In 2006, the end of my 6th grade year my grandmother decided to surprise me with a trip to Cancun, Mexico as a reward for my hard work throughout that year. I was so excited to finally go to Mexico! That trip was the only thing I talked about from May until the day we boarded the plane.
After sitting on the bench outside of the airport waiting on our shuttle to the hotel it finally arrived and I dove in the back seat right in front on the AC to get some relief from the heat. On the ride to the hotel I was so amazed at the things that Cancun had to offer. You could almost compare the streets of Cancun to Hollywood. There were so many people and cars flying by you. I couldn’t help but stare at all of the lights as you passed them. It was amazing!
While standing in line with my grandmother to check into the Oasis Viva I noticed a lot of people pointing and staring at me. The people were noticing my hair, which had recently been braided into long French braids. My hair style must have been a new surprise to a lot of people because everyone was staring and whispering about it. I tried to ignore the stares as I went to our room.
After my grandmother and I were settled into our room we decided to go explore the hotel and grab something to eat. As we head to the back of the hotel I saw a huge pool with a giant water fall. I was so excited! Turning my attention to the rest of the hotel attractions I noticed the beautiful beach on the horizon. I quickly kicked off my flip flops and put my feet in the water. I turned to my grandmother and yelled “LOOK! I have one foot in the Pacific Ocean!” We both laughed and headed back inside for food.
The next day my grandmother and I made reservations to go horseback riding. This was going to be my first time ever riding a horse, I could hardly wait! Once we finally arrived at the ranch the “cowboys” gave us directions for riding a horse. My horses name was Jeranemo.
After riding through the trails we arrived at a beach. We had a chance to ride our horses in the ocean. I quickly got into my swimsuit and hopped on my horse. As the horse started to move I felt my arms get really weak. I started to black out and slide off the horse. One of the “cowboys” came to help me because I almost passed out. Lucky for me there was a doctor on the trip. After checking me out the doctor told me that I was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. I was told to sit in the shade and drink water for the rest of the activity. When it was time to head back to the ranch I went to catch up with the rest of the group and I noticed something green in the sand. As I came closer I saw that it was a $20 dollar bill lying in the sand. I quickly scooped it up and handed it off to my grandmother. After she unfolded the money she noticed another $20, I found $40 dollars! I guess it turned out to be my lucky day! How ironic!
In closing this trip was as wonderful as I expected it to be. I had an amazing time in Cancun, Mexico. I can’t wait to return.
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