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Cozumel 2021

Day 4: Going wild, Big jumps, Bats, 

Woke up this morning at, you guessed it, 6:30am...now I know my body is in shock! I went outside to have my morning Coca Light and it was time to practice our Espanol lessons. Hubby was armed with his "cafe" and we were anxious to learn something new and see if we retained our previous day's lessons.

Today was Monday, so guess what that means...it's pool cleaning day! I have my very own "chicos de la piscina" (pool boys). Woo Hoo! I've always wanted a pool boy. :D  This time, I got dos! They vacuumed the pool, took care of the chemicals, got all the leaves out of the pool and even swept off the deck. Gracias!

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Sakari was up at 9 am and ready for breakfast. She has been cooking a lot lately and breakfast is her specialty. Well, I would say Ramen Noodles is her specialty, but breakfast is creeping up as the numero uno spot very quickly! But, we had bought some waffles at MEGA (trying to make things easy on us while here) and she volunteered to make them. Hey, works for me!

Now, something that I have forgotten to mention is all of the "sounds" here. There are a lot of dogs in the neighborhood (well, everywhere), and sometimes at night or in the early morning, they all get together for a bark-fest. We noticed the first night we were here that one of the "barks" sounded very familiar to us. We KNEW there was a husky in the area. There's no denying that sound and tone! We have two huskies and love to get them howling and "talking". It's hilarious. They have such great personalities.

Sakari had yet to hear them because she's either in bed in the mornings or in bed or in her room in the evenings and she hadn't experienced this sound yet. Well, today would be her day.

Listen for the long, drawn out sound that is overly dramatic...lol

But wait, there's more! There has been this other sound that we hear no matter what time it is. From early morning until very late at night. Now THIS noise is driving us insane and we can't figure out what or who it is. It's a bulb horn sound like clowns have. EEErrrrrEEErrrr ALL.THE.TIME!

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We thought maybe it was children playing on the street behind us but dang do they ever give up? We would continue to search for this noise the entire week!

So remember my "I wanna do list" from my planning stages? Well, one of them was to return to Chankanaab because it had been so many years since we were there and now that we were not doing the Snuba there that we had booked, I still wanted to go there. Another item on my list was to go to Jade Caverns. Of course, I let Sakari pick what she would like to do....and she insisted on Jade Caverns and riding the "buggy" there. I told her I would try to find a way to book it and see if it was even possible to do it today.

Now I wanted to tell you a story about when I was trying to find a scuba diver instructor for our trip prior to coming here. Remember how I had booked with one of the locals because he took the time to talk to me about the diving and where he would take us and everything that I had questions about? Well, the last thing I found out, after I had booked and he sent me the information about meeting places and the forms, was that he DIDN'T allow photography while diving. Say what??? I have NEVER been denied us taking our camera's...ever! This was a real put off and if I can't take my camera's with me, I have no desire to go. The next thing was that he told us we would have to meet him at a location by 8:20 in the morning. YIKES! Even though we had been getting up early, we still like to relax in the morning and hubby needs a few cups of coffee and we need to eat breakfast and then factor in driving time. I just didn't see it working. I couldn't understand why it would be so early. Most places have a morning and afternoon option. When I emailed him about getting a later time in the day and also the camera's, his emails started to get rude IMO. Of course AFTER I book with him and paid a deposit this happens.

Anyhow, after i had booked with this guy, another guy messaged me on fb and he seemed really nice and you could tell he really wanted my business and tried to tell me about other tours his company offered that I could book. I mentioned things we'd like to do to see if he offered those things, but he didn't. But, he was really nice about everything. I did mention to him that we were looking for a tour to Jade Caverns and he said that he could get me a discounted price there because he also worked for that company.

So I looked up the pricing online and found the tour offered by a

company called "Wild Tours". It stated that they did the tours for

$120 TOTAL for a buggy (which is really a side-by-side and both

my older kids have one of them so we are really familar with how

to opporate them). That was an AWESOME deal because all the

other websites you had to pay per person and it was around

$65-85/each.

I contacted this diver (Alex) about his "discounted rate" and he

said he would talk to the owner and get back to me. When he

got back to me, his quote was $65/per person. Um...I think not!

That's $195!!! I told him I can book online for $120 total no

thank you!

So, I booked online and got my $120 non-discounted price and

was happy with my choice. Was he trying to making a few bucks 

off me? I don't know really.

People are really trying to rip people off these days. I know that

the locals are hurting for money, but I'm not the one to try to pull

a fast one on because I do my research!

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Our booking was for 1:30pm (see we were given the option for a later tour) and we had plenty of time to get our things together, relax and of course more Spanish lessons.

When we received our booking notification, the notification said:

Guests staying in hotel in Cozumel:

Take a short taxi ride to Royal Village Shopping Center right in front of the International Cruise Chip Pier. Wild Tours booth is located right in Rafael E. Melgar avenue, at the mall's main entrance.

So we left the house around 12:30 pm because I don't like to be late for anything, even though the Royal Village Shopping Center was right down the road from us.

When we arrived, we had to park out back, walk down the side road and into the mall area, which of course was closed down due to no cruise ships in port. I think there was a pharmacy open and I think a gift shop with a guy outside trying to lure you in to buy some leather from him. But it looked abandoned here. :(

We took this opportunity to take some pictures and look for this booth we were meeting them at. I had messaged them on facebook and they said to go to the Playa Mia booth. So, here we are trying to find that booth.

When we finally found the Playa Mia store front, it was closed! Um, ok. I even confirmed with them on fb where to go and they said to follow the directions on the email booking.

So, I tried to get in touch with them again via fb. and I told them we were at the mall per instructions and they said Playa Mia Beach club. Well, that would have been nice to know. I told them we were following what the instructions said. I sent them a screen shot of my email and told them they should probably change their instructions then and they responded with "There is a mistake with our website, and we are fixing it in this moment. We apologise for this inconvenient. We appreciate your comprehension and the feedback" Alrighty then, we were on our way...but we might be late.