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Cocobongo!!! (Cancun)

"Las Vegas meets party"

Friday October 5th. wasn't over after the beach BBQ ;) It was Friday...

Linnea and I went to Cancun, Cocobongo to be exact!
We went there with Eric, Mario and Dominick.
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The three of them in CocoBongo

Before we left Playa we had to go to Kitxen, to listen to our favorite live band <3
A deaf and mute man came to out table beg money. Eric thought it was very funny to try to speak deaf language with him, and they had a nice silent conversation. I took a great photo of Eric with the mans poster hehehe...
We gave him some money. The ma, no Eric ;)
(Help with what you can. I'm deaf and mute. Thank you)

Then we started our journey towards Cancun, but first a little stop to fill gas on the car. We saw something incredible there! A Mexican guy in a NORWAY Tskirt!
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We got stopped first by some scary military police! They checked the car for explosives, then they let us drive on. Linnea and I so wanted a photo of them, but we didn't dear.They looked so scary!

Cancun was so big! They had many of the same shops, and bars as Playa but just much bigger. Eric explained the big difference between Miami and Cancun. "In Miami they only talk to you in Spanish, and in Cancun they only speak to you in English" I must agree...

Linnea and Kine were very impressed when they climbed out of the car and looked around. So many people! And look at the BIG hard rock cafe guitar!
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CocoBongo was opened in 1997, and is known to be one of the best club in the world. There is room for 1800 people. Believe me... the shows were incredible! http://www.cocobongo.com

For 50 pesos we got a pink bracelet an open bar. It started with tequila shots in a little bar before we came inn to CocoBongo... Then we were came in and heard " Weeeeeelcome to the Moulin Rouge” They had the music video on a bigscreen behind the stage and the dancers looked just like Christina, Pink, Mya osv...
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WOW!! We were impressed! The other shows we saw were
Matrix
Michael Jackson
The Mask
Nicole Kidman med “Diamonds are a girls best friend” from Moulin Rouge
Queen
Shania Twain

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Neo comes down from the seling

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Linny and me with a Matrix guy

I'm sure Ive forgotten some... As I said Open bar... This means every time your glass is empty you suddenly have a new one in you hand.
Linnea and I were asked if we anted to dance on the big stage! Suuuure! ;)
First we danced a bit in the background, but ended up on the little stage in front were Michael Jackson had been!
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We have been here!

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Coco Bongo was great!
Just as we were about to leave my flipplopps decided to die :( So i had to leave without flippflopps. Outside CocoBongo we had Pizza, and checked in to a hostel. Linnea and I swear it was one of the most disgusting places we have slept in out life's! But what the hell... We slept, got up and wet back to Playa ;)

Home in Playa the tropical rain was poring down. Linnea, Pia and Kine were in Linneas bed with their hangovers, watched Sex in the City and eat Linneas quesadillas!

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Hangovers?hm...

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Beach and BBQ

Gatewaystudents on and other adventure

Friday the 5 of October war the day for beach and barbeque. Its not allowed to barbeque on the beaches close to us, so we rented a bus and drove half an hour to a beach where we could. We lay in the sun, took a canoe trip, played volleyball, eat a lot of good food and had a coconut each :)

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A photo I took while I was laying on a sunbed

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When you looked right up this was your view

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Me and my coconut ;)

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After drinking it (more fun than good…) it got split in two and we eat it. (not to good either ) Here you can see Tone with her two half’s

Pia, Linnea and Kine took a little canoe trip, and came to the conclusion it wasn’t easy. I think we tipped around for this first time after 30 seconds. Oh well… We were headed for Cuba! After an other involuntarily dive, we decided its probably better to fly to Cuba, so we wanted to turn around. Easier thought than done... Some intense paddling later and we got closer to the beach, and had rocks underneath us. We laughed for some reason, and totally lost balance! BANG splah! Auauauau! We got so sick of the stupid plasticfantastic canoe so we pushed it brutally towards the shore and swam the rest od the way! Ha!
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Coconut session interrupted but an other canou adventure. As you can see they had some problems. They had some small spins too…

Posted by KineAgathe 21:43 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

A little update on life in Playa...

Party, diving, playa...

There’s been a while since I’ve written... I’ve been working on the Norwegian one for a while, but now I’m back here.

The days fly by in paradise… I cannot believe I’ve been here for over a month already! At the same time I feel so at home here, almost like I’ve always been here.

