Not Pretty!

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Posada Ganesha

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Friday, September 30, 2011

After a 5 hour bus journey up to San Cristobal de Las Casas at a height of 2000 metres, the temperature dropped from dripping hot to a cool 20 degrees. This was about the time London was experiencing their hottest ever October temperatures ever. Go figure!

It was Dee & Mario's turn to find a hostel and what a quaint little spot Posada Ganesha turned out to be. They have friendly staff, Indian decor, yoga classes in a dedicated quiet room, candles and incense for sale, and Indian trance music creating a special ambience. At first, there was only one other guest but near the end the hostel was filled to capacity i.e. 16 people. The upside? More people to socialise with, especially a cool Dutch couple, Ivo and Willeke! The downside? The hostel is not set up to handle these numbers. With only two communal bathrooms with a shower and toilet each, getting ready in the morning is a challenge especially if everyone needs it at the same time! Then on two consecutive nights the water supply was turned off for some reason?! No water at the sinks, in the shower AND in the toilet!!

That's why one night I was forced to have a very embarrassing conversation with the night security guard at 5am, half-asleep and in slow Spanish: "Tenemos un problema grande! No hay agua en el bano. No es muy bonita porque tengo diarrheoa!" (We have a big problem! There is no water in the bathroom. It's not pretty because I have diarrheoa!).

Yup, it was my second bout of diarrheoa since our travels started. My stripes have been well and truly earned, in a manner of speaking! As deeleecious as Salvador's home-cooked meals were, all 3 of us suffered from an instant bout. Except mine lasted a further 4 days!

Other than that...
We loved this town - the persistent yet intriguing indigenous grannies selling colourful tablecloths; the kids selling sweets/gum or offering to shine our flip-flops (easy to say they should be in school but this is a different world); the array of pedestrian walkways; ornate churches each with their own plaza, street food and fruit stalls; plus a wide range of restaurants and bars. We enjoyed the live music at Revolucion Bar so much that we returned the next night, dragging Ivo and Willeke with us. We won't mention the bar that lured us in with no-strings-attached-free-shots that we downed and left! *cringe*

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