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Thanksgiving: Trading Turkey for Tacos

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This year we ended up making some unconventional plans for Thanksgiving. My parents had made plans to spend the week in California, where my sister lives. My husband and I had a full week off for the first time in years. In all, we had the time and freedom to try something new. After considering several options, we decided to spend some time in the Riviera Maya.

Our first stop was in Philadelphia, where I had a conference the weekend before Thanksgiving. While I was in sessions, my husband and daughter checked out the Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia's children's museum. They enjoyed it, though it seemed pricey at $16/person plus $8 for parking.

Our original idea had been to find a flight out of Philly because we would already be there. We did lots of searches for Philly departures, but as it turned out, the prices and itineraries out of Baltimore were much better, enough so to make it worth the drive. We also had the chance to meet with friends whose son is the same age, so we had a play date as an added bonus.

As with other trips, getting there and getting adjusted were the hardest parts. In this case, my daughter hadn't napped all week, and it was really catching up to her by the day we flew out. She also said that she missed her school friends and seemed distraught that we might have moved permanently. We assured her that this was just a vacation and that she would see her friends in a week. We also had her check out the resort's kid club so she could make new friends. The routine did get better, but towards the end of our stay, my daughter came down with a nasty cold and cough. Fortunately, there was some kid-friendly cough syrup at the hotel store that helped her feel much less miserable.

Despite those little bumps in the road, we had a great time in Mexico. One of the things I miss most about Arizona is all the Mexican food, so having the chance to eat lots of it more than made up for missing out on the traditional turkey dinner. I only wish we there had been more time so that we could have gone to Mérida: I studied abroad there and still keep in touch with my host family. It would have been great to see them, but they were just far enough away to make it difficult to get there.

This was our first time at an all-inclusive resort, so I was a little worried that we might start to feel bored or stir-crazy on the property. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. We found that there was a large enough variety of things to eat and do to keep us happy. Granted, my husband and I were looking to relax, so we weren't asking for lots of activities. As for my daughter, I don't know exactly what she was expecting, but she enjoyed the beach, pool, and kid's club there. I'll give a more detailed review of where we stayed in my next post.

In the meantime, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, wherever you were!

Posted by amikulski 20:17 Archived in Mexico Tagged beaches children mexico

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