Collect moments – not things

A while ago I bought a t-shirt with this text, because I really prefer moments, which are not happening often. Today was such a day, I collected some of those.

I was on the island of Cozumel off the coast from Playa del Carmen (Quintana Roo). I was walking, trying to see one more Maya ruin. Usually people are snorkeling, scuba diving or make other water related activities. There is a big reef and one should be able to see a variety of fishes and corals, but I am going to Xcaret tomorrow, where I will try to snorkel and Mayan ruins are so fascinating.

When I after three hours of walking came to a sign, that there are 13 km left until the place, I understood, that it was too far for this day. First I stopped a taxi, but it was too expensive. I did try to hitchhike instead. You must also know, that there are no buses or nearly no buses. The one I saw did not stop for me. There is no other collective traffic either. Taxis do not drive as “collectivos” on the island. I have tried to rent a bike, but there was no bike in “my size”. I was asking for renting a scooter, but they only had scooters with big engines, which made them too heavy for me. To rent a car was for 500 MXN and the gas, of course. Therefore I thought, when I walk one way and take a taxi back, it will be cheaper. Though, when I stood there and tried to hitchhike, I first was unlucky like usual on the Yucatan peninsula – partly for, that families had filled their cars with its members. Suddenly that moment happened, what I love to collect: A car came from the other direction and turned around. Actually the driver had been on his way in my direction, but did not directly stop. Furthermore he was not on his way to the place I was asking for, but he drove me all the way to that Maya ruin I was on my way to and he apologised, that he had no time to wait for me and bring me back, because he had an event to care about!

Afterwards I collected more moments. It became an unforgettable day. As soon I have wi-fi again and will catch up with my blog, you can also read about the other moments.

Couchsurfing

I am in Playa del Carmen now. My host is 65 and retired. Actually he was so kind to open his home for me the day before earlier agreed. He also picked me up by car from the bus station, but he is a very new couchsurfing experience for me.

He is not caring like all the other Mexican hosts have been – less or more. He did not even offer me a cup of coffee or tea. Ok, he asked me, what I would like to do here and in the surroundings and told me, that it is very expensive to visit the national parks. He also started to make a sketch of the city center, but I told him, that it is not necessary.

He knows, that I am already travelling for four month and will continue for almost one more year. He asked me, if I do not have a family and added, that he maximum would travel for six month/year. As long as I know him, he is not different to other people in our age regarding his travels.

He does not speak a lot with me and watches TV a lot. His home is a mix between a clean home and the home of a messy. I was expecting, that we would make things together, because he is retired as well, but he did not offer me his company.

He is really a new couchsurfing experience for me and I look forward to get to know him more. Maybe the first impression is not the right one anyway.