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Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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We had been told there was a 6:30 bus but we could only get on the 7:45 one. Great, 2 hours sitting around doing nothing. Went surprisingly quickly and I even managed to buy breakfast and some toothpaste at the bus station. I only had a 100 peso note and it's one of those countries where giving anyone a large note is a problem. They either flat out refuse to accept it or look like they are about to cry.
Bus ride to Puerto Escondido took hours! It slowly trundled along some village roads in the middle of nowhere through towns that never see tourists and some amazing scenery. Also had a couple of reasonable movies in English. From talking to a load of other travellers it seems we got really lucky with our movies in Mexico as only 1 we saw was in Spanish, well Chinese with Spanish subs.
Finally trudged into the station at 3pm and we had nowhere to stay. I had booked some hostel but they had screwed up and I won't be pre booking again. I lost $10 and there is no reason to book anyway. I didn't in Asia and I have no need here either. The only reason I pre booked in the first place was due to the fact I had no access to an LP for guidance.
We used the Internet at the bus station to search for directions to another hostel in town and it mentioned it was a short walk from the bus station. Bollocks! Neglected to mention there was more than 1 bus stop in town and we were at the wrong one. Walked around for 30 minutes in searing heat looking for a hostel that was on the other side of town before spotting a taxi and going the right way!
The Mayflower was pretty basic but nice. Great location but really hot bedrooms with a couple of fans and no doors. Great security! There was also a sign saying, "Don't hang surf shorts near the street as kids with fishing rods will take them!"
I mentioned surf shorts for a reason. This town is a surfers dream. One of the biggest surf breaks in the world and unsurprisingly the Aussies we met in Mexico City were in the hostel. It may have been 5pm but it was still really hot so we went straight to the beach. Only lasted an hour or so before the storm hit but it's a cool place. Reminded me a little bit of Sihanoukville. Not as touristy as Acapulco and more suited to backpackers. We were starving so chipped into town for some more tacos. Pretty good and best of all really cheap. We ordered far too much and couldn't even finish all of it.
I finished the night chatting, over a big beer, to a load of Swedish and Danish people. It was like a Danish convention as half the hostel was Danish! Hadn't met a single Danish person since Jesper in China and then 10 in one place! Had a great couple of beers before finally hitting the sack at 1am in the sauna of a bedroom.