Number 9 - Go on a cruise.
Yep thats right! One more thing checked off my 101 list. The cruise was an interesting experience. And while we had a good time, we learned we aren't cruise people. We are more like New York for vacation kinda people. We like the fast paced vacations filled with culture and excitement and most importantly for me... the lack of humidity and heat that seems synonymous with Houston, TX.
With that being said, cruising is NOT that kinda vacation. We went on a week-long Carnival cruise with Aunt Dolores, Uncle Johnny, Uncle Greg, Aunt Christina and my Grandmother and by the end of it we were anxious to be back home (Rakesh more because he was sea-sick most of the time and me because I was getting a little stir crazy being trapped on a boat.) We left our house and took a short road trip over to New Orleans Saturday June 23rd. We spent the evening having fun, dancing, drinking and walking around New Orleans Downtown district, which was closest to the port. We left Sunday, the next day, from New Orleans. We ported in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico and returned back to New Orleans the following Sunday, July 1st. It was fun but Belize and Guatemala were really third world countries and me being the paranoid person I am did not enjoy roaming the countries. I was expecting to be robbed the entire time we were in port.
For me the best port day was the first day-Guatemala. I woke Rakesh early to watch the sunrise with me as we could finally see land in three days. On Isla Roatan in Guatemala we spent part of the day vegging out on the beach. The water is the first crystal clear water I've ever laid my eyes on. It was beautiful. Then we spent the afternoon interacting with dolphins at the country's dolphin resort.
The second port was Belize. Like I said, I was paranoid in this third world country. But lucky for me I have a dare-devil boyfriend to make me do what I would not have done on my own (sarcasm). Rakesh found a guy at the port to give us a tour of the city and take us down to the Mayan Ruins in the country. It was fun. And if you ask Rakesh, he'd tell you I reluctantly admitted that after and ONLY AFTER we were returned to the port in one piece and not robbed and left roadside. I was so grateful for that fact I insisted Rakesh tip our tour guide $20, which in Belize dollars was really $40. The Indian in him argued with me.
The third port was Mexico. There we picked up liquor and trinkets for the family when we got home. It was a fun day. We spent a good deal of time at the beach with Grandma and Dolores and Johnny.
The days we were at sea Rakesh and I played bingo, went swimming, drank and ate A LOT of food. We did karaoke, while the rest of the family refused to participate.We partied like it was 1999 at the dance club, even took a Salsa and Thriller dance class. We played laser tag with Antonio and Greg. Of course, Rakesh smoked us all and won a plastic trophy for his victory over us and some 4 year olds.
All in all, a great vacation much needed after the Spring I had had. It was weird though coming back. It took some time to lose the sea legs. I felt wobbly for a good two weeks afterward.