Gringo Town

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
Trip End Sep 04, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Sunday, February 3, 2013

We left Guerrero Negro and headed over to the east coast of Baja down to Baja Concepcion and struct the most beautiful coastal scenery. One side desert, the other beautiful crystal clear turquoise water. There were campos scattered along the way (camping areas where the Gringos bring their big rigs and set up right on the waters edge) some have developed and become permanent dwellings, just like little villages. They own the structure but not the land. They come for about 4/5 months of the year, much like the "grey nomads" at home. We called in to have a look at one of the permanent communities and managed to get a room in the bakery. It was very basic and was actually part of the cafe, our door opened into the dining area, so so funny. We met a table of American guys, one lived in the campo and the other had just purchased one of the dwellings. They were so nice, we ended up spending the afternoon and night with them and Gary did the builders inspection. Lucy who ran the cafe and did the cooking was fabulous, fresh pasteries right outside our door and the best Mexican we have tasted, plus dirt cheap. Mexico is more expensive than we imagined so this was a rare find. We also met a couple who recently moved in - Don and Nancy. They have just finished a 35 year voyage around the world. So interesting, we had breakfast with them and were fascinated by their tales of adventure. Nancy is a teacher and still returns to England for 2 months each year to teach Shakespeare. They hire an American to teach Shakespeare to the English kids, go figure!!!! Brandon and Troy, the 2 American guys are staying in Loreto, so we are planning to catch up with them there.
We are now in Loreto a lovely coastal town, which has been partially developed as many gringos come here, it is still very quiet though, again the economic crisis and the drug trade has hurt this place. Americans are fearful of coming to Mexico and the airfares are very, very expensive. Many of the hotels are empty and few people in the restaurants, so sad to see. While walking in the town today we passed a restaurant near our hotel roasting a pig on the spit. The owner enthaustically encouraged us back for dinner, so back we went. Very cool place, the bar was an old boat, with surfboards as counters. The pork was good but not a patch on my brothers spit roast, Mike
yours would put these Mexicans to shame. Our accommodation is very mexican and comfortable. The

owners Mike and Julie are very helpful despite us flooding the unit with another toilet disaster. Not our fault this time, the cistern cracked after I flushed and the water just kept pouring out until Gary located to mains.
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Lindy on

What an amazing trip you are having, so much in such a short time really. Enjoying the reading, will keep the team informed

Renee Walker on

You and the toilets... again!!!??

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