Ocosingo??

Trip Start Jul 08, 2007
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Ocosingo... where do we start...
hum...
Well, one positive thing was that there was about only me as a tourist while I was there!
To be honest, not quite sure why I went there in the first place.  The Tanina ruins where certainly my major motivation, but mainly I think I wanted to go somewhere where people don;t go in general.  I am still glad I went.

The city does not really have much to offer, in terms of "tourist" attractions.  The central place is nice enough, the market certainly typical of Mexico but the rest of the city is just a relatively poor Mexicain city, surrounded by very beautiful mountains I must add.  Few tourist mean no hostel and very limited hotels... so overall (staying and food) are quite expensive.  I did pay 4 times the price I have paid in San Cristobal for my first night (27$) and was able to find a cheaper place the second day (13$).  As a vegetarian, there was not much I could eat there.  Apparently only one place in the entire city was selling fish and it was always closed... hum.  I tried to order some shrimps in a restaurant.  After 3 waitresses coming to talk to me to try to understand what I wanted, I finally managed to order shrimps and rice.  At first I thought my Spanish was much worst than I thought, but turned out that the waitresses there where mainly talking a Mayan dialect and so their Spanish was as bad as mine... ouf!  The shrimps came in a very very hot soup (heat and spice) and where literally getting cooked in the soup... so I took a risk at eating them, after they sat in my soup for 20 minutes.  Then of course, the shell of the shrimp have not been removed, so I had to burn my fingers to be able to eat the shrimps... quite funny overall.  The funny thing, is that everyone there, the waitresses counted, where looking at me laughting and probably thinking I was as weird as I thought they were. 

I have spent 2 evenings there, mainly because I did not want to arrive in Palenque on the 15 of September at night, fearing difficulty to find a spot to stay.  The 15 of September is the Mexican Independance day and so I celebrated this special day in Ocosingo.  I then met 2 very friendly Mexican girls who got me some food, introduced me to their friends, got me some water and so basically, they seemed really interested in me.  In fact, they seemed pretty interested in me taking them back to Canada... Nevertheless, they were very friendly and it certainly added to my weird experience in Ocosingo :)
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