Thursday, December 23, 2010
Durango and on my own again!
There are advantages and disadvantages to traveling through Mexico with a Spanish-speaking friend. The biggest disadvantage is that no matter how hard we tried not to, we ended up speaking english most of the time - and Alma ended up translating my Spanish into Spanish for me, rescuing those folks that had to struggle to figure out what the hell I'm saying.
Today I splurge and treat myself to two yummy veggie corn and pepper tamales, as I search for a Caffenio or similar independent coffee shop that has internet, before I leave Durango.
There are over a half million people in Durango, yet people call it a 'small town'. I wonder if that's because they are thinking Mexico City and not Las Glorias or Rosario.
I spend a long time, talking with many people, trying to find a coffee shop that has internet also. I'm not sure if people understand me 100 per cent, but I find lots of internet cafes that charge per hour, and two coffee shops that are both closed - even though they both have signs and stuff inside, they're definitely shut down.
One of the neighbors of a closed coffee-shop tells me of another coffee shop with internet. I try to follow his directions but cannot find it. I return to 20th of Noviembre (the name of a street) to try again when I see it, a cute little coffee cafe! Not the one he was talking about, but the one I need.
And yes, it has internet! So I'm catching up with everything. And I'll have to readjust to having my cute little casa-camion all to myself.
Tonite, I plan on parking close to this coffee shop, just in case I can have internet access all night and in the morning! It seems to be a quiet neighborhood with a huge university close by, several u.s. hotels around too, like Best Western and the Holiday Inn.
Tomorrow I want to head further into Mexico, maybe towards Agua Calientes, and then Guadalajara. I want to take about a week or so and then head back to the ocean for a couple of days before I go to Cuernavaca - especially if it remains cold outside. So far, so good.
Freezing in the mountains!
Grrrr - I don't remember exactly what it is I was supposed to do - Shazam explained it to me but I was thinking, hey, I'm heading to the warmth and sunshine of Mexico - I won't need to drain anything.
Fortunately, I did remember to turn down the veggie oil and run the diesel before we stopped last night so at least I don't have to worry about that.
I want to go for a run but my hands freeze when I step outside. That's how cold it is!
We make coffee, clean up a little, and then I go for a walk around the park. The park ranger (I guess that's who he is) tells me the park is many mil hectareas big and there are deer and other animals that I don't recognize.
I ask if there are bears and he scoffs no, of course not.
As I walk, I see several cabins and signs that this is a protected area, for the people and the earth - and we should take care of it. I do not see any animals - they're too smart to be out in this cold!
I return, warm up the truck, and continue our journey to Durango on the free road!