Sorry, I was in Cancun

We celebrated NOXmas this year by heading down to Mexico and drinking a few tequilas. Spent the week hopping between the Hyatt Grand Caribe and the Hyatt Regency on the hotel strip. We were travelling largely on points, so had to do a little reservation finagling, but it wasn't too bad, and we were able to get a bunch of free meals out of it as well.

I, of course, expected Cancun to be extremely commercial, but I still wasn't quite prepared for the amount of American restaurant and store chains that we saw. Walmart, McDonalds, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Bubba Gump's -- San Francisco was more authentic than this place.

But we toughed it out, and got some sun and salsa into us. We braved the flea market vendors and the taxi drivers and tried to find the smallest, cheapest hole-in-the-wall places that the locals favoured. We tended to eschew the touristy restaurants for the places the staff ate at, and were pretty satisfied at the experience.

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