Two months ago we crossed the border at Tecate and like Jasper explained in his last blog, it took us a while to get used to a new style of travelling. Now that we’ve found a way that works for us, I thought it was time to revise the information about our daily lives…
As mentioned, we lamented the loss of spontaneity a bit and while we still need to plan ahead, we did manage to get some of it back. Instead of spending a lot of time “en route” and sleeping somewhere different each night, we try and stay put for a couple of days. We travel to a region with lots of points of interest and find accommodation at a central point. An Airbnb, hotel or hostel with secure parking. From that place we do day-trips.
We have to remind ourselves that the plan was not to try and see every highlight out there though. So we still have to actively work on finding a good balance between sightseeing and relaxing.
Here’s how that balance might play out in a “a slice of Central American life!”:
We’ll wake up and have some breakfast. Unorthodox, I know! What we have hasn’t changed a lot since last time except we have added some new options into the mix. Avocado on toast with a fried egg and musli with fruit and milk! Powdered milk in Mexico is yummy! Or maybe the one brand we tried in the US just wasn’t nice. Although our friend Andrew assures us that, “No, powdered milk in the US just doesn’t taste like real milk.” Maybe we got lucky first try and happened to buy the one brand in the world that’s actually good…
Enough about milk!
Avocado and fried egg rooftop breakfast
We head out on our day trip! Huzzah!
Staying in one place with secure parking has its perks, we can leave the bikes behind without worrying. Which is great because that also means we don’t have to wear our gear and that makes me a very happy bunny. I’m sure I do not need to remind you of my dramatic performance relating to the warmth my trousers! We’ll take a collectivo* or sometimes we go on an organised tour. The latter only happened once though, because it worked out cheaper or basically the same price, so we could be lazy and just follow along. That’s exactly what is was, following along, being herded like sheep. Even though it wasn’t adventurous, the Cañón del Sumidero was well worth the visit though!
Sometimes we do take one bike but with empty panniers so that when we arrive we can leave all the gear with the bike. On these occasions, we very cunningly wear shorts underneath the trousers so we can leave them behind too! Oh the cleverness of it!
For lunch it’s usually a taco or a quesadilla. For some time I had been wondering what exactly the difference is between a quesadilla and a taco because at each roadside restaurant we stopped, they would all have different shapes and/or sizes. So I asked and you’ll never guess what the difference is… one of them has cheese, the other doesn’t! Mind. Blown. I kind of felt like that time I realised that brunch is a combination between the words breakfast and lunch… yeah…
In my defence, breakfast and lunch are English words and though we do not use those two in Belgium, we do use the word brunch. Since I learned about brunch before I started learning the English language, beautiful and extensive in vocabulary, it never occurred to me brunch was a blended word.
…I knew what a brunch was before I was twelve? How very middle-class of me!
If the day-trip doesn’t actually take us a full day, we’ll go back to our “home” and do some of that relaxing we heard so much about. We really enjoy finding a nice coffee place and reading, going for a stroll around the town, or writing down inspiration for a new blog…
Coffee... or a cocktail.
For dinner, if we are in an Airbnb or hostel, we might go to the supermarket in the afternoon and cook an evening meal. But we go to restaurants too. To be honest, the food is so delicious and so cheap here that we have become lazy and very often go out to get waited on.
Then at the end of the day, we brush our teeth, like the good little kids that we are, and climb into bed. Sometimes it’s a bunk bed. I get the top bunk.
* Collectivo: It’s a minivan that works like a public transport bus. Except that you pay at the end, and it stops wherever people want to get on or off along the route.