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Bye Bye Cortez, Hello Mainland

A little over due post...

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Well, its been a while since our last post. We´ve been so busy every day but finally we have about an hour of down time. So...where´d we end off. O yes, a stormy, cold La Paz. Well the next day it turned out to be beautiful with the sun shining and no clouds anywhere in sight. Luckily our ferrry didn´t leave until late afternoon, so we got the chance to enjoy La Paz in full sun. We stayed primarily in the downtown core and loved it. We found great spots to eat and cool spots to hang out. Definately a great little city to wander.

So our next stop was Mazatlan. But first, the 18 hour ferry ride. Not as bad as you´d think...haha. Since it was so nice out we got to spend the evening on the deck reading and enjoying he sun and the great sunset over the sea. Then, sleeeeeeeep. We made sure to get up early the next morning and were able to catch the spectacular sunrise. Check out the picture!

After we arrived in Mazatlan, we tried to call Arody Garcia. The couch surfer we were suppose to stay with. It was still early in the morning and we couldn´t figure out how to use the phone cards. Lucky for us we had his address and spent an hour walking through Old Mazatlan which turned out to be exactly where he lived. I think we may have woke him up when we got to his apartment, but he was really cool. He gave us a set of keys to the place and basically made his home ours. Such a nice guy, and a really cool pad. Since he´s an artist, I guess you should expect alot of interesting things. As it turns out, he and Tess have a ridiculous amount of things in common. Aside from being a little older then us, we listened to the same music, watches the same movies as Tess (ie. Kevin Smith movies), is a Star Wars fan with a sweet Darth Vader replica mask and has art everywhere.

The first day there was so awesome. We got to walk around Old Mazatlan, which is the artistic end of town. So many cool art shops and hand made crafts and gorgeous streets and squares everywhere. I think I could very easily get use to living in Old Mazatlan. Not the same for gringo central New Mazatlan. I haven´t seen so many Americans since we were in San Diego. Anyhow, we ended up pretending to be part of an expensive resort so we could access the really nice beaches. Mission accomplished! We found a great beach with a phenominal view of three coastal islands and relaxed for the entire afternoon. I spent about three hours rewiring a cool puka shell necklace I bought and Tess spent her time reading a book. It was the perfect way to spend a day!

The next day, not so perfect. We woke up to overcast and cold...AGAIN!!! We made the best of it, and took the time to do laundry, send post cards, buy bus tickets, and walk along the entire Mazatlan promenade. The difference between the new expensive areas and the middle parts was so drastic. The easiest way to explain it is...on the expensive end to the north there were soft huge beaches with great views and no vehicles or city noise because of the massive hotels. The middle part of Mazatlan, well...no people on the beach because the main street was right next to it and it was loud and......giant rats!!! We did happen to see the most adorable little girls feeding the birds. Check out the picture. It was so cute!

When we got back to Arody´s place we got to look at some of his art work, but most of his stuff was at his studio so we didn´t get to see those pieces. Tess spotted a great work of his and took a liking to it. Amazingly, he signed it and gave it too her!!! You´ll love it, we do :) Thanks Arody!!!

Anyways, we are in Guadalajara how and staying with a really cool guy named Carlos. More on this in the next post!

Gotta go, hasta luego.





Posted by JungleBlog 12:23 Archived in Mexico Tagged backpacking

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I checked out the real estate link, Tess--very reasonable prices! Looks like a great area. Well, by now you are both safely at Uncle Bob's ranchito. Say hi to him for me, and be sure to catch up on your rest!
daddy O

by daddy O

Wow, you two are having a amazing time, I love the pictures, especially the mom and dad one..
You look like you need a good nights sleep and some sun!!! Enjoy the time and sights, love hearing from you.
Miss you lots:):)

Love Mom/Dad/Chad/Whitney and Nikki too!

by kabby

HI Tess and Jay!
I was thinking of you as the cold arctic winds blew across the tundra and turned my face to parchment...otherwise known as noon hour supervision. Sounds like you are having an excellent experience despite some of the poor weather. News from our end: We put an offer on a house in Beaumont and it was accepted, so now we need to sell this one to make the deal go through....know anyone that's searching? Anyway, I must get going, keep the postings and the photos coming; they are great!

Janis and Dustin

by JWilly

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