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Viva Mexico!

And what an amazing country to visit it is! We truly enjoyed its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and mouthwatering food. Delicious tacos, quesadillas, fiery habanero salsa and yummy guacamole. Everything so fresh and packed with flavour, it tastes even better when washed down with an ice cold Corona! Let’s not forget about tequila and my favourite of all times, margaritas! Drink three of those bad boys and the rest is on the house, a notice in one of the local restaurant said! I found out why after the first round! Even for a Polish Vodka connoisseur like me, Mexican measures were a challenge!;) 

You might think we are mad to go on a long haul holiday with 3 kids, one being four months old!  But hey, it took one Friday night, quite a few drinks and somehow my husband pushed a button BUY! I didn’t even have to convince him that much.  Who wouldn’t like some winter sun and well deserved R&R?! The worry about how we are going to survive the flight and an endless list of things we will need to pack came as an afterthought later:) 

No holiday can be good without some drama though! First it was about Vincent, our youngest one, who got a bit poorly before holidays. The day before departure we were told by GP he is not in a fit state to fly and we need to take him to A&E asap. The paediatrician in the Children’s Hospital fortunately didn’t understand what all the drama is about and decided we can go! That was a bit of a relief but also the quiet before the storm! Just after coming back from the hospital my husband realised we forgot to apply for ESTA’s, documents necessary to transit via US. Normally it takes 72h to get one. Oh well, we had only 9! Needless to say the drive to the airport at 3am was a bit tense. Just imagine the suspension… car loaded up to the roof, kids excited about the holidays, the wife (that would be me) oblivious of the severity of the situation and the thought we actually might not be able to go….Long story short, while at check in we were relieved to find out the ESTAs arrived! Well… how lucky are we?! 

Forgetting about the 3hrs spent in security queues in Houston and almost losing a million pound bottle of Tequila on the way back (because duty free in Mexico didn’t pack it in the right bag), the holidays were amazing. It was so lovely watching the kids having fun, playing, trying new food and attempting to speak Spanish! Despite initial worries and reservations about going on hols with 6 year old, 4 year old and a four month old we must say it was brilliant! We all truly enjoyed quality family time together. 

When bumming it on the beach and by the pool became too hard we decided to escape the all inclusive goodness in disguise, ditched overindulgence in food and drink and went exploring. We travelled to Tulum to see some ancient Maia ruins, swum in very refreshing Cenotes, swam through Batman’s cave, visited a turtle sanctuary and went to some local restaurants to try some real, rustic, Mexican food. Needless to say that one portion of nachos was enough to feed our whole family!  The highlight of our trip without a shadow of the doubt was a journey to a small, but beautiful island, Isla Mujeres. Apart from gorgeous white sand beach and crystalline, calm and shallow sea the kids loved touring the island in the back of a golf buggy! The views were stunning, especially when we went off the beaten track! Once we were done with cruising around  the island, we plonked ourselves on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoyed chilled and relaxing atmosphere there…All helped by a few Coronas but of course!

So in no particular order, learning points from this holidays:

  • next hols we can spend in the concrete jungle as long as there is a swimming pool there. The sprogs doesn’t like the sand getting everywhere
  • despite the fair amount of fun stuff we did, the kids said they liked the most having a coconut on the beach and canon balls in the swimming pool! LOL
  • we can take half of the clothes and we will survive!
  • always read the booking confirmation email, it might contain quite important, crucial and or vital to your holidays visa information
  • you can never have too many pants or too many margaritas
  • $ sign in front of the price might not mean dollars. It might as well mean pesos! So no need to get a heart attack over buying a pair of flip flops for $300. 
  • be prepared your child might be karate kicked in the stomach by another child on the pool side and your reaction will be vigilantly scrutinised by all that are present, stay calm - order another Margherita!
  • there is something absolutely magical about sitting by the ocean and listening to it. This same applies to star gazing and walking around the hotel grounds with your jet lagged four month old at 2am 
  • last, but not least, here comes my mum/photographer dilemma. Do I pick up the camera to preserve all those precious moments or do I enjoy them and more importantly be part of them? So hard to find a happy medium!

A small selection of pictures documenting what we’ve been up to attached below! I hope you enjoy it!

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