I was happy, hungover and didn’t have a care in the world; neither did the German and Canadian girls I met at the hostel on Spring Break. We were walking around in the hot sun – in the middle of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico – exploring the awesome architecture in Cobá.
This place is so beautiful, with impressive ruins created by the Maya People thousands of years before Christ. SO tall, these ruins, that people scared of heights – including myself – needed to think twice before climbing. Not that I really cared about the history or the extremes of these ruins, I was living in the moment: Stress Free/Care Free.
After a couple hours walking around on empty stomachs, without water or access to the internet, the local taco joint just outside the ruins beckoned. The storefront featured a giant painting of the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and a neon sign proclaiming: “Free Wi-Fi.” We cheered – as none of us had data or connection to the rest of world. The waiter seated us and I ordered a Coke to satisfy The Hangover. I took a sip; I was content.
Then, ALL Hell Broke Loose!
The German girl asked the waiter for the Wi-Fi password and within 10 seconds all of us were online and, all hell broke loose! Never have I received so many text messages, Facebook and Snapchat notifications, emails and missed phone calls. I glanced at my companions to see if their facial expressions were as dumbfounded as mine.
I opened some texts – most were from my soccer teammates and friends at UWGB. They all asked the same thing: “What are you going to do?”
What am I going to do about what, I asked myself?
Next came a text from The Danish Government! They were advising every Danish citizen to go home. (Have you ever received a text from your government – in the middle of the Mexican Jungle?) And, my home at the time was UWGB, not Denmark. What the heck was going on?
I was laughing on the outside – I didn’t believe the gravity of the situation. On the inside though, I was having a panic attack. Suddenly, the calm, idyllic setting wasn’t so Stress Free anymore. The Coca-Cola became the temperature of the climate, and the tacos weren’t all that great, either. Contentment turned to chaos in just 30 minutes.
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