Page 2 of BecandChris Travel Blog Posts

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 18th 2019

Guest bloggers Catherine and Louise Benjamin Schliemann had put together a rather ambitious touring program of which we almost managed to tick everything off aided by Marco our competent driver First stop barrio of Coyoacán - home to Leon Trotsky, Frieda Kahlo and Cortes. Clashing opinions over the optimal route ensured Wilko with his trusty map and Chris ‘never been here before but know the way’ Never quitefound Cottes house, then came across a very colourful building with hundreds of people waiting around the outside. Much ‘discussion’ as to what it was but the bright cobalt blue colour should have given it away it was Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul ( blue house in Spanish) a must see in Mexico but a 1 1/2 hour ... read more
Beer Me!
Bald Dogs

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 15th 2019

Today we decided to walk up to the Archeological museum, Catherine's sister Louise and her husband Benjamin are arriving from New York. Breakfast was something I can't remember the name of with beans and ham and cheese in a hollowed out bread role with a hot salsa on top. Wilko took over directing with his trusty map and before you knew it we were confronted with an 8 lane expressway with a 6 foot wall that needed to be scaled in the middle. Wilko and I made it across in a daring run leaving the girls on the side of the road. While we waited a Mexican guy came up them and told them it was really dangerous to cross here (no shit Sherlock) and showed them where the crossing was. We were on the perimeter ... read more
Indiana Jones
Chiles de Nogado
Awful Beer

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 14th 2019

Carlos' call woke me this morning, apparently Steve Smith failed to get the 200 runs required. Let us down again. I forgot to mention that Carlos actually has a wife although he never introduced her. She is at Coca Cola, she is Fillipino, but doesn't speak Spanish. I asked her whether the office spoke Spanish and she said "they do now" so I guess she is senior. At breakfast an older American lady sat with us she arrived in a fit of coughing and I told her she'd better not make us sick. She did give us a recommendation for good coffee so at least we were able to cross that one off the list. Today we are driving out to Teotihuacan to look at the Pyramids. Our driver Aryton did the 1.5 hour trip in ... read more
Buying Juice

North America » Mexico » Mexico City » San Ignacio September 11th 2019

I woke in a cold sweat realising that I had lost my visitor card and dreamt about being confined to a Mexican jail. I was greatly relieved to discover that Becs has deliberately thrown hers out! Apparently you can't leave the country without them and you should keep them with you at all times. Victor at our hotel advised against going to the Immigration office due to the "I don't mean to be racist" queues of Africans we'd encounter. Haven't seen any African yet so presumably they are routinely unsuccessful or still in the queue. Empanadas for breakfast and then we met our guide Santiago who was a massive disappointment for the girls who had specially booked the tour guide based on the photo on the website. Either Santiago had aged unkindly or the photo was ... read more
Wilko's Green Backpack
Capitalists exploiting workers (I think)

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 9th 2019

It's a beautiful day in Sydney as we wait for the Wilkinsons to arrive at the airport. Predictably the train from Roseville was running late and Wilko had to wait 10 minutes for the guy beside him to finish his SMH. I believe they are currently just trying to find how to get to the Business check in from the railway station. Becs and I are having a leisurely breakfast and a champagne. The flight was uneventful with a 4 hour break in LA for our flight to Mexico City. AeroMexico Business was surprisingly good, kind of like Emirates but better, the only disappointment being that they didn't serve Mexican food. First impressions of Mexico are very positive. Firstly everyone is very short, including our party (except Wilko) which means I can tower above most of ... read more
Bikini Girls
Dwarf Throwing

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Goolwa December 10th 2018

Firstly I'd like to apologise to all my followers for the tardiness of the blog for the final day, especially my Nigerian friends and the lady enquiring how long it would take to float a caravan down the Murray. All I can say is that the celebratory dinner at the Wellie Hotel was exceptional and involved Wilko singing a rousing song to the tune of Old Man River which elicited cheers and applause from the other diners (although it did get us kicked out of the hotel at 6.30), the Adelaide Test, a channel 7 weather reporter and a 3 day drinking binge which culminated in Wilko and I waking up naked in bunk beds surrounded by toys. We set out from the Wellington Hotel and headed towards Lake Alexandrina. The route is initially well marked ... read more
View from Wilko and Adam's
View from Mike, Brooksie and my accommodation
Murray Mouth prior to rescue

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales December 6th 2018

Another early start. As I was wandering around town looking for coffee I had a chat to one of the locals with a huge friendly dog. He’d retired in Morgan and why wouldn’t you! He directed me to the Road House. The roadhouse was manned by a sullen red headed 16 year old who was enjoying every moment of the job. I was having trouble looking over the counter but I’m pretty sure black tights were involved. There were numerous small children in school uniform running around. Now it seemed unlikely that she was the mother but you never know in regional SA. Because I was a tourist and carrying 3 coffees she made sure they were so hot it was almost impossible to carry them. Back at the caravan park great progress had been made. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales December 5th 2018

We woke to the gentle sounds of quarrying and packed up camp to head into Berri for coffees. We had a lovely relaxing time. Even though Mike had taken my boat apart the night before we hadn’t located the problem that was causing my boat to sink. Brooksie had been murmuring something about “checking the bungs” . While we were in Berri we workshopped it over again and decided that it might be worth trying the bungs. As it turned out the o ring on one of the bungs was shot. We picked up a couple of spare O-rings at SuperCheap and new bungs at the camping place. Brooksie bought an opulent new lilo and one of those old man straps you put around your neck so you don’t lose your glasses. We were having a ... read more
Keeping the lockmaster company
Wilko smoking a joint

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales December 4th 2018

This morning Wilko was leaning down to pour some water when he cried out in pain and collapsed to the ground. Now everyone who knows Wilko knows he doesn’t take a dive, although in this case it was close to washing up time. It turns out his back was gone. I did my best to make him comfortable, but as you all know this is closely run adventure. There is a pact that the boys have but it is possible we hadn’t told Paul. While I was assisting him, Brooksie and Mike had already agreed to leave him behind with a tent, a sleeping bag and a fishing rod. Luckily, for Paul, he seemed to improving. I topped up the oil in the old 2 strike and we headed off. Adam was in the navigators chair. ... read more
Amazing  Cliffs
The Famous Renmark Club

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales December 4th 2018

Today was the real test of the plan. Our longest day circa 228 kms, longest between fuel stops and the most locks (4). There was a general feeling of foreboding! Heightened by the fact that because of the big day Brooksie had to forego his usual breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and grilled tomatoes. Instead there was a lot of complaining about skim milk and Vita Brits. As always the Murray River is spectacular and this stretch is much wider, and more populated than what we had experienced on the other trips. We arrived at Wentworth without incident, although the woman at the bakery store wouldn’t give Brooksie her name even though she’d asked for his when he ordered coffee. We had a chat to a couple who had purportedly come down the river from ... read more
Lock 9
Devils Elbow

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