The days in San Cristobal have had a little bit of everything. I’m not sure where to begin, nor do I feel like trying to re-hash daily events. More interesting than the daily events of visiting Sumidero Canyon or the La Merced celebration (Wade from Vagabond Journey actually did the work of documenting it for me) are the people I’ve spent my last few days with.
For most of the week I’ve been hanging out with an English traveler; Max. We stayed at the same hostel in Puerto Escondido and left for San Cristobal together. Max left this morning for Guatemala but wanted to properly say goodbye to Mexico with a couple bottles of Tequila. We bought a liter of Tequila thinking that would be more than enough. We were wrong. The two of us with help from the hotel front desk clerk and Wade (more on Wade below) finished the bottle and Max went out to get some beer. Instead he came back with another liter of tequila. We dived in. At 2:00 am Max thought bed would be a good idea so he could catch a 7:00 am bus for the border. Of course he slept in and missed that bus but managed to catch the bus leaving at 7:45 am. His words tell the rest better than I could. “I feel like shite and was sick on the bus…now I´m in the shitty little border point with a sizable hangover, and no bus until 9pm! The early bus was a mistake, and I had to argue for 10 minutes for them to let me on because the women said I smelt of tequila! I think I left some stuff in the room but cant remember? Disaster.”
Also joining us was Wade. I first heard of Wade before I left the US through his website Vagabond Journey. Through his writing Wade gave me tons of useful information before I left to travel. He has been traveling for the past eleven years. Wade seemed to keep it together a little better than Max.
|From San Cristobal 2010-09|
Not joining us, but invited, was Rachael. Rachael was a high school friend of Kate’s who currently lives in San Cristobal. She is a free-lance writer and also works with women in the local communities on women’s rights. Most topics broached are considered taboo in the local villages so the women use theater as a tool of communication. Tonight, however, there is a concert and salsa dancing so more good times will ensue.
Photos from San Cristobal de las Casas