Going Loco, Down in Acapulco

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Last night we thought we had managed to score a dorm to ourselves and so have a peaceful quiet sleep. But alas no. A group of 4 Mexican boys, who looked about 12, arrived during the night and proceeded to make loads of noise at 7am. Still we were checking out today so it wasn't all that bad.

Got showered and had the free brekkie again before checking out. When I went back to the room to grab my bags the little kids were perving out of the window into all the other rooms on the floor below. They probably stayed there all day!

The dumb Kiwi's had managed to find space in the hostel so we hung around waiting for them to get ready. Had to repack their bags 3 times before they were finally ready to go and we headed to the subway.

We thought they were dumb last night but we saw just how stupid they were this morning. They had no idea what they were doing, couldn't navigate their way around the subway at all (even though it was the easiest trip we've taken so far, it didn't require a single change) and hadn't even been out of the hostel in 3 days! These girls were on a round-the-world trip, in 2 months, and didn't know how to travel! We wondered how the hell they were ever going to find their way back to DF and I bet they got totally lost on the way!

Anyway, we caught the bus from the south bus station and were soon onboard our first long journey in Latin America. It was a really easy introduction. Comfortable seats, a couple of movies and only 5.5 hours. Still it dragged and I never thought it would end. The scenery was amazing as we climbed up through the mountains and into the cloud layer and back down to the beach.

The outskirts of Acapulco were an absolute hell hole. It was boiling when we stepped off the bus but also really sticky with the humidity. Quickly jumped into a taxi and sped off to the hostel.

It was miles away! All the way out in Puerto Marquez on the other side of Acapulco bay and a taxi ride away from everything. I hated it already. To be honest the hostel, Kingdom Hostal, was a goodie. Huge pool, amazing air con and free Internet, but with it's location I couldn't recommend it.

After a couple of hours everyone from the hostel, about 6 people, got in a minibus and went to a bar in town. Paradise apparently but it was a shocker! Tacky 18-30's style bar with expensive drinks/food and really bad music. We made some excuses and slipped away unnoticed.

Walked up and down the strip and every bar seemed the same. Paradise had a bungee jump attached though so we watched that for a while before jumping in a collectivo taxi (yellow strip on the side 10 pesos any journey) back to the hostel.

There had been a couple of Swedish girls at the bar that seemed really stuck up but they were back at the hostel shortly after us. They invited us for a few beers and they were actually really cool. Spent a few hours taking the piss out of the Kiwi girls before they returned totally off their faces with a group of under 16 Mexican boys. Acapulco sucks and it's a shame we paid for 2 nights because otherwise we would have been leaving tomorrow.
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