22.06.2008 - 23.06.2008
Back up a bit to before Merida, we went to Chichen Itza in route. We pulled up and it looked like the parking lot of Disney World. There were an amazing amount of tour buses, school buses, and loads of sweaty gringos (a short ride from Cancun) to fill the ruins to what seemed like the brim. The ruins themselves were cool, but its not a place high on our ¨lets go back to list¨.
So, like Thalita said earlier, our hotel in Merida was pretty awesome (sarcasm). Definitely thought a roach would crawl in one of my orifices while sleeping. Luckily for me, that did not happen. Anyways, we left on our overnight bus to Palenque. After waiting 8 hrs for the bus to leave, we loaded up, and we were able to bring our full packs inside the bus. So we sat in our seats feeling very happy, and all the sudden we hear slurred American accent coming from the bus door. A couple in their 40s stumbles on board, loud and obnoxious, and of course, they sit right behind us. So we start the trip and the bus driver turns off the lights. Everybody is trying to sleep thru the night, and we can here the drunk couple snoring behind us, when all the sudden I get kicked in the head. I turn around and this jerk has his feet propped on my head rest with one shoe on and one off. I turned around and asked him to move them, and he doesn´t even flinch. I shoved his feet of the seat and tried to put it behind me. Then it happened four more times. I finally decide to use a stern voice to wake him up and his wife startled by my voice asked him to move his feet. It was absolutely ridiculous. They smelled like one of my drunk patients on a Saturday night in the ER. No wonder some folks don´t like American tourists.
On with better things. We arrived in Palenque early in the morning, found a place to stay, got some food, and took a short nap. Then it was off to the ruins for the day.
Thalita put me in timeout, Mayan style.
Palenque was a refreshing change from Chichen Itza. With its beautiful, green, lush surroundings, and not the droves of tourists everywhere, Palenque Ruins was definitely one of our favorites.