Email from Nicole - Dec 31 2000 - Mexico:
internet cafes! Kirsty and I have safely made it to Mexico now and are having a great time. Mexico city was interesting - got ripped off as soon as we walked out the doors of the airport, had to look at three hotels to find a spare bed, only to end up in a slanty double bed so fell into each other all night! And to top it all off, NOBODY speaks any English so we are having a very crash course at trying to pick op the local lingo! It is seriously impossible to communicate with anyone - even the hotels don't speak a word of English! We didn't spend too much time in Mexico City - too much pollution, dirty streets and many people. Our first day we went out to Xilchomico, or something like that!_This is a series of canals which we cruised Mexican style - full of colour, floating mariachis playing music, people dancing on their gondolas, boats selling everything you can imagine etc etc.
Spent the rest of the afternoon and the next day doing cultural things...churches, art galleries etc. We have now arrived in Taxos, a gorgeous little Mexican town, full of cobbled streets, more of the very Mexican VW taxis, and home to hand made silver - over 300 shops and many streets to walk thru. Kirsty and I are actually wondering how we will find our way back to our hotel - which doesn't have a name! after a few coronas on NYE! I am very jealous to hear of everyone's white Xmas and can't believe I have missed it snowing in London! That is unbelievable, but cold! The weather here is slowly picking up and I have just shed my jumper today for the first time. Hope everyone is well. Until next time... Nic-Coley
Email from Nicole - Jan 4 2001 - Mexico:
little beach place, set up mainly for surfers. However, we are not staying and are on our way for our first few days of beach bumming, lying in a hammock, enjoying the sunshine and the heat. Yipppeeee!! Well, we thought the Mexicans knew how to party, but obviously not in the town we chose for New Year. Most of the pubs and restaurants were closed, the shops were shut, we waited all night to have a crack at the pinjadas in the main square to no avail, and the whole town was in church as the clock struck midnight (amongst fire works that didn't go off, other than smoke!). So all in all it was a quiet affair, without even a count down to midnight. Quite a laugh really, and will be the New Year's eve I will remember most as it was so quiet and I only had one beer!!!
We are enjoying the Mexican food but it is not what we thought - the tacos are soft, there is no such thing as burritos and nachos (much to my distress), and they put chilli on everything - even their popcorn (Charmin I think you may even struggle to eat some of this chilli!! Maybe not...). Coronas here are so cheap - we saw them in a supermarket, a 6 pack for about $5 (aussie dollars) and in the restaurants it is cheaper to drink than orange juice. Yummmmmmyyyy!!
Thanks to everyone for your emails, I will reply another day as Kirst and I have to run to get another hot, stinking bus to Peurto Angel. Adios!
Love Nic..Coley xxxx
Email from Nicole - Jan 7 2001
pretty much nothing but lying on the beach. the beaches here are very relaxing - all lined with hammocks, beachside restaurants, nude sunbathers (not including us!), and a cruisy atmosphere.
We kicked back at Peurto Angel, Zipolite, Mazunte and we are now at Huatulco. Today we went on a 7 bay boat cruise and snorkelling day out, for 6 hours with open bar - very good value. We are only here by default as well as our 10 hour bus trip to our next stop is booked out for three days as all the Mexicans head back to work this weekend. We have changed plans slightly and instead of going into north mexico we are going to Guatamala and Belize for about 8 or 9 days or something like that. There is so much to see and do in Mexico , I feel really rushed to see everything (that is, with my numerous days of lying on the beach needing to be included!). I am pleased to say I have lost my London whiteness and am starting to see the beginnings of a tan.
Hope everyone is well. cant believe that I will beback at work in a month. Take care
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