. Seriously, Payless?
I know I’m not suposed to have favorites, but these are my favorites. Shhh, don’t tell my other shoes.
It was a sunny, gorgeous day. Such monotony. We slept in until 8, which is late for us. I was NOT hungry when I woke up. We went to Bella Vista for breakfast anyway.
There was a copy of USA Today on our door every morning. It was a special tourist edition for the Riviera Maya. They had the same issue Saturday and Sunday, but they put a special cover on it Sunday.
I’m not wearing my sunglasses because I’m a Rock Star trying not to be noticed (I love being noticed). We were sitting by the window and since I was facing the sun I needed them or I’d be doing some serious squinting.
I decided to go light on my breakfast: yogurt, fruit, a fresh sugared donut and bacon. I know some people may not consider a donut and bacon light, but I won’t pass judgement on what you eat and you don’t pass judgement on what I eat, K?
I actually didn’t eat more than a bite of the donut. It was heavy today, and life is too short to eat food that’s not good.
Zung had his usual omelette, donut and big plate of fruit. After he tries to convince me that eggs are actually a health food…
He is so brave with his fruit choices.
When we are done we go to the lobby bar so I can plug in for a while. I have my morning Mimosa and Zung has his latte. We see Rosie and Eddie and chat for a bit. I exchange some money.
Steve and Janelle come by and we chat and decide the time has come to go on our nature walk. This was on our list of things to do together. Today is the day.
We start to set off but I can’t find my sunglasses. We go back to Bella Vista and they are not there. I check the restroom and they are not there either. Then I check my wristlet one more time, and there they are! I’m a tad embarrassed.
We stop at the spa to get some waters and set off. There is a path right by the spa that connects to the Maya. We walk through the Maya courtyards, which are beautiful and if you are at Iberostar Paraiso you should definitely take a walk through these. There is a plethora of things to see.
Steve was trying to convince us there would be monkeys, but we knew better. There are coati and those giant rodent looking things, but there are no monkeys. You have to go to the Iberostar Tucan/Quetzal for monkeys.
We walked by the pool briefly and I was getting really hot in my dark blue capris. I thought Steve planned to take us all through the whole complex and finish at the Beach/Del Mar and I wasn’t sure I was gonna make it. I was thrilled when the tour ended at the bird cages at the Maya.
We walked through the snake bar and the Maya lobby.
Same thing, different view. This view is looking towards the Maya Lobby Bar, also known as the snake bar. The reason for that (if you don’t know) will be divulged in a later post.
We asked the bell boys to call for a golf cart ride from the Grand. It wasn’t that far, but it had gotten quite hot. And Janelle and I are diva’s.
While we did not see any monkeys on the tour, we did see a beautiful blue butterfly while we waited for our golf cart. But we weren’t quick enough with the camera, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Our chariot (disguised as a gold cart) arrives and takes us back to building 71. I can’t remember who drove us, but I do remember Steve asking if there were any monkeys and the driver’s reply had undertones of, “Dude, you’ve been drinking too much tequila.”
When we got back to our building Janelle gave me a present she’d brought for me. It’s a bracelet with a star, for Iberostar, a blue bead for the blue ocean and a charm that said “I wish” because I’m always wishing I was here. It was pretty and so sweet that she got it for me.
I have said it before, Steve and Janelle are so nice and we really enjoyed spending time with them. Good, kind, genuine people.
The day had started our beautifully. There was still a kick ass surprise though.