I really shouldn’t have waited this long to recap, because I’m really forgetting everything.
One thing that I really wanted to do in Cancun was go to an open air market. The second day, after waking we decided to stroll into Cancun proper.
I don’t know if I mentioned it in the last post, but it was sweltering while we were down there. So it probably wasn’t the brightest idea to walk into town. But we were already off. I had remembered seeing one of the markets on our van ride in from the airport, but trying to remember proved a tad difficult. We had to stop at one point and get directions and ended up walking in a giant circle. Eventually we found it, Coral Negro.
Sadly, it left a bit to be desired. I wanted an open air market, but due to the temperature I was glad it was at least sort of inside. Inside were dozens and dozens of stalls, all hocking the same cheap junk. T-shirts and shot glasses and these odd little bottles with clay figures in very explicit poses. It was weird, to say the least. Everyone wanted you to come into their store and buy their wares, offering you lower and lower prices. I absolutely hate the back and forth haggling so luckily, I saw nothing of interest. Until we spotted a jewelry store.
I’m sad that I don’t have any pictures of the market, but the jewelry store was the only part of the building that was enclosed. Glass walls and sliding glass doors, you stepped inside and a blast of air conditioning and I was convinced to stay. The walls and tables were absolutely covered in silver. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, everything was dazzling. I saw a dozen things I wanted, before settling on a necklace. “How much?” I asked. The owner, a very nice fellow that left us to browse without heckling, took it from the wall to weigh it. I can’t remember the price but know it was over 200$. While I could have talked him down some, I really didn’t feel like it. Instead I settled on some earrings. Big, princess cut, diamond-like. They were asking 50$ but Keith talked them down to 30$ and split them with me. Half a present for my half birthday.
As seen here, they are my favorite earrings ever. They sparkle like crazy. I don’t want/need/like real diamonds so these little babies are perfect.
We had been out and about for a few hours so after Keith bought a hat, we walked back to the hotel, this time going the right way and cutting our walk in half.
On the way back, we saw this building, which I still kind of wish we would have checked out.
to be continued…