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La tortura :-)

Oh wow, it’s already three days since the last blog entry – and sooo much has happened. Okay, I’ll give you a quick roundup:

Flooded streets in front of our bus terminal (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)16 September: Our bus to Mexico City leaves at 6 p.m. – we’re getting ready and head to the bus terminal just before a heavy shower startet. I never thought that streets could turn into rivers in just a few minutes!!! The cars had to fight their way through the water and I was a little concerned about our 18 hours bus ride – but everything went smooth and we slid back to Mexico City.

17 September: Checked in at YWCA Hostel, got some hours of sleep and left for the airport at 1 a.m. the next morning.

18 September: We arrived at the aiport 4 hours before the flight left (which was about 7.20 a.m.), used the time to surf on the internet and spend the last pesos we had. Around 5.30 a.m. we thought it might be a good time now to check in… well, United didn’t agree! Their system brooke down, they were still dealing with a flight leaving at 6.20 a.m, checking in all the passengers manually, not giving out any information to non-spanish speaking passengers – it was pure chaos or as one of the mexican crew members expressed it: “We have no system” – yeah, that’s what we found out as well during the last 8 days.

Anyway we checked in at 7.30 a.m., rushed through security- and passport control and finally took off to Los Angeles at 8.30 a.m. :-)

- Isabell -

Relaxing in Puerto Escondido

On our whole trip we`ll always try to find a good combination of cultural parts and relaxing. After our sightseeing and the “mission” in Oaxaca it was time for sun, beach and the sea so we took the bus to Puerto Escondido, a surfer hotspot at the pacific coast.

I`m very glad we made it! It`s not like we never had bad bus drivers before but that one drove the winding mountain road like an idiot. Isabell pretended to be sick to make him drive a little bit slower, another woman vomited all along the way. Irony: It was an “Express Bus” – and although he drove so fast we had a delay of three hours in the end…

But after two days on the beach, everything seems to be forgotten. Puerto Escondido has a tropical climate, bright sandy beaches and big waves to jump into. And for our EIGHTTEEN HOURS :-( drive back to Mexico City we`re gonna take a more comfortable coach…

- Bernd -

Puerto Escondido (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Puerto Escondido (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Blogging under the palms :o) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Blogging under the palms :o ) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Puerto Escondido beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Puerto Escondido beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
 


Mmmh… Chapulines!!!

Oaxacan markets are known for several things: worldfamous mezqual, fabolous stamped tin ware, wonderful bouquets of flowers, leather sandals/bags/belts, embroidered textiles in any colour you can imagine and of course: Chapulines!!!

Now, when I heard Chapulines for the first time I thought about lil’ sparkeling handmade beads you can find at local mexican markets. Then they were mentioned in connection with food and I thought, “well, chapulines sound like some smallish colourful fruits you can find at local mexican markets. I was wrong and in case you aren’t a total spanish genius you still don’t know what chapulines are either – Chapulines are small, in garlic and chilli fried and with lemon seasoned grasshoppers you can find at local mexican markets.

If you wouln’t look at those lil’ guys for too long you wouln’t know that you just ate an insect – they’re very crunchy, a little sour but quite tasty!

- Isabell -

Necklaces at Oaxaca market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Necklaces at Oaxaca market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Chapulines – Grasshoppers (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Chapulines – Grasshoppers (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd eating Chapulines (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd eating Chapulines (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
 


Visiting Leandra

We used our third day for the transfer from Mexico City to Oaxaca de Juárez (wah-hah-kah) the capital of Oaxaca state. The six and a half hours drive became an eight hours trip as our first bus’ engine broke down, so we had to wait for another to pick us up :-D

Have you ever seen the giant redwood trees and thought trees can`t grow any bigger? Well, then you should come to Santa Maria del Tule nearby Oaxaca to see Árbol del Tule, a cypress with the biggest trunk of any tree in the world – it looks like a few trees grown together but in fact it is only one – huge and fascinating!
We visited the tree on our way to my colleague Karin`s daughter Leandra. She lives in a village about 3 kilometers away from the tree. Walking there we had the chance to get an impression of Mexicos countryside. People seemed to be interested in the two strangers – heads turned around when we walked down the streets. At some point we found Leandra and her stepmother on the street selling their homemade bread. Leandra was very friendly, it felt like we`ve been friends for years already. She took us to her farm, showed us the bakery with a large stone oven and she also gave us some ham bread to try – which was soooooo good, mmmmmh! :-)

- Bernd -

P.S. Best wishes to Karin and Roland, the package is delivered, Leandra was very happy!

Isabell in front of the Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell in front of the Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Lamb they put on our tortillas (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Lamb they put on our tortillas (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
At Leandra`s (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
At Leandra`s (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)


Teotihuacan

On our second day in Mexico we visited one of the most famous attractions – the ruins of Teotihuacan nearby Mexico city. It took us almost two hours to get there via Metro and bus but the price of 38 $M for both (per person; about 2.30 Euro) was ok and the ruins were just amazing. The archaelogical site with all its pyramids and platforms is pretty large but from the top of the Pyramid of the sun you have a perfect overview. Unfortunately, it started raining a few minutes after we reached the top so we got wet allover ;)
In the Amigo Hostel (which is clean and has private rooms on hotel niveau) we met a few guys from San Francisco, Australia and Lenny (from nowhere!). Over some beers he told us that he`s been traveling around the world for about three years now. I think there is no place on earth he has not yet been and no TRICK he doesn`t already know. Hope we`ll see him again some day!

- Bernd -

Isabell walking through the Ciudadela (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell walking through the Ciudadela (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View onto the sun pyramid (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View onto the sun pyramid (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Climbing the stairs to the see the Temple of Quetzalcóatl (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Climbing the stairs to the see the Temple of Quetzalcóatl (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Temple of Quetzalcóatl (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Temple of Quetzalcóatl (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the sun pyramid (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
View from the sun pyramid (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
   


Gangstas Paradise

Isabell & Bailey's (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)After a more or (for some of us ;) ) LESS convenient flight with our friends red wine and Bailey’s we reached a city that is said to be criminal and corrupt. So here we are: Mexico City! I`m not a friend of cliches but let me just tell you about our arrival.
Custom: Had to push a button, that lights red or green BY RANDOM – if it turns red, you loose the game and get your luggage controlled! :?: We won!
Money changer: After counting two times a Bob Marley like guy gave me the money. At the moment I started counting the money by myself he suddenly realized that he counted wrong before and gave me the missing amount…hm…okay, maybe he just needed a few minustes to think about it..?
Bernd & red wine (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)Order an authorized taxi: 127 Mexican Pesos, I paid with a 200$M bill, the lady gave me back something round about 40. “Em…I`m getting back 73″ – “Oh, sorry” (the lady drops a few more coins) – “Still less than 50, it`s 73″ – “Ooooooh, sorry” (Drops a few more bills, I count again, 71) – “71!?” – she wordless gave me the two missing Pesos and I really felt like breaking her neck.
Driving to the hostel: You’re waiting on a crossway for the traffic light to get green. Although it is DARK RED your taxi driver keeps hitting the signal-horn. Two policemen standing right next to the car don`t care. They also don`t care about that twelve year old boy walking on the street to juggle with machetes…

…sounds like circus? No, it`s GANGSTAS PARADISE…looking forward to see a little bit more of the city tomorrow :)

- Bernd -