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Old 01-11-2016   #1 (permalink)
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Adrift in the Yucatan

Well I guess I may as well start posting some stuff up. I have been here for a few days now and will kind of feed the report as I go and if I have a decent internet connection.
Some of you I have met and I hope to improve on that so if you are in my line of travel, please drop me a line.
About me - I have been to Mexico a half dozen or more times and posted a couple of reports on here but I am learning about this place as I go, so if I state the obvious to you old hands its because its new to me.
I come from a small town, maybe 400 people in the winter and 3000 in the summer so cities and foreign countries are very different from what I am used to. I do however bring that small town friendliness along with me... I hope
Being from a small place it has been hard to learn and practice Spanish for my trips, add in my age and a stroke and its an uphill grind but I would put my level at high basic, I can understand about half of what's said to me about non complex things and can read about as well. All I know is I am determined to get by. (Full speed ahead Captain and damn the torpedoes!)
I am separated and am currently travelling alone. I have no real plan or schedule other then to move up and down the Yucatan peninsula, moving across it until I run out of time. I hope to make Campeche city at least
Now speaking of time, it is very likely this report will be a long one so pull up a chair if you will.

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Photo at town of Juan Sarabia on the Rio Honda, border with Belize, January 11th, 2016


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Home and who I left

Just a couple of pics here.

The conditions around the time I left.







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Mi Amor de mi vida

The one I miss....





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The trip down was mostly uneventful, a direct and full flight, smooth landing (no bouncing this time) green light at customs and no date on my immigration form... see I can stay forever!

ADO bus to PDC but I had to wait as the first one was full. I noticed you can prepay online for a specific bus and prices as low as 84 pesos but there was something there about checking in early. Anybody have success with this? Anyways my ticket was 166 pesos.

After leaving the ADO station on 5th I went around the corner to avoid the rip off taxistas but the one I flagged wanted 100 pesos for a 30 peso ride!
I said no way and stepped back waiting for him to pull away so I could flag another but he just sat there trying to screw me over.

Next time this happens I'm gonna tell him I will report him and look for a taxi number, and I will make an effort to screw him over back. A#@hole.

Dragged my bags up to 30th and got a 30 peso fare. They remembered me from last year at the Dorymar and Checked me in, told me to pay tomorrow.

Off to El Fogon for dinner, Queso fundido con chorizo, small frijoles charros, and choco milk.... yumm.

Age catches up with a person and I crashed for the night.
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Next morning, 7 January, breakfast at Papa Charleys, eggs benedict, every bit as good as last year.





Cruised around fifth a bit and went for my rental car. Got a VW Crossfox, small suv type vehicle. We will see how it goes.




Mi poca bomba roja , This shot from the boulevard in Chetumal.


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This is great! Looking forward to reading it! And a huge kudos for even attempting to learn Spanish. There are many people who moved here years ago and don't even make an attempt to learn.

My experience with taxis is take (or pretend to take) a picture of their taxi number with your phone when they over charge you. They don't like that. Had one on New Years Eve actually drive off with the door still open as I was snapping a photo with my phone...this was after he told me he was going to charge me a 100 pesos ride for a normal 35 pesos fare (no, I wasn't even close to Centro & no I didn't ask the rate...he offered it up). Had another one actually kick me out the taxi the same night for noting his taxi number (which I always do so I can call whichever friend I was with and give it to them, for safety reasons). The photo thing won't necessarily help you get the right fare but it makes you feel good when the taxis get pissed. I avoid taxis like the plague whenever possible.
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Previous years have taught me to buy a coffeemaker and support supplies so I looked after that and hit another fav spot for lunch. The pollo asados estila sinola place at calle 2 and 20 ave.




Met up with Rubio, Al, Skip and others at Zenzi for a couple and made some plans for the future.

Later tried something new (for me) at El Fogon... the choriqueso. Same sort of thing as last night but served on a plate. I think there is more of it too... for the same price.







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Ok, going to try you tube again here.

I like watching the guy at the al pastor wheel. He has it down to an art form and I was trying to video it and.. well you will see what happened.







Price with Dos xx and tip, 120p

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Off to a great start Gary. Looking forward to more and an in person report next month in PDC.
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And that eggs benny looks fantastic !

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So excited for a new trip report!
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Off to a great start Gary. Looking forward to more and an in person report next month in PDC.

Thanks Scott, I know your pumped to be there and I will be swinging back to PDC for sure.
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So excited for a new trip report!
Thanks for your support! The board seems a little slow these days and although I'm moving around a bit it should provide some entertainment value.
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This is great! Looking forward to reading it! And a huge kudos for even attempting to learn Spanish. There are many people who moved here years ago and don't even make an attempt to learn.

My experience with taxis is take (or pretend to take) a picture of their taxi number with your phone when they over charge you. They don't like that. Had one on New Years Eve actually drive off with the door still open as I was snapping a photo with my phone...this was after he told me he was going to charge me a 100 pesos ride for a normal 35 pesos fare (no, I wasn't even close to Centro & no I didn't ask the rate...he offered it up). Had another one actually kick me out the taxi the same night for noting his taxi number (which I always do so I can call whichever friend I was with and give it to them, for safety reasons). The photo thing won't necessarily help you get the right fare but it makes you feel good when the taxis get pissed. I avoid taxis like the plague whenever possible.
Thanks Rebbecca, Dint see your post at first, something to do with trying you tube?
Anyways the Spanish is necessary because right now even, I am at a place where no one speaks English. For sure I will improve... or starve
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Laguna Muyil

8 Jan. 2016, I decided to head south today below Tulum to a place called Muyil and check out the laguna. So after fueling up the car with gas and myself with a roadside torta I took off. Picked up a woman hitching in Tulum and heading for Morelos and the time flew by and I have this feeling I will see her again.
The turn off to the laguna is right past the mayan site on an unmarked road towards the coast, best check out google maps if your doing this.


A pan of Laguna Muyil





The locals run tours on boats out past the next laguna (Chunyaxche) to a spot you can float down the channel the mayans dug to the sea. Some tours go all the way to the sea. This is within Sian Ka'an.
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