Sunny Acapulco

Trip Start Jun 11, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2005

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Acapulco is no longer the city of lore and legend. It's kind of a shit hole, actually.

It's much more Mexican than say Cancun or Mazatlan. That's a good thing. I don't like Cancun, and Mazatlan is only cool because I went there with 25 close friends and we drank like fish for a week.

I expected Acapulco to be swarmed with tourists, which I wasn't looking forward to. Lindsey and I liked being in Mexico, speaking Spanish, feeling far away from home. We weren't ready to be surrounded with demanding and obnoxious Americans. Of course, I'm not saying that all Americans are obnoxious. Only the rich ones. But the poor people smell funny. I guess you just can't win.

I'm pretty sure we saw a total of 10 Westerners the entire time we were there. And they were limited to the nice side of the beach. Our hotel was nine miles from there.

But we actually had a really nice room. We splurged on AC, which in Acapulco is hard to live without. And we spent three days either walking or laying on the beach. As we walked we entertained ourselves with an Acapulco scavenger hunt. Here is a list of things that can be found in the sand:

1. a shoe
2. chicken bones
3. a mattress (twin, no box spring)
4. broken glass
5. syringe casing
6. shrimp heads
7. bottle caps
8. peanut shells
9. Tetanus and Hepatitis

That was a great time. When we just laid around on the beach, trying to get some sun and relax, we would constantly be bombarded by peddlers selling the most random of goods. Let's think about what would be a good thing to sell to people as they lay on the beach. What I wanted more than anything was a Sprite. Or any cold and tasty beverage would do. Here is what was offered instead:

1. tacos
2. mango on a stick
3. scavenged shrimp
4. cotton candy
5. ball point pens
6. Tattoos
7. your name on a grain of rice
8. massages (sans the happy ending)
9. Tetanus and Hepatitis

All in all, the visit to Acapulco was a success. It was a great way to wrap up a trip. A vacation after all the traveling. From there we headed back to Mexico City - Lindsey to catch her flight, me to try to survive another 30 hour bus ride back to the States.
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