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playa majahua

Alex: the third and final beach recomendation for Zihua/Ixtapa surfing by our handy travel book, lonely planet Mexico. next is the hidden private beach next to club med, wish us luck, we may not be able to gain entry. playa Majahua had the biggest waves yet. they were actually alittle bit too big for me, and definately to big for stacey. our book said nothing about a bus to the beach so we hailed a cab, and pointed in the book to the name of the book. the driver looked confused, I´m pretty sure he didn´t know where it was. Just as I think he was explaining that he didn´t know where it was a man overheard and walked over. he flashed a laminated id card and explained that he was a registered tour guide. he said he knew where the beach was and that he would take us there for a small fee. the dude seemed alittle shifty to me but it was already late in the day and I wanted to get going. we all hoped in the cab and went into the winding hills of the countryside. the tour guide told us all about his brother who owned a tour boat and that we could go snorkeling and fishing on it for a small fee. I told him I´d let him know.we came to a large cement awning in the road that was under constuction. some hevily armed cops flaged us down. the tour guide flashed his id and had a breif converstion with the cop, the let us through. I paid the driver his predetermined fee of 5 bucks equivelent, and the tour guide asked for an equal amount *shakes fist in a cheap rage* seemed a bit much to me, but I suppose the cop wouldn´t have let us past otherwise. also 5 bucks isn´t alot. the guide told us that we had to stay on the beach and not to continue on up the road as it was prohibited by the cop. this only made me curious to what was over there but I opted not to go on the road for risk of more cops, my favorite kind of people.

there were no restaurants with heroic waiters at this beach. not much of anything except a large constuction site for a resort. shortly after the cab left Stacey realized we had forgot to buy water. a dire mistake when you go to an isolated beach in the mexican summer. I hit the surf and stacey waded in for a bit. we quickly noticed that the waves were significantly larger then any of the others we had encounted thus far. Stacey retreated to the beach, I really can´t blame her. we can´t post any pictures today unfortunatly cause Stacey couldn´t get the computers to except her camera software. wee woo. this net cafe has very old computers.

this beach was alot smaller in width with rockes and cliffs on either side. I tried to surf in the middle for a while, after about a half an hour I encountered a series of very large waves. Stacey and I estimate 30-35 feet in hight. I can handle one or two but it was clear after about 5 that I had little control of my whereabouts. I was ducking under them with mostly success, and getting dumped on my face only once or twice. then I started getting kinda close to the rocks one side. I managed to pull myself to safety with Stacey looking worried and helpless from the beach. I was alittle bit tired after that. I took a break then we decided to try and climb along some cliffs in the direction that we were not supposed to go. I suppose curiosity got the better of me.

we clambered along for alittle bit and saw some very large crabs in some the tidal pools. I really wanted to see around the side of the cliffs so that I could detirmine my suspicion and hope that it was the secret, private surfing beach I have been waiting so long for. once the rocks started to get a bit crumbly and difficult to climb along in sandles Stacey stopped and looked on as I continued along the treacherous terrain. I said as I left her line of sight that I would try and be back soon as not to worry her. I had a good idea of were I wanted to get to but the lower rocks had waves and water battering into them, and the upper cliffes had lots of sand all over them. I shimmied along the top cliffs being mindful of pelicans and hawks wizzing past me finally I could see the peak that I had been hoping for. it had bird poop all over it but I didn´t care. I climbed that last streach of the way and looked over. Unfortuatly it did not appear to be the beach I was hoping for but instead some amazind volcanic rock cliffs being buffeted with enormous waves. holding on with the cliff face with one hand I reached into my daybag with my other to retrive staceys camera I got what I hope to be some great shots but I can´t garentee the quality it was pretty hard to hold the camera and toy with the zoom with one free hand while clinging to a cliff face 50 feet about waves and rocks with the other. I will get stacey to post them later.

I arrived to meet another worried Stacey not long after. she informed me it had been 20 minutes and not as ¨real quick¨ as I had planned.

we went back down the rest of the way and I went surfing for about an hour longer until the dehydation got to me. :Alex

Stacey: We´re still staying at the Hotel Susy in Zihua and we haven´t gone to see if Natalia is still around. We´re probably going to do that tomorrow or the day after. Alex hasn´t decided if he wants to go try to see how Club Med is, or if he just wants to have another slow sort of day.

Maybe I could actually find a shirt that i like. ha.

Oh yes. I should also mention that while Alex was having his miraculous rock climbing adventure, i was sitting on the side of an incredibly hot cliff...trying to avoid the waves crashing up onto them. I probably could have climbed down on my own, except that some construction workers had decided to laze around on the beach, and I´m ridiculous and didn´t want them to try to talk to me.

