So, you know by now that I am living in Mexico City. Unfortunately, taking a flight from the UK to Mexico City is not so cheap. BUT, taking flight from the UK to Cancun is hella cheap. Like, I actually can’t believe the prices kinda cheap. My ticket from the UK to Cancun was £195. I KNOW. In truth, I really didn’t want to go to Cancun at all. I am not much of a beach person and I just wanted to get to the city so I could look for somewhere to live etc etc. I only spent four nights in Cancun before my budget flight took me to the City, and to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed my stay. Here’s what I got up to.
I tried to feel Christmas-y
Mexicans love a bit of Christmas, a pretty unsurprising discovery considering that over 80% of Mexicans are Catholic. One of the first things that I saw when I arrived in Cancun was a gigantic glittery Christmas tree and a huge neon ‘Feliz Navidad’ sign. After walking around Cancun a little more, I discovered a set-up of the nativity stable scene, and kids hugging a Mexican Santa. It was lovely, but it did not make me feel Christmas-y because at Christmas-time it is COLD and it was just so bloody HOT in Cancun.
Had some beach time
When I was backpacking from place to place, beaches were my least favourite kind of destination. I just wanted to be in a big city or trekking up a mountain, not stinking like after-sun and covered in sand. But I actually enjoyed my beach experience in Cancun. 1. The beaches here are really beautiful and I would definitely recommend finding your way to Playa Delfines if you make it to this part of the world, and 2. Because I knew that I had heaps of time in Mexico City to enjoy ahead of me, I was more willing to succumb to a few hours on the beach. I got a little tan, I felt a little relaxed, and actually enjoyed the beach.
And I can’t believe it, but I enjoyed a hostel experience
I don’t really need to say it again, but I hate hostels. I’ve written about one of the hostel experiences I enjoyed in the past, but I enjoyed it because it wasn’t like staying in a hostel. In Cancun, for the first time ever, I actually enjoyed a proper hostel experience. I spoke to other people in the dorm (never happens), I joined in with hostel activities (never happens), and I befriended heterosexual men (never happens). I’m not sure exactly what clicked or changed in me to enjoy it this time, but I really did. I cooked dhal for a potluck dinner, I got hella drunk on guacamole night, and I even took a gaggle of straight men to the beach with me. This is one for the record books, ladies and gentlemen.
It’s so great when you have such low expectations of a place and you actually end up having a brilliant time. All in all, Cancun was a relaxing and fun experience, and I would return in a heartbeat.