Archive for April, 2012

Roca Blanca

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Mexico

We decided to go for a drive yesterday with Miguel, Adi and Miguel’s friend Gustavo.  For the first time since we’ve been have the surf was small and messing so we left the boards at home and just went to hang out at a beach called Roca Blanca – about half an hours drive from Puerto.

Miguel and Gustavo (or Tebo as he is called) chucked in a couple of bodyboards just in case.  We had to pick Adi up after work at 2  and none of us had eaten lunch yet so we got there and decided to get some food straight away.  There was the typical setup of some shaded areas with hammocks and a couple of women working a kitchen at each sitting area.  We pulled up a table at one and ordered a seafood plate for us all to share.  It was really good – fish, crabs, octopus, prawns etc accompanied by the usual salsa and Habanero chilli sauce.

Tina is really getting into the wonderful world of seafood (now that we know she is no longer allergic to shell-fish) in a big way.  She tried her first crab today and had a go at pretty much everything on the plate!!

After lunch we all went for a swim then as the tide changed, wind settled down and the waves got good.  Should’ve taken the boards after all – we blew it!!  We ended up sharing the 2 bodyboards and got some fun waves anyway.

It was late afternoon and we were getting ready to leave when Tebo thought her spotted something in the water – he started saying shark, shark in spanish, so we all run to the water’s edge to take a look.  There was defiantly something out there, we saw the fin come out of the water a few times just sorta cruising around maybe 100 – 150m off the beach.  I’m sure it wasn’t a dolphin.  It looked pretty small so I don’t think it was a problem…..?

Anyway it was a fun day at another of Mexico’s great beach’s.  We headed back to Zicatela while Miguel, Adi and Tebo went home.

 

Tina and I went for some sunset drinks at the restaurant across the road and ended staying for dinner.  Few Aussies turned up with a Pom and a Scottish guy so we got chatting to them for a while.  At some point one for the Aussie’s produced a Frisbee that had a changing colour light in it – very cool.  So we all ended up playing a huge game of night-time frisbee on the beach.

After we were all completely worn out (and my knee pretty darn sore again) it was home to bed.

The end.

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Shaun’s Thought for the day.

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Mexico

Only in Mexico – A couple of chicks kissing and a another chick riding a bodyboard upside down! Classic!

Puerto Escondido

Posted: April 25, 2012 in Mexico

Ok so we’ve been offline for a while, the internet has been down and we’ve been a bit slack with updating this blog.

Anyway here we are in Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca.  It’s really cool here, very laid back and friendly.  We arrived at the end of the Easter weekend and have been staying at a place called Swiss Oasis.  It is a nice little place, only has 8 rooms and the owners live here in their house – Manuela and her husband Rene.  They are really nice people Manuela is fluent in Spanish, English, French, German and of course Swiss.  She is very helpful offering heaps of advice to us about the place, where to eat and how to get around etc.  They had travelled for years before falling in love with Puerto – so they purchased and renovated this place.

The rooms are neat and tidy with an en-suite, ceiling fan, front and rear balcony, no TV or air con but very comfortable.  Ours has a Queen size bed and then a small mezzanine floor with a single bed up there too.  There is a communal kitchen, pool, court yard / entertaining area and well maintained gardens.

Puerto is home to the world-famous ‘Mexican Pipeline’ on Zicatela beach – and Swiss Oasis is right across the road from it.  This is a crazy beach break that holds swell of up to 10m!  We’ve seen it at around 3m which is still like 12 -15ft face waves so 10m would be psycho!  The big wave season is later in the year around July / August.  The locals say you stand on the beach and feel the earth shake as the waves break.  Because it is a beach break it is only about 50m out to sea breaking on a sand bar about 2m deep – experienced surfers and fools only!

There are so many other good waves around however.  I have been surfing La Punta which is a left hand point at the south end of Zicatela.  It’s a fun wave but can get really crowded and you have to fight pretty hard some days for waves.