Thankfully, no burn today. I was all over the sunscreen like you wouldn´t believe.

A good movie usually starts on cable at around 10pm, so we´re going to jet. I think it´s Silence of the Lambs tonight. I´ve never actually seen the beginning. good thing we´re close to the hotel.

Until tomorrow!!! or possibly the day after.

-Stacey and Alex

p.s. we´ve discovered that our favorite restaurant so far is ´El Sanka Grill´. we´ve been there a few times and they´ve started "Welcoming us home". haha. it´s very sweet.

Also, the place we ate at tonight was great, and i finally got to try a massive bowl of pozole (which is apparently a traditional guerrera dish.(Guerrera is the Mexican state we´re in.)) we had to tag team it, and then got to give some americans some dirty looks because they expected faster service in a busy restaurant with three servers. they were jerks. they deserved it. heh.

STILL HAVING A GREAT TIME!!!!!!

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beaches, adventure, wild animals, OH MY!!!!

Alrighty, so in the past couple of days we´ve been out to Ixtapa (to Playa la Palmara), over to Playa Larga (in between Zihua and the Airport) and taken an easy day (today).

Ixtapa was beautiful. We got there early in the morning, the waves were great, and even though at the end of the day some hardcore mexican surfers tried to kick us out of the water, but we were WAY too tough for them, and stayed anyway...just sort of far away. I got some great shots of Alex body surfing. I did too, just not quite as much. And he discovered that there´s a place we can go to swim with dolphins if we want to. it´s about $150 american, so we´re still kind of thinking about it, although after Playa Larga we might not have to. (Alex will tell you about that.)

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After Ixtapa we headed to Playa la Ropa, which is in Zihuatanejo but closer to our hotel. (No buses or taxis required, although we did take a bus back, because we´re getting old. HAHA!!!!)

On the walk there, we saw a Mexican bug that alex wanted a picture of. :D
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Nothing all that great happened there. it was sandy. i got salt water in my eyes. we felt kinda gross. alex upstaged me in every possible way (in the water) BUT discovered that he had a GINORMOUS hole in his bathing suit. (haha) there will be pictures of that later. we DID end up getting him a new bathing suit the following day, however, before we headed to Playa Larga. THAT beach has a great story that he gets to tell because it´s embarassing for me and he thinks i won´t tell it properly, which i won´t...because i don´t like to look like a wuss.

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Playa Larga

Alex: well that was the best beach we have been to so far. for waves anyway. they were really big, but the weren´t the best surfing waves. we didn´t get any pictures of the big waves here but from where a wave broke I could usually touch the sea bottom and from there to the tip was usually around 2 and 1/2 of me tall so about 15 feet tall. they were alot of fun and some were a bit painful. there was a stip of empty resturants along the beach. it looked like maybe people came on the weekend or something. we got some cheese casadillas and some gigantic classes of processed oj: Stacey 023.jpg

I think that there may have been smaller but our waiter spoke no english. and as always our spanish is very limited. at least we got orange juice and not fish juice. After breakfast I went body surfing and Stacey read her book for alittle while. I was a bit farther out in the water then I should have been then I saw a dorsal fin. the fact that I was in the ocean was both good and bad. bad because I thought there was a good chance I had come within a few feet of two sharks, and good because it didn´t matter when I peed myself. I swam to shore faster then I have ever swam in my whole life. I ran to the life guard and was able to comunicate to him my experience and he explained that these were dolphins, definatly not sharks. a sigh of relief. then I ran to stacey to get pictures but we were two late.
then she came and joined me in the surf. she held her own for quite some time and got some good distence. then she got hit by a couple of big waves at a time. I should explain that with body surfing if you don´t get the timing just right the wave will pick you up and then slam you into the sand. it is very disorienting to say the least, especially if it happens to you a bunch of times consecutively as it did to Stacey. this called for break for Stacey, I kept going. Stacey came back for round two after not two long. it was fine for a while and stacey powned a couple of biggies. then we noticed that we were a bit far from shore and tryed to swim in. suddenly noticing that there had been a wind current change and therefore a water current change. pulling us along the coast away from our restaurant and our stuff. this made it difficult but not impossible to get to shore. difficult enough however for Stacey to have a minor panic attack. there was alittle bit of screaming for land. enough for our poor, kind waiter to hear and run to our rescue with a boogie board and his jeans still on. just as we were almost home free. Weren´t exactly sure why he joined us in the water with his jeans on at first. despite the language barrier I was able to discerne from the wet jeans, worried look, and the words ¨for buoyancy,¨ that he thought we were drowning and had come to save us. By my standards we were never in any real danger, despite the drama of the incident.

