Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 1: Trip to Oaxaca

Day 1

No problems – except for the connecting to the internet…but that finally worked too. We left san antonio around 9:30-10:00. The hotel was nice – and ecologically friendly “green.” Driving through Texas was like herding cattle in Lonesome Dove. I keep my eyes peeled for Woodrow and Gus, but to no avail.

We reached Eagle Pass around noon and stopped for about an hour. Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes to cross the border! I did immediately get lost (hehe). I pulled into a different lane and got ahead of the Padillas (who have the map and GPS) so I drove down the road until I found a place to park and wait (the walkies came in handy here!). It took forever to get to the next checkpoint (mostly because the posted speed limit is often 40 km/h which translates to 28 mph) –fun times. Someone almost pulled into me once, but other than that, driving was actually pretty fun. It was very desolate – but the rolling hills and mountains in the distance were beautiful. I’m almost finished with the first book I took (though I did take a Vallejo break to make it across the border).

We got to the hotel in Monclova around 6, and weren’t sure if we could get rooms at first. We waited about 30 mins to see if those who had made reservations would show; they didn’t so we got the rooms (there was only one available to begin with, but another opened up). It took us about 30 mins to find the restaurant we were looking for (I need to brush up on my Spanish), but we finally found it and enjoyed a nice meal and got to know each other better. After returning to the hotel to find our stuff still safe and intact (I wasn’t sure that would be the case) I spent about 30 minutes trying to connect to the internet. I was able to talk to my family over skype (coolest thing ever!) and now I’m watching the first episode of Chuck in spanish (awesome!).

The only difficulty I’ve had so far is finding a place to change my money. ATMs are much easier to access, but the line at the back we visited today was ginormous. Ugh. Oh my! They have a commercial for this season’s 24…Maybe I will be able to watch it! Wow!

Well I’m sleepy and I have to get up at least by 6 tomorrow. Night!

1 comment:

Laurel said...

YEA! So glad to hear how the adventure is starting out! Here's to continued good time--cheers!