we took that cruise 2+ months ago. Yeah...well I never did blog about it. Part of the reason is that I'm going to have to choose a handful of photos out of hundreds. Not fun. I'm just going to pop a few in, not in chronological order. So, here we go!
Daniel and I took a one week cruise in mid April for our early 10th anniversary trip. We were planning to go on Royal Caribbean, but Julianne's 1st grade play was taking place the week that we were supposed to go, and the next week the ship was moving to Barcelona or something for 6 months, so we had to do Carnival. It worked out fine though.
Our ship traveled from Galveston, to Jamaica, to Grand Cayman, to Cozumel, then back to Galveston. In Jamaica we took a tour out through the country and to Dunns River Falls, which we climbed.
In Grand Cayman we decided not to get off the ship because we didn't have any pressing desire to shop, and heard there wasn't much else to that destination. In Cozumel we took a ferry and then buses to get out to the Mayan ruins at Tulum. Hands down the most beautiful place I've ever seen in person. I could have pitched a tent and lived there. I highly recommend it. Other than those excursions we spent a lot of time talking, reading, playing games, eating, watching the shows, etc. As much as we love our kids and wanted to come home to them...after we got home, it was really hard to readjust to the responsibility of having 4 small children and a household to run again. I guess we really needed a vacation. Maybe we won't wait 10 more years for the next one. :)
This is the beach behind the temple ruins. It overlooks the most beautiful piece of coastline.
A view of our ship on our way back from climbing the falls in Jamaica.
We were able to see a lot of these shanty type houses. Also, a few mansions. There were goats everywhere. Most houses were partially built. Our tour guide said that it was normal for people to just start building a house and then stop when they ran out of money. They move in to the small part that is finished. As they can afford it they continue room by room to "finish" it. Even some of the mansions appeared partially built. I told Daniel that we should live in Jamaica where our never ending partially finished house projects would blend right in to the culture.