Not So Epic Tepic

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Hotel Morelia
Hotel San Luis

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Friday, November 25, 2011

Leaving "home" was hard but the mini-adventure to get to Tepic distracted us.

Our options were to travel by coach via Puerto Vallarta or Buscerias. But both involved first travelling in the opposite direction. So... we did the only logical thing. We created a 3rd option! Hitchhike and/or flag down a bus on the main road.

After a 20 minute wait roadside we caught a lift with a San Marcos local. We are the same age but otherwise our lives are very different. We had a good ol' chat - about 25 minutes of solid Spanish-speaking! 

As suspected my fluency and vocab had vastly improved in the past 5 weeks thanks to Michel Thomas's audio lessons. But in gringo-Sayulita I couldn't benefit from it. There was no need. But now... I feel the need! We took a coach for the rest of the journey. Despite our best intentions we arrived in Tepic after dark. 

The first thing we noticed was that there were not a single gringo in sight. That is, bar the random at the bus station who said to Mario: "Hey, big guy!". We walked about 10 blocks to the Centro Historico, looking for Calle Morelia. According to our guidebook there were cheap yet central hotels. 

Christmas is well and truly on its way in this town. Decorations abound with Christmas trees and poinsettias (aka Christmas flowers) on sale in the local parks. We mostly dined on divine street food and gave our livers a break from the booze. Being 915.37 metres above sea level took some adjusting, having chilled at sea level for 5 weeks. Strange to think that less than 3 hours down the road you can have noticeably dry, tight skin and deflated hair. 

Tepic is very much a working city. Not much for tourists to do and see. Just locals going about their daily lives, making ends meet. 

It was here that I had the cheapest haircut ever! 25 Mexican pesos = 1.15 British pounds = 15 SA Rands. No inflated tourist prices here! I paid what locals pay. My instructions were simple: "Por favor, solo corta los puntas" (Please only cut the ends). So now I'm split-end-free!

On to the next town...

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