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  MEXICO, SEPTEMBER 15 2005
 

Vue sur le mont Rainer
Mount Rainier, 4392m Washington,
USA

From Western Canada to the huge Mexico City
After a night of insomnia, we leave the city of Prince George, located at the North of British Columbia. Then 4800 km, 8 hours of flight, and 3 layovers later, we finally land in Mexico City. All along the flight, we could enjoy an incredible landscape filled with mountains. At night, we could observe all the lights coming out of big cities on our way. Eternal snows and fire-coloured sunsets make it unreal. Overtiredness takes hold of us and everywhere we can, on airport seats and in planes, we nod off. Once in Mexico City, we take the subway, already crowded with people going to work, to reach our hotel. Mexico’s subway is the cheapest in the world, which is 20 cents in Canadian money! Our huge backpacks are quite disturbing for moving, we must increase our awareness to avoid robbery.
 
18 000 000 of inhabitants
For us, who grew up in a city of 15 000, it’s a shock. 18 million people live in this city, which is nine times the city of Montreal. We rented a little room in a hotel located right in the historical center of the city. There are merchants installed everywhere on the streets. They do their best with what they have. The place and the traffic are a bit chaotic, but we expected worst. People are nice and merchants don’t annoy us that much. We have to understand that for most of them, it’s a matter of survival. Even though we see policemen at each corner, the corruption that prevails in this country brings us to mistrust them. We’ll be staying here for 8 days to visit the city and walk in this human jungle.
Rue du centre historique de la ville de Mexico
Street of Mexico city
 
Fillette mexicaine

Heart touching
470km south of Mexico City, we set foot in the city of Oaxaca. The place is superb and we feel a fun-filled atmosphere. Everyday, Mexican music echoes on the central place. In front of the cathedral of Oaxaca, children are playing throwing long cylinder-shaped air bags. Plus, for 2 hours, we get to admire a dance show given by the local children. At the end, without it being part of the show, a little girl comes up to Caroline and gives her the pineapple she used for her last dance number. We were very surprised and so touched by her kindness that words missed to thank her adequately.

Jeune mexicain
 
Temples of Monte Albán
Set high up on an artificial hill, 11km from the city of Oaxaca, we explored pyramids, temples, underground passages, an observatory and a ball game. The site was occupied ten centuries B.C. by the Zapotec civilisation with about the 25 000 inhabitants. Human sacrifices were practiced there.
Ruine de Monte Alban Squelette
 
A winding road
Once again, we take the bus to get to the Mexican west cost. While most of the other tourists take first class buses, we take second class. Not only are they less expensive, but they give us the opportunity to mix with the locals. Seven hours of a very winding road is waiting for us. Patrick will get close to being sick, while Caroline will buy herself frozen popsicles to ease her dizziness.
 
Crue des eaux, Mazunte
Water flood, Mazunte
Port, Puerto Escondido
Port, Puerto Escondido
Falaise dorée, Mazunte
Golden cliff, Mazunte
 
Beach and surf
After crossing the Sierra Madre del Sur, we arrive in Puerto Escondido, both a seaport and a tourist site. Even before there were paved roads to get there, the place was well-known for its huge waves. The beach of Zicatela is ranked third in the world for surfing. Australia and Hawaii are in first and second position. Close to there, we settle our tent in the a little community of 400 people called Mazunte.  We prefer sleeping with our material instead of taking a bed that has been shared among who knows how many people. However, camping sites are rare in Mexico. Some hotels and hostels allow us to camp and leave them our valuable goods. During day time, heat and dampness become so insufferable that we avoid going under the sun.
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