Back in San Miguel from Puerto Vallarta

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Amigos;

I am back in San Miguel from Puerto Vallarta - it was a 12 hour bus ride - not fun.....
I am glad to be back in San Miguel..
I am glad that I went to Puerto Vallarta.....
I think that I will go to Puerto Vallarta again next year...
I will do it cheaper next time, now that I know my way around...
I will stay at the Rosita Hotel next time - I liked it at the Rosita....
Puerto Vallarta is a tourist trap - but it is also charming and interesting.
Puerto Vallarta is supposedly the most expensive city in Mexico...
It is the predators ripping off the tourists that make it an expensive place.
It is expensive by Mexican standards - it is not expensive by Canadian standards..
I live in Mexico now - so I go by Mexican standards now - not by Canadian standards.......

I am happy to be back in my place back at home in San Miguel...

The bus was a luxury type of bus.... Lots of leg room.... The seats go back far enough that you are practically laying flat.... which makes it possible to sleep during the bus trip....which I did do....
there are pull down screens that show movies... there are ear phones for music and radio programs... there is wireless internet...complementary meals and drinks... it was a 12 hour bus trip, so I got two meals and a number of drinks....with the wireless internet, I noticed a number of people on facebook and hotmail on their laptops and ipads, etc..  one guy was watching a movie on his laptop - probably, must of have been, a DVD....there are at least 7 or 8 competing bus companies/bus lines here in Mexico - and get this - the luxury bus line charges the same prices as the other competing bus lines - I do not know why everyone doesn't go on the luxury bus line...

Mexico is a lot bigger, complex and sophisticated country than most Canadians realize or appreciate. Coming back from Guadalajara, it took an hour for the bus to get from the bus station on the west side of the city to the other bus station on the east side of the city. It may have taken as much as 3 hours to get through the city of Guadalajara. Guadalajara is a city of 5 or 6 million people. It took at least an hour to get into and out of the city of Leon - a city of 1 or 2 million people....The bus stopped at some other smaller cities too...

The trip to Puerto Vallarta cost me more than I think that it should have cost me.
Fortunately, I do have enough money to be able to do the things that I want to do.
But I do not like to throw money away, even if I have enough money to throw away,
because if you want to throw your money away, there will always be people around
that will be willing to take it..Also, when you are in a strange country, and a strange place
for the first time - it is difficult, if not impossible, to get the best possible price for things,
the first time around..... It is learning by trial and error and hit and miss....

I asked a beach vendor how much he wanted for the sun glasses that he was selling..
He said 380 peso's.... That is $38 for sunglasses that I can get at the $$Dollar store for $1..
I later noticed in town that they were selling for about 100 peso's. I asked him for the price of another product he was selling. He said 380 peso's again. I ended up paying him 250 peso's for two of the items - it was not a super deal - I probably ended up paying what was a fair price for those two items......When I was bargaining with him - he said or complained to me - what was another 100 or 200 peso's to a man like me  -  he may be right - but I do not like that concept
- I like to pay a fair price - not get ripped off......

Every September 15 (Mexican Independence Day) - the President of Mexico goes to a church in Dolores de Hidalgo (where Mexico`ís independence started) near San Miguel de Allende, and screams out - Viva La Mexico. I love it when people love their country.... I am not sure that Canadians love their country in the same way and as much as Mexicans love their country....

Starting on Monday - I am going to start hitting the books seriously to learn to speak Spanish
- I am going to have to start getting serious, very serious, about learning to speak Spanish
if I want to get anywhere and start making any progress in learning how to speak Spanish..
I am going to have to stop playing around at trying to learn to speak Spanish.... 

Viva La Mexico

Hasta La Viva
Mis Compadres
Y Mis Amigos
Mexico Dave

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