It’s been a while since I last wrote a blogpost,
Writing is more difficult when you are trying to figure some thing out.
I did not expect it, but it took me a little while to adapt to mainland Mexico and get comfortable with our new way of travelling. We took the ferry from Baja California towards Topolobampo, Sinaloa and continued to ride south to the Jalisco state.
The Sinaloan city ‘Culiacan’, where we stayed for three nights, just made the news all over the world. And instagram suggests the hashtag #sinaloacartel when you just want to mention the state. I have traveled several times in South America and I know you will have an excellent time if you travel ‘smart’. But these search results, combined with the all-too frequent stories told in the USA about their southern neighbours, might have planted a seed after all.
The result was that we weren’t camping anymore and spent a lot of time looking for cheap, but comfortable, accommodations where we could also securely park our Twins for the night. This, in return, required more planning and less spontaneity. I like spontaneity.
On the other hand we had been on the road for a little over three months.
I am used to being away from home. The past five years I worked for a maritime company on projects all over the world where a normal shift would be two months abroad and one month of recuperation. During the latter I would always go home to see my friends and family. Bottom line; I came to the realisation I do miss home. Don’t get me wrong, I am not having a miserable time being homesick, but I do realise the importance of our social circle back home.
Writing this reminds me of a very nice talk I had with someone a while ago in the USA. She asked me: “Is this trip an adventure for you; or a lifestyle?”
The above, for me, is confirmation this is still an adventure. Quite the adventure indeed! But, for now, not open-ended.
At the moment of writing, we are 4 months into our adventure. We have covered over 21.000 kilometres. More than the distance from the North to the South pole as the crow, a crow on steroids, flies. And we are in Mexico for about a month and a half.
Let me tell you, we have realised what we already knew. Travelling in Mexico is a lot of fun! The street food is tasty and cheap, the people are friendly and we can afford more comfortable accommodations from time to time. Common sense, following your gut feeling and tons of info from other travellers will go a long way keeping you safe.
For me the tipping point was meeting Joel and his family through the bunk-a-biker platform. They welcomed us into their home with open arms and showed us around town. But above all there was a great connection. Soon after we discovered some lovely towns on our route like Guanajuato and Oaxaca. And Mexico City proved to be absolutely amazing too!
We stick to our plan and won’t try to visit everything anymore, and yet Mexico amazes us nearly every single day:
We are adapting, riding, eating and enjoying it all, as much as we can. And at the same time we are slowly looking towards what’s to come. We can almost see Guatemala at the horizon from San Cristobal de Las Casas. And, in a month or so, we are getting visitors, and a little taste of home… in Costa Rica.
A big hug from Chiapas, Mexico!