Traveling with lipedema - We started our big adventure on October 03.10.2016rd, 12: Mexico. Getting up early to be at the airport in time, we flew from Berlin to Düsseldorf and then on to Cancun. I spent about XNUMX hours on the plane and I'm glad that I had my compression with me: Traveling with lipedema is a risk (thrombosis, lymphatic congestion, ...). I have a few tips for long-haul flights and trips with lipedema ready for you right away, some things I felt were vital.
Traveling with lipedema - tips
- Get a neck pillow, there is nothing more uncomfortable than having a rigid neck on the plane because you don't know where to put your head. The neck pillow was the non plus ultra for me
- If you have problems with dry eyes, you should bring eye drops in your hand luggage
- There is food on long-haul flights, but I still had a few snacks with me
- Before I start, I take an aspirin, it makes the blood thinner and my legs don't have to fight any more
- Shoes off! Socks on! Take cuddly socks with you and wear them on the plane, it's much more comfortable.
- Sitting for 12 hours and wearing compression - we all dream, right? Rather not. I made a conscious decision for a loose dress that was neither fitting nor constricting, look for the most comfortable outfit you have and wear it. A good look is of little value on a long-haul flight.
We flew with you airberlin and I found the entertainment program to be pretty good. Each seat was equipped with its own touch screen and you could choose music, films and series. That also made the time much more bearable. When we were about to land in Cancun, we were very excited. Because already from the plane we saw crystal clear water.
Having landed safely and equipped with our luggage, we arrived at our first hotel a short time later. The extremely humid 32 ° with sun were a bit of a shock. It was really hard to take a deep breath and we struggled a little. It was 13 p.m. when we arrived at the hotel and we had been on our feet for around 20 hours. To avoid the jetleg, we decided to pull through until 21 p.m. and stay awake. Which was damn hard for us later!
The first days
We explored the area on foot and then attended the mandatory tour guide interview. Our first days should be a round trip through the whole of the Yucatan and thus the travel plan was explained to us again in detail. That day we just fell dead in bed. Until the alarm clock rang on October 04.10.2016th, XNUMX.
Let's go! Our first day started with the drive to the Maya site EkBalam. Impressive and extremely interesting. We went up to the Maya temple, the steps of which were extremely high. Fitness was really everything here, sore muscles were inevitable, but the view was more than worth it.
Afterwards we visited the nature reserve Rio Lagartos, we took a small boat through the mangrove forest. It was enchanting, we could get really close to the animals without disturbing them and we could observe them in their natural surroundings. The pictures show what I mean:
In the evening we arrived in the small colonial town of Valloid, where we stayed overnight. The next day we started at 8 o'clock for ChitzenItza, which was also affectionately known as "Sweating Itza". So we were able to prepare ourselves mentally for a lot of sun. But good - we weren't used to anything else in the beautiful Yucatan. ChitzenItza was really impressive for me and left deep impressions on me. The mix of Mayan and Toltec architecture was really wonderful, and the reliefs were surprisingly well preserved. We stood in front of the tall Kukultan pyramid and I was really speechless what people had achieved so many years before our time.
Mexico is so idyllic
After lunch we went to a cenote, which is an underground water hole. It's best to take a look at the pictures, then you'll know what I mean. The vegetation at this waterhole was so idyllic. Air roots hanging down everywhere, moss on the walls. In the past, many sacrifices for the gods were made in these water holes, today they are the bathing fun for visitors. You can jump in from about five meters, which we did. Pure Adrenaline. Highly Recommended!
After a visit to the cocoa museum, we arrived in Uxmal (pronounced Uschmal) late in the evening and fell like stones into bed. I was very happy that I made up my mind to wear my compression for the whole tour. The long bus ride, the efforts of the excavations and the heat all took their toll. Without my compression, I would have failed miserably on myself. Cheers to the Kompri!
On the fourth day we started straight to Uxmal to look at the excavations. The extremely steep pyramid of the fortune teller was a highlight. Later, when we climbed out onto one of the rear buildings, we arrived up breathless. We were so close to the sky, overlooking the entire area of Uxmal. Once again I was flabbergasted. But also very happy to be able to experience this moment.
We drove on to a sisal hacienda which we visited and then arrived in the white city of Merida in the evening. Big, turbulent and fascinating, she revealed herself to us. We spent the night there in order to take an extensive city tour through Merida the next day. We visited markets with EVERYTHING you can imagine with avocados as big as our mangoes.
Then we went to a French monastery (the largest in Yucatan) in Izamal - very nice to look at. We continue the journey and arrived in Tulum. The only Mayan fortress on the Caribbean coast is here. We had a breathtaking view. But here I just let a few pictures speak for themselves:
After this excursion we were brought to our connecting hotel. The Bahia Principe Siaán Kaan. Which really left nothing to be desired. In the rest of the time we let our soul dangle and enjoyed the weather and the water.
Traveling with lipedema - CONCLUSION
Round trips are definitely worthwhile if you are into organized trips. We were more than satisfied with our trip and can really only recommend Mexico to everyone. It was heaven on earth for us!
With this in mind, I hope you enjoyed the small (or not so small) report.