Mexico – 8.3.1999

Yesterday was a very long day.  Our bus from Acapulco to Mexico City didn’t have very good air conditioning and there was this toy that played Beethoven’s Fur Elise for 5 hours straight.  I don’t know why nobody else could hear it or if they could ignore it for that long.  It drove Jen and I crazy.  We also only got one movie, Godzilla, but at least it was in English.  I also felt like I was going to die from being sick.  

My nose was running the whole time and I had to keep re-using tissues.  That bus ride was VERY long.  When we finally got to the terminal we couldn’t remember the name of the other station we had to go to and decided to ask a cab driver.  He wanted to charge us 150 pesos which officially makes him a thief and someone who should be shot.  I knew it was only 45 pesos and went to the taxi box of Authorized Taxis.  The guy who I had just asked was Authorized but had tried to rip us off.  I got our ticket and the other taxi drivers wanted to take us directly to Texcoco saying it was safer.  Honestly, how stupid do they think us gringos are?  

So we got our taxi and went to the other station where we caught a bus to Texcoco.  It was nice to finally be back where the combies would take us where we had to go and we really didn’t have to worry about being robbed anymore.  I don’t think I like Mexico very much.  I’ve tried to keep an open mind but I think I don’t really like it.  I guess it’s just because of how bad the economic situation has gotten here and how dirty most of the towns are.  There are beggars everywhere, you go and you always have to watch for getting robbed or swindled.  

Well, today is when we have to start our final drive towards the final project.  Our group is running smoothly and getting things done.  I guess the other groups are fighting, complaining and bickering.  I guess everyone is just tired of each other but my group is doing great.  In a worst case scenario of complaining is Geralyn again.  She got fed up with everything and isn’t going to do a project and moved out of the hotel into her Mexican boyfriend’s place.  What a whore.  She really does have a screw loose.  Hisam tells me all the girls are bitching about each other as well.  Thank God I”m a guy.  All in all I think I’ve had a really good experience here and am glad I did it.  It’s so trying though being with these same people constantly though.  

I’m really looking forward to going back to my cozy apartment and American food.  It’s amazing how fast this trip has really gone.  I remember in the beginning I didn’t think I would like Mexico that much and that this would be a long six weeks.  It went so fast because the program kept us so busy.  I learned so much this summer and am really glad I had this opportunity.  The good thing is that we still have 2 months of summer left when I can catch up on relaxation.  I will have to go back to work but it’s just not that big a deal.  

One thing I am frustrated about right now is the fact that Tory hasn’t written me since the 23rd of July.  I wonder if her Web T.V. is broken or if she has found another guy?  I don’t think she would do that to me but you never know.  Either way I don’t have time to worry about it right now because I want to get an A on the final project and it has been taking up a lot of time.  

Night ——-

Ok, it has really not been a good day.  The main reason for this is I am sick.  I have a sore throat, I cough, I sneeze and my body feels like hell.  I feel a little better at the present moment though because I just got out of a super hot shower.  Today is also not good because I have no money.  I somehow spent $300 on the Acapulco trip and really don’t want to call home and ask for more.  The group is going to a fokelore ballet tomorrow but like I said, I’m out of money.  I do regret missing it but beyond the money thing I am just too sick to go anywhere.  Another thing I really didn’t like about today was the fact that Tory still hasn’t E-mailed me.  One half of me worries about her and hopes she is ok while the other half is really upset with her.  

Again, I can’t really worry about it because this journal is due tomorrow and we also have an exam.  This week is jut no fun and I can’t wait to arrive home to my normal life.  I did enjoy this trip though and it has been an invaluable experience.  I am truly blessed.  

Mexico – 8.2.1999 – Acapulco 2

Last night was a bad one.  I was allergic to something in the room and kept sneezing and had a runny nose.  Right now we are in the bus station waiting to go back to Texcoco.  I really didn’t enjoy Acapulco as much as I thought I would.  Well, I still feel pretty congested after last night and don’t feel like writing anymore in this bus terminal.  I’ll write more later. 

Anywho, back to not being satisfied with Acapulco.  I guess I was looking for more of a spring break atmosphere or something.  There really were not that many people on the beach.  I thought this was strange seeing as it is the tourist season.  I also hoped for better seafood restaurants.  I did enjoy how they were right on the beach yet I was hoping the portions would be bigger and the selection a bit wider.  

There are a few things I forgot to write about as well that I am going to write here.  One incident that occurred was Saturday night when I felt like crap and the others were waiting to go out.  Kyle was sitting on a chair listening to his walkman when he looks up and points then says “water.”  There was a flood of water coming under our door.  It turned out that the room next door had the shower on but for some reason it was flooding all over the place.  We had to put a towel under the door which helped a little but really didn’t stop the inflow.  Greg, Kyle and I used our shoes to try and push the water towards the drain in the bathroom.  Eventually maintenance came and cleaned up the mess.  Greg went down to complain and eventually got us a 30% discount.  

The beach in Acapulco wasn’t so great.  To get down to it you had to go through a restaurant and they wanted you to sit at their tables.  The water wasn’t something you could relax in because not 3 feet into the water the waves crashed and after that the bottom dropped off a bit.  So basically you either had to fight the waves or swim.  While on the beach countless Mexicans would come up to you trying to sell stuff.  I did have fun letting the waves wash me ashore then drag me back again through.  All in all I had a decent time.  I also watched a lot of MTV.  They had clay animation called Celebrity Deathmatch which was hilarious.  I really didn’t want to go shopping, you can only eat a few times a day and the beach gets old.  So what is a guy to do but watch TV?  

