A Spring Break in Ruins - a Journey through the Mayan ruins as we explore the concepts of societal collapse and resilience
Two full days into the trip and I still haven’t posted a single thing! I’m so sorry to all that I told I’d be blogging. It’s proven much more difficult than expected. But hey, I’m trying! And I’ll be hopefully fulfilling your wildest vicarious dreams in the next couple of posts. Rawr!
To begin, we arrived in Merida on Friday night. And, as expected, I got my hands on some Ruffles with Cheese the very instant they made themselves available to me. For those of you who don’t yet know, I have an ongoing, not-quite-illicit-but-definitely-socially-condenmed, affair with the potato chips pictured above. I won’t go into the details of this affair, but suffice it to say it has caused quite the scandal on the trip thus far.
Snack romances and lethargic blogging practices aside, we’ve been playing hard and learning harder! We had a late dinner at the Centro Cultural Olimpo the first night (that’s the pink-lit building pictured above), where we spent our mealtime laughing in sleep-deprived, loopy splendor. I’m (only slightly) ashamed to admit there is a recording somewhere of me very intensely singing along to “Let it go” from Frozen. Don’t judge me!
After a delicious meal of chiles stuffed with cochinita pibil washed down with some aguas frescas, we headed back to our hotel - which has the traditional and awesome middle courtyard structure - to sleep for a ridiculously short time.
Day 2 (Part 1)
Saturday morning, we piled in our minibus and drove about 40 minutes to Dzibilchaltun, one of the longest continuously occupied archaeological sites of the Maya. Dzibilchaltun is known for its sacbe, the white roads that connect the different areas of the site. We got to do the nitty gritty here and climb some actual ruins, which was totally as amazing and difficult as everyone always says. Talk about feeling the burn!
Later on, we even got to swim in our first cenote! Also an area connected by a sacbe, the cenote was not as difficult to access as some pictured online. It was pretty close to the surface, and it was only a short barefoot walk to the edge to jump in. We spent a couple of hours trying to catch tiny fish and swimming across the tangles of vegetation at varying distances below the surface.
We did even more after swimming in the cenote, but you’ll just have to return if you want to know what that was. It’s 12:30am now, and we have an early start tomorrow/today. I hope this small peek gave you enough to keep your curiosity satisfied (until tomorrow, at least).
Have a good night!