Since we’ve only been back on the road for a week and haven’t had time to build up a blog-post-worth of cool stories, here is a list of things we’ve learned in our almost two months of traveling in Mexico.
1) Street tacos are the best - and cheapest - meal you can find in Mexico.
2) Seriously, eat all the tacos!!!!
3) Everything in the desert wants to stab you… plants, animals, fish, it doesn’t matter what it is it wants to poke you.
4) Road signs are not so much a guarantee as a suggestion, and sometimes the road may just end… even if it’s a highway.
5) If you make an effort to speak the language you will be treated with more respect and encouragement by the locals, than if you speak only English. However, you can get by just fine with little-to-no Spanish as long as you’re good at Charades.
6) Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals. They know the best place for food, drinks, when things open and close (signage and reliable info is hard to find), and what the best places to visit are. And oftentimes these are wonderfully colorful characters worth spending a few minutes with.
7) Street dogs in Mexico are sweet, smart, and usually don’t have any interest in you. Sometimes you are lucky enough to find one that wants to adopt you. If this happens just enjoy the love and attention and try your hardest not to take them home with you.
8) Conversations with other “overlanders” start with three questions: 1) Where are you from? 2) Where are you going? 3) And where do you poop? I’ll elaborate on the last question. Each vehicle is set up differently, some with their own facilities, some without. When you share a beach, especially one with no pit toilets, you need to know what eachother’s “situation” may be so you can plan your morning accordingly. Although, the question is usually answered when someone walks away with a shovel in one hand and a roll of toilet paper in the other.
9) If you go where the Gringos go, expect to pay Gringo prices. Things in Mexico tend to be less than half the cost of the states, but if you eat at a place where the signs are all in English, or shop at the souvenir shop right next to the beach, you’re probably going to pay American prices… sometimes more.
10) Relax! Things go at a slower pace here, which can be difficult for us Type A, crazy-busy Americans, but it all works out in the end. It always takes me a couple days in a new place to hit my rhythm and to adjust to the pace of the locals. It’s quite common to hear the phrase “manaña” or “Es Baja” to explain why something isn’t open when it should be, or why that road leads to nowhere. If you just look at it with an open mind and realize you are in a beautiful place where time moves a little differently you will fall in love with Baja the way we have.
Tomorrow we are heading out on a whale watching tour in Magdalena Bay. We are going to see the gray whales and their calves and I am sure the stories and pictures will be incredible!
In case you felt this post was a bit of a cop out on the Mexico-Adventuring here is a picture of a stingray I took while snorkeling this week and a recipe for some yummy Shrimp Tacos!
Siracha Shrimp Tacos:
Best if served with Dos Margaritas and a side of whatever campy TV show you’re currently marathoning. : )
Note: I subbed Romaine for cabbage because that’s what I had on hand, but other than that I pretty much followed the recipe and they turned out amazing!