A normal day is going to tourism and Spanish lectures, the beautiful white beach, maybe meet up with some girls for lunch. Last week I had a manicure and a pedicure =D Me like! Rosario did my nails, while we were babbling about Mexico City, where she is from. Life is wonderful in Playa del Carmen hehe… ;) ;)

My big plan is to go to Mexico City in the end of October, when we had one week off. I really want to be there for the day of the dead. 23 million people live in Mexico City… Holy shit!!!

The weekend after the first week back in school hopefully Ill be going to Cuba. Ill have to check my money situation ;)

Friday a week ago I went diving! It was so fun to dive again! Havent done that since I was 14? 6 Years ago... hm.. seems its not only the days that fly by ;) We were 6 girls : Grete, Pia, Line, Marte and me. Fist we had a course in the swimming pool
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This was a refreshment course for Ida and me, we have Open Water Diver, and totally new learning for the other 4 girls. After training in the swimming pool, and some theory we headed for the boat. We lay anchor? Never written that sentence in english before...

Oh well... we lay anchor about 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen. I was the first of us girls to go in the water. I waited at the bottom (about 10 m) with a girl from the dive shop. I remember I noticed one blue fish that was swimming around all alone… Cant really explain the feeling, but it was very peaceful.

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Kine and Pia :)

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Fish!

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Grete and Kine

It was so fun to dive again. I will defiantly go diving again some time soon. Our second dive was another 10 minutes with boat. The first dive was a bit chaotic, but the second one was a lot better. Everybody was more relaxed, and better at keeping an eye on theyr “buddy”. Pia was my “buddy”: ) We saw fishes in all kinds of colors, a big eel, and corral reeves.

The feeling of being weightless, moved nice and easy in the sea is so wonderful. It really is an whole other world.

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Me holding an.. a... sausage animal?

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More fishes :)

Other than this there has been countless nights out partying in Playa, beach trips, lunches, dinners etc… Party in Playa is great!

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Mexicos nationalday! Fiiiiesta!
Marte, Arturo, Kine, Pia and Line

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Tone with Arturos sombrero ;)

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A night at Kitxen. They have a really really really good live band on Fridays!

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Kine and Karen at Dr Taco

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Dancing on the bar at The Tequila Barrel!
Everybody who has been there, has at some point ended up dancing on the bar. Could it have a connection with all the free shots you get there… ?
http://tequilabarrel.com/

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Smoothie at 100% natural

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Very sober Kine and Linnea singing Mexican love songs as loud and hmf.. beautiful as they can at a typical Mexican karaoke bar...

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Adventure with AllTourNative

My jungle trip

-17 °C

AllTourNative
It was a Thursday and all the turism students looked a bit unhappy as Ernesto told them with a smile that they had to be waiting outside the school at 6.45 the next morning. Ernesto works with marketing at AllTourNative, an ecotourism company who arrange adventure trips in the jungle. They work with the Maya Indians. He had a lecture about AllTourNative, what they offer and about ecotourism. They give you “Culture, Adventure and Nature”
http://www.alltournative.com/

6.45 the next morning 55 tired students were waiting outside the school. The alltournative minibuses were filled up, and we headed for the jungle. We had a stop at the alltournative-base for cookies and something to drink. Our guide was… was… hmhm… Elias! : ) That was his name! He was sooo funny hehe... nobody else had a guide who played N*Sync, sang Bon Jovi and played pretend drums to Metallica while driving us around.

The first thing we had to do was strip down to bikinis and shoes. Jupp it looked a bit special, but if you are in the jungle you are in the jungle! We were told not to touch the trees and to look out for tarantellas! Brrr…

Our first big adventure was to swim in a centote with the name ”Jaguar” Its got its name because the light that fall into the centote, looks like two eyes. First we were “showered” This was a bucket of water over our heads… The guide thought this was veeery funny to do and after having done that to all 11 he was ready to get us down in the cenote… without having a shower himself! The injustice stood very clear to the 10 Norwegian students and their Mexican assisting teacher Diana. After we had attacked him with water, we were ready to go ;) Line was first woman out. It was about 10 meters down to the water surface, and 25 meters from the water surface to the bottom.

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Me on the way down

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A more classy Diana ;)

We climbed about 3 meters up the mountain side and dived into the fresh water.
Our guide, Elias, told us the Mayas thru their dead bodies down in some of the centoes, and in this one they had found skeleton’s… They thought the souls lived in the cenotes until they were reborn. Up again we stood in a ring while a Maya priest did a cleaning ritual on us since we had been down in a holy centoe. He held a big wooden cup with burning/smoking herbs up in front of our faces while he said a prayer.

