Bahram's World Tour 2006
Mexico, what a beautiful country, all bar CancÃºn and MÃ©xico City but apart from that what a country. We travelled up from Belice into MÃ©xico, stopping off in a town called Tulum, where there are some more Mayan ruins but these are different. This site, it seemed the Mayans built for the elderly to go and retire as it is right on the beach, final stop before heaven. The water was the bluest I had seen as well as the sand being the softest touch to your feet. Another heavenly place, we decided not to walk around the ruins much and instead enjoy the beach which was well worth it. After a few hours of chilling here we travelled up to CancÃºn. At first it was nice to be in a place where you knew people would speak english and would be quite western, but then you realised there are Yanks everywhere and its just too Westernised. Our last night as a tour group, myself and a few others were on the full one month tour so we were carrying on but the others were just on the first leg of our tour for the first 2 weeks, finishing up in CancÃºn. From CancÃºn we would pick up a new group to travel through MÃ©xico upto MÃ©xico City. Having dinner as a group for the last time and then a few drinks and one last partying night for the young ones. The nightlife was good, reminded me a lot of Med holidays. We didn't make it to the world famous Cocobongos as it was 3am and it wasnt worth our while going in for the price, so we checked out a few other bars for one last horar. Having shots given to us by ladies in bikinis and doing a ritual of shaking our head, tapping our tummy, and shaking their boobs in our faces as we drunk them was something new. I think I will introduce this when I get back home, ladies get tose boobs ready. A few days in CancÃºn was way to long for me and I was looking forward to getting on with MÃ©xico and getting away from this commercialised city. Meeting the new group the next day and there were a lot more younger people on this leg of the tour, even though they were all ausies, we cant all be perfect J Im sure I am going to get a few snidey remarks from you ausies for that. Oh, before I carry on, I stupidly watched the film Hostal, I know not the best film to watch whilst backpacking, but at least I am not going to Bratislava. First day of the second leg of our our tour and we were off to the ruins site of Chichen Itza. Our tour guide was expectionally good showing us how the Mayans built their temples as to when there are big events, people talking at the top of the pyramids will have the voice echoed out, these guys were a bit intelligent hey. From the ruins we went to the town of Merida. This town was beautiful, world famous for their hammocks at 20 bucks a pop, just wish I could use one in London, but we dont really get the weather for it now do we. Very European town, with churches, squares and cafes on the street. Every Sunday is an excuse for parties in this town and after dinner, watching the bands play, dance a bit in the street and partied. Following night in Merida and drinking yard cocktails for 6 bucks and wearing sombreros, taking pictures with the great drawings on the wall, you can see for yourselves. Onto Campeche but first stopping off at Uxmal to see oh wait for it, some more Mayan ruins. Our tour guide was rather good and was teaching us some Mayan words, one which became the word of the tour 'CHAAAAAAK' meaning, oh I dont know, it was just funny. Our night here was eventful. Getting stitched up with a few of the others by, you know who you are, drinking tequilla shots whilst those people were drinking water. Rather bad joke to play and we made our feelings known, dont you worry. Day 6 of our tour we went to Palenque, a lovely town with more ruins to visit, but I really enjoyed this one as the tour guide was very good. Drinking games in the evening followed involving a pack of cards, a hotel room and some toe sucking. These pictures will be uploaded soon, they are restricted viewing. San CristÃ³bal was our next stop and along the way visiting Agua Azul and another waterfalls to go for a dip in. It was needed as was feeling a bit rough the following day after the drinking games. Some more drinking and clubbing followed for the next couple of nights. Taking a boat ride the next day through a beautiful canyon, taking some pics of crocs, monkeys and the amazning landscapes. The hotel we stayed in was to say the least not very good, no running water and no door to our shower curtain to the bathroom, mmm, anyone want to take a peek? The following day we were to visit some ruines at Oaxaca but I wasnt feeling too great so slept in. Lucky I did as the bus broke down on a one way street, resulting in traffic going on for miles around the hills, but from the pictures it seemed quite funny. Puebla was next on the agenda and another great city, very european and it was like a mini Buenos Airies. Stayed in a swanky hotel called the Hotel Royalty, yes I like that ring to it, dont you? Pigging out on Mcdonalds and then a massive Orio frappacino kind of ruined my appetite for a dinner. Went out for a few drinks in the evening to a very dodge bikers bar, hence why we only stayed there for one. Last day of the tour, Thursday 27th April and we had one more site to visit, Teotihucan. Our guide was a decsendant, proving it with his birth mark on the back of his neck. Walked us around some huge pyramids, climbing up them and then followed by a traditional ritual in a temple along with some medatating. Our last picnic lunch and of course it just had to be my turn to to the washing up, but I am used to it from back home. Arrived in MÃ©xico city and what a hole. Stayed in the downtown area, and never felt so out of place in my life. The girls being wolf whistled at whilst walking down the street, remarks being shouted accross at us. I moved from here to the nicer part of town the next day of course. Had dinner for the last time as a tour group before a few nightcaps at the hotel. Saying goodbye to Louis our driver who was very cool, we were able to commincate well enough during the tour with my limited spanish and his limited english to have a laugh or two and then saying goodbye to Birgeet. Our lovely German tour leader, efficient and organised of course but was a bit mental in the head and lost the plot a bit towards the end, having a go at Tina, a girl on the tour, for no reason whatsoever. Apart from that a great month. Hung around in MÃ©xico City for a couple of days with a few friends, (the nice part of town in Zona Rosa). Said goodbye to some good friends I made, Andrew, Janelle, Allana and Tina before heading off to Acopolco to go loco with a few english guys on the tour, Andy, Carolyn, Kirsty and RROGERR the ausie. Been partying here for the last few days and am now off to San Francisco tomorrow to start the US leg of my trip. Plans have changed slightly with Pete now bailing out on me so cant drive around the west coast for a few weeks. So, will be spending a couple of weeks in California and going to Vegas, before heading over to Alaska for a cruise with my mum and dad for a week. Then back over to Toronto as planned for a family wedding. Hope you are all well and stay tuned for some more partying stories, Studio 54 here I come...