Santa Cruz to Salina Cruz to Coatzacoalcos, Mexico November 29, 2023
I left the hotel about 7:50 and walked to La Crucecita via the pedestrian walkway. I found one of the few places open for breakfast - 9 am seems to be opening time. That’s time for lunch for some of us! I had the best breakfast I’ve had so far. The eggs were mixed with lots of cheese, bacon and tons of mushrooms. It was delicious. Of course it came with a dollop of beans which were good too in a beany way-
I was only about 10 minutes from ADO - the bus depot. I bought my ticket to Coatzacoalcos which cost about $68. We left La Crucecita at 9:45 sharp. We drove through hilly areas completely covered in trees-
and sometimes close to the ocean-
The road was very windy and it was slow going but the driver was very aggressive but safe.
Huatulco is the blue dot and Coatzacoalcos is the red point-
Once in Salina Cruz, which is a port city and one I am glad I didn’t spend a night in as it looked like Walmart might be the major attraction. From the bus depot I walked around the corner and found a hole in the wall restaurant-
and had the best fish ever. First, the waitress brought the tortillas in a basket-
They were warm and very soft. The only way I like to eat them is with jam and she sure gave me a funny look when I asked for marmalade! As soon as I ordered the fish, they erased it from the menu board. I guess they just had one piece. It was delicious-
You know it’s a good place if the bus drivers are eating there. There were lots of women (and pots) working in the kitchen-
The bus depot had open walls and there was a nice breeze. My seat was right at the front and luckily I didn’t have to share the whole trip. There were two bus drivers and one didn’t shut up the whole 7 1/2 hours. I’ve never heard anyone talk that much. I was sitting right below the tv and they played 3 annoying movies that I don’t think anyone was watching. As the night wore on, it got colder and colder. Finally at a stop I asked the driver if he could turn the heat on. He did for awhile but I was sure glad I had my pants, sweater and towel - to use as a blanket. The temperature was 11!
We drove right by my hotel, Los Andes, but they wouldn’t let me out so I walked back 2 km in the drizzle. I didn’t mind one bit because it was nice after sitting so long and it’s the first time I haven’t been sweating in 3 weeks!
I’m just here for the night and moving on to Villahermosa but there’s a pool here that looks pretty nice so I’ll see what the morning brings. Today was a good day!
Something happened to me in the night. I matured. I guess that’s what happens when you go from 61 to 62. I woke up realizing that I need to focus on the 90% instead of the 10%. Just think about it. I’M IN MEXICO!! I’m not working, I’m warm, I’m exploring new places, meeting new people and improving my Spanish. How great is that? It’s interesting how a little attitude tweak can change everything! I’m very much looking forward to the next month of my trip!