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Welcome to Day 2 of Janet and Randy's Tulum Adventure 2016

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

We were both quite tired from the previous day, so slept in until 8:30am.  It was a 'chilly' 19 degrees out, so Randy went for a run, then we got ready and headed out to get some breakfast from Starbucks.

The only Starbucks in Tulum is at the shopping area near the Tulum ruins.  As most people are going to the ruins, there is a charge for parking.  Since we just wanted to get some beverages, the guy at the entrance to the parking was willing to let us in for free for 10 minutes, but he wanted Randy's ID to do that.  Randy wasn't thrilled about that, but he gave his ID and we proceeded into the parking lot.  We went to park in one space, but some guy came over and was saying something in Spanish and pointing elsewhere, so we moved to a different spot.  Then when we got to that spot, he came over and started talking in Spanish again, but we asked if he spoke English - and he switched to English.  He started talking about some map to the ruins, but we said we were just going to Starbucks and he left us alone. I thought maybe he wanted to charge us for parking again, just like the people on the street that wanted to charge us for what should be free street parking.  
We wandered through the little shopping area and found the Starbucks, we got some drinks and some pastries and left right away as we only had 10 minutes of free parking.  Randy got his ID back from the parking attendant and we went back to the resort and had our breakfast next to the pool.  This place is a total tourist trap. 

View from our roomRandy wasn't overly impressed with the latte that we got from this Starbucks, so it is unlikely that we will be heading back again soon (especially with the hassle to get in and out of there).  Good thing I bought my souvenir Starbucks mug this time.  Might not have another chance. (I think there is a starbucks at the airport)

After finishing our breakfast, we headed back out to get a few supplies to have in our room.  We went to a supermarket called Chedraui - where we got some sunscreen, food and booze.  Going to a grocery store in a different country is always a bit of an adventure. After we got back, the sun was peeking out, so we went down to the pool and hung out there for a while, until it started to sprinkle a little.

So, we decided to head out and do some exploring.  We drove over to the beach road to see what it was like.  Unfortunately, you don't see a lot of beach on this road - it's just a skinny little road with resorts and shops on both sides of the road, and you are dodging pedestrians, cyclists and parked cars the whole way.  There was one section that you could see the ocean, but there was nowhere to park, and so we only had a brief glimpse of the ocean. Almost as fun as the road to Hana.

On the way back to the resort we stopped in the downtown area of Tulum and wandered around a bit, then headed back the resort to hang out around the hot tub because the sun had come out again.  We had a couple of margaritas and chatted with some of the other resort guests.  We went back to our room around 5:30pm and then headed out for supper with Ken and Connie - who had invited us out to supper with them at Don Cafeto.

The restaurant was in the 'downtown' of Tulum.  Randy had some Enchiladas de Mole and I had the fish tacos.  Both were excellent.  After supper, we wandered around the downtown area with Ken and Connie - and they pointed out some of their other favourite places to eat/shop.  We stopped into a bakery and bought a couple of cookies, and then we headed back to the resort.

We relaxed in the room for a bit, then headed down the hot tub and visited with some more of the resort guests.  Even though we have our own private hot tub the balcony, it hasn't really warmed up since we got here.  Will have to talk to someone at the front desk tomorrow to get it looked at.

It was a cool night, but it was nice and comfortable in the hot tub looking up at the full moon and the stars.  It was almost 11:00pm when we wandered back to our room and went to bed.

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