Cabin Fever

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Baja Ferries

Flag of Mexico  , Sinaloa,
Friday, December 2, 2011

So we decided to splash out a bit and get a cabin aboard the ferry carting us from Mazatlan to La Paz. Given the 16+ hours travel time we figured we'd get our return on investment.

We've been on large ferries before while in Greece a few years back but this one was slightly different. I guess everything in Mexico is slightly different. It seemed as if the concept of having passengers on board was a bit of an afterthought as the facilities were rather basic. The dining hall was more like a canteen, though we should not complain too much as at least the ticket price included supper and breakfast. Drinks were extra. 

It was pretty overcast as we said goodbye to Maz, so I think we timed our departure well. We excitedly found our assigned cabin and it was rather pleasant. tiny, but pleasant. One annoying thing though was that the window looked onto an outside corridor so no privacy if curtains we not drawn shut. But hey,at least we had a window!

We very quickly made ourselves comfy and after the bland dinner settled down to a stint of Modern Family and the odd movie. BTW we are now up to date with the Good Wife and Community. We were eventually rocked to sleep by the huge cradle we found ourselves in. 

The overiding recollection of the cabin is actually the shower which was really good, the water being extremely soft and consistently warm. Plus it was a real shower, than a wet room that we'd become accustomed to.

So we eventually arrive in La Paz and that's when the waiting started. For some strange reason the passengers must leave the ferry last. So we while away out the time counting the cacti and watching the ferry being unloaded by very enthusiastic truck drivers who seemed in a aweful hurry to get nowhere in particular. We were eventually let out of the asylym and joined a security checkpoint where said military police give our belongings a half-arsed rummage before letting us through. 

The local bus is waiting outside and after dodging the touting taxi drivers, we hop on board and into La Paz we head, on to our first Couchsurfing experience.
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