Once Stacey had regained her breath, and calmed down she realized the hilarity of the experience and quickly became very embarresed. we were fine although given my shark experience I could understand how she felt.

we stopped for a while to get something to eat. we had to eat at the same restaunt cause I felt I had to tip this waiter not for his food service but for his heroic behavior. I had another casadilla, Stacey attemped to order shrimp, instead she got this:
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she also got ANOTHER friend to keep her company:
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A rather scary looking beast, no?
I gave the waiter a rather large tip and insisted on getting his picture. next to me he looks like a meager mexican boy, but I assure you he is hearty of spirit:
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after dinner the dolphins came back and we got a blurry shot you kinda have to hunt for them, ha, on the far left
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I went surfing for a couple more hours and Stacey read some more, when the sun started to go down we packed up to leave. on our way out I notice our waiter listening to Rammstein on a video juke box. I sung along with him for a song. I gather he was a big fan. all in all an eventful day but don´t worry moms everybody is safe.

Stacey: ok...so....it wasn´t SO bad and right after we got out of the water i was totally fine. so just....stop worrying mom. i´m ok. stop it!!

it was a lot of fun but i was so embarassed that i couldn´t bring myself to go back into the water for the rest of the day which resulted in....dun dun dun....the BEST SUNBURN GAINED THROUGH RIDICULOUSNESS!!!!

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it´s not so bad today. i look less...umm...beet-like. it was unfortunate at the time though, and showering and sleeping were....adventures.....*cough*

i finished my book!!! ha.

anyway....that was our big adventure.

we tried to watch Zathura today at the movie theatre but there was some confusion, and turns out, it was in Spanish. not subtitled in Spanish...no no...ACTUALLY in Spanish, which is really too bad. i didn´t know Tim Robbins was in it. HA!

and that´s all for now kids!! we have some random pictures of Zihuatanejo, and you´ll hear from us again soon.

LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!

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alex at the pizza place close to our hotel. i think this really accents his....umm....gaping maw?

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this dog´s nipples were enormous, so alex took a picture. it´s just a street dog and it followed us around for a while until a guy alex thought was sweet on me scared it away.

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oh yeah...alex accidentally bought some of that kid´s changing color sunscreen and i´m a horrible person, so i put this on his back. HAR HAR!!!

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there´s a China Town in Zihuatanejo. go figure!!!

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i thought i might want to eat this rotten coconut, THANKFULLY alex talked me out of it. that could´ve been ugly. (not really. just...calm down.)

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DAD!!! YOU GET A NEW HAT!!!!

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on the way back from Playa Larga we stopped into a pseudo department store because i wanted a shirt, and we´d been there previously for a towel (don´t worry Rhona, it wasn´t expensive), and alex had spotted this suit. he tried it on and decided to buy it!!! (Rhona again, he thought you´d be so proud, it was $25. and i didn´t have anything to do with it!! i just told him it looked swell.) he looks very handsome.

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well....handsome and...expressionless. he was happy about it. i assure you.

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every morning before we leave our hotel, and every night before we go inside, we see this scary mannequin. it´s almost directly across from our window and kind of looks in. it freaks me out a little, honestly.

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this parrot was huge. alex was afraid it was going to bite him. i figured he´d be ok, on account of the cage, but he was still wary.

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there´s the movie theatre. apparently it used to have a huge hole in the roof, and some birds flew through and pooped in alex´s popcorn. luckily, the threat has been removed.

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we went to the museum of archeology today. it took all of 15 minutes to see the entire thing, and this whale vertebrae, which is bigger than my entire upper torso.

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a replica of a spaniard boat at the museum.

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right outside the internet cafe we´re in is this awesome mural!!! this place is amazing!!! haha.

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this is also just outside our door at the hotel. i think they´re just beautiful.

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and last but not least, the Hotel Ulises, which was the last hotel Alex stayed in, across from the Naval Military base. we decided not to stay there this time. something about trumpets. ha.

Hasta Luego!!!!!

-Stacey and Alex

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officially in mexico, first update

writing from Zihuatanejo

alrighty, we´re finally in Zihuatanejo, after going through Mexico City and Guadalajara.

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first, of course, alex´s mom took a picture of us at the airport, which was fantastic of her, because i doubt we´ll be handing the camera off anytime soon. ha. then we´re off.

the plane ride to mexico city was pretty uneventful. 6 hours, and no movie. waw waw. but that´s ok. i became VERY good at Pokemon for the gameboy, VERY quickly.