Tina has been surfing Carrizallio which is a really nice beach.  Its setup like a small bay with perfect long board waves breaking on either point.  She has been getting at least 3 lessons a week and has moved from an 11ft mal down to a 7ft mini mal and is surfing really good.

There are a few other beaches we’ve managed to surf and are starting to learn which winds suit which beach.  Tina’s instructor is a local surfer named Miguel and he has turned out to be a champion bloke.  He is 30 years old and just loves the ocean.  We have been hanging out with him quite a bit.  We’ve had a couple of meals with him and his wife (Adi) and friends.  It seems as though he has made it his person mission to take us around and surf all of his favourite waves in the area – hell we’re not complaining, like I said top bloke!

We’ve met quite a few other travellers as you’d expect. When we turned up to Swiss Oasis there were a Kiwi couple from Wellington – Tom and Penelope staying here.  A few days later another of their friends Henry arrived.  They had all just spent a season snowboarding Canada and had made their way down here for some sunshine.  They all surf.

So we’ve hung out with those guys a fair bit.  Along Zicatela there are heaps of beach bars and restaurants that look out over the ocean.  We have found some really good food.  Puerto in spanish means Port and at the end of Zicatela is a headland that forms a protected bay were all the local fisherman operate out of.  So there is an abundance of fresh seafood which we have been making the most of.  You can find some really cheap but good meals around and there is also the top places to eat at – most of the large resorts have fine dinning.  However we have come to realise that the best food is mostly the cheaper places that the locals frequent.

There is a small Cafe called Mangos about 30 seconds walk from Swiss Oasis that do the best fruit and veggie juices.  The food is real good too.  Tina and I have often walked away from there completely satisfied and still have change out of 200 pesos (less than $15).  We usually head there each morning with the kiwis early for a juice and check the surf.  We have found a couple of other little favourites that we seem to keep returning to.

While in Mexico City we met a guy from Adelaide named Dan.  He moved in to the same hostel a night or 2 before we left.  He was heading off to a couple of different place to us but was heading to Puerto eventually also.  Anyway he tracked us down on Facebook and let us know he was in Puerto.

We arranged to catch up with him for a feed 1 night at a place down the fishing boat end called Grottos.  Manuela recommended this place and we were not disappointed.  It was predominantly a seafood place and I ordered a half pineapple filled with seafood (brilliant!) Tina ordered a chicken Mole’.  Mole is a dish local to this area there are a few different varieties, the 1 Tina had was very dark (Mole’ is the sauce) it had like an almost chocolate taste to it.  Maybe not our favourite but well worth trying.  We’ll have to give the others ago too – I think they do a red and green 1.

After dinner that night we were all real full so we decided to work it off a bit and walk the beach on the way home – about 15 mins via the sand.

We have had a few drinks at a little bar on the beach that we call the Skull bar (not sure of its real name) it has a skull out the front and a couple of coffins around the back on posts either side of a deck.  The bar itself is just a small round bamboo and timber structure with a rickety old deck and palm tree leaf roof.  It is in amongst some fairly nice restaurants but this place has two large speakers and just pumps rock and metal music all night!  It’s funny as, while these couples and families are eating their meals this small little bar is pumping out Guns n Roses, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue etc right next door!

Anyway as we’re walking back along the beach that night we get to the skull bar and figured we’ll head in for a beer to break the walk up.  There were 4 white people sitting at the bar and with hopes they weren’t gringos in we went.  We were in luck they were 4 Aussies from Merimbula – Clay, his sister Tess, his girlfriend Emma and their friend Steve.  All had and awesome night with these guys they were real funny and very much like us.  They had all made their way down from Canada snowboarding through the US to Mexico for a surf.  It was cool to hang out with some Aussies and hear about their travels, but they were all heading off in a couple of days so we knocked around with ’em for a couple of days before they headed back to OZ.

