Ep13 – How Do You Stay Such A Social Butterfly? Do You Ever Get Over The Travel Small Talk With Randos?

Ep13 – How Do You Stay Such A Social Butterfly? Do You Ever Get Over The Travel Small Talk With Randos?

In this episode, I answer Tessa’s questions, introduce her and her awesome business and then give you some HOT tips for Guatemala.

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Ep10 – Coolest Places You Have Ever Stayed In?

Ep10 – Coolest Places You Have Ever Stayed In?

In this episode I talk about the best/coolest and the most beautiful places I ever stayed at and the worst.

My best couch surfing experience.

I talk about two incredible hikes – Acatenango  in Guatemala and Cape to Cape in the South West Coast of Australia.

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I will also tell you about my adventure in the very north part of Colombia a beautiful place called Cabo De La Vela. I will tell you about a cute little own on a lake in India, Puskhar.

Again more about coincidences and travel synchronicities, hitch kicking with a dog in a truck full of birds and a bus through Colombia.

And of course food, I will tell you my top picks in the world.

Name of restaurant in Jeruselum – Machneyuda

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COZUMEL

COZUMEL

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How to get there? Super easy, from Playa Del Carmen you just get a 45min ferry over.

Where to stay? I stayed at a hostel called Beds Friends, it is really nice and the stuff were super helpful. Also up Calle 10 Nte, there is a place called Tamart they do a by donations yoga classes.

Where to eat? Because it is an Island where all the cruise ships stop they have all the American food joints like Hard Rock but also lots of local restaurants.

There is also a super cute juice shop few streets down from bed friends.

Extra info.. Go diving here, you can do your open water or fun dives. Also hire a scooter and explore the island, it only cost us $20US for the day.

Our next stop on the journey is going to be Tulum, a little beach town you can not miss.

SAN CRISTOBAL

SAN CRISTOBAL

How to get there? ADO bus to San Cristobal, we actually booked a tour from Palenque that visited 3 waterfalls and then dropped us off in San Cristobal.

Where to stay? I stayed at Puerta Vieja Hostel. The breakfast is included and there was always a sweet and savoury option, both looked delicious. They offer free yoga and every second night they have all you can drink Mojitos (strong and delicious) for the ladies.

Where to eat? There is just so many choices. A lot of the wine bars offer free tapas with every drink you buy.

What to do? They have huge markets, a beautiful church, lots of shopping and great coffee shops to relax in.

Visit El Arcotete go zip lining for 100 Mexican pesos and explore the caves for 10 Mexican pesos. Its a nice place to come with a group and have a picnic. They also have lots of this funny single rope swings everywhere. You can get a local bus there or a taxi.

Photo taken of me of the funny one rope swing.
Photo taken from the cave tour of the view.

Sumidero Canyon tour, you can go with a tour or on your own, do the tour because it is the same price and easier.

The Sumidero Canyon.

Party? Start the night of with a free Mojito or a tapas and wine, and end it in a Mezcal bar or a Salsa Bar.

Enough of the big city life, next stop the Pacific coast, Puerto Escondido.

OAXACA CITY

OAXACA CITY

How to get there? Just hop onto an ADO bus straight to Oaxaca city if you are in Mazunte you will need to come back to Puerto Escondido to get the ADO bus.

Where to stay? I stayed in a lovely hostel called Casa Angel it had a delicious free breakfast, lots of computers to use, a kitchen for the guests to use and a TV with Netflix and it offered tours.

Where to eat? Oaxaca was the first place where I tried blue corn tortillas and they were amazing. I stumbled upon a group of ladies making delicious tacos on my way to the markets. At that point in my travels I have very, very limited Spanish that I couldn’t even understand what was in the taco so I had to just stand there and watch them make them and then just point at what looked good. To my luck there was a local photographer doing a story for a local website, who was able to translate for me.

Blue corn tortillas and mini chorizo cooking.
My first blue corn chicken taco with hot sauce to match my pants.

Secondly, this is the place to try all 7 types of Mexican mole. The mole is like a Mexican type of curry that they use with different meats but it tastes nothing like curry. There is a green one I think they cook with pork, a red one with chicken and black and four more.

My sampler plate of the 7 moles.

Thirdly, they have these huge food markets 20 de noviembre with amazing local Mexican food, anything you can thing of they have Huaraches, Tlayudas, Tacos, Tortas, Sopas, Tamales and much more. They have lots of fresh juices, smoothies and they love Jamaica which is an infusion of dried red hibiscus flowers.

What to do? EAT!

Visit the big tree.

Visit Hierve el Agua the petrified waterfall.

Hierve el Agua.

I did both these things plus a Mezcal farm and a fabric factory with a tour I booked through the hostel. I would highly recommend it because to get to the waterfall on your own is really hard, but doable my friends did it (helps a lot if you speak Spanish).

Second hand shopping! You must must go. Its a little out of the main town and you might be warned its a little bit dodgy but just don’t go there after dark or don’t stay after dark, I know it will be hard because this is nothing like you have seen before. Its on the corner of Periferico (main st) and Gral Ignacio Zaragoza (ask the hostel they would know). My friends found this place by asking their Air BnB owner, they explained where to go. When I walked in, it was nothing like I have ever seen before there are just piles and piles of clothes everywhere, in each room and you have to walk on top of clothes to get anywhere. There is a little gap for you to get from room to room and to the cash register but otherwise you are climbing on top of clothes. I looked around to find a good place to plonk myself down. Once I found the prefect spot I just started to dig and dig and dig it was not long until I come across a complete gem and another one and another one and I was set. It was time to pay my fifty Australian cents for each item and I set off back to the hostel stopping over at some street food vendor for a snack.

