One of the most educational and pleasurable vacation of my life was in Cancun, Mexico. Having been on a previous interesting Mexican vacation at Cozumel, Mexico, our family thought of going back to the vibrant blue Caribbean Sea. Just the memory of the warm clear blue water and the white thin sand gave us the chills. We were determined to go back. We received a good deal for the five of us. My sister Samantha and I would share a room while my mother Irene, step father Frank and their daughter Eva would have the room beside us. We were staying at the luxurious, all inclusive five star hotel of Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa Hotel.
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After arriving at the hotel my mother had explained some rules that would be important including updating her wherever we went and never leaving the hotel. Soon after that my mother gave Samantha and I some exciting news, she told us that we would have our own freedom during this trip. For Samantha and me it was a chance to show our mother how grown up we could be and what challenges we could go through. Our actions did not show it that way.
During the vacation my sister and I really knew the meaning of grown up. To me it meant being responsible. There were many negative things on this vacation that made us learn that being an adult is not that easy. For instance, there was a flee market that was at the hotel for one night. Samantha and I decided to separate and look for items that we would like to purchase. By the end of the night we had gotten back together and realized that we had purchased the same thing. It was a bracelet with our name on it. We were going over how much money we had spent when I heard my sister say that she bought hers for five dollars more than what I had bought mine for. My mother had told us that night that they make the sale price high if you seem interested but when you start walking away they make the price lower. Unfortunately Samantha bought the bracelet for the asking price.
The second mistake that we made together was to go kayaking. We thought doing something adventurous and exiting would make the trip even better. We rented a kayak and started rowing. We were going out very far until we realized that the current had drifted us way past the resort. We were not paying attention to where we were going just on what we were rowing to. We had to go to shore and drag the kayak back to the renter because we were afraid that we would go further.
Both of these situations could have been different if our mother was there to help us. For Samantha and me it was a very good opportunity that my mom had given us to realize that you should be more cautious and observant of your surroundings and think things through before you decide to do it. Also that you should wait until it is the right time to be an adult and make your own choices without parental consent.