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  • Day143

    Flying a bit of reminising

    November 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Up in the air flying home and thinking about what a trip it’s been!! My 6 highlights are:
    Glastonbury - the lifelong dream
    Staying in a French Castle celebrating Dad's 60th and watching the Tour de France pass by
    Camino bike ride for five days along the Portuguese coastal route
    Galápagos Islands and an orca sighting
    Hiking up a Guatemalan volcano and seeing lava exploding from a volcano
    Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico
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  • Day142

    Cancun beach and heading home

    November 5, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    I ate toast and an omelette for breakfast and then headed out to the beach with three other people from the hostel. We caught the bus to Delphine beach where the water was crystal clear and very warm. I caught the bus back, grabbed some Mexican food at the square and headed back to the hostel, collected my bag and took an uber to the airport. I checked in and boarded a United Airlines flight to LA, a five and a half hour flight with no entertainment or food. I didn’t know about that! I had a two hour stop over in LA which was spent racing around trying to change terminals. I made it to my flight with ten minutes to spare which was quite stressful!Read more

  • Day141


    November 4, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Up early, ate a strange breakfast of nachos and went for a coffee in town. My collectivo arrived at 11am and I headed to the airport for my long flight to Cancun which included two stops. The trip was long, but at least this time I wasn’t hungry on the plane. I caught the bus from the airport to town and walked to the hostel. I went to the main square of downtown where lots of people were hanging out, eating and watching performances. I tried a hurrache which was like a large taco. Then I headed back via the supermarket to buy cheap rum and lemon chips. I sat on the roof top and had a beer looking at the city skyline before heading to bed.Read more

  • Day140

    Ruins and last full day in Oaxaca

    November 3, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Breakfast at the hostel, then out for coffee and down to the bus station where we took the local bus to Mont Albán ruins, which are in the hills just outside Oaxaca. The views were stunning and the ruins had a big plaza area with buildings surrounding it. It was very worthwhile heading up there. We had lunch at a trendy hipster cafe with very delicious coffee and food. We did some shopping and I brought a dress, top, mescal, pom-poms and some magnets. We watched some more performances in the street including a very scary clown. We had a rest at the hostel before walking to the square near the church where there was more dancing with many ladies looking like Frida. We walked to a Mezcal bar where we ran into people we’d met the last few nights, so we chatted with a big group of fellow travelers.Read more

  • Day139

    Feeling like a zombie and a cemetry

    November 2, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Day of the Dead - breakfast this morning was a bit more normal with eggs for a change. We went out for coffee and most people were walking around town looking like Zombies. We had a look in some shops and saw another parade commencing in the city. We ate a hamburger for lunch at a cafe in the main park and sat with an iced coffee while people watching. We had a rest at the hostel before heading out for dinner. I tried a gringa and we then caught a cab to the San Felipe del Agua cemetery. We bought a scorpion mescal for 10 Pesos before heading inside. It was more peaceful than other cemeteries with flowers seeming to be the main focus. Some Mexicans we’d met before, invited us to join them for a mescal and told us how they’d decorated their grave earlier in the day and celebrated with their extended family. It seemed that the night time was more for the younger people. There were some beautiful sand decoration displays in this cemetery. We easily caught a cab back into town.Read more

  • Day138

    A bit like clowns

    November 1, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Breakfast today was very odd, carrot and potatoes! We went out for coffee and chocolate cake to compensate for the bad breakfast! We looked around town at the decorations and walked to the Pantheon cemetery just out of the center of town. This is usually the main spot but due to the recent earthquake, the walls were unstable, so it was not open at night. There were lots of decorations up and a funeral taking place. It was very hot walking back. We stopped for lunch where I ate a whole avocado stuffed with tuna. We walked around town and up to the auditorium on the hill for views over the city. We had beer at the hostel and headed into town to get our faces painted. Tonight we looked more like clowns! We got some freshly cooked chips coated with lime juice and spicy sauce. We then sat in the main square and people watched. There were many fancy outfits and painted faces to look at. We joined a parade in town with a band, people dressed up and joined Congo lines. We circled the block twice and had lots of fun dancing. After we went to two clubs for dancing where we ran into the English couple from the night before. It was a really fun night and we drank lots of Havana Club rum.Read more

  • Day137

    Halloween and getting our faces painted

    October 31, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We ate tortillas for breakfast at the hostel and then headed for coffee and to the big market. It was chaos there with people everywhere buying all the things that they needed for Day of the Dead celebrations. There was lots of flowers, bread, sweets, ornaments and decorations. I brought a pretty blue dress to wear. We had lunch in the market and I tried a Tlayuda, basically a pizza with steak on it. We changed and walked to the main square to get our face painted. We weren’t sure what to expect but it looked like a skeleton face. We watched some of the performances in the street before getting on a tour bus to go to some cemeteries. The first was in Xoxocotlan and it was crazy. There was people everywhere and candles, stalls, music, flowers and our ‘tour’ which was super unorganised. We had some mezcal and were given two hours to wonder and look at all the decorations on the graves. It was very difficult to walk around as there wasn’t proper paths. We saw some happy family celebrations and other families mourning and sleeping on graves. There was lots of mezcal, mini fires for cooking food and some singing. We had flowers and candles to put on the graves so we found the most lonely looking ones. We then went to the old cemetery which was much smaller and had more of a rustic feeling. We got back on the bus and went to Atzompa cemetery which was the most beautiful with many candles. It had less people and less structured graves just made from dirt. Candles shimmered for as far as the eye could see and it looked amazing. There was groups of families, kids asleep with blankets and mezcal or hot chocolate being drunk. It was 2:30am by the time we arrived back at the hostel and we were very cold. It was a very enjoyable night.Read more

  • Day136

    Oaxaca and day of the dead

    October 30, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I caught the 7:30am bus to Cancun Airport. Once there I met Sabine and boarded the plane to Oaxaca. The trip involved two stops on the way. It took forever and I was very hungry as we weren't given much food. We caught a collectivo to our hostel and checked in. We then headed into town for a drink and dinner on a roof top. We wandered around town and there was many parades. Dancing ladies, paper mache head pieces with fireworks, painted faces, bands playing and lots of happy people. We went in the library for the opening of the altars which different towns had made. They gave out Day of the Dead bread and delicious Mayan style hot chocolate. We went out for some mezcal with oranges before heading to bed.Read more

  • Day135

    Finishing my course and Playa del Carmen

    October 29, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    I was up early, had breakfast and got picked up for my next day of diving. We headed to the beach and got a boat out to the reef which is the second largest in the world after Australia. The first dive was another navigation test where I had to try and find the boat line at the end. We also went a little deeper to check if I was ok with the depth. There wasn’t much to see till the end other than six lobsters hanging out under a rock. After a break we did the second dive where we tested my buoyancy and we swam around the reef. There was pretty formations and fishes. Once finished I was now certified as an advanced diver...woohoo! I went out for tacos with my instructor, got a coffee and collected my things from the hostel and caught a collectivo up to Playa del Carmen. I checked into my new hostel and went for a walk along the beach. It was very busy with people everywhere! I had a rest back at the hostel and went out for a late falafel dinner. I walked along the Main Street for ages, very commercial here and felt a bit like the Gold Coast.Read more

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