V is For Viagra

Trip Start Dec 02, 2011
Trip End Jan 09, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Monday, December 5, 2011

9:30 AM - no phone call from the timeshare rep.  They must be a bit behind today.

10:00 AM - still no phone call from the rep.  WTF is going on??!?!?!!  They must've changed tactics, as their traditional methods have so far proven unsuccessful. 

But what does that mean?  Would I step in the shower, only to find a timeshare rep hiding in the corner, ready to pounce?  When I lift the toilet seat to do my morning business, would somebody's head pop out of the toilet, spouting the investment potential of fractional vacation property ownership in Mexico?  I can't live under such constant fear and stress!!!  Luckily, the perfect cure for timeshare rep-induced stress in Cabo is easy to find - stick your face in a plate of food and start sucking like a pig in a trough!  Your mind can't be preoccupied with such thoughts when all the blood rushes to your stomach, instead.

Having also checked out the more happening beach in downtown Cabo yesterday, Playa El Medano, we decided to climb over those rocks we came across.  A local was angling for tips, helping people back and forth over the rocks - I definitely had more appreciation for somebody like that, than the vultures who work the marina in downtown Cabo.  It was quite the ordeal yesterday, running the gauntlet of vendors and tour operators - I always wonder if they understand how annoying they can be?  You have to respect the guy because of the hard work he puts in to make a few dollars, since it's nearly impossible to make any money off tourists without being able to English.  But of course, if he spoke fluent English, he'd be one of those guys in the marina harassing tourists ...

Taking advantage of the rental car, we popped into San Jose for a bit of a stroll - not too much there, unless you're a big fan of browsing art galleries and buying "artisan" crafts (ie - tourist junk).  San Jose is described as "artsy", something which made me wonder - what really constitutes artsy?  The fact that there are a ton of tourist dollars in town, meaning people open up shops and galleries to capitalize on tourism, selling Mexican crafts and art that probably weren't even made anywhere near San Jose? 

But still, it was nice to stroll around a city where some locals actually live, as opposed to Cabo San Lucas, where they only work and commute in from nearby communities.  Of course, there is always a reminder that the area's number one business is still tourism - the prevalence of funny signs advertising the availability of Viagra!  Every block seemingly had one, since cheap prescription drugs are apparently high on the shopping lists of many tourists.  In fact, it's so prevalent that I was surprised that some cappuccinos we ordered were served with packets of sugar, and not packets of Viagra!  But it's also a sad reminder - any time you have rich tourists in a poor country, sex tourism is inevitable ... I've read that many come to the area to partake in those services, and those widely-available little blue pills go hand-in-hand with that ...

After eating the past few days at the resort, it was time to venture out and try something new - though good, we pretty much had eaten everything on the menu.  Nick San is the famous sushi restaurant around, with a couple of locations and a plethora of great reviews, and it's what the birthday girl felt like having - but unfortunately, the hype was unfounded.  Though the seafood was as fresh as possible and the food good, it wasn't any better than any good place back home.  Nick San is known for being a Mexican-fusion sushi restaurant, but that's not really an accurate description - the menu was largely sushi you'd find anywhere else, with the exception of some mango or hot chilies added here and there.  

It obviously caters to the tourist and expat crowd, as the interior is super fancy, similar to any high-end restaurant you'd find in Canada or the States - but it seemingly tries too hard to be something it's not.  But still, the setting made for a fitting venue to celebrate B's 30th - happy birthday babe!

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