Alas, a few days at the beach....

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Well, sometimes the best laid plans donīt quite work out so well.  I had hoped to arrive in Pto. Escondido before night fall  but that didnīt happen.  I had no room reservation and was uncertain about the location of the bus terminal I would be arriving in.  It was 10 pm, dark and I had no room to go to.  I panicked a bit.  Then I saw a young woman from my bus with a backpack on talking to some local women in Spanish....I thought there is my savior.  I had seen her give up her very favorable seat to an older woman earlier in the day so I figured she had to be alright. 

I approached her and asked her if she spoke English.  She did a little bit.  I asked if she had plans for a room.  She didnīt.  I had a list of places in my hand and suggested that we might be able to help each other out.  She loved it.  My first new friend, Paula, an architect from Argentina. 

We eventually found a place I had on my list after talking to many people along the way.  It was very close to the beach and we shared a room for the night for $10 beach.  Unbelievable.  We parted ways the next morning.....she was traveling for several months alone and wanted to seek out a place here to stay for a bit. It worked out nicely for both of us.

I fell in love with this little beach town.  It is supposed to be the surf capital of Mexico, and the waves at Zicatela Beach are massive.  So not a swimming beach, but there are several others in the area that are highly swimable and quite spectacular.  The 160 steps down and back up to get to them is a deterent for many, but not for me.  There were 200 stairs at the resort in Zihua, and my calves got a good breaking in there for sure.  Got to keep physically moving forward. 

It is currently the "off season" here from Christmas to Easter.  Hard to believe for me too, but the prices were very favorable for me and I wanted to stay for a bit.  I had plans to meet friends in Oaxaca in a few days and decided to do research for a trip back here from Oaxaca.  I made some great connections for housing, language classes and a surfing school and decided it was time to relax a bit.  I spent an entire afternoon in the water at Carizilillo Beach in the Riconada section of town and came out looking like a raisin.  Perfect sized waves and temperature makes a beach  bum like me very happy.  Iīm definitely coming back here to visit.  But for now, itīs off to Oaxaca to celebrate my birthday with friends from NOLA. 
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jlslavin on

Was thinking about you in the last few days as it has been freezing up in Boston. Great to hear that you having a ball. Love getting the updates. The site is great.

much love,

Jeff and Lori Slavin

nltaverna on

mexico rocks!!
Hey Miss Judi!!

Glad your having some great adventures, we're livin
thru you!!! Lovin ya from here baby,
Your buddies in Townsend.

dvendy on

The house is so empty without you! It is 16 freezin' degrees in Manch-Vegas today! Going skiing today, what else? Miss you from the great white north. Love Denise & Michael

trainrider7 on

Mardi Gras's got nuthin' on you
YAY for wonderful Mexican adventures! Mardi Gras started in earnest last weekend with Krewe du Vieux. Hilarious as always, colder than the coldest cold thing, for us anyway, this year. King Arthur rolls on Sunday - which means happy, happy memories for this girl. Wish you were here for just the fun times, none of the stupidity. Keep on keepin' on.


bigbridge on

Finally got you....
Hey JB,

Sorry it took me so long get this too you.

You sound like you are having a great adventure and of course having a blast on your back!!! (on the beach, this is)

All is well in RP.. just waiting for things to progress and then we will see what the life gods have in store for me the second half.

That's it for me. GO PATS!!!

Love...BJD & Bridget :-)

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