We left the bright lights of Playa today, and although we were advised against going there, we are really glad that we did. After a damn near perfect cup of tea (the good cup of tea hunt became quite a challenge once we started getting withdraw...sorry to be so typically Britishl!) we headed off to Cancun, where we unfortunately had to spend a night before getting a morning ferry to Isla Mujeres. Cancun is pretty much the big city with no character that I expected...and we couldn't even afford to stay by the beach (it is 4km away!!).
We thought it was going to be a fairly non-eventful day as we set off to find a bank to get cash out as we were running very low. It soon transpired that none of our cards would work at any ATM. We were a bit worried and were just contemplating how to get ourselves out of this pickle when were joined by a random drunk who wanted to get to know us. When he found out our problem, he pointed us in the direction of an HSBC bank where we could go in and get cash from a teller. Well, after a bit of a hunt we couldn't find this bank so decided to go to another one that we passed. At this point our adopted drunk found us there and started insisting (rather loudly) that there was an HSBC and that he would show us the way.
We decided to give him the benefit of the doubt...wrong call...there is no HSBC and he was just being an idiot. So we had to literally had to run back to the bank we were at when he found us before it closed. They told us that we had to go to another bank, but when we arrived they couldn't help us either!!
We were beginning to have images of being stuck in Mexico with no cash, but after a quick skype call to the bank it turned out they had randomly stopped our cards! When asked "did you tell us you were going abroad", it took all of Ian's willpower not to shout down the phone that we had phoned them 10 times before we left to get it on record! Grrr...all is well but we really could have done without the stress. Ian's take on it was that it at least gave us something to do and without all that pain and hassle we wouldn´t have felt so relieved and happy in the evening...ying and yang and all that jazz. (I think he may have a point, but I won´t tell him that...)