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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca July 25th 2006

It´s so long to Mexico City and off into central Mexico, Oxaca State.... Mexico City to Pueblo Took a collectivo (VAN for 10 people) from Mexico City to Oxaca, via Pueblo. Mexico City to Oxaca (pronounced wohaka) is about 7 hours or 500 KM. This is where I met two Brits and a New Zealander (photos attached). On the way, we did a short stop (2 hours) in Pueblo (pop 1.3 million, elevation 2162m) which is a very Spanish city. I mean they didn’t want independence from Spain when the rest of the country broke away.... even today they are a little estranged (snobby) apparently. This town was also a major base for the Catholic Church, with some 70++ churches used to convert the natives. Overall it was a nice clean town though, with some wonderful ... read more
Two Belgians in Mexico City!
Bussing it with two Brits and a KIWI!
Pueblo City Centre

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque July 25th 2006

A short bus ride from San Cristobal and we've arrived in the hot, sweaty jungle.. EVERYTHING is very damp after a night of rain under a thatched roof, our clothes smell and our books are curling! No rooms where we originally wanted to stay, so are staying in a sweet but fairly basic room in the middle of the jungle - on the road out of Palenque on the way to the ruins. Shared bathrooms on the camp site (no so nice!) .. but lovely to be able to hear the jungle sounds.. though a few too many spiders webs and big moths in our room for my liking! Palenque ruins are amazing.. we only visited about 5% of the buildings that are hiding in the jungle (the areas that have been excavated and uncovered).. though ... read more

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque July 25th 2006

San Cristóbal de las Casas San Cristóbal sits high up in the mountains in the southerly state of Chiapas, just a few hours from the Guatamalan border and it´s cool climate so different from other ´nearby´towns in Mexico that it´s like a different country. The overnight bus - 12 hours from Puerto Esconidido - was no where near as traumatic as it had threatened to be, although I am glad it was too dark to see the cause of the winding roads. Actually, despite the near-arctic conditions on board, I slept a lot better than I did the last 2 nights in the horrible, sweaty, busy youth hostel. The town is full of little low colourful, cobbled streets and being in a gentle valley means that there a quite a lot of nice views without any ... read more
StreView from Cerro San Cristòbal
The waterfall whose name I cant remember - something like Miso-Ha
Oh the fear!

North America » Mexico » Nuevo Leon » Monterrey July 24th 2006

(I promise you won't be getting updates this often... it's just that a lot has happened in the first week here, and I took lots of photos I wanted to post before I forget about them.) Pues, ¿dónde empezar? Saturday 7/22 Jorge picked me up at my hotel (after several--about 6-- attempts at getting a hold of me). He's really nice, super lindo, and very very eager to help out an extranjera (foreigner) who has no idea how to go about finding an apartment in this city. It was great because we drove over to campus, he took me up and down some of the streets, showed me different campus buildings... how cool is this?!: two of their campus buildings have nicknames like licuadora and servilleta because they look like a blender and napkin holder, respectively. ... read more
Museo de Historia Mexicana y yo
Las Monjitas

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun July 24th 2006

New Blog dedicated to my trips only ^^ So on July 7th, I decided to go to Mexico with my sister. It's cool that she could take days off whenever she wants. We took a last minute trip on the internet, and I must admit that I didn't even have time to prepare what to see, how to speak with the local people etc. I regret it, but anyway, I had discovered a very nice country. I'll go back for sure! ... read more

North America » Mexico » Morelos » Cuernavaca July 24th 2006

I survived a WET Monday back at school!! It started raining last night while I was walking home and was still raining when I woke up this morning. Now it's 2:30pm and it just stopped raining!! Made for an interesting walk to school this morning.... There were about 10 of us Americans all walking along the busy Avenida Morelos squealing and throwing our bodies against the wall to protect our clothes from the gallons of water being splashed at us from the bus drivers who get enjoyment from our pain. But at least we were all drowning in our misery together!! If I haven´t explained it before, every week I will have a new teacher and a new class set-up, so it's kind of exciting to check the master list on Mondays to see where I've ... read more

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque July 24th 2006

Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. 22nd July - 24th July. After a windy, but gorgeous scenery, 5 hour bus journey we arrived in Palenque and took a taxi straight to the Lonely Planet's recommended jungle cabanas....which of course were all fully booked. So we found an alternative in a place called Mayabell. We got a room for USD20 per night, which had a thatched roof, a bed, a ceiling fan and not a lot else except cobwebs and small creatures! The shared bathrooms were pretty grim, they have a large swimming pool but again the cleanliness is to be questioned. The food was good but the staff were completely miserable....a real let down after we have met so many really lovely people in is not on my recommended list of places to stay for sure! The following ... read more
Mayan Ruins, Palenque
Mayan Ruins, Palenque
Mayan Ruins, Palenque

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City July 24th 2006

Okay, what can i say about Mexico city...... WOW! Totally not what i expected!! Vital Statistics Population: 19 Million ++ Elevation: 2280 M Land Area: Huge Polictical Demonstrations Firstly, i was staying in the city central historical district and on my first day there, the good people of Mexico City decided to hold demonstrations due to the problems with the recent election! GREAT! There were people and police everywhere (not sure how many turned up but you can imagine with a pop of nearly 20 million it doesnt take much commitment to get a few 100K of people!!). Regardless i did go in and take a look and overall it was pretty calm with no violence or arrests.... certainly an interesting first day. Frankly speaking, wandering around for the first few hours i could not even ... read more
Zocolo Central
Coffee in Mexico!

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Mazunte July 23rd 2006

Mazunte was a very relaxing place, within a couple of days I’d made a couple of local friends and met a nice Swiss girl called Andrea. She gave me good tips for San Cristobal in Chiapas state. I also found a much cheaper place to stay run by Juanita and her lovely family who seemed as fascinated with me as I was with the place. Have to say though on the first night in my cheap and cheerful room the mosquitoes feasted like it was thanks giving. Boy they got my arse, literally. Those of you who know how I feel about mosquitoes love of my blood will know I wasn’t best pleased about getting 10 bites on my bum. Yes 10 bites, I was well vexed. I mean to say, did they have to call ... read more

11hrs and some puke later, I arrive in San Cristobal as sick as a dog. Vomiting all over myself half way through the longest bus ride I've taken yet was only the beginning. Not much fun trying to stop yourself from puking for 6hrs whilst still covered in the 1st lot of puke, but I managed. Had to catch up with myself for an hour before I could cross the road from the bus station to the nearest hotel, where I lay all day and puked some more. The next day was similar, I don't know if it's a good thing that I enjoyed the meal so much that did this to me. Even in my deepest darkest illest moments (they were to come), I still had to say, 'damn that was a tasty meal', perhaps ... read more
Break out 2
Break out 3
Break out 4

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