Monday, September 18, 2006
Pictorial view of our trip to Mexico
Remember how I promised you that I'd share details about our Labor Day weekend vacation? Well, two weeks later, I've finally had a chance to upload the pictures that I took with my camera. I've got plenty of pictures to share, sorry no videos yet, I'm still working on those.

So, if you're interested in seeing a bit of Mexico, which is where we vacationed, then grab a cup of coffee, kick your feet up, and enjoy this long overdue but lengthy post.

Picture #1- Here are Oronzo and Snuggle Bug exchanging U.S. dollars for Mexican pesos. Snuggle Bug was trying to help his daddy, but the nice man at the booth understood his baby babble even less than he understood Oronzo's textbook efforts at speaking Spanish.

Picture #2- We arrived in Mexico on 1 Sept. and, after checking into our rental house, we took Snuggle Bug to the ocean. He was a bit afraid of the crashing waves, but when we set him down next to 3 local children playing in the water, he relaxed a bit and enjoyed their antics. Sorry, I have no pictures from that day. Oronozo had the camcorder going, but no camera. This picture is actually from 2 Sept., our second day out. We spent about 2 hours at the beach playing in the ocean that morning and this shows all of our beach "stuff" drying outside on our patio. Notice all the shells I collected, just that day?

Picture #3- I know you can can't see Oronzo and Snuggle Bug very well in this picture but they're standing on a rock, admiring the ocean waves.

Picture #4- This bird captured my attention and obligingly sat and posed for me for several minutes.

Picture #5- This was taken on 3 Sept. during the one rainy day that we had to deal with. This day was the result of Hurricane John. Only one day of rain and rough waves was not too bad, all things considered.

Picture #6- More rainy day pictures of the ocean waves.

Picture #7- Since we couldn't spend the day at the beach, we decided to do what many people do on rainy days, go to the mall. The little coastal town that we stayed in didn't have a mall but there was a bigger city about 20 minutes away that did so we drove there and let Snuggle Bug run to his heart's content. While there, we decided to get some groceries inside of Ley, a large supermarket. While in this supermarket, I saw some interesting things that I wanted to note, so I took pictures. Oronzo thought I was nuts to be taking pictures in a supermarket so he wouldn't walk by me. I didn't mind. :)

Picture #8- One thing I noticed was that all advertisement depicted very fair skinned models.

Picture #9- Even the baby models were fair skinned.

Picture #10- Yet another light complexion model. I just didn't get it. We were in Mexico, surrounded by beautifully dark-skinned people, and yet all their ads had only fair skinned models. Why is that? We speculated about a few reasons but I'd love to hear from someone that possibly really knows the reasoning behind this. Anyone?

Picture #11- At this supermarket they had candied fruit and these limes stuffed with coconut. I've never seen anything like it!

Picture #12- They also had a pile-o-calamari sitting in large chunks in an open bin. Again, I've never seen anything like this.

Picture #13- And all their pastries were sitting out in the open, unpackaged. I'm used to seeing pastries behind a glass door. It was neat to see the unique pastries that you can't get in my neck of the woods!

Picture #14- Here's Oronzo being a daredevil, trying to get shots of the rough, crashing waves. Even the locals were impressed with the power of these waves. As I mentioned before, we think the rough weather was a result of Hurricane John.

Picture #15- We went to dinner, more than once, at this local place called Charley's Rock. The restaurant is built into a cliff side and we sat at a bar that overlooked the ocean. Snuggle Bug had fun with two little girls. They were all looking at a turtle that the restaurant had in a large glass-enclosed area.

Picture #16- You didn't think I'd leave out pictures of Snuggle Bug playing on the beach, did you? These were taken on 4 Sept.

Picture #17- Snuggle Bug had a wonderful time digging in the sand. Every now and then the waves would wash away his pile of sand and we'd have to chase after his beach tools, but he found that funny.

Picture #18- See this beautiful little girl that Snuggle Bug picked up at the beach? Her name is Jordan and she was enthralled with Snuggle Bug. He liked her too. He goes for older women. :) He's such a little chick magnet, I tell you what!

Okay, that concludes my picture show of our Mexico vacation. Suffice it to say that we had a wonderful time there! We met and interacted with a lot of nice people, ate lots of seafood, took long naps, played in the ocean, did lots of exploring, practiced our rusty and limited Spanish, bought lots of trinkets, enjoyed the nice rental home, and savored our alone time with each other on our family vacation.

