Week 10: New Food, Fun & Whales

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re doing well.  We are still playing catch-up, but I went on vacation and tried/saw lots of new things, so I didn’t want to skip it or forget about it.  So, even though we are now at the end of the month, let’s travel back to the beginning of March when my mom and I went on a cruise to Mexico.

This was not the first time I had been on a cruise, or been to Mexico; in fact, cruising might be my favorite way to travel, because once you get on the boat, you don’t have to really think about anything.  One of the best/ most ‘dangerous’ things about cruises is the unlimited supply of food available.  This can be dangerous if you eat non-stop to the point where by the end of the week you can no longer fit into your clothes.  I didn’t have that problem, but I did gain a couple pounds, most likely from the unlimited supply of soda and the delicious chocolate desserts that followed every meal, but I digress.

One of the cool things about that unlimited supply of food is that since it’s all prepaid, you can order anything you want.  If you don’t like it, you can try something else!  If you are a picky eater like me, and therefore hesitant to order food you might not like at a regular restaurant, a cruise provides an excellent opportunity to try new foods without consequence to your wallet or feeling obligated to finish something you really didn’t like.  Talk about awesome!  I tried many new dishes on this cruise, and was pleasantly surprised to discover a few new dishes I enjoyed.  By far the biggest shocker was escargot.  I mean snails… really??  But they were actually pretty good!  I won’t be rushing out to eat them again any time soon, but I tried them and I kind of liked them.  I didn’t finish them because the night they were on the menu was lobster night, and I like lobster more than chocolate, so I had to save room.

There were several other dishes that I tried, but sadly I did not write them down, and I cannot recall them off the top of my head.  Many of them were seafood dishes, and one of them involved shrimp.  I love shrimp cocktail, but this was something different.  It’s fitting considering that Mazatlán (the second port we stopped at) is home to a gigantic shrimp market.

Food wasn’t the only type of new experience I had on this trip.  In Mazatlán we visited the Cathedral Basilica de la Immaculada Concepcion, which is unique in that it’s a Roman Catholic church that displays the Star of David on 28 windows due to a generous donation from a Jewish family.  Now, I’m not religious, but I find those types of historical tidbits fascinating.  But that was not the most exciting new experience from this trip (at least not for my mom and I.)  The best part of the trip occurred at our final port, Cabo San Lucas, where we went on a whale watch.

Whale watches are far from new to me.  I have loved them since I was little, but this one was special.  At the very end of the trip, literally right after the guide told us we had five more minutes to look for whales before we had to turn back, I saw a light turquoise color in the water just a few feet in front of the boat.  The turquoise was the white part of a humpback whale’s pectoral fins nearing the surface of the water.  I shouted “WHALE!” and pointed right in front of me.  We then spent the next five minutes watching the whale as it hung out by our boat.  It seemed like the whale was as interested in watching the boat as we were in watching it because after it left our boat, it swam over to another one nearby.

Seeing a humpback whale that close up is an experience I will never forget.  It was exciting and calming all at once.  To see such a large, graceful creature just lazing about near the surface of the water was beautiful.  It was a perfect was to end our day in Cabo San Lucas.  And now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go watch the video I took of that whale because it was just that awesome.  Have a good one!

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