Guadalajara

Ok… so to update from the other day…

I missed 2 buses… The one up into the mountains, and then one to Mexico City… Losing a total of $30 in the process…

Missing the first bus I decided to skip the mountain town because the next bus there wouldn’t get me there until late at night, so instead I decided to just go straight to Guadalajara… Then I missed the bus I had a ticket for and had to take the next one… Luckily the woman at the ticket counter took pity on me and only charged me half price for the second ticket…

Once in Mexico City, I had to take a taxi from one bus terminal to another… which I was kinda nervous about… It’s VERY common in Mexico City for taxi drivers to take you somewhere, beat you, rob you, and dump you on the street… Luckily the bus terminal had an authorized taxi booth where they mark down the driver’s information and everything before sending you off…

I arrived at the other terminal and bought a ticket for the midnight bus to Guadalajara so I wouldn’t arrive too early (it’s a 7 hour ride)… I killed 2 hours exploring the huge terminal and getting a quesillo torta, a sandwich of this really good stringy cheese with jalepeño’s and other stuff… before boarding the comfortable bus and falling asleep…

I woke up in Guadalajara and navigated the local bus system to get downtown, avoiding the $7 cab fare in the process… and then went out exploring… I noticed the pollution right away… and people were walking around with surgical masks on… It kinda freaked me out… But later while watching the local news I saw that it’s not a normal thing and it’s just because there’s a huge wildfire burning just outside the city…

Guadalajara is a beautiful city, though… with lots of beautiful colonial architecture… It’s also a very modern cosmopolitan city… the 2nd largest in Mexico after Mexico City (the largest in the world)…

Tomorrow I head down to the coast to spend a few days relaxing on the beach in Puerto Vallarta before beginning the last stretch of travel toward the US border…

Sorry for the boring entry… not too much exciting going on… Gonna go find something to do right now so maybe later 🙂

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