If this hasn't bored you too much, I'll do a similar post later this week on our time together in Las Vegas. I took lots of pictures there too!

6:00 AM
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23 Comments:
At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Jessica said...

NEAT!!!

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Sue said...

Looks like a fun time. I love your Snuggle Bug's sun hat. My granddaughters have one that appears identical. It really covers their face and neck nicely!!

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Autumn said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. I love the photos..We didn;t go anywhere this year so Your post is the closest I got to a vacation this summer lol. Thanks for sharing it with me.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger MugwumpMom said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. That looked like the Pacific side, near Cabo?
Good question on the fair skinned model thing. I noticed that when we were in Akumal last spring. I wonder if the fact the "ruling" class are Spanish descended, as opposed to native (Aztec, Mayan, etc) has anything to do with it? There are alot of relatively fair skinned Spaniards.

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger Pass The Torch said...

Awesome photo tour! Thanks for the cyber-vacation;)

Kelly

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

Beautiful!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing that was really wonderful o scroll through!

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Great pictures! Interesting about the advertisements being fair-skinned; I have no idea why that would be that way in Mexico! Can't wait to see the Vegas pics!

 
At 3:27 PM, Blogger Barbie said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures. Looks like a great vacation.

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Beautiful photos. I remember going into a grocery store in Aculpulco and being surprised at how much of the food is just lying around in open air, unpackaged. Amazing. It's easy to see you all had a wonderful time on this trip. Can't wait to see the Vegas photos.

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger Tracey said...

Beautiful! I would love to go to Mexico. I still can't believe I haven't been there yet!

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

What a wonderful vacation you had! I loved Mexico when I was there. We had a blast but we were not at the ocean but in Mexico City and then went to Taxco. The people are just so friendly. Thank you for sharing your memories!! Snuggle bug is such a cutie by the way.

 
At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Erin said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time :)

Snuggle Bug definitely is a ladies man!

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

OW, this was great! Wasn't in the least bit boring. The pictures were great, and I just loved little Snuggle Bugs beach hat...very smart Mommy! :) Just wait, if if you think he is a chick magnet now...haha! When my son started getting 15 girls calling a day I told him no calls after 9:00 pm It was survival at that point. hehe!

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous trisha said...

What wonderful photos. Looks like you all had a great time. You would be surprised at the number of fair skinned models here in Japan. Someone once told me it was to help get people's attention. There is the belief in Japan that all Japanese look alike. Dark hair and eyes, same skin tone. THe image of someone different catches attention more readily than someone who looks just like them. Don't know if it is true or not, though.

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger on the Rock said...

Wow! Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

 
At 11:30 PM, Blogger MommaB said...

Picture #5 was incredible! What a wonderful time you must have had! Can't say that I was impressed with the calamari stacked up and visible, but the coconut stuffed limes/lemons looked very intriguing!! Glad you had a good time and the wait for the pictures was well worth it!!

 
At 12:18 AM, Blogger Chrystal said...

Mexico looks so wonderful! It brought back memories of when my husband and I went there for our honeymoon! I miss it, and seeing your pics is bringing back memories! Thanks for stopping by!

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger Praying for your Prodigal said...

Beautiful! WOW! Stunning! Thanks for sharing these great photos! Glad you had a marvelous time.

Diane

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger aggiejenn said...

Here's my take on the light-skinned model thing. I lived in Thailand for a while and couldn't understand why they wanted to make their skin lighter and we wanted a tan! I think dark skin is equated to manual/outdoor labor and has to do with class/status. Lighter skinned people are seen as those who don't have to work hard outside and are, therefore, probably wealthier. I think that's the reason you see so many light-skinned models in advertising in Asia and in Mexico.

 
At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your pictures....how much fun!!!! I have never been to Mexico...but if I go I know who to call.
Jen @ a good cup of coffee
Ps
Snuggle bug is just having a ball.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Munchkin Land said...

It looks like it was an incredible, relaxing, and fun trip! I just LOVE the photo of SnuggleBug looking at the turtle with the two girls. Adorable...

 
At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Wonderful pictures! Looks like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing

 
At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Becky said...

What a marvelous trip! Lucky you. I enjoyed your pictures.

 

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