(most everyone else is not)
21.05.2009 - 22.05.2009 87 °F
Colleen and I made it into Cancún airport right on time yesterday, caught the last two seats on the bus to Playa del Carmen just before it took off, and booked it into town by about 1:00 pm. Good start to a short trip, no wasted travel time.
Playa del Carmen isn't deserted, but it's noticeably empty -- the swine flu scare has not just kept away some vacationers, but entirely cut off cruise ship traffic. Colleen and I had a nice long talk with the restaurateur at this morning's breakfast, and he was hopeful that it would just be temporary. I tend to agree -- unlike the hurricanes, which cause major infrastructural damage that make visiting less pleasant, the flu epidemic is more intangible, and requires no cleanup.
Speaking of the flu, a common opinion here is that it's entirely made up. The aforementioned restaurateur noted that the Mexican government released no names, no information about the victims, no anything except numbers; his relatives in Mexico City "didn't know anyone" who'd contracted it. That seems to me more of a detailed conspiracy than the Mexican government is capable of pulling off and with no plausible motive besides, but there you are.
We relaxed by the beach yesterday, we're relaxing by the pool so far today. I think snorkeling off Cozumel is in the cards for tomorrow. The waterproof shell I ordered for my camera never showed up in the mail before I left; hopefully I can find a compatible one at a dive shop here before we go so I can get some pictures of the reefs. In the meantime, I leave you with my michelada from last night (also pictured, Colleen):