In My Mind I'm Going to Cabo San Lucas

Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
Trip End Jan 03, 2008

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

We woke up early this morning and Keith gave us a ride to the airport, which was very cool of him considering we left around 5:20am.  We caught our flight from San Diego to Phoenix, although we tried to give up our seats for two round trip tickets within the continental US (they had overbooked the flight).  Alas, it was not to be, and we flew in to Phoenix on our original flight, and then caught our flight to Cabo San Jose.  I looked down while we were flying out of Phoenix and realized how creepy that place is - it really shouldn't be there - it's in the middle of a desert.

I've never been to Baja before, so I had no idea what to expect.  There are mountains here and they're quite pretty.  The airport is not close to Cabo San Lucas, it's actually north a bit near Cabo San Jose.  We had heard about how taxis to Cabo San Lucas are 60-70 USD, and that the alternative is to walk a half mile to the highway and catch a local bus for about $2.50 USD.  Since we're doing this trip on a budget, we opted for the walk.  We actually started walking the wrong direction at first, and would have ended up god knows where if we hadn't decided to turn around and make sure that we weren't doing something wrong - we were...

So we caught the bus into Cabo San Lucas, I was very proud when I asked the driver "Cuanto cuesta para va a Cabo", which translates roughly to "How much for go to Cabo".  It wasn't perfect, but he understood, and it was the first time in my life that I've communicated with someone else in their native language.  I didn't completely understand his response, however I understood enough.  So we rode the bus in with the locals.

Honestly, there are really cool parts of Cabo San Lucas and there are lame parts.  The lame parts are the ones that are all built up with big fancy malls, and Home Depot and Costco.  The cool parts are luckily right around the Hostel where we're staying, with little taquerias and shops.  It's definitely a party atmosphere around here.  There are parts that are like Cancun, with someone trying to get you to come on a timeshare tour, or people asking you if you want to go on some sort of excursion.  It's great if you want to do that stuff, but they're really just trying to get your money.

The food is awesome.  There's this one place that serves a baked potato mashed up with about a pound of cheese melted on top and then carne asada on top of that.  Unfortunately one thing that we're noticing is that people sort of make up prices, as well as their own math and exchange rates.  You have to pay attention.  The first place we ate at actually undercharged us 10 pesos - the water we purchased wasn't on the bill and we tried to tell the little girl that we owed her more but she didn't quite get it (we gave her the extra 10 pesos).  Another kid told us that the exchange rate was 15 pesos to the dollar (it's 10.5 - 11), and then short changed us 30 pesos (Becky had to sit there and explain the math to him in Spanish and he just sat there and smiled until another coworker of his told him he was wrong).  Regardless, the food is great so far - we'll see how our stomaches react.

We met a few people at the hostel who are very cool, and I'm using one of their computers right now (french keyboard - the delete key says "Suppr").  They're upstairs drinking and having jalepeno eating contests (2 guys from australia and a couple from Montreal).  Most of the people here are younger than us, and lots of them are just coming into Cabo and then going home, however there are a few people that are going round the world.  It's fun to meet people that are in the same boat as you.  It reminds me of meeting people on the AT - you all have something in common and you usually share similar values.

Day 12 Expenses:

McDonald's Airport Breakfast: $5.92
Airport Pizza: $6.48
Flight for 2 to Cabo San Jose: $380


Room for 2 at hostel: 500 pesos
Bus from airport to town: 46 pesos
3 fish tacos and a water: 50 pesos
una cerveza y una pina colada: 100 pesos (total rip off - never go there again)
dinner: 133 pesos
bottle of water: 10 pesos
2 tecate beers: 18 pesos
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