One day we decided to take the bus way into town- pass all the tourist areas- just to check things out. Danny speaks fluent Spanish so we felt pretty good about doing this. As we were leaving the tourist areas....the locals on the bus looked at us like are you lost?.... The bus driver kept asking... off here?
But once Danny would talk to them...they were all surprised ...okay, great and then comment- you speak wonderful Spanish, are you from Argentina?
Once Danny spoke Spanish, the locals would warm up to us and show great kindness. I think It is always a sign of respect no matter what country you are in- to try and speak the native tongue of that country.
(Argentina is where Danny learned to speak Spanish. He lived there for 2 years serving a mission for our Church.)
Just a note- everyone we talked to in the Hotel Zone spoke both Spanish and very good English. Once we left that area....English was not spoken as much...but most everyone we talked to knew some.
Here is a little look at Cancun pass the tourist area-
We were on the hunt for simple/authentic Mexican food.
We didn't find what we were looking for- just a word of caution. If you go there and don't speak Spanish don't go way downtown.
.... you become very popular (Most people there are so poor and are just fighting to make a living.)
I think we looked like a good target.
We should of known better...because just the day before when we went to Church ....a few of the members were worried that we had even ventured out to find the Chapel.
The Church is strong in Cancun- 4 stakes (with about 12 wards per stake) There is also a mission in Cancun.
The ward we visited on Sunday was brand new...this was their second week. They filled the Chapel and part of the cultural hall. (we had at least 30 families welcome us with hugs)
They were awesome! They were strong in their testimonies and such great leaders.
(fun note- there were also a few young couples from BYU on their honeymoon that attended Church...so wonderful to see that they would seek out Church. =)
downtown... is bright colors and loud!
This is what a typical residential street looks like. Everyone has a walled or gated courtyard.
Scooters are the way to get around.
Everywhere you walked: The smell of Mexican spices...lots of horns going off , music and talking!
Interesting day exploring
Came home just in time for sunset on the bay.
Next up food-