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Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Buena Onda

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Friday, July 9, 2010

Our first nightbus went without any dramas, and I (Lou) managed to sleep for about 9 hours of the 13 hour trip which was a miracle and more sleep than I've had in a long time. When we arrived at Escondido we grabbed a cab down to the beach, called Playa Zicatella, in the hope of finding a cheap cabana to stay in. Everywhere was really full and it was still pretty early in the morning and hard to tell whether people would be checking out of the rooms later in the day. As we were wandering around we bumped into a german girl called Elfi who was also looking for a place to stay, and with her fluent spanish she called around a few hostels until we found one with availability. That is how the 3 of us ended up at Buena Onda, which was by far nicer than any of the other places we'd looked at, really cheap, right on the beach and run by the friendliest french couple in the world Pierre and Simona. We had to wait for a few hours until our rooms were ready, but it didn't take any time at all for the sun to get hot enough to justify a 6 pack of cold Sols, a good chat with Elfi about her six months of travels in Africa, and plans to do some serious surfing whilst we were here. Buena Onda indeed.

Player Zicatella is a world famous surfing beach, especially renowned for it's mexican pipeline. To say the waves were big is an understatement and as the 3 of us sat and watched the Quicksilver pros making it look so easy it became pretty obvious that we wouldn't be surfing at this beach. We met some aussie guys (of course) in a bar who were absolutely convinced that this was the place to surf for us...one of them had a broken foot, the other one was now travelling on his own after his best mate broke his neck. Ummm, tempting as it was to trust these guys and after attempting to swim and getting completely wiped out by the enormous waves, we headed to Playa Carrizallio instead, the so called 'beginners' beach. We spent the next 3 days surfing (Dan) / attempting to surf (Elfi) / drowning (Lou), meeting loads of nice people, drinking far too many beers, watching the final couple of world cup games (and of course wanting Germany to win third place), chilling on the beach, and traipsing around Escondido in search of the second class bus station. This was definitely worth the effort as we all saved around $40 each on our tickets to Mexico City, and as we were to find out the bus was pretty much the same as the first class buses that are quite expensive in Mexico. A wicked place to be, super chilled out vibe, friendly people, and could have easily stayed for a couple of weeks if we had more time.
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pilgrims-nest on

All of those beach photos are fantastic, what a lovely place to stay, To say that i am jealous would be an under statement.

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