Is it just me, or is answering the question ‘so, how was your trip?’ akin to describing the plot of Inception in one sentence? It’s just not possible to get across the smell of the local food as you wander the streets, or that feeling of an unknown ocean brushing your toes in a socially acceptable timeframe. I tend to resort to excellent describing words such as ‘awesome, really cool and my favourite ‘just the best! I’ve come to realise photos are a time efficient and easy way to describe the essence of your trip to friends while keeping them visually stimulated over a coffee date. I also edit down my travel ‘moments’ to three favourites that I thought I would share with you guys from my time in Mexico.
1. Sipping on local Mezcal, chased with fresh orange wedges and chilli salt in the Zocalo (town plaza), Oaxaca city. From our vantage point on the corner of the tree lined plaza, we watched 20 couples slowly waltzing in the centre of an adoring crowd followed by an hour-long serenade by an impeccably dressed Mariachi band.
2. Avoiding a stomach churning 8-hour bus trip through the mountains from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido, we instead booked a last minute flight on the recommendation of our B&B host. Arriving at the tiny airport, we were treated to a private flight on a 16-seat cessnar that looked like it hadn’t been flown for a while. And by private, I mean it was me Xander and the pilot. Forget the in-flight meal.
Nervous? Yes. Stunning views over the Mexican coastline at sunrise? Yes. Worth it? Totally.
3. Normally keen to travel as authentically as possible, I tend to avoid touristy sightseeing and the like. However after strong persuasion from our Mexican host, we decided to check out an eco-adventure that assisted in the protection and release of baby turtles into the ocean. Sceptical to begin with, the experience totally blew us away as we were able to watch hundres of tiny turtles make their first dalliance into the ocean and learn to survive outside the egg. It was humbling to think that some would live to be over 100 years old.
Oaxaca City: El Diable y la Sandia B&B