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mexico city from the plane

we got there too late to really do anything but head straight to our hotel, which we did. it was nice, with a little fridge and the bed in a separate room. it was like a little apartment. we had to go out to eat, but it was literally around the corner, so no trouble. then we were up bright and early to catch our flight to guadalajara, UNFORTUNATELY, 4 different people sent us estupidos gringos to the international flights area. i guess they thought we were going back to canada. we missed our 7am flight, but they rescheduled us for 9am instead, and it didn´t cost anything, which was nice. one hour and we were in Guadalajara. we checked into the Hotel Serena right across from the bus depot and then caught a cab downtown.

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we had parakeets at our hotel. :D

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a fountain at the Plaza in downtown Guadalajara

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we went inside this beautiful cathedral

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it had this organ inside, which i thought was absolutely spectacular. i got some really good shots inside here.

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this fountain was great and had little ceramic frogs on the outside.

then we got into a horse and carriage and got a proper tour of the city. after we got back to the hotel we watched Scarface and then went to bed. at 6am we woke up, partook in the breakfast buffet, and then headed to the depot. our bus was supposed to leave at 8am, but we ran around for a while trying to overcome the language barrier and figure out where our bus was. we finally realized that it wasn´t even there yet, and waited around until it DID show up at 8:30, thankfully. (the next bus to Zihuatanejo wasn´t going to show up for another 5 days. eep.)

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that´s pretty much what it looked like the entire way there.

10 hours later, we´re in ZIHUATANEJO!!!

we passed through Ixtapa, which was beautiful, and are planning on biking out there in a couple of days, just to check it out.

Zihuatanejo is excellent and beautiful and the people are wonderful.

The phones are VERY tricky but we figured out that we can recieve text messages and we´re both still plugging away on those phones. i got through once but mostly a woman speaking spanish tells me that my phone numbers don´t exist. don´t worry though (moms :) ), we´re going to keep trying.

ha. due to time constraints i can´t really say much more except for that we´re having a great time so far.

also, i believe it was my brothers birthday yesterday. we made him a present, all the way from Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

WE LOVE YOU!!!!

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this gecko shared our room our first night in Zihua

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we changed hotels and this dog was lying outside. that was at around 11am. i took this picture at 7:30pm. same dog. same spot. and yes...it´s still alive.

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yay!!! the beach!!!!

-stacey and alex

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NEW BACKPACK!!!!

13 days left to go!!! this rules!!!

today my awesome friend Courteney and i finally went out and got that backpack i've been leading up to for so long. it RULES!!! 55L of pure awesomeness.

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and it's still a transformer like the 70L. it comes with a detachable day pack and turns into a duffel bag,

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and even has a special rain cover which is totally awesome. :D

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i also got my shots today. Hep A and B, plus a Polio shot, and a vaccine for cholera and diarreah as well as a perscription just in case i get it anyway. ha. mmm...lovely.

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all that's left to do is book the hotel for our stay over in mexico city, pick up the small stuff (like ziplock bags) and head out!!!

i'm going to practice packing for DAYS!!!!

HOORAY!!!!!

-stacey

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The words "non-refundable" have never sounded so good

Officially 15 days until I leave, and only 12 of those are working days! HA!!!

We offically booked our flights today. YAY!!!!

We leave Vancouver at 1pm on Feb.2, arrive in Mexico City by 8:25pm, and spend the whole night! (we're going to sleep on the plane so that we don't have to sleep the entire time we're there) and then we're up bright and early at 7am the next morning so that we can be in Guadalajara by 8:10am. we'll bum around for a while and then catch an afternoon bus to Zihuatanejo so that we can check into whatever we're sleeping in (ha).

On March 1st we'll pick up all of the crap we've accumulated and head out to the airport to be on our flight by 7pm in Guadalajara, which will take us to Mexico City by 8:05pm. we'll probably do a little more sight seeing after checking into our hotel, and then at 7am the next morning we'll be on a flight and hopefully back in Vancouver, safe and sound, by 11am.

I shouldn't be going back to work until the 4th or 5th of March, but we'll see. Hopefully I can alott myself some vacation recuperation time. ha. i hear these things can get stressful.

Summary:

Going There:
Feb.2: Vancover: 1:00pm
Mexico City: 8:20pm

Feb.3: Mexico City: 7:00am
Guadalajara: 8:10am

Coming Back:
Mar.1: Guadalajara: 7:00pm
Mexico City: 8:05pm

Mar.2: Mexico City: 7:00am
Vancouver: 11:00am

I'm ridiculously excited. While we were in the travel agency i kept grinning from ear to ear like some kind of village idiot. hopefully i played it off as cute. ha. who knows.

I'M GOING TO MEXICO!!! THIS RULES!!!

-stacey

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