My wife Lynn and I vacationed from Jan. 9-16 at Vidanta’s Mayan Palace resort south of Acapulco in Diamante on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. We’ve used our timeshare there about 15 times since 1996.
We love the Mexican people and we love the staff at Mayan Palace, which has undergone many changes over the years. We only ventured off the resort once on this trip — to Linda Vista restaurant, which is on a hill with a magnificent view of Acapulco Bay. There was a military and police presence at our resort due to recent drug cartel-fueled violence in and around Acapulco. But we never feared for our safety.
The weather was gorgeous: sunny and temperatures in the mid-80s daily. I read four novels and relaxed at poolside. We walked several times on the beach, and had breakfast once at the Princess Hotel a mile away. We made a connection with an orphanage 10 miles south, which we hope to visit on our next trip. It’s called the Marsh Children’s Home.
After spending so much energy connecting with organizers in Nassau County who are standing up for vulnerable people, we did not engage in any political discussions with Mexicans about the impact of a Trump presidency. We just needed a break from all that. But we did not detect any anti-American feeling on the resort. In fact, employees who did not know us greeted us in hallways and elevators with their right fist over their hearts, a gesture of solidarity with us.
I am a 1966 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY. I graduated from Nassau Community College in 1968 and Hofstra University in 1970. I was a sports reporter at Newsday from 1966-1999, covering 5 Super Bowls and 9 Stanley Cup Finals. I was a features desk copy editor from 2000 to Dec. 31, 2014, when I retired. I am married to Lynn, a social worker, since April 9, 1978, We have one son, Peter, 33, an air traffic controller in Ohio.