We got up this morning with enough time to have some breakfast and get ready before meeting for our shore excursion at 0945. There were a few set-backs getting off the ship. First, the ship was unable to dock due to a strong current. So, instead of getting off at the dock and hopping onto a ferry from Cozumel to the mainland, we hopped on a ferry directly from the ship. We couldn't take the first ferry that tried to get us because the swells were so bad that it couldn't line itself up with us on the starboard side of the ship. It worked OK once they tried hooked up on the port side. Once we were on the mainland, we met up with our tour guide, Caesar Augustus. Seriously, that was his name. He was half Mayan, half Spanish. He was also the best tour guide I've ever had for any kind of on any tours I've ever taken.
The ruins are awesome. One of the first things I'm going to do when I have internet access again is head on over to Wikipedia for some more info on Mayan culture and Tulum. Unfortunately, we didn't have as much time at the ruins as we would have normally had, since it took so much longer to disembark this morning than expected. Caesar gave us an overview of the area, then we had some time to explore it on our own before needing to head back to the bus. There were iguanas everywhere. I can't wait to look at the pictures some more and relive the experience -- it really was so jam-packed, it was hard to absorb it. We just tried to take lots of pictures and draw it all in.
When we got back to the ship, we had problems getting back on -- same thing like this morning: attaching to the starboard side didn't work, so we had to go to the port side. We finally got back on the ship, tired. We freshened up a bit and headed to the theater for tonight's entertainment. First, it was a tribute to the Glenn Miller Orchestra. That was very relaxing. Next, it was a juggling duo -- very entertaining. One of the guys was even able to juggle some pins while balancing on a basketball! Lots of fun all around.
After the entertainment, we headed down for supper. Once again, very yummy. I think ccohoon is going to recap the dinner conversation, but it went from one odd turn to another: can any of us fit through a toilet seat (like one of the jugglers did), are there likely enough arms on the ship for it to wage war? etc. Fun times all around. [ETA: See Chris' description of the day for a few more details about the dinner conversation.]
After supper, I came on back to the room and got ready for bed. Here I am updating my LJ. I'm tired. As I've been writing this, I've been feeling that it's probably the crappiest entry I've made yet. It's because I'm so tired. But, hopefully, I've written enough notes that I'll remember the great day today was and I'll be able to flush out the details more later.
For now, however, I'm going to bed.