Auryn and I are going to live and travel in Mexico for up to six months!
  • Day95

    Iguana Hostel

    December 29, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We're currently staying at Iguana Hostel! It's a super cute place with a chill vibe.

    All of the living corridors are separated, meaning you've got to walk outside to the shower, to the bathroom, kitchen, living room etc. This seems to be a theme of San Cristobal so far.

    We have had campfires, flow sessions (hula-hoop, poi, and juggling), and have gone to the local tapas bar with our hostel mates!

    We are staying in the dorms right now and it's actually kinda nice being around people! It's also only 80 pesos per night per person so the price helps. 😅

    We really like it here and are likely going to stay until after New Year. 😊
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  • Day92

    Boxing Day Wine and Tapas!

    December 26, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today we went to an amazing tapas bar!!! 😍

    We ordered 25 peso glasses of wine with tapas and it was delicious! We spent a few hours here throughout the course of the day and tried lots of their food, all of which is delicious and very well priced!

    We also tried Pox (pronounced posh) which is a traditional liquor of Central America, but is particularly popular in this part of Chiapas. It's made of corn, sugar, and wheat and has a very smooth and floral taste.

    I tried vino caliente (hot wine) for the first time and it was so tasty and festive! I think I might like it more than regular wine.

    After a heavy day of drinking I began to not feel so well.... So I took it easy for the afternoon before rejoining our friends back at the tapas bar where I rehydrated with *water* (no more booze for me), and had a proper meal.
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  • Day91

    Christmas Day in San Cristobal!

    December 25, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    🎄🎄🎄Merry Christmas!🎄🎄🎄

    First we woke up to some delicious breakfast at the hostel. We then pressed some tortillas and made delicious cheese quseodillas!

    We spent the afternoon going for a walk around town to find some Christmas cookies and coffees.

    In the evening we video chatted with both of our families! This was my first Christmas away from home, but everyone at home couldn't see eachother anyways due to the pandemic. So we had our family's Christmas gathering on video chat; we had Auryn and I in the first screen, my parents and brother in the second screen, my aunt and two cousins in the third screen, and my grandparents in the fourth screen. Talking was a bit of a fiasco sometimes, but overall it worked well and it was great to see everyone. 🥳

    Finally, we went back into town for some wine and tapas only to discover that it was closed! So we decided to order a pizza and have a bottle of wine and stay warm in our little hut. 😊
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  • Day90

    Christmas Eve in San Cristobal!

    December 24, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We made it to San Cristobal just in time for Christmas festivities!

    San Cristobal is cold!!! Christmas day is forecast to have a low of 4 degrees Celsius and a high of 11.

    We joined people at our hostel for some Christmas Eve snacks and a traditional Mexican Christmas drink called Ponche Navideño which a hot festive fruit punch. It's delicious!

    Auryn and I then walked around the city centre and watched tons a children lighting off fireworks. Fireworks are an enormous part of Christmas culture here. At midnight the entire area started lighting them off continuously for about 45 minutes!

    Our hostel arrangement is quite... Unique. Our hostel didn't have enough space for us in their main complex, so we are sleeping in their second complex in a cute little cob hut. We have to go outside and around the back of another building to access the bathroom and then we have to go around the block to the primary complex to access the common social areas and the main kitchen. 😅 The hostel is lovely other than the incontinuity of the living space.
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  • Day89

    Pitstop in Palenque

    December 23, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We want to spend Christmas in San Cristobal, but in order to get there we first have to travel from Escaresega to Palenque. On December 22 we took a fancy ADO bus to Escaresega. Then on December 23 we took two small colectivo rides through beautiful winding mountains to San Cristobal in Chiapas state.

    We would have loved to spend more time in Palenque, but we decided that San Cristobal would be the best place for us during the holidays.

    I didn't get to see much of Palenque, but Auryn went on a short walk to the grocery store and said that the city seemed very authentic. After some research we found out that Palenque is the poorest major city in Chiapas state. Just under 40% of the population live in houses with dirt floors, and around 20% is illiterate. Approximately 40% of the population belongs to an indigenous group called Ch'ol and speak the cultures native Mayan-rooted language. The Spanish speaking residents have a unique dialect, and 20% of the population does not speak Spanish at all.

    I wasn't able to get many photos during this part of our travels. It was a very busy and exhausting time. 😅

    I did, however, manage to get a couple of videos while on the road. 😊
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  • Day87

    Volcano of Bats!

    December 21, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Up the road from Calakmul is a Cenote (sinkhole in limestone bedrock) that is filled with an estimated 3 million bats! Every night from about 5pm to 9pm the Cenote erupts into a vortex of bats! There are supposedly only two places in the world where this happens!

    Normally this site is free, however, there were a group of scammers at the beginning of the short trail insisting that we needed to pay a 200 peso 'tour' fee because of the pandemic and because it was dark (they said they were there to monitor numbers of tourists, and guide us through the dark). We are almost certain that this was not legit, but we were already there so we paid the 200 peso fee anyway. The site was very interesting, but unfortunately the sun had set during the fee deliberation at the beginning of the trail, so we couldn't see much of the vortex. 😔

    I was able to take a couple videos, but I don't think that they do this natural wonder much justice.
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