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  • Day303

    Gringos in Guadalajara

    May 28 in Mexico

    From Morelia, we travelled by bus for four-and-a-half hours to Guadalajara, the Pearl of the West. We checked into our hotel in the early afternoon and then quickly raced out to snap a few photos before sunset. We didn't realise that the sunset was so late in this part of the country. Before arriving in Guadalajara, we didn't know much about the city other than it is the second largest municipality in Mexico and is the location for one of our favourite Mexican telenovelas, Señora Acero. Almost all of the expletives/palabrotas in our vocabulary is as a result of watching this show – chingado pendejo, cabrón!

    Not only did the sun stay in the sky longer but it's rays also seemed much stronger. A short walk to the historical centre, where many of the city scenes from Señora Acero were filmed, required lathering ourselves in sunscreen and stocking up on water as if we were going to end-up in the desert, dying of thirst like Burke and Wills. It definitely beats the cold weather any day. But the mild case of food poisoning was unwelcomed by Ricky, who struggled to find an appetite while Jason gorged on all sorts of tacos and ahogadas (which is basically a bread roll filled with either fried pork, chicken and/or beans with chili sauce poured over the top). Maybe a Tequila tour might help Ricky get over his sickness.

    Next stop: Tequila.

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  • Day305

    Te Quiero Tequila

    May 30 in Mexico

    When most people think of Mexico, they think of big Mexican hats and tequila shots, so a visit to the small town of Tequila and a tour of one of the factories was in order. Most people haven't even heard of the town, even if they are chronic tequila drinkers. It is only an hour by bus from the main terminal in Guadalajara. As we walked the main street of Tequila, tour sellers lined the street all with the same tour but with different branding. Miraculously the prices of the tour were slashed with little need to bargain. But we didn't want to take the first offer so we continued to the end of the street. We excepted the next deal without reservation and then walked away realising that we didn't ask if the tour was in English. We were prepared for the worse, because, let's face it, most organised tours are crap anyway and really don't live up to the promises and the promotional photos.

    We had a hour to kill before the tour started so we walked around the historical centre then boarded our tour bus that was the shape of a tequila barrel. And no, the tour wasn't in English and Peppa the Pig hadn't taught us anything about the tequila making process. So we were up shit creek without a paddle. We understood very little of the tour and with each shot of tequila things didn't get any better. We were the only anglophones on the tour but fortunately the hispanohabantes spoke slowly and threw in a bit of Spanglish for us. We did learn that the word fábrica had nothing to do with fabric, that tequila can only be made in this region (with a couple of exceptions) and that tequila must be made from blue agave. We were shown some ovens where the agave is slowly baked before going into a series of vats. The tour lasted about 15 minutes before we landed in the tequila shop with all kinds of merchandise to buy, before we were loaded back onto our barrel-shaped bus and dropped off at the tour company tequila shop for more shots of tequila. By this stage a number of the men on the tour were only just able to stand-up. In the end, the tour turned out a bit better than we had expected but that's probably due to the tequila.

    Next stop: Puerto Vallarta.

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  • Day306

    Putos en Puerto Vallarta

    May 31 in Mexico

    Puerto Vallarta was our next destination, well-known as the gay beach capital of Mexico, with LGBTIQ seaside resorts, bars and clubs. We arrived early at the Guadalajara bus terminal only to find out that the next bus to Puerto Vallarta was sold out and that the 8:20am bus was running at least an hour behind schedule. We checked the other companies and the earliest bus that we could find was leaving at 9am. In the meantime, the bus that was supposedly running late arrived and left before our 9am departure. We eventually exited Guadalajara and arrived in Puerto Vallarta around 2pm. For seven days la Playa del Muertos was our playground, as we soaked up the sunshine and slurped on our cold, alcoholic beverage on the beach.

    Our apartment was only a short distance from the beach but it seemed perched high in the hills. To get to the beach, we had to descend down a flight of stairs, then a short walk before tackling a set of stairs that were built into the side of a mountain cliff. The journey down wasn't the problem - it was getting back up that was the problem, particularly after a few drinks. The same pattern occurred each day: get up, eat, go to the beach, drink, return home, rinse and repeat the next day. To mix things up, we changed the order of these activities or added an excursion to the historical centre to stock up on supplies or a bite to eat.

    On our first day in Puerto Vallarta, we strolled along the beach, puzzled at the colour of the water. It was a colour that we had never seen before. We started to think that the name of the beach, Playa de los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) may have been named after the dark red oceans. Maybe it was just an isolated incident but the next day the colour had returned to a bluish, green colour. Beach life was relatively uneventful, except one day a shark was spotted. Ricky was the last to know about it. He tried as fast as he could to get out of the ocean, but it seemed like everything was in slow motion and the sand had turned to quicksand. All Ricky could hear in the background was the eerie music from the Jaws movies. That was the end of our day at beach and our time in Puerto Vallarta.

    Next stop: Mexico City.

