Nuevo Laredo, USA, Real de catorce

15.11.2017 – 20.11.2017

Welcome to the North! Nuevo Laredo!
In the north of Mexico you have to accept other rules: The stronger wins. Be prepared!

No just kidding, the north better said Nuevo Laredo is as safe as CDMX. Stick to your normal travel behaviour.

 

I had a flight from CDMX to Monterrey due to the horrendous prices to Nuevo Laredo (NLD). In Monterrey I took an Uber to the bus terminal where a bus to NLD was waiting for me (500 Pesos).

Arrived in NLD my friend Alfredo picked me up and the adventure started. Still weak from my illness and on-going antibiotics cure I was ready for a small siesta. Fortunately Alfredo had to work and I could rest a little until all of his chindron friends arrived to his palace. That night was dedicated to Rock Music, Meat, Friends and a little dancing :D.

Before the BBQ started, my friend Alfredo and his band was jamming and we had a great time.

Until I could finally start my first bbq-fire in the style of a Norteños (not the group). I put an emergency flare into the pile of wood and this is how you make a fire! It is that easy!

Nice conversations were held until the meat was ready. Delicious chicken and tasting steaks were served. I just remembered the taste of the meat it during my writing, now I am hungry.

Ahh and David our dance maestro gave us some dance lesson, that was fun!!!
I could feel the antibiotics working in my body so I called it a day.

 

USA USA USA!!!

Next day we went on a road trip. Alfredo, Fer and I were ready for USA. The border crossing was really interesting for me. I have never entered USA by car. Anyway our destination was Austin TX for this we needed a permission for enter “inner” USA. Finally we got them for 6$ each. Mine was valid for three months. The fun part was they really were confused when they checked my passport. Swiss? What are you doing here? What Swiss? Hahahaha.
Yeah true, two Mexicans and one Swiss is a funny combination.

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First stop was in San Antonio for a small peek. We had a nice view from the tower and a lovely snack on top. Do not pay for the view just say that you will eat a snack in the bar on top, which in the end with 3 persons is was cheaper and you also ate and drank something for the money.

Back in the car we headed to Austin Texas!!!
In Austin we head a great time with the cousin of Alfredo and Fer. Delicious chicken wings without beer due to this pendejo barkeeper… And Fer destroyed us in pool billard.

Later, someone dragged us in a gay bar where you could eat cotton candy for free. It was funnier than expected.


The others called it a night but Alfredo and I were discovering the night life in Austin, which was pretty awesome. They even close a street every Thursday to Saturday for the party people. But I was happy that we just stayed a night in USA. Most of the people do not have any rhythm in their blood. L That night we slept in an inn near the centre of Austin, which was let’s say good in price for USA.

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Next day was IKEA and In-and-Out-Burger (DELICOUS) and a long way ahead until Nuevo Laredo. We arrived tired and exhausted in NLD. Thank you David for lending us the truck!!!

Real Sky

Real de catorce was still on our schedule that day. Abraham, Alfredo, Beto, Hectero and I were ready for some days of fun. We left NLD with our driver Abraham Wronggear. Finally after some hours or better said 3:18 in the morning we saw the sign of real de catorce, 24 km left, yeah. On the way to the top we made a small stop and greeted the sky and all our friends with the awesome Bacanaora (Murcielago!). Around 4:20 we finally reached our hostel, where we just slept 5-6 hours!!! If you are in Rd14 stay with Sulahe in the Rustique Townhouse With Great View on Airbnb!!! She was so lovely and also the accommodation is cool. I wished we staid a night longer.

 

Breakfast was calling!!! Oh it was so delicious!!!The town was so lovely an breathtaking!

 

After we were prepared for camping, Lucy joined us for the camping trip and we finally headed out of Rd14 to our camping spot, where we camped for one night under f****** clear sky.

The night was special, I think I will never forget it. Unfortunately the antibiotics were still bothering me… We learnt a lot about the constellations and the nature and some could even connect with the nature itself. The lasepointer and the smoke was also an amazing combination.

Next morning we had a session with los brujos. I learnt a lot about my personal me and my “profile”. Thank you brujos! I will see you for sure again!!!
Small note: if you camp in the desert take a lot of clothes and a good sleeping bag with you. I nearly died :D. Thank you guys for the awesome experience and the fun moments on our trip to Rd14!!! Maybe until 2019!!!

I decided to stay a night longer in NDL for relaxing purpose. My last full day in NLD we spent at the border and had a interesting interview with the border control. I think the whole inspection was 2 hours long, even we got a 100% car inspection. Anyway it was interesting and worth it the burger in Whataburger was good but the tacos in NLD were even better!!!

