|I have been on the road for five months now. During those twenty-two weeks, I've travelled more than 21 000 km on the ground (more than 80% in buses). I've been in three countries and 70 cities. I've visited 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites. My body is now getting used to Mexico and I really enjoy it. I also enjoy my current pace of travelling.|
When I look back, I can hardly put
everything in perspective. I'm browsing through the 10 000 plus
pictures I took so far and although I remember all the details of
every one of them, my brain still have problems understanding I've
seen so many things in so little time. My 22 weeks of travelling
would have taken me more than 4 years with my previous 5 weeks a year
of vacation. I did it 5 months!
Every now and then, when I look at
something on the street I have flashbacks of seeing something similar
in another city. Especially here in Mexico, where there are so many
common street names from one city to the other. Every city has at
least one street Hidalgo (there were at least 2 heroes named Hidalgo
in the Mexican history), one street Juarez, etc. When I see one of
those signs, I remember the same name street located in previous
Especially now that my body is finally
accustomed to Mexico bacterias. It took me about 5 weeks to be able
to say that... that's because of the rough start I had in Chihuahua.
But now, I'm very much acclimated and I can now eat Mexican food for
both lunch and dinner. For breakfast, I still mostly eat peanut
butter sandwiches with a glass of milk. That's kind of security
blanket. Just like in Canada and USA, most restaurants only serve
eggs for breakfast although some will offer waffles or pancakes. I
like eggs, but not every morning... and the other choices are empty
calories. Besides, having my peanut butter spreads for breakfast and
bed time snack allows me to get some fibres... which are very low in
Mexican cuisine (where corn tortilla and white bread are the norm).
Anyone who knows me will tell you I love spicy food, so that's not a
problem. As an example... when I was making my spaghetti sauce in
Montreal... if it didn't make me cry or sweat, it wasn't spicy enough
I'm also sleeping better at altitude.
It's true that I'm lower than in Zacatecas, but I'm still at 1900 m
(about 6 300 feet). My nights are short... but they always were.
I'm feeling rested when I wake up, which is new to me in high
In terms of finances, I had to revise
my daily budget a bit with the local reality.. but it's still aligned
to what I had in mind on a monthly basis. I initially thought of a
daily budget of US$25 (roughly $15 for housing, $5 for food and $5
for inter-city transportation). After some experience, my daily
budget is now around US$30: $20 for the lodging, $8 for the food and
$2 for the transportation. The monthly total is still under
US$1000... so I'm good. Sometimes I spend more, sometimes I spend
less... but overall, I'm right on budget.
Finally, I'll mention that I really
enjoy my current pace of travelling. For a month now, I've been
changing location about every week, spending 6 to 8 days per
location. I do enjoy this pace a lot, which allows me to rest more,
work more on my projects and still allow me plenty of time to visit
the location, at various times of the day. My stay in a city isn't
ruined by a day of rain or a cloudy sky.
I will make two exceptions to that new
rule for two of my next stops: Morelia and Mexico. Due to the
extreme volatile and violent situation in the state of Michoacan I
have shortened my stay in Morelia. I will be there only 4 days, just
allowing me time to visit the old city and go for a tour to see the
Monarch butterflies. Then I'll be off to Mexico City where I'll
spend 4 weeks. It will be my first time in a city with more than 20
millions people... and I have 3 UNESCO sites to visit. Although I
could easily cover everything in 2 weeks, I decided to take 4... to
celebrate my then 6 months on the road.