A week with mexicans and germans.
28.12.2012 - 05.01.2013 25 °C
Hi you all, happy new year from Mexico, or better said, prospero año nuevo!!! i hope you started it in the best way, and that the rest if it will be awesome!
I've spent last week in Cuernavaca (Mex), with the german family of my girlfriend and the mexican one of the bride; the occasion was the wedding of my girlfriend's cousin, that I actually missed for a few days but that apparently was really great! I got nevertheless to experience some of the mexican lifestyle thanks to the hosting family, and I did enjoy it a lot!
Mexico is definetely different than I expected. Quite naively, i thought I would find Speedy Gonzales and people wearing a sombrero all the time on one side, and on the other drug dealers shooting a each other on every street. Well that's exaggerating, but you know what I mean... instead, for the small area that I could cover, I found a very relaxed and easy country, very much americanized, with extremely friendly people. Of course you can easily encounter what I mentioned above if you look for it, but that just a small piece of the country. What I will remember about this very short experience in Mexico are a few things: for sure tortillas&co: you can fill them with whatever you want and they become tacos, you can have a different paste and fill it with cheese and you have quesadillas, and so on. The point is you have them in the morning, at lunch and for dinner - I could still eat and enjoy them, but I know a few people that got kind of sick after two weeks. Rightfully. Second is Las Estacas, a river/water park that is born from a natural spring at 1000m, in which we swam the 1st of January - definetely different than the snowy mountains that I've been used to see the very same day for years. Weird, but beautiful. Third is Teotihuacan, a complex of temples in the north of Mexico City, home of an amazing civilization some centuries BC. I wish I could upload some pics to make you understand the fascination I had watching the Avenue of the Dead and The Sun Pyramid, from the Moon pyramid, but... I forgot the cable to transfer them from my camera. I'll find a solution as soon as possible.
(p.s. found it!)
It was a similar feeling to when I visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia, one of those things that take your breath away! Fourth, something funny: due to the former production facilities of VW in Mexico, there is a great number of these cars in Mexico, but nothing compared to Taxco: all the taxis are old white VW beetles, and all the buses are old white VW buses, like the ones I've been dreaming to have with my bro and friends for our surftrips. Damn I wish I could show you the pics of this as well... just stay tuned and I'll post them =)
Tomorrow I'll fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador, and the day after to the Galapagos Island! Over there, I'll try to find a last minute offer for a 5-day tour or more, and discover one of the greatest places on earth to observe an amazing fauna! Considering that as a child I wanted to be a biologist/zoologist, I'm sure I'll have a great time!
Stay tuned and cheers!!!
P.s. O forgot the great Gruetas de Cacahuamilpa! breathtaking.