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Published: January 30th 2016
Aboard the California Star ferry crossing from La Paz in Baja California Sur to Los Mochis in mainland Mexico. And reflecting on the last two weeks of our travels.
After leaving LA via bus from Long Beach LA to San Diego.
We loved San Diego lay back city and very friendly. Strolling through the city and the board walk on sunny days, people enjoying the promenade cyclists, walkers and dog walkers we felt it wasn't unlike Brisbane. We found the Saturday food markets that offer a array of food tasting of local produce from Guacamole, Cheeses, Chilli dips and Salsas and wines. With the emphasis on the Mexican cuisine. A clean city with easy light trolleys and buses. We visited the Aircraft carrier The Midway a WW2 aircraft carrier which was fabulous, it enabled me to see what a aircraft was like, as Dad on the Empire aircraft carrier during the war. In port were also modern day war ships which are massive compared to the WW2 vessel.
We watched the Sea Loins greet the fishing boats and wait around for the scraps. I am falling in love with these animals and I could watch them all day
WW2 Air craft carrier Midway
if allowed, barking at one another and trying to attract the attention of any interested females around.
After a few days we sadly caught a trolley (light rail) to Tijuana Mexico, and feeling very apprehensive too on what to expect. In a hour we were at the border town. As in any border towns we have visited they always seem to be a bit rough and ready and Tijuana was no exception. Boarder control was a breeze and quickly passed through and were among the many Mexican hawkers selling everything. Streets lined with Pharmacies selling all kinds of medications. Mostly Americans who probably find that the drugs sold in America are quite expensive, so if they haven't got Medical insurance I am sure they would find it cheaper to travel to Mexico to obtain cheaper medicines. Dental care also, we have been told that the dental care here in Mexico is also to be very good, saving Americans lots of money" like thousands "And then there are the little blue pills" yes Viagra we never stop laughing with all the boys who tried to sell them to us, we told them that Australian boys don't need them. 😉
Can't say I enjoyed Tijuana that much but it was a experience, people trying to get by selling this and that. And it gave a fast learning curb of Mexican food.
After two days we left on a bus to Ensenada another coastal town and a holiday destination for most Mexicans and a cruise ship stopover for most Californian ships, party town and we were in luck packed with American tourist all around 20 to 30 having a hell of a time, and us oldies joining in too.....we can party with the best of them, meeting lovely young ones who made such a fuss of the Australians. God bless them I don't know how they didn't miss the boat after so many Tequila shots. The coastal areas of Ensenada are quite dramatic and the water are beautiful and clear.
Mexicans care very much for the beauty of the country and so far we have found it very clean even while spots are old the Mexican people take pride in their waters and country side. The weather even though it's winter is quite warm during the day but evening still quite chilly. The Mexican people love their music, street
bands walk the street playing to the public. Loud and lively it's hard not fall in love with the culture and love of life these people have. I cannot believe that how passionate they are when it comes to the culture of family, food and music is truly contiguous. The more I see of Mexico the more I love it.
From Ensenada we took a over night bus the Santa Rosalie, an old mining town and to break our journey up of a 20 hour trip through the arid desserts of Mexico or should I say Baja. The bus trip was very comfortable and relaxing we would have loved to have driven but it would have proven too difficult going through so many country's with a hire car. Plus we had decided that we needed to experience central and South America this way. Local buses getting off the beaten track too.
We think that their could be more cacti in Mexico than Mexicans, although the desert offers amazing vistas and sky's and when you come to the ocean, the turquoise water against the red earth it's quite amazing. I feel like I'm in a spaghetti western driving along
taking in the scenery.
Santa Rosalia was an old timber town which was built on mining background a stop over for the night, we ate the best fish tacos we have ever eaten, so an early bus saw us leave and follow the coast down, passing remote beaches were travellers had moored their Yachts or camped their big RV's on the sandy beaches, what a life.
Winding down the Baja to La Paz and Carnivalē and also the American Super Bowl which was played whilst we were there.
We were recommended a quirky hotel, I'm still scratching my head. But it was quite different, it was like art meets junk shop each room had a theme, ours was Don Quixote, sun set painted walls and cow skulls, old parts of pots and pans, an odd tiled bathroom with made up welded pipes all very clean but all very eccentric. It took a while to get to sleep but after a few Tequilas no problems.
Breakfast was great, even though we greatly embarrassed ourselves. Glen more so, with cereals and jams and jellies, coffee. A group of Mexican ladies were sat at the table which had all
the breakfast items on and also a hot plate of ham and cheese flat bread toasts, Glen asked if we could take one each to which they agreed, then Glen thought they were quite delicious and went to get 2 extras and it was at this time I realised what we had done. These had been made by the mother for the family, and was a bit taken aback as we had invited ourselves to their breakfast and not only that had gone back for more.
I quickly apologised, as we hadn't realised that they were eating their own private food. They were so kind and saw the funny side and thought we were a bit nuts. I'm am sure they will dine on this story of the two Australians which ate their breakfast. I myself haven't stopped laughing and keep joking that the children were mortified because Glen ate their breakfast, their mother made more for them but they quickly ate them for fear that he would eat them too.
I am emailing this Blog to the lovely lady who shared her meal with us. We saw her later that day and asked her what time was
breakfast was in the morning, she giggled.😊
We watched the Denver Broncos defeat California Panthers and Coldplay play the interval of the big game. I won the bet, my team won. And we had a weekend of Carnivalē the best Mexican bands, loud brass and guitars.......magic. processions of floats and dancing, it wasn't Rio or Sydney Mardi Gras but it was fantastic. Beer, Tequila, Margaritas and very sore heads.
Now we are aboard the California Star Ferry and enjoying Karaoke Mexican style loud and even louder. For 8 hours!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S wow what a karaoke evening it was amazing and everyone got up a danced, haven't experienced anything like it. Way to take a ferry.
Sending you all best wishes and love Suzanne and Glen xxxx🌵🌮🎺🇲🇽🏜
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