One thing that annoyed me when we went shopping, which is the same thing that annoys me all over Mexico when shopping are the vendors.  I absolutely hate how they cannot leave you in peace to shop.  They always have to say stuff like “You want blanket, very cheap!” Actually it drives me insane.  I do not like shopping in Mexico.  

Mexico – 8.1.1999 – Acapulco

Ok, now I have to go back to last Friday.  We took our exams that morning and I think I did pretty well.  I knew a lot about NAFTA and am sure I got an A but wasn’t too clear on the Puebla project.  After our exam we headed to the bus terminal for our trip to Acapulco.  I got major flashbacks in the terminal of traveling around Europe with Alejandro.  It took about an hour to get to Mexico City from Texcoco then we had to travel to the South bus station which took another 25 minutes by taxi.  Then we waited for 45 minutes until the bus left for Acapulco.  We watched two movies while on the bus.  

The first was Police Academy but it sucked because it was in Spanish.  The second movie was just stupid.  After arriving in Acapulco we were all anxious for some fun.  It was really too late for the beach seeing as we arrived around 7pm.  We were pretty hungry around this time and really wanted some seafood.  Actually, the first thing we noticed was that our room was ocean front.  We had a great view of the ocean but the street right in front of our hotel kind of spoiled it because people are always honking.  

Anywho, we went out for a little seafood but didn’t have to look far because there were places right along the beach in front of our hotel.  We ate at this restaurant that was like a ship and all the waiters were dressed as pirates.  It was pricey but the food was excellent.  I ordered the shrimp but only got five, yet huge shrimp.  

One thing that bothered me was the type of seafood they serve in Mexico.  I guess I was looking for more of a calabash type Myrtle Beach restaurant and they simply don’t exist here.  It was nice to eat right alongside the ocean however.  

After the restaurant it was time to hit the discoteca.  We were pretty impressed by the picture of on e on the card the cab driver had given us.  We went and it was $20 to get in, however it was a free bar.  We all had a good time and danced a lot.  I guess I’m getting old though because the bars just aren’t as much fun as they used to be.  

The next day we got up and went straight to McDonald’s for lunch.  No matter where you are there is always a McDonald’s and it is always excellent.

After McDonald’s it was time for the beach.  The first thing that happened was Greg puked in the water.  This was the second time he threw up in the ocean.  The first was in Veracruz.  After about an hour and a half we all went in and took a nap.  When we woke up we went for dinner at another seafood restaurant.  I wasn’t feeling too well at this point and decided I wasn’t going out that night.  We all went back to the hotel and I laid down because I felt like absolute crap.  

The Farm Boys and Jen did end up going out and woke me up when they returned at 4am.  We all slept in pretty late the next morning and went to the bus station around noon.  We got a big shock though when we found out all the buses going to Mexico City were full until 5pm!!  We had been warned to not travel in Mexico at night so we decided to buy our tickets for the next day and stay in Acapulco one more night.  

Jen and I got separated from the Farm Boys because they thought they could get the last two seats on the 3 o’clock to Mexico City at another station.  After we separated Jen and I went back to the beach for around an hour.  Then I was getting burned and decided to go back in .  About an hour later she returned and rested for a bit then went shopping.  I decided to go to the beach, get a table and write in my journal.  I wrote for about an hour when Jen came and joined me for a few Coronas.  We talked for a few hours then went back to the room to wash up for dinner.  We got a big surprise when Greg called the room and said they weren’t able to get on the 3 o’clock bus.  They had been swimming in the pool all day.

We tried to call Texcoco then but the operator told me the lines for the Santa Bertha hotel were private and she couldn’t give them to me.  Kyle tried to call the Valezquez but couldn’t get a hold of them either.  There was nothing we could do but go to dinner.  The Farm Boys were too tired to go and had to catch a 9am bus the next day and just went to bed.  Jen and I went to a seafood place along the ocean and got lobster.  IT was incredible lobster as well, especially with butter.  

*Note – The hotel we stayed at in Acapulco was the Hotel Tortuga.  
Hotel Santa Bertha was where we stayed in Texcoco.  

Hotel Tortuga – Acapulco


Mexico 7.30.1999

I didn’t get a chance to write yesterday because we went to Mexico City then had to study for our exam.  So here I am on the bus to Acapulco and finally have time to write.  The handwriting is sloppy because of the bus! 

Anywho, yesterday we went to Mexico City after a short lecture on the political parties of Mexico.  Our first stop was at the Modelo Brewing Company.  

OK, I couldn’t write very well on the bus so now I”m on the beach at Acapulco and going to finish writing about this day.  We went to the Modelo brewing company and saw how beer was made.  It’s amazing the process they go through to make beer.  At the end of the tour we got to try the product and Greg got wasted.  He drank some eight beers in a very short time and got a little drunk.  I only had four and caught a little buzz.  After that we went to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  That is where the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared.  Later that night we all had to study for our exam.  Well, here is where I”m going to quit to keep the dates correct in this diary.