Newly cleaned we keep on walking through the jungle to the next experience. Zip lining. I don’t know how far down it was...? 20 meters? 30? Far enough anyway!
With av lovly yellow helmet on our heads we flew over a lake.

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Daniel in Mission Impossible style

The canoe was pretty boring… It was slightly scary that there were crocodiles in the lake, but we didn’t see any. On our way to Coba we did! I’ve been in a canoe on a lake with crocodiles! Wow ;)

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CROCODILE!

A little Maya course

Maya- English- Spansk
Bix a k’aaba = Whats your name = Como te llamas
Dios bo’otik = thank you = gracias
Mixba’al = no problem = de nada
Bix yanilech = How are you = como estas

We had Maya food for dinner :) It was chicken, tortillas, rice, salsas, soup, and for those who don’t like that... spaghetti ;) We relaxed 15 minutes in a hammock (sooo nice ) before we left for Coba.

Coba used to be a big Maya city. Now its in ruins, but walking around there, no to say climb the pyramid, you can really imagine how it must have been. We had a little Maya man guide. In his special English we told us we now had the name ”rabbit group”. He was very small : ) We were told Coba is built around to big lakes and the area is 80 km2. They think Coba had 50 000 inhabitants before Spain with the conquistador Hernan Cortes started to concur Mexico in 1519.

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Our little Maya guide

It was a bit far to Nohoch Mul, the pyramid we can climb. You could walk, rent a bicycle, or take a bicycle cab ;) well… In the next second Linnea and Kine were on their way in a bicycle cab ! Nohoch Mul is 42 meters and the only Maya pyramid you are allowed to climb. It was steep on the way up, but oh my God it was steep on the way down! Finally at the top you can enjoy the amazing view!

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How did the Mayas make this so long ago?

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Pia and Kine climbing down

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Pia down from Nohoch Mul at last

Bicycle cab back and we drove to the alltournative- base. Here we could buy a cd with photos that had been taken in the jungle. The whole group took a shoot of Tequila and our jungletrip was over : )

That doesn’t mean it was time to go to bed… It was a Friday! I ended up going to Kitxen, Bali and Blue Parrot. “ life is short, but the night in Playa del Carmen is long” as they say… I do have to admit I was very tired when I climbed into bed at 6 in the morning…

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Xcaret

A day trip to Xcaret

-17 °C

Xcaret !
12 in the day Friday the 7 of september all students were outside our school Playalingua
http://www.playalingua.com/
Thank God it wasn’t earlier because almost everybody had been out the night befor to check out Playa Del Carmens party life (good good…;)

Xcaret is a big ecotourism park not so far away from Playa. Heres a link for those who want some extra info : http://www.xcaret.com/

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We were met by parrots, flamingos, green grass and Maya inspired buildings. I the park you can see all kinds of animals ( panthers, butterflies, turtles, dolphins, fish and so on)
There was a Mexican cemetery built on a small mountain. There were disagreements if the graves are real or not, but some were at least real. The point was to see a Mexican cemetery. It reminded me of a mix between Spanish and Norwegian cemeteries. All of the graves were special. Some had a stone, other castles, cross, houses, statues of animals, pictures of saints etc. One grave was decorated with Corona corks hehe…

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You could walk inside this mountain and when you got to the middle you could see a cross that stretched all the way towards the top.
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There was a peaceful feeling inside that mountain. Not so far away there was a church. I could so picture a romantic wedding there! With the wind blowing so the brides dress moves, while a little girl is walking in front of her throwing rose leaves… and the view to the sea with some palm trees in front… lalala… I disappeared into a white dream hehe... ill get back to that dream in hm.. about 10 years ;)

There was a Maya village there aswell and the whole park is very beautiful made. You can swim with dolphins, eat at a restaurant towards the beach :)
There was a genius stone in the park somewhere. Is was hanging from a chain:

WEATHER FORCASTING STONE
A dry stone means it is raining

A shadow under the stone
means a beautiful sunny day

A moving stone means
strong wind is blowing

If the stone turns wild then run
for shelter it is a hurricane

If ever its white on top
believe it or not it is snowing

If you can bearly read this sign
hurry, “ Xcaret spectacular
Mexico” has just begun.

Walking to the parks biggest show was a special experience. There were Maya worriors, and Maya women on the sides. With beers, coca cola, and snacks in place we were ready to see the show.
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It was amazing ! 250 actors showed us the Mexican history from the Mayas, to the present time. We also saw dances and heard music from all regions of Mexico.
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I really recommend Xcaret if you are near Playa Del Carmen !

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