Cancun, Mexico: Food Poisoning and Love


For most people Cancun is a place to take a vacation and relax. In previous years this would have been true for me too. But for now it means it is time to work again. It was another day and another destination and I was excited to reach this place. I understand that many people would think I am incredibly lucky to travel to these places to work, and I am. But in reality, when you spend all day inside an office you hardly see much.

Having said that I did get out quite a bit whilst I was here. I do wonder if working from these beautiful destinations actually prevents me from enjoying them. I fear that forever I will associate this beauty with the work to be done. This is why it is so important for me to detach myself whenever I reach a destination. I need to focus on the job at hand rather than the destination itself so that this does not happen.

I certainly wont be associating Cancun with work however. I must say it was beautiful and I really did enjoy my time working from there. The weather was perfect and I had a couple of experiences there that I do not think would have happened had I not visited.

Unfortunately my main memory is not a pretty one. It is a memory from the first night I went out. After work a colleague invited me to join her at the bar just down the road from the hotel we were staying. It was not somewhere I would usually associate food poisoning with. We had a fantastic range of food and I can not fault it at all. It was simply delicious.

We headed back to the hotel and I was feeling fine. A little woozy but I attributed that to the second glass of wine I had. I showered and went to sleep, only to be awoken at 2am with a stabbing pain in my stomach. This was actually one of the most painful food poisoning experiences I have had, but I knew straight away what it was from the cold sweats.

I made the mistake of googling my symptoms. If I can offer you all a word of advice it would be to never google symptoms. What I found on Food-borne Illnesses scared me and made the pain somehow worse. Because it was so painful I decided to go to a 24 hour clinic that was conveniently located just down the road. It was not an emergency room but they do see emergency cases and luckily enough I was able to get straight in. They gave me some pills to sort out my stomach and I felt better almost immediately after taking them.

It also helped that I was speaking to a lady in the waiting room. She had experienced a similar thing and almost immediately we bonded. I am usually too shy to talk to strangers (something my work colleagues can not believe), especially in this type of setting but we seemed to really hit it off. She was staying down the road from me and we even exchanged email addresses and had a coffee once I felt better.

I was in Cancun for an entire week so I was lucky enough to see many of the main attractions. I was desperate to tick a few off my list and I took my inspiration from what I read on Lonely Planet. I took a heritage tour which was definitely the highlight for me. I learned so much about the rich history of this place and got a sense of what it was like in the past. Plus it is always interesting to hear about the evolution of our culture and how it has changed over the years. I am thankful that I was born in this generation but part of me still longs to have been born in the past. Maybe I have a past life.

Work itself is getting better and better. I can safely say that I have the best job in the world. Half the time it really does feel like I am on vacation and I need to pinch myself to stay focused on the task at hand. I am sure if I was married and had a family I may feel differently, but I am lucky to have this job whilst I am young and I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I can say without a doubt that I had a wonderful time here. I will certainly be coming back for a vacation of my own one day.

Not sure where I am off to next. I am pretty certain I will have a week at home before flying out again. There is talk that there may be a change of management soon so anything can happen. I’m choosing to focus on the present and am going to continue enjoying myself whilst I still can.

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