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  • Day122

    Guadalajara ist mit 1,5 Millionen Einwohnern (4,4 Millionen Menschen leben im Großraum) die zweitgrößte Stadt Mexikos. In der Stadtmitte befindet sich der Mercado San Juan de Dios, ein riesiger Markt auf drei Etagen, wo man alles findet, was der Mexikaner so braucht.
    An den zahlreichen Garküchen und in den kleinen Restaurants im Markt kann man allerlei Leckereien probieren: vom Stierhoden in Chilisoße über Rinderzunge im Brötchen bis hin zum Tejuino, einem bei den Einheimischen sehr beliebten leicht alkoholischen Gebräu aus Mais, vielfach verfeinert mit Limoneneis, Bier, Salz und Chilipulver.Read more

  • Day121

    Tequila

    June 23, 2017 in Mexico

    Seit Jahrtausenden wird die Agave im Gebiet des heutigen Mexiko vielfältig genutzt, und es wird vermutet, dass man bereits seit dem elften Jahrhundert auch alkoholische Getränke aus dieser hier allgegenwärtigen Pflanze herstellte. Aber erst die Kunst der Destillation, die von den Spaniern ins Land gebracht wurde, ermöglichte es, Hochprozentiges aus der Agave herzustellen.

    Der beim Brennen der Maische aus verschiedenen Teilen der Agave entstehende Schnaps wird Mezcal genannt und heute in vielen Bundesstaaten von Mexiko hergestellt. Tequila, in Mexiko neben Bier das Nationalgetränk, ist eine Sonderform des Mezcal: Er darf nur aus dem Herzen der blauen Algarve – es gibt in Mexiko über 200 verschiedene Agavenarten – hergestellt werden, die zudem in einer begrenzten Region rund um die Stadt Tequila im Bundesstaat Jalisco geerntet worden sein müssen.

    Der Tequila hat diese Region wohlhabend gemacht, und die gleichnamige Stadt lebt heute von ihren zahlreichen Schnapsbrennereien und dem Tourismus.
    Wir haben zwei dieser Brennereien besichtigt, darunter die größte der Welt – 200.000 Liter Schnaps täglich (!) werden bei José Cuervo produziert – und sind danach in einigen der zahlreichen gemütlichen Kneipen der prachtvollen kleinen Stadt ein bisschen versumpft ...
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  • Day123

    Guadalajara – Streetlife

    June 25, 2017 in Mexico

    Auch in der großen Stadt spielt sich das Leben auf der Straße ab: Man singt und tanzt, kühlt sich in einem der zahlreichen Brunnen, oder hat Spaß mit den vielen Straßenkünstlern, die an jeder Ecke Vorstellungen geben. Einmal ´"durfte" Tanja sogar mit dabei sein ...

  • Day244

    1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor!

    January 15, 2017 in Mexico

    We rolled into Tequila and hunted out the Sauza Distillery for a tour. For the non-tequila drinkers this is one of the biggest brands, and the factory was a huge industrial process churning out gallons of the stuff. There was many, many tastings and driving definitively wasn't a good idea so we found a little hotel nearby.

    We had a lovely rustic pizza then mosied over to a little grunge bar where a famous cocktail had been invented. To our amazement it was full of Brits (we've only met one other group in 3 months)! There were a bunch from Leeds who run some Tequila bars back home so were here on a fact finding mission. Even more incredibly later on Guillermo Sauza, head of one the most Tequila families (along with me Jose Cuervo of course), turned up and invited us around his distillery the next day! The night continued on and got progressively messier as various bottles were emptied.

    Surprisingly the next morning we didn't feel too bad (considering) and we headed over to Mr Sauza's boutique Fortaleza distillery. We got an amazing tour of the artisan distillery, where everything is done by hand and couldn't be more different from the mass produced stuff the day before. The end product they turn out is amazing stuff, and anyone who has been put off by slammers of the cheap stuff should definitely try a neat shot of Fortaleza. Interestingly the connoisseurs drink the blanco, straight from the distillation process, and not the aged stuff that you assume is better but completely changes the taste.

    We had a lot of fun in Tequila - maybe a little too much - and decided it would be dangerous to hang around too long!
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  • Day25

    IFC HOME TOUR

    February 14 in Mexico

    Jayda, Sherry and I went on a bus tour to visit 4 villas in Conchas Chinas and Mismaloya, villages outside Puerto Vallarta.

    The largest was VILLA MANDARINAS at 20,000 sq. ft. So easy to get lost!! It was 6 tiers of cliff construction that included 8 bedrooms, a 2 room “casita” (cottage) and 11 bathrooms. 2 rooms shared a boulder through 2 floors. One bathroom had a 1/2 ton sink of volcanic stone. The dining room table seats 16 and is carved from a single tree. You can rent this place for weddings at around $6000 USD/night.

    The views from this villa were magnificent!
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  • Day253

    Chapala la la

    January 24, 2017 in Mexico

    After Tequila we needed a nice quiet place to rest our weary heads for a few nights. We certainly found that at Roca Azul on Lake Chapala, a sort of retirement place with semi-permanent & permanent Norte Americanos. Unfortunately Maya was sick (after eating a rotting iguana carcass...) so we had to drive an hour around the lake to a recommended vet. On the second day of doing this we managed to find a little hotel v close to the vets, managed by a lovely Kiwi & American couple who let us camp v cheaply & even use one of their rooms hot showers! In between visits to the vet we visited the beautiful lakeside tourist towns of Ajijic & Chapala all bustling with both local & gringo tourism, so we spent a few happy days drinking Margaritas eating nice food & relaxing. We even saw the Mexican version of morris dancing, which involved hurling themselves off a massive pole!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Jalisco, Jalisco, JAL, ハリスコ州, 哈利斯科州

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