Last Friday, after seeing so many beautiful photos on Facebook of Christmas lights in Vancouver, I wanted to go out and see what Cancun had to offer this year. My Mom, Cesar and I set out walking from our place heading along Tulum Ave. towards Ayuntamiento ( Municipal Hall). On our way we heard lots of car horns beeping which in itself is not really unusual for Cancun but there seemed to be a lack of traffic to go with said horns. We were finally able to see why when a police officer on his bike appeared slowly driving down Tulum with a pick-up truck behind him and a large group of people running behind the truck. I asked my husband what was going on and he explained that this was in honour of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I took a quick photo and we continued on our way.
Cancun has been unseasonably warm for this time of year except for a brief period in October when I mistakenly thought that our summer was finally over and I wrote about Autumn being here https://ashlied.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/fall-has-arrived-to-cancun/ –boy was I wrong! We are still seeing temperatures of between of 26 and 31 degrees celsius. The humidity is considerably lower so thank goodness for small miracles 🙂 So by the time we arrived at Ayuntamiento we were feeling a little warm around the collar.
Every year the city decorates Tulum Ave., and the road out to the Hotel Zone.This year the lights were the same with hanging flashy pinatas, and a decorated tree and 2 Santas! Imagine trying to explain THAT to your child. 🙂 I felt sorry for the Santas as it was 28 degrees out and those poor bastards must have felt the heat to say the least. This year, however, there was a new addition to Municipal Hall–an ice skating rink! That’s right an ice skating rink. It is actually an artificial rink that uses synthetic ice that requires less maintenance and I believe that it comes from Spain. It is 400 square meters and they give skates for you to use and it is free so that people can try it out. It looks like a bunch of tiles that have been placed side by side and when we saw some people trying to skate it looked like they were having a difficult time as they seemed to be walking over the “ice” rather than gliding. There was a huge line up and I imagine that it will continue that way until it closes on January 6th. A very nice gesture by the local government; however, it can’t even begin to compare to ice skating in Vancouver on Lost Lagoon Lake which I used to do with my Dad when I was a young child or ice skating in Europe with my Mom and Cesar last year.
After posing for a few photos we decided to check out Parque de las Palapas http://www.cancun.com/Editorial/Parque-de-las-Palapas/ to see whether there were any Christmas lights as well. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a light to be seen so feeling rather parched we stopped at the new La Rincon de Vinos and had some spanish tapas and some wine.It is a lovely place that we often go to for great conversation with friends and we always enjoy their wine list and menu. Once we were done for the evening we hailed a taxi for home. I enjoyed seeing the lights and I am definitely feeling like Christmas is here though I must admit I am looking forward to spending next Christmas in Vancouver, in the snow, and who knows maybe Lost Lagoon Lake will freeze over again and I can go ice skating with my Dad.