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December 13th 2009
Published: December 18th 2009
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In Mexico City the subway is really just an underground bus. Rubber wheels on rails. Bizarre, but apparently efficient. We arrived into Mexico City and after one night in the noisiest hostel I have EVER been in, we high-tailed it out of there to Oaxaca and the mountains. A fine three days were spent tramping around local villages and forests, with guides who only spoke Spanish. I don't speak Spanish. Not a word. Well, maybe a couple of words now, but being able to order a black coffee or a beer weren't very useful in the mountains. Luckily we had another traveller with us, who could do a little translating. The forests we hiked through were beautiful and we were able to get some good views over the region.

Spending three weeks in Mexico you have to see some ruins. We managed to see a couple. Pelanque was the most famous one, and it lived up to its reputation of impressive awesomeness. Big temples and pretty jungle. You know, the usual.

We also had some excellent beach time in Mexico on the pacific coast. We spent a week all told at two beaches. At the second one we were lucky enough to house/dog-sit for a night. It was a pimp pad up a hill with a great view over the beach. The owner of the house told us we should be able to see Orcas in the morning coming to feed by a rocky outcrop just out from our place. They had been coming every day for about a week, around the same time. We had a perfect view, so we set up camp and waited. And waited. And waited... The stinkin' orcas didn't know we were there to see the show apparently. Maybe next time.

Even though it seems cliche, it's true that people are into their mariachi music in this region. They particularly like to have it as an accompaniment to their fireworks. What's more there is no bad time for this sort of celebration. Four in the afternoon, three in the morning. Any time is a good time for fireworks and mariachi! It can take a little getting used to.

Due to time limits and the like, we were only able to visit some of southern Mexico. it was just enough to make me want to go back again. However, this time around we had to be heading south. So south it was.


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