There are a few tours for tourists to do around Puerto.  We organised to go on a turtle and lagoon tour.  By this stage Dan had moved into our room up on the mezzanine for his last few nights – which worked out good making it a little cheaper for us.  A Canadian girl named Brandi had moved into the Swiss Oasis too and she was a biologist over here to study Spanish and do some bird watching or whatever.  There is also a Dutch lady Coco that has moved into the room below us.

So 4 of us (Tina, Dan, the Canadian and myself) headed off on this tour.  It kicked off at 6:30pm and we headed straight to a beach where this Mexican guy lives for 7 months of the year collecting turtle eggs from all over, then hatching them on the beach in man made nests then releasing them.  When we arrived we found out the turtles he was due to release that night had died.  Apparently they had some how been starved of oxygen in their nest.

He did have a tub with about 25 -30 baby turtles in it for a school group to release the next day, however sensing our disappointment he decided to get 5 out for tonight.  So we took them down the beach to the water’s edge and he drew a line in the sand – the five turtles were set down on the line then the race was on.  They all headed towards the water and were getting pounded by the waves, but one by one were washed out into the ocean.  Turtle man (I can’t remember his name) was telling us that only 25% that make it to the water will survive.

After that we headed to the lagoon.  It was interesting, our tour guide named Job was just talking on his phone the whole time in spanish so we just talked amongst ourselves.  Anyway we got to the lagoon and Job grabbed a spot light while we read a bit of info on the lagoon, which is called Manglar lagoon and has an amazing amount of bird life living in the mangroves that surround the water.  There is also a huge amount of fish and some crocodiles living there too.

We all got into a boat and headed of.  Job was driving the boat and spotting birds with the torch for us.  It got real funny because he just kept on pointing the same bird – Great Blue Heron.  Every bird we saw was a Great Blue Heron, Tina and I were laughing so hard at him, then he got back on the phone so he’s driving along and talking while spotting the birds and every 30 seconds or so yells out “Great Blue Heron”.

It was now completely dark and Job finally puts down the phone and asks us if we’ve seen the movie Avatar? We all say yeah and he says “look in the water – Avatar!”

We look over the edge and next minute there is a green / yellow glowing flash.  Then another and then I noticed the splash that the boat was making was all glowing too.  It was  Luminescent Phosphorescence, which is a sparkly plankton which has entered the lagoon through its connection with the ocean.  It was crazy to see, every fish or little critter in the water would create a glow with every movement.  We could put our hands in the water and it would all start glowing then when you pull your arm out all the water would be glowing as it beaded on your skin – unreal!

Next Job cuts the engine and says “jump in”.  After he assured us that there were no man eating crocs in the lagoon we got in.  This was freaky! as you swim around your whole body glows.  We could swim at each other under water and you’d just see this big glow coming at you, it was really something else!

After that we headed back to the shore, on the way we were lucky enough to see some Great Blue Herons! Hahahaha.

We organised a fishing trip with one of the local fishermen the next morning.  He had caught a 3.5m , 250kg Marlin a couple of days earlier.  We were out of luck that day however, we were out for about 5 hrs and got nothing!  We did see heaps of turtles and the Dolphins were hanging around the boat playing which was really cool – probably scared all the fish off.  When we got back to shore it seems it wasn’t just us but hardly any of the fishermen had got anything – must have just been one of those days.

Next it was back to the ever reliable Miguel for a road trip.  He had been telling us about a surf spot worth checking out called Chacahua. So he organised a car from his friend and at 6 in the morning Tina, Brandi, Coco and I joined Miguel for the day at Chacahua.  To get there we had to drive about an hour to another lagoon then jump in a boat and cross it, through the mangroves to the coast on the other side.

This was another great spot.  It is in a national park, so there is not much there apart from a fishing village.  There is a break wall along either side of the river that connects the lagoon to the ocean.  Waves break off the wall to the right and run about 200m along the beach.  It was a long paddle out but I got some really good long waves so it was worth it.

We had lunch had a sleep in the hammocks and just hung out there for the day.  It was pretty cool and I think we may head back again before we leave Mexico.

