Journal of Darren McGinnis - Outdoor Adventurer
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October2003 Arrival in Mexico
Hola everyone. I arrived in
Puerto Vallarta. I left Brownsville, TX. Tuesday at 4pm and arrived here
Wednesday at 4pm. The bus trip here was much better than any I have endured
in the States or Canada. It cost $85 for an executive-first-class ticket.
Unlike Greyhound, in Mexico they use brand new top of the line Volvo and
Mercedes buses. They also have about half the seats that a Greyhound has so
you can completely recline your seat...nice!! On top of all that luxury,
they also have Spanish movies blaring at high volume to entertain you...the
only bad thing about the trip. Man, you sure get a different perspective of
Mexico if you only go to the tourist resorts. We traveled through several
large cities along the way and I was surprised by how nice and modern they
were. There is construction everywhere and things really seem to be booming.
The highway we traveled, was brand new and ten times better than any I have
seen in the States or Canada. The traffic was minimal as well because there
seems to be much less truck traffic than in the north. All the cars, trucks,
and buses that are on the road all drive like the Duke boys mind you!! The
scenery was spectacular, rivaling the Rocky Mountains in my opinion. Busing
it in Mexico is very safe. Greyhound terminals in the States are all in the
downtown cores of the big cities and are very dangerous. They simply drop
you off and let all the crooks and criminals have at you. I have been to, at
night, Manhattan, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, and Kansas City
recently and trust me, it is very scary and I do not scare easy. That being
said, I was somewhat nervous about my two hour wait and transfer in
Guadalajara because it is such a big city. Down here, all the bus terminals
are in secure areas so they do not have all the problems such as in the
north. I do not know why Greyhound cannot do the same. Last night, I
splurged and got myself an expensive hotel room, $18/night. I went for a
walk and met a Mexican named Hanseus who took me to look at a few
apartments. My room seems cheap but it translates into almost $600/month for
a room. I can get a studio with a full kitchen and bath here for half that.
The first place was only $200/month but did not want Yoda who is still at my
parents in Texas. I will go get her in a week or two. I was concerned about
bringing her when I did not know where I was going or what I was doing. The
second place was really nice at $350 but did not want the dog either. Funny,
these Mexicans are really concerned about dogs messing up there beautiful,
clean places, ha, ha!! The problem is that Mexicans all think of stray,
dirty, starving, diseased, half breed, pit bulls when they think of a dog.
Anyway, we are going to look at a few more places today so I will have no
trouble finding one. We went for a beer or two after looking at the
apartments and I was also offered a job selling time shares as well. I would
have to get a haircut and shave a bit more though which sucks!! I am not
sure if I will be a better "Liner or Closer", ha, ha!! Who am I kidding, I
will kick ass at both!! While I am here, I also plan to check out kayaking
The Sea of Cortez. I have read some books about it and it seems very
exciting. There is internet access everywhere here so I should be checking
my e-mail regular now. I will be here for 5 or 6 months so come visit and
you have a place to stay, cheers, d.
Darren the Kayaker & Yoda the Pug.
1-380 Shuniah St.
Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada P7A 3A6