Tuesday, December 30, 2008

K & J Have This to Say About Lawson...

"Thanks a lot for driving us around that day. Overall we were pretty happy with the day's events. It really took a load off not worrying about how to get between the sites, and then to Merida a few hours away after we were all done. Definitely saved time and we got to experience more of the true Yucatecan culture and food than if we went it alone. Also I'm not sure we would have been able to get that awesome "behind the curtain" tour of the convent in Valladolid if we went by ourselves! Getting to Ek Balam in time was a close call though, I think we spent too much time at lunch. But it worked out fine and it was a very satisfying day, not sure what else we could have done after that. Except maybe hit a night club or two... ;) K."

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Good-Bye Yellow Car!

Yes, it's time has come.

The yellow car, vehicle of choice for Lawson's Driving Excursions, has been officially sold. It's been fun, lots of memories in that car, both personal and Lawson-ish!

Stay tuned for info on the next LawsonMobile!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ek Balam, Valladolid and Smoked Meat in Temozon


































Well hopefully another happy couple has enjoyed the neurotic services of William Lawson! The day's activities went something like this:
  • 12 noon - pick up at the gorgeous Hacienda Chichen hotel;
  • drive to Valladolid, with stops at the Ik Kil and Dzitnup cenotes, additional stops along the way for chinas, mandarinas and fresh, cold coconut water;
  • a brief tour of Valladolid, consisting of walking around the main square and buying some memory for the digital camera, as well as a visit to the convent San Bernadino de Siena, where we had a 'mini-tour' from one of the men who works there, translated from Spanish to English by yours truly;
  • enjoying stomach-bursting Yucatecan-food lunch in Valladolid;
  • driving in a food-induced stupor to Ek Balam ruins, which we made just in time since they close at 4:30 pm;
  • followed by a visit to the Eco Genesis hotel in the town of Ek Balam, to check out this eclectic hotel run by a very nice Canadian lady in the middle of practically no-where;
  • after which there were photo ops with kids and a lady making a hammock right there in Ek Balam;
  • and then a quick stop at Temozon to sample (and buy) some of their smoked meat
  • after which, finally, driving back to Merida for hotel check in.




















All in all, a complete and rather exhausting day! This was a full day trip.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Missed Connection!

A real first!

Well, I was all fired up to take some folks arriving on the cruise ship at Progreso, on a feeding frenzy this morning but for some reason we didn't connect and after waiting around for a couple of hours, I decided that maybe something better had come along for them and my services were no longer required! Darn! There was however plenty of time to sit and watch the tourists arrive and, as always, the opportunity to make some observations about the lovely arrival people can expect in Progreso! You can read about them at the NotTheNews regular blog!