By bus and foot...
07.12.2012 - 27.12.2012 30 °C
So it's been a long time between blogs and I tell you what Mexico has kept us busy!
Week 1 we joined the welcoming family of the Amadors in Mexico City. A day in the life of a student consisted of a visit to Mexicos most popular university where students pay just 10cents a semester giving anyone smart enough an opportunity to attend. We went on a booze cruise Cambridge style with the uni students one afternoon stopping off at people's open doors when we needed a loo stop. The Amadors also showed us our first Mexican Pyramid. We stayed longer than we planned and its a 4 days we will never forget. Thank you for showing us how to eat, drink, live, study and BE Mexican, I don't know how we would have got by without that initiation period.
Oaxaca was our first point of call out in our own and our first long haul overnight bus ride. I don't know if we're too old for this now or if it is was a rough ride but it took its toll! We spent the next few days soaking up the city eating More a chocolate, chill and chicken YES chicken dish... Oh but it get crazier to top off the local cuisine menu we ate the chill grasshoppers on sale by the kilo! Not bad in taste but I can tell you that the leg which surfaced in my mouth moments later was not so welcomed.
After a long and winding road trip again through the night we made it to the coastal town if Puerto Escondito. I dont know what it means in Spanish but it definitely means Paradise in Australian. The skyline view from the rooftop was pink, purple, orange and red all at once contrasted by the blue water it was a sight that didn't get old... We stayed 6 nights- much longer than planned. The days were filled with not very much other than the odd walk to and from the beach and of course to the corner shop which sold 1.2 litre beers for $2. Heaven!
We've sinced crossed county first to San Cristobal where we rode horses in the rain into the hill villages. Next we visited Polenque to see some ruins dating back to 100 BC. 7 hours here were not wasted WOW. We unfortunately spent the night with the hippies in a shed in the middle nowhere. Turning up to day 3 of the hippiest hippy festival at the end of the Mayan Calendar is not a smart idea. Not just because of the scary looking 3 days without sleep people floating around 2 feet from the ground and the endless beating Of a drum in the distance but because there is no accommodation left ... except for the shed with 3 beds and considering there was 5 of us it wasn't such a comfortable squeeze. Nevertheless we enjoyed the night laughing and letting off fireworks inside and outside of our shed ensuring our presence was known no doubt.
MERIDA was the place for Christmas for us and the place for visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World - Chichenitza. Mayan temples dating back to 900AD and even more impressive than Polenque due to how well that have been preserved. Many still keeping their form and colour. The main temple looked just like the pyramid from The Apocolypto where they chopped he heads off and let them roll down the steps! Scary!
Christmas Day we ate prawns on the beach with cocktails and coronas for 5 hours... all we could eat and drink for $30- I love this place!
Now we are on the road to CANCUUUUUUUN wooohoooo.... Actually no we are escaping the hype and instead heading to the idyllic Isla Mujeres.