Party? There are lots of funky Mezcal bars and salsa clubs.

Extra info.. Just have a look at the second hand store, you must.

After Oaxaca I began to run out of time fast. I had to get to Mexico City (DF) so I could catch my Flight to Guatemala. I met this couple somewhere, who lived in DF for a month and they gave me some hot tips of where to go, what to eat and what to see.

MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY

How to get there? Easy, hop on an ADO bus. I think there are a few terminals you want to go to TAPO. From there you can get an Uber, taxi or public transport (I used google maps to plan my journey, super easy).

Where to stay? Mexico City is huge and has lots of different suburbs I stayed in one called Roma. It felt super safe, I even walked home alone after a night out. I stayed at a place called Hostel Home, it was really chill and had a kitchen. I then moved into my friend friend’s place for a few nights. Originally I wanted to stay at Suites DF Hostel because I heard good things about it but it was fully booked so you may want to book in advance.

Where to eat? Just like any other big city there are a lot of choices. It is a very multicultural place so you can find cuisines from all over the world. My favourite would have to be a street stall just down the street from Hostel Home making sushi (they were delicious).

You must must go to the food markets near Frida Kahlo’s Blue House and get a Huaraches it is the best one I have ever had. It was so huge my friend and I had to share and so so so so cheap. It was on a blue corn tortilla, with 4 types of meat, lettuce, four types of cheese one grilled, two sprinkled, one drizzled, nopal (cactus that they eat). The place is located in the middle of the food section of the markets and from the photo bellow you will recognise it but if you don’t find it, no fear there is sooooo much incredible food there you will leave satisfied.

My most favourite dish in Mexico, you must try it.

What to do? Visit Frida Carlos’s Blue House.

Selfie in Frida’s mirror that she used for self portraits.

Catch the train to the last stop to reach UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and visit the contemporary art museum. The three photos below are of an interactive exhibit where you sit in a little glass cubicle and breath in recycled air.

Teotihuacan Ruins the biggest in Mexico, super impressive. I highly recommend. Photos below are from different view points of the ruins.


Nacho Libre fight, really fake but super funny. Buy ticket there and just grab the cheapest ones you still see everything.

Photo taken from our cheap seats of the Nacho Libre fight.

Visit Biblioteca Vasconcelos, it cost them 1.4 million US dollars to build.

Photo taken in the Venconcelos library.

You can also check out a show at Bellas Artes, we went there to see the Folkloric Ballet.

The Bellas Artes, in the night time.

Party? Patrick Miller Night Club, I didn’t get to go but I heard amazing things.
And that brings me to the end of my trip in Mexico. Below are two places that I missed out but I recommend checking out.

MI CASA ES SU CASA

MI CASA ES SU CASA

Definition: my home is your home. I have experience the literal meaning of this. My time at Cozumel has only been great, apart from loosing my evil eye earring today but that’s okay Mexico has taken a lot of things and a lot of firsts(not PG so not covered in the blog).
A lot of people know that I believe that everything happens for a reasons and the more I travel the more I believe it. Firstly the meeting Jordan (Perth gal previous post) and now Luis. Luis and I first met at yoga which I was introduced to by a girl in my dorm. I only went with her to yoga because this crazy Canadian wouldn’t let me go for a walk with the other girls and her because apparently I was complaining a lot about being tired but I swear I was just dying in bed hungry. Anyways so I didn’t go get food I decided to go to yoga instead, I loved it so much that I went back the next day on my own. There were only two people in the class one of whom was Luis. We talked about diving a bit but not much more than that. The next day I checked out and decided to go for a walk along the beach seeing as it was a nice day. Not my original plan, my friend Jam and I hired a scooter the previous day and I still have it for a few hours before having to return it, I was gonna scooter to the other side of the island. I decided to have a quick practice first and nearly crashed 3 times, hence the change of plans. 
I walked along the rocky beach trying to find the perfect place to sit, and I did. I sat there planning to do a little bit of meditating, listening to the waves crash on the rocks. I then looked around and saw a couple sitting having lunch, I thought it was Luis but I wasn’t sure and couldn’t remember his name to call out so I just turned around and stared back at the ocean, few seconds later I hear “Dasha” I turn around to waving Luis. I grabbed all my things and walked over to join them. 
The girl with him was Janet, she is visiting on holidays from France. They know each other because they come from the same town in Mexico. They invited me to come and hand out with the them they were going slacklining, it’s a tight rope kind of thing very popular in Brazil. They then invited me to stay and party with them. 

  
That night we ended up cooking a massive, traditional Mexican dinner! So much food it was amazing:) everything was delicious and the next day we went snorkeling. Luis works as a tour guide on the cruise ships so he got us in for free! We saw lobsters, lots of fish and a stingray. That night we ended up cooking up a storm again! I am in love with Mexican food. 

   
   

The next morning I went to my favorite little juice joint that I found the other day $2 for one liter of smoothie or juice and then I set off for Tulum.