Photo Story Friday-I’m a liar

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek 

It’s true. I promised no more vacation pictures. But I had forgotten these. Conveniently?This is the “other side” of Cancun. The side that makes me so grateful for all of the things I’m blessed with, and at the same time a little repulsed with myself for shamelessly enjoying them.

While I was enjoying exclusive “haute cuisine” meals, someone somewhere close by had a growling stomach and no dinner.

While I was splish-splashing in the pool (not really) a group of young boys were shoveling wet sand so that the beach below was up to snuff.

While I was revelling in being able to throw my wet towels on the floor and have someone else pick them up and wash them, a family nearby was hand washing their clothes and hanging them up to dry. In their thatched house with no glass in the openings that are their windows.

While I was haggling with a shop keeper for the perfect souvenir for my children, someone somewhere close by had their 4 year old selling their handmade wares.

You get the picture.



  1. 1

    mannequin says

    I’ve noticed similar of places we visit in that there seems to be a very clear demarcation line between the haves and the have nots. That and the aspect of which you spoke; behind the scenes. It’s like visiting a Hollywood set.
    I don’t know…maybe I’m just out of touch with reality.

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    Thinking Aloud says

    What a wonderful experience. What was the most memorable part? …for those of us who wish that we could go on trips too, but can’t quite find the time or mula… 🙂

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    Susie says

    Wow, just when I thought you were going to gloat,,,,,GREAT job remembering why we are so lucky, blessed, and should be grateful.
    No more whining about no vacas for me!
    Thanks for making me feel lucky today!

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    Jaysi says

    What a great post Angie. We have explored some of the “less than savory” areas of Mexico as well. It puts a weird feeling in your tummy. Thanks for taking the time to put that feeling into words.

    P.S. How are your eyes?

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    DoodleBunz says

    Certainly reminds us to be thankful for the things we do have, rather than wish for those we do not. Great photos!

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    Mekhismom says

    It is always eyeopening to visit a 3rd world country for vacation and see the vast disparity between where you are staying and how the locals live.

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    Melissa says

    I’ve heard the same stories all over! It’s really quite sad. The hotels are so luxurious and then there are people that are hungry all over the place.

    Hard to believe somewhere so beautiful can have such a sad “other side”

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    Munchkins and Music says

    I remember driving from Mexico back into the USA. I was so greatful for our traffic laws, and our safer drivers.

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    Rachel says

    That is just like MEXICO!! I have pictures that I took that are so similar to your’s. Makes you very thankful for everything you have that’s for sure.

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    WheresMyAngels says

    I’ve never been out of our country but my parents are in Mexico quite often. She often talks about the kids begging and how she always wants to bring a few of them home with her to give them a better life.

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    Cecily R says

    Makes me glad for the dinner I have to cook, he laundry I need to get done and the rooms with windows I need to finally put together.

    Thanks for the reminder Angie. I really REALLY needed it. 🙂

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    the schirano triplets says

    thanks for the reminder. it makes me enormously grateful for all that i do have and forces me to forget about all of the “needs” that i don’t have.

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    April says

    Thanks for showing us the “other side” and reminding us to enjoy the privileges we often take for granted.

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    Stephanie says

    It is great to have these reminders but unfortunate that there are other people living behind them. Have a great weekend!!!

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    girlytwins says

    We are truly blessed. I am so grateful for all that we have. Reminders like these help keep it all in perspective.

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    Carrie and Troy Keiser says

    It is hard to remember that there are many people who don’t live like we do, who don’t have what we have.
    Thank you for showing us the other side.

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    Genny says

    I remember seeing that when we were there too. It was sad, especially seeing all of the children. Some of them chased after our tour bus. It broke my heart.

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    Gunnisac Sandersons says

    It’s just sad that all the tourism money isn’t helping their economy. Great pictures. I hope you found a great gift!

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    Brooke says

    Yea, You know when we were there in Wilma we found a really nice man who lived in the forest on the side of the beautiful hotel we were staying at. He said that his family were all fine and that they were finding enough food to eat, but he didn’t have anything extra for his 6 dogs. We would take our leftover food that the hotel had given us for the last few days of our stay and feed the dogs. It was a really sad picture because we were going home and they were not, they were home, what was left of it!

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    Ryanne says

    We truly blessed to live where the poverty isn’t as adverse, to have food to eat clothes to wear and many non essentials to play with. It good to have wake up call reminders.

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    Rhonda says

    A sad truth.

    Okay, two items need discussing.

    1. How did your appointment go?
    2. Why didn’t you respond to my comment about becoming an “Eight Clown Circus”? Was there a reason for that?


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    Tracy says

    Having lived in the Dominican Republic – it is always interesting to hear these experiences. so much more could be said on this, but another time eh?
    on another note – I don't understand how if you wrote this story it is hosted by Cecily & MamaGeeK – forgive my stupidity.

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    les_mason_curt says

    oh man, this sort of post really puts life into perspective. Sometimes we American’s need to be reminded just how good we have it.

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    Good N Crazy says

    Hawaii was totally like this. All posh and lovely near the fancy beaches. And nearly huts up the North Coast?

    Did you throw out change or what?

    And here I am trying to make money off my crap? Stupid Americans, is what I say.

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    Scribbit says

    I really need to do this Photo Friday, I’d love to get in on that.

    And I had to show my husband your lasik post–I’m so sorry! What a freak thing to have happen! He’s wanted to get it for years now but his eyes are so bad that he’s not a candidate.

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    Melissa says

    Thanks Angie. I needed that reminder. Bali was like that. Dru and I ended up giving all our spare money to the people. We came back off our honeymoon with nothing!

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    latree says

    THOSE are another sight you should ahre about you trip.
    believe me, you’ll find so many such sights in Indonesia 🙁

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    Connie says

    Looks like a fabulous vacation!! I love the swimming hole, and I’m very glad you eye appointment went well….

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    Stephanie says

    I remember driving through villages like that going to ChichenItza. It certainly is a reminder to us to count our many blessings, and to BE HAPPY with what we have.

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    Leslie says

    I remember seeing some of that there. Isn’t it a stark contrast to all the posh resorts? A city divided…if only it was the only one.

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    Kristin says

    Makes you feel guilty to be on vacation doesn’t it. I try not to haggle with poor people over their wares, I know you can get them to come down in price, but really, it’s so insignificant to us, and so much to them. It’s a sad world we live in.

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