Anyway that brings us up to date so stay tuned.

Tina’s thought for the day

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Mexico

The only thing Moni would like most about Mexico is that she is average to above average hight over here! 🙂

transit

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Mexico

currently in transit between san blas and puerto escondido log in as soon as we can … photos to come

love us xxx

San Blas

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Mexico

Today we traveled by bus from Mexico city to the pacific coast state of Nyarit a small city called Tepic. This was a 10 hour journey over night … luckily the bus was 1st class with seats that lay ALL the way back!! headphones movies in mexican tehehe and a toilet… we tried to sleep a lot but the roads are very bumpy so it made for an interesting ride. From Tepic we took a local bus to the fishing village San Blas…. We have finally found the kind of Mexico we were after. San Blas is a small village right on the beach on the western coast of mexico. The main beach goes for what seems likes miles. The local accomodation offer surf classes and board rental. However it was pretty flat and onshore most of our stay.

We were in San Blas for easter weekend … little did we know that Easter is the biggest holiday in Mexico so everyone from the city heads to the coast. Our first day we walked down the beach to find thousands of mexican holiday makers family and all on the beach… we were the ONLY two white people… more to the point … the only two english speaking people in this town!!! Can you imagine us trying to talk to people who speak no english when we speak no spanish at all! very funny! on our second day here we met  a canadian boy (19) who also seemed a little lost. Our room was very big with 2 queen beds and a single so we took him in for the night. His name was Nick… we once again wondered around town/beach all day and went home to try and get the wifi to work at our accomodation (a nice little set of bungalows with a pool – the only room left in the whole village!).

We sat by the pool having a few beers when a local man walked by (his children were playing in the pool)… he also spoke no english… so what else would we do but ask him to sit down for a beer and a chat… we all became very good friends laughing and not really knowing what anyone was saying… our friend left us for a few minutes only to return with fresh oysters he had collected that day (he was a fisherman)… pulled out a plate of fresh limes and a bottle of hot sauce!

They were amzing… Thats right Tina ate her very first oyster!!! didnt die and did not spew!ha

He invited us all to the local plaza/square as he and his family were ‘having a party’… when we arrived at the square there were thousands of people dancing and celebrating, mexican brass bands playing on every corner… every 5m…. Who could be the loudest and attract the most dancers!?!?! and salsa… lots of SALSA dancing…. being the only white girl in a sea of mexicans tina became quite popluar with all the locals wanting to give her salsa lessons… we had lots of fun! Appart from Nick who got caught peeing in public and put in jail… the rest of our evening was spent with our new mexican friends and us trying to bail him out… this took what seemed like hours! Then home to bed! 🙂 a few more lovely days in san blas spent in the sun….

Mexico city

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Mexico

After a crazy evening with a bunch of aussies at our hostel we managed to get up for a tour of the city.

Was very nice to have an english speaking guide to point out all the history of the city. Did you know Mexico City used to be an island in the middle of a big lake… The Aztecs had one road running from north to south in order to get on to or leave the island. There were two large aztec temples on the island (one representing water and the other fire). After the spanish conquered Mexico city they drained all the water out of the City (and there was A LOT!!), tore down all the aztec temples and built theirs on top of them. So now the buildings are moving and the walls of all the building are slanting in all kinds of angles as the ground has shifted so much as it dried up. It makes the city and cathederals very interesting to walk around!

Throw a few earthquakes into the mix and its any wonder how the city is still standing. In fact there was an earthquake on our first day in the city over 6on the R scale, however we did not even feel a tremor… Dont worry mums! x

We ate some amazing local food the 3/4 days we were here and took a few pics… yum yum yum – still have not found any super hot chilli but we are still searching 🙂

PS police are EVERYWHERE in mexico we see them a lot but unfortunately they are 1 not very approachable with their machine guns and shot guns… 2 but also because anyone in mexico can pay to become a police officer so there is a lot of corruption etc…. we are staying safe 🙂