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Julie heads South of the border to face her fear of heights in Tulum, take in some waves in Ensenada, and participate in Día de los Muertos in Mexico City.

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- Oh my god, oh my God, oh my God. Oh, I can't. - [Christian] Do it, do it, do it. I did it. - [Julie] You did it? - [Christian] Yes. - [Julie] Okay, here we go. - [Christian] One. - Yup. Yeah, you count, you count. - [Christian] One. - Kay. - [Christian] Two, three, now. - Hey, I'm Julie. I'm an actress, professional goofball, and creator of the show Feeling Peckish. Action. Thanks, Julie. I'm headed to Mexico, traveling solo for the first time, with the hopes of conquering some of my biggest fears. Nope, nope, nope. What did I get myself into? Okay, tomorrow I leave for Mexico. I am so excited. I am also scared shitless. It is 3:28 in the morning. Let's go to Mexico. I decided that if I'm gonna go ahead and do this, if I'm gonna face my fears, pics or it didn't happen. There you go, pic number one. I've never been one to travel by myself, I'm totally not good at it, I have planned things, and I am going to put myself out there. Tulum, here I am. Holy, holy shit. This is for me? This is for me. We're at the Tulum Ruins. I'm with my good friend, Christian. Do you remember him? - Hey. - Yeah. He's the one that picked us up at the airport. Hey, Christian, how's your historical knowledge? - A little bit good. It's not the best, but I can say something. - Not a ton of confidence on that one, but one thing I do know is that this is kind of like a really secure military fort. - [Christian] Yeah. - Because there's like ocean on one side, and there's supposedly that massive wall. - Yeah, it's for security, because this is the center more important for the - Trade. - For the trade. - Trade. - [Christian] For the trade. - My favorite thing about these ruins is just like imagining the people that came before. Like who used those stairs? I'm sure somebody like looked out that window at some point in time, and was like, "God, Time needs to cut his yard, "because it's getting out of control." - And that's where Herman Cortez come. - Kay. - Right here, at this part. - Oh, this is where he came in. - [Christian] Yeah. - Okay, so what did we learn? These ruins happen to be beautiful and gorgeous, and the only ones in the area on a beach, and they happened to be the most important ruins in terms of trade for the ancient Mayans, but they're not the only ruins in the area. Yo, this is a place called Coba. It's in the middle of the jungle, and we're going to explore. I also think we might do some climbing. So that'll be an adventure, but let's go. Christian's showing off his cool new bike. I'm going to get you in the shot here. Chris loves being on camera, and I just force it on him. - [Christian] Okay, now we're going to the principle temple here in Coba. - Did you say principle? Like the main? - The main, the principle, the master. - [Julie] Yeah, no, I get you. - We gotta keep balance here in the jungle. - I don't know, maybe I'll watch you climb it. How about that? I'll watch you, and I'll just be like, "hey, I hope you're having fun up there." Whoa, whoa, whoa. Nope. No thank you. - [Christian] Come on. - My body just entirely froze up. Thank you, thank you. Good Lord. No more of that, please. Yeah, that was good. That was good. We're on our way back now. I'm ready for a drink. This evening got a little carried away, but it was great. - We are in Honorio's. Honorios'. Honorio's is one of the most emblematic food stands in Tulum. If you come to Tulum, it's a must. Eat, eat my dear. Let's go. - Okay. Wow, that is so tender. Smoky, wow. - It's smoky because it was cooked all night long, Just with the smoke. No, amazing. - All right, what's next? - Okay, we're are in Viva Mexico Carbrones. This is a very important restaurant in Tulum. They have barbacoa. Barbacoa is lamb cooked only in steam for about six hours, rubbed in agave. - So what are we doing here? - Okay, so this is the last stop that I want to show you. I want to show you how we cook on the beach in Tulum. What does that mean? It has to be treated as a woman, with respect, and with small, swift kisses. That way, friends for ever. Salut. - Salut. - Salut. Smoky. Well, great. - Thanks. Thank you. I'm lucky yo have met you. Okay, one of the things that I really wanted to do coming here is face some of my fears. Today that is hitting maximum volume. We're going to do some things today that I am 100% not comfortable with, so enjoy the show. I don't think I know how to snorkel. I just realized. I think I know the theory, like I know the science behind it. - [Christian] You need to stay close to the. - Like this is for breathing. - Yeah. - Kay. - The problem is the last step. - The problem is exactly the last step. Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. Oh, I can't. - [Christian] Do it, do it, do it. I did it. - You did it. Okay, here we go. Oh my God, I can. - [Christian] Yes, I can. - Okay, okay. - [Christian] One. - Yup. Yeah, you count, you count. - [Christian] One. - Okay. - [Christian] Two, three, now. - I felt my life flash before my eyes. If I had to describe Mexico City in one word, it would be intimidating. Now this is the city, the greater population is 21 million people. I have never been here before, I do not speak Spanish, and here we are. We just got our drinks for the trip. So these boats that I'm currently on are in canals of old, old Mexico City, like old Aztec city. This is what all of Mexico City used to be, and you go on an adventure on a boat, people come up to the boat, they'll sell you food, and drinks, or music, or party, I don't know, all of it. - [Announcer] Si, senor. - Bravo. Okay, this is my new friend, Martin. He's the one who's guiding me through the journey of Mexico City, and learning all about Day of the Dead, and we've taken a minor break off the boat to come to where? Where is this? - We're getting to the Mercado San Juan, where the groceries and the food market is. - Ooh, okay. Let's do it. You wanna use? - It's a whole pack, and it's big time Day of the Dead festivities right now. They've closed down all the roads, huge markets, tons of food. Mexico City, you are a wild beast, and I went in, and I tried to tame you, the young, naive Torontonian from cold Canada coming in, I tried to say I own this, this was my ish, but tomorrow, tomorrow I will not tame her, I will join her. It's gonna get wild. Good morning. So I was thinking a lot on yesterday, and today I'm gonna start big and just go bigger. So remember how I'm scared of heights? Guess where we are. So I was up there, and now I'm down here. So down here these are all what's called an ofrenda, and from what I understand, from what Matin has told me, is that they are like shrines, they are like altars almost that you set up for passed loved ones, and each altar has different drinks, and food, and things that your loved one, who is now deceased, would have enjoyed, and it gives them the opportunity to come back, and you celebrate them, and you celebrate their life, and you tell stories, and you remember, and it's kind of this joyous way of dealing with death. It's really cool. Okay, Martian, so I did the heights today, I did the crazy markets yesterday, I think I'm getting the feel for it, so what other challenge do you have for me? - Okay, let's go try Hispanic food, see if you like it. We're are in Restaurante bar Chon, it's specialized in Hispanic food. So let's start with a taco of mosquito egg. - Okay. - Okay? Okay. - Do I have to take that much? - It is nice. It's a really mild flavor, no? - No. I just had one pop in my mouth. Okay, what's next? - Let's try the ant larvae, okay? - Ant larvae. Oh, you get a hearty helping, hey? I was just going to take a little. - These I can have everyday. - Oh, this is really good, - It is so good. Maguey worms. - Yeah, thank you. I just have to go into my happy place, and just go beyond the worms, you know? - Which one is the winner? - Definitely the ant larvae are the winner. That was delicious. Hey, I'm not so bad, huh? What was your expectation? Did you think I could do it, or were you worried? - Now I'm thoroughly convinced that you're ready. - Yeah? - To be Mexican. - That's what I wanna hear. - Ready. - Okay. So I'm in beautiful Ensenada, and I don't have a plan. Okay, so here's Mexico, like that, there's like a little squiggly arm there, happy face. So we were here, then we went to Mexico City, and now we are all the way right at the border, just about, actually we're maybe more here. Eh, what do you care? It's not to scale. Okay, so we went driving for awhile. I'm in a new place, you're gonna have to keep up. This is an area called La Bufadora, which is like a cliff, and it's this thing, it's really cool. Ooh. So it's kind of like a geyser, but not really. It's like all the water gets pushed into this one tiny little funnel, like it's bottlenecked, and then it goes whoosh, and it's called La Bufadora because of the boof sound. Today I think I'm gonna go surfing. Let's do it. I almost lost it there. Woo! That is invigorating. Have you ever been surfing? If you haven't, go, do it, find a way. Did you see me, though? Like, it looked pretty cool, right? I feel like it looked cool. All right, well we gotta get onto the next thing, because I know that this is my last day, so I gotta go big. I can't just stop here. As scared as I was, when there's no strict to do list, there's not obligation to do anything except exactly what you feel like, even if it means watching a stranger's wedding for an afternoon. Ensenada, you were beautiful, and delicious, and I can't wait to go back. This whole experience has been the trip of a lifetime. I was so nervous about traveling alone, and overcoming my fears, but to be honest, I was never alone. There was always someone to laugh with, to eat with, or to learn with, and as a result, I have such a deep appreciation for Mexico and Mexican culture, as well as the value of getting out of your comfort zone, and exploring things that you never would have had the opportunity to, and more than anything, I'm glad I captured it all to share with you, because pics or it didn't happen.

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