Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
43Trip End May 15, 2008
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Where I stayed
I stayed at the Backpacker´s Hostel for 100Pesos/night (10USD). There are a bunch of hostels all around 80 to 100 pesos. Food is more expensive than in Guatemala and Méxican food was hard to find. However, I did have a very non-mexican but fabulous melted cheese and veggie sandwich at a place called Bar Revolución. Feeling a bit of traveler´s burnout I didn´t do any of the tourist visit village stuff or museums or anything
The sunsets are spectacular in San Cristobal and there is still a strong indigenous influence. However, the difference of rich and poor becomes clearer with a big shining Burger King, many tourists from all over including other parts of México and indigenous folk trying to sell their wares on the streets. I felt that discomfort of economic disparity thrown in front of your face for the first time in a while. I tried to give an old man some coins but within seconds I was surrounded by at least 4 other people, children, etc. I zipped up my bolsa (bag) and haven´t given any since. Did give a peach at one point. If you are in the giving mood best not do it in crowded areas, like a market for example!
Apparently San Cristobal is the amber central of México and, thus, has some amazing amber. There is a museum and slews of shops selling it. I found the museum shop helpful in finding out what stores are "authentic". I also found the stores AWAY from the super touristy areas to be less expensive.
Beautiful days and VERY cold nights. This is where I officially became tired of the cold, even under 3 blankets (one of which I snagged from another unused dorm bed)
All in all I am very excited to be in México. Spanish is different here in that there are different dialects and it is a little faster than in Guatemala. My biggest challenge has been the menus. Types of meals I have never heard of, and when I ask what it is I can´t understand a thing the waiter says. Ahhhh, the life of learning a language at 35!!