How to read the signs

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Aug 01, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Guerrero,
Saturday, December 26, 2009

(1945 miles)

nadya: Im not just talking about road signs, but lets start with those: some signs are easy to decipher, the classic stop sign is not difficult to recognise in any language, and with a little help from our spanish phrase book "do not throw rubbish" and "no overtaking on solid line" were soon easily translated (although the mexicans seem to ignore both of these, so perhaps we got it wrong?). This one took a little longer to figure out - could it be "no emergency vehicles" or "no entry (entrada)"? Actually, its "no parking"! Figured this out once we discovered the word for parking was "Estacionamiento"...... We had a good giggle over this one - anyone wish to hazard a guess?

The most dangerous thing weve encountered in mexico are "topes" or speed bumps. Let me tell you, a mexican topes is no ordinary speed bump. Firstly they are lethally sharp and pointy, which means you have to slow down to no more than 5km/h to take it on, otherwise the suspension not only of the car, but also of the occupants, will take a serious beating. Secondly, they like to hide in the most unlikely places: in the shadows of trees, along a lonely stretch of road (in theory a highway), or in the middle of nowhere. They will jump out at you when youre not looking and chuckle when your heads hit the roof of the car, accompanied by the requisite screeching of brakes. Most of the time the topes sign appears right alongside the bump (often hidden behind a tree), giving you no time to react at all. Sometimes they are not even sign posted. Hence, the passenger is not only the navigator, but also given the all important duty of topes-spotter!

Then there are the other more subtle signs. Like, how to track down the perfect beach (for us). For instance, when the guide book suggests a great surf spot, its most likely to have huge intimidating waves, perfect for those hardcore surfer types, and not mere novices like us. And if there is a billboard with a picture of a surfer on it, thats a bad sign. And so, after leaving Sayulita, we went in search of a quiet spot with little waves and not too many tourists.

pengs: we drove down Michoacan coast (as a side note, this 250km stretch of coastline is unbelievably beautiful. If deserted, white sand beaches and palm trees are your thing, you have to spend some time here if you are ever in Mexico. The road is windie-windie so the 250kms is likely to take you 6 hours to drive it, but wow, it is really worth it) and stopped off at Boca de Pascuales (perfect tubes that break hard onto the beach and grow to 10m in the summer!) then to Ticla (heavy beach break that we actually tried to surf and got smashed about with).

nadz: We hop-skipped-and-jumped down the coast, until we eventually got good at reading the signs, and found ourselves at tiny Saladita (not on any of our maps or in any guidebook - a great sign!). Spent a few lovely days, including xmas, sunning ourselves, surfing perfect mini-waves, eating great food and chilling in our newly-acquired hammocks.

pengs: The surf here was perfect. A left point break with little waves that go on and on and on. (Adam: we are finding the pocket! Its incredible how easy it is to surf when youre in the right place on the wave). Xmas was celebrated with a surf as the sun was rising (yes, even nadya was willing to get up before sunrise to get those waves), chilling in the hammock drinking beer, eating way too much food and sharing the beach with dozens of mexican families.

An important event has also occurred that is critical to note (Anna, youre not gonna believe this): Nadya has started drinking beer! The light mexican beers with lime squeezed into them are so good that she cant resist and I have photos as evidence. Now Im working on this whole vegetarian nonsense :)

Now were off to Mexico City to meet up with Guillermo and his friends for some good times in the crazy city.....
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cesca on

ello, I love the pics and alter-egos. and nads drinks beer- very cool. love your guide to novice surfing in mexico= reckon you could seriously pin down a market for travel books in that area.looking forward to the next instalment. xx

Michelle Merrifield on

From the recesses of my suburban bliss, with the sound of kids on holiday for 6 weeks, your adventures and pictures look surreal. Enjoy this as much as I know you are! Love your blogs and photos (especially Nads in a bed with cheetah print...prrr or is it grrr!) Go girls you inspire me!

Karen on

Grrrreat purring grrrrlzzzzzzzzz. Looks super cool and luverly, nice to reach you from my office and get some surfin action from afar. Wanna see more boob tubes in the super mini tubes OK??????

tristan on

wow!!!!! yummy! damn brillo! jislaaik, girls!

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