Playa del Carmen is a very commercial touristy spot and as shallow as this may sound it was a welcome relief to be back in civilisation We had 2 days here to do nothing but relax and recharge our batteries.
I bought a new party dress and hit the town. We went to The Nightclub to be seen in - The Blue Parrot. This was one funky place. The music was fab, it had swings at the bar, and the dance floor was the beach. I danced in the moonlight with the sea as the backdrop. I was totally in my element.
The beach was so beautiful. Unfortunately the strong winds made it unbearable for all but the die hard sun bathers. Identified by the leathery brown skin and the barricade of bags which they had formed to protect them from the wind and sand. Did actually venture in the water but when a huge wave decided to expose my bum to the world, decided it may be a little bit rough!
It was here I made my first trip to Walmart - the Mecca of shopping. It had everything. You could most probably be able to live here for months. I purchased El Cid - my Spanish speaking laptop. At this point I was not aware he spoke no English - that little gem would become apparent in the not too distant future!
This is where the first stage of the trip ended and we lost some members of the group L . So as we continued in our "basic" accommodation - Mark booked into the 4 star hotel across the road. He kindly let us have a look round. Oh my gosh - 2 double beds, millions of pillows, several fluffy towels, a shower which could fit 10 people, an ironing board, huge screen TV and last but not least products (shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser). I spent most of the evening trying to work out how I could be in one of the double beds but it was not to be and I slept in a hot and sticky room dreaming of luxury!.