Ring of Fire:Puerto Escondido

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Jul 29, 2008

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hola Amigos!
Nik and I have been in Puerto since Thursday and itīs been pretty sweet thus far. 

We arrived in Mexico City first for a quick stop-over.  The guy we sat with on the plane there told us that there was 18 million people in Mex. City!!  We found everyone in the airport to be super helpful...we had NO idea what we were attempting to order for lunch.  I thought I ordered a chicken sandwhich, but I think we ended up with some potato-salad conconction, despite the fact that 2 english-speaking people had helped us by this point.  We figure the potatoe sandwich was really a best-case scenario, delicious!!

Puerto is sweet though expensive!! As a result, we are staying at a dive of a hostel, though at least our room is clean!! We we met a dude from New Jersey at our hostel right away.  We got an Ok price for our hostel and then Joel (dude from NJ) said he would show us around.  He spent about 5 hrs showing us around.  Stuff like local watering holes, cheap internet, where the market is and other various things.  So all in all we might have bought him like 2 beers and a cab ride.  Total cost about $5 CDN not too shabby for a tour of the city. 

After we were thinking to our selves why is this guy so helpful.  Well that night we were talking to an other couple that Joel was showing around and she mentioned to us to stay away from a sketcy American, ie Joel.  She said that she had lent him 300 pesos ($30 CDN) and she told him she was leaving the next day.  So she waited around all day, no Joel, and then 30 min before she left town she told us the story.  She wanted to leave him a nasty note and throw his tent in the pool.  Joel was staying in a tent while at the hostel.   I advised her that those actions would be pretty harsh so I suggested that she soak his sleeping bag and other belongings because then the tent would look dry, but, when he wanted to go to sleep it would be soaking wet....hahhhahahahah.  So she finished up her dirty deeds and then took off to the bus terminal.  About 5 mins after she left Joel shows up with some chick to bring to his tent.  He goes to his tent then runs back out past reception and tries to track the two down.  No luck...comes back to reception, rants and raves and then he said he when to the police staiton to get the cops to to to Oaxaca (town where the bed wetters went).  This was probabally all bullshit on behalf of Joel, but it makes for a good story.

The next few days we have been going to the local market, stolling down the dead cow head aisles and fruit aisles and the trinkity crap aisles.  Pretty good time.  Nik bought a Mexican wrestling mask but didnīt try it on first...turns out that he can barely get over his head...

Yesterday we went to the beach here at Puerto (Carazaillo) drank coconut juice from a coconut, ate guacamole, had some beers and then worked on our tans.  We occasionally swam 2 or 3 times yesterday, but, Sarah after the first time didnīt go back in the water cause the water had a sheen of garbage floating on the top...gross!!  But still more refreshing than sweating buckets in the city! So it was fun!  We met some Californian engineers who are also seeking career changes - The guy is a prof at Humbolt in Cali and his program is also on Sustainable Engineering (like the prof I (Sarah) met with in Toronto) so that was pretty cool!! He also hooked us up with a few more volunteer places to try, oneīs he has also been involved with - it was a pretty fateful meeting I think!   Nik rented a surf board for a few days and took it out yesterday.  Man did I (Nik) ever get worked by the waves, nothing like Tofino.  Stayted out for a bit and after my nipples were pretty raw from the sand on my board I paddled in.  All in all it was a good day.

Last night we had some awesome tacos, we have no idea what we ordered.  Sarah ordered the one that appeared to have the least amount of meat and I ordered the plate with the funniest name (it had lots of swiggles and umlauts).  We went to dinner with this Chilean that we met at the hostel, and he bet me 100 pesos to eat a spoonful of hot spicy picante.  I did it and it burned and this morning it burned on the way out.  So I am gonna collect my 100 pesos for that move.  The food there was awesome the place was called Mixteca and it only cost us about 120 pesos (12 dollars) for both of us to eat and have 4 beers each.  Pretty fun. 

We are going to be leaving Puerto today or tomorrow and head for San Cristobal.  I hear there are Zapatistas in the area.  Maybe we will join and start a revolution.  Ciao Ciao from Puerto Escondido! Nik y Sarita.

PS - first lesson learned is that EVERY hostel room must come with a fan!! I did not think it was possible to sweat as much as we have these past few days!!
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