Feliz Anos

Trip Start Dec 08, 2004
Trip End Dec 07, 2005

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Friday, December 31, 2004

We moved out of town for New Year and headed for some Robinson Crusoe styley livin!

It has been Fantastic! We bought a tent and hitched to a tiny peninsula called Tenacatita which has a coral reef and turquoise waters. I say hitched but what actually happened was we were just walking along the road with our packs, preparing to hitch, and a car with a family pulled over asking where we were going and offered us a lift. We assumed they must be going to the same place but when we got to Tenacatita, which is really remote and along way off the main road, they turned round and drove in the direction we came! They actually went 40km out of their way to drop us off! People are so kind and helpful especially when you tell them that you are from England where English came from and not Americano.

Anyway, we have spent the last 6 days snorkeling and sunbathing by day and sitting by camp fires star gazing and eating by night. The peninsular is very thin and we camped on the other side to the reef and had a whole bay to ourselves. It also was the side where the sun set so we watched the sun sink into the ocean every evening.

New Years Eve was pretty uneventful in the way of partying but it suited us fine. We were a little confused as to when midnight was as Mexican time is anything from a 1 - 2 hour difference depending on who you ask and my watch broke in our first week here. So we assumed that midnight was somewhere amongst the hours of sporadic firework displays seen from across the bay, green white and red, in true Mexican style.

I was fortunate not to have seen the New Year in a Mexican Hospital...... We were getting a fire going and i picked up an old charcoal bag i found in the bushes to use as tinder and Keith shouted "SCORPION!!!". I assumed he was joking and was like "yeah right where?" and carried on tearing up the bag. "NO SERIOUSLY TASHA ITS A F****ING SCORPION AND ITS NEARLY ON YOUR HAND!". And true enough there it was on the bit of bag i was just about to tear up right by my hand about 20cm long. Ummmm! After i had dropped the bag and we had both done a lot of running around screaming I was the one who got rid of it and put it in the bushes. Travelling with a man is so much safer? 1st lesson learnt check everything before picking it up! So we spent most of that night a little shaken, huddled together and flashing our head torches in the direction of every little noise, most of them imaginary.

The stars were fantastic we've never seen a sky so full of stars. There were no street lights for miles around so it got pitch black at night and the skies were clear. We saw some brilliant shooting stars too. That has been our evening entertainment watching out for them.

Keith in true hunter gatherer style caught a red snapper one night. He was very proud. So we cooked it on the fire yummy! We were told that one knock on the head with a stone would kill it in most humane way. So i thought if i was gonna eat it i'd kill it. One swift hit right? Not this fish, I had to hit it about 10 times, it just wouldn't die. I don't think i've got the right technique but it tasted gorgeous (sorry fishy).

We got chatting to a Canadian couple yesterday who had a sailing boat, they were living on the beach in an RV avoiding the winter weather in Canada. We managed to blag a trip out in the boat around the bay which was cool apart from been nearly knocked out by the boom a few times.

Thats about it really. We have come back to civilisation in desperate need of a shower (we stink) and to check email. We are going to start doing some proper travelling tomorrow and heading south to the state of Oaxaca ( Wah-HA-kah). Stopping on the way to "go loco down in Acapulco" for a night ( it would be rude not too) and see the famous cliff diving. Oaxaca is more tropical and has a strong gringo trail so we can meet more travellers and get tips on where to go etc. Plus we are having it easy with regards to temperature and climate up here so its about time we start toughening up for the tropics.

Anyway thats about it from us. I hope you all had a great Chrimbo and New Year! Most of you will back at work now Eeek! I love monday mornings!!!!

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