I was lucky the next day I saw the parade in NLD, where you could see all the different universities parading!

At 5 pm I left NLD by flight with a lot of memories, thanks to Alfredo and all his friends!!!
As you know you are welcome!!!

Recommendations:

  • Taste the tacos in NLD (Calle Marcario Zamora and Calle Peru)
  • Make a road trip to San Antonio and Austin
  • See San Antonio form the tower
  • River Walk in San Antonio
  • Experience the nightlife in Austin
  • Visit Real de catorce
  • Spend a night in the airbnb of Suahle
  • Try In-and-out-burger in USA
  • Have fun and be interested during a full inspection

Astonishing Valle de Bravo

13.10.2017 – 15.10.2017

I went a short weekend to Valle de Bravo. It is a really cute town with an awesome lake.

I went from CDMX to Toluca by ETN and then I took a bus to Valle de Bravo which took around 2 hours. It was already really late so that day ended without sightseeing in VdB.

Next day we had a walk around in the centre and had also a look what we could do there. We decided to go to the harbour to take a nice boat trip. Due to my strict budget we looked for other tourist, who wanted to share a boat trip with us. A boat trip (30 minutes) cost around 600 pesos and covered the most important places. After we found a couple to share the trip with, the boat trip could get started. We bought some beers and drinks and we were ready. It was a really nice day and also some really nice views from the boat. Also I found my future house, which I will buy soon, hahahah maybe. See the view by yourself.

 

We got really lucky, the couple we asked for sharing the boat ride invited us to go with them. With the car of them we visited the waterfalls nearby. Unfortunately, due to an incident, we did not have enough time to walk all the way down to the lake :/. Maybe next time, when I am in VdB I will walk until the lake.

Even that evening, we had good plans for going out and taste the different restaurants around the town. But my stomach did not want and therefore we headed to the hospital / red cross where I got an IV due to my on-going gastritis….

Next day with a healthier stomach, it was time to climb the mirador of VdB. The mirador it is an absolutely must to climb it. Entry is around 20 pesos, paid at the bottom of the stairs, you cannot miss it. It was absolutely amazing!

The bus back to Toluca was already calling. We went back to our accommodation and we got lucky again. The son of the owner was heading back to Toluca by car and offered to give us a lift to Toluca, awesome!!!

Recommendations:

  • Have a walk around in the centre
  • Boat trip on the lake
  • Visit the waterfalls
  • Enjoy the different artisanal markets

Chingon Guadalajara

02.10.2017 – 09.10.2017

443 Pesos was the cost of the ticket from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara. We took a bus from the centre of PVR to the bus terminal and the travel took about 6-7 hours due to a lot of traffic in Guadalajara.

Marc and I stayed in the awesome Hostal Nacional at the street Lopez Cotilla near to Avenida Chapultepec.

The first day we had a walk around the centre of Guadalajara, the old part. Plaza de la Liberacion, Catedral de Guadalajara and Plaza de Armas.

It was Tuesday night and that means in Guadalajara LUCHA LIBRE!!! With the help of the hostal we got some tickets and our private Lucha Libre guide. That was fun. Also try to understand what they are shouting. They shouted for sure Puto and as far as I remember Putos de abajo. 😀

Before we (Marc, I and the English “decent” clan) headed to Chapala, we ate a big cheap salad near out hostel. The place was called deli-salads (Lopez Cotilla and Calle Marsella).

By Uber (ca. 300 pesos) we drove from Guadalajara to Chapala, which is a lovely town with an awesome lake and malecon. Unfortunately the people there did not recommend swimming in the lake due to the pollution. Also rent a boat to see the nearby island and sights due to an incident we did not rent a boat…. Also what a saw that they have a lot of nice restaurant, buffets and bars which opens during the evening. We did not experience that. But anyway enjoy the market on the plaza, my friend both some really cheap nice leather accessories.

Next day we went to the nearby canyon. One entrance is near to the street Belisario Dominguez and take enough water with you. I remember that we needed around 1h 30 minutes down and a little bit more to climb up again. It is definitely worth it!!! Let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

Tequila Express with Jose Curevo

On that trip I met the three lovely women from all around Mexico, with whom I spent the ride from Guadalajara to Tequila. Thanks J. The program looked following.

With the train I left Guadalajara and near Tequila we changed to buses. During the change of transportation a traditional music band was playing and you had the opportunity to buy some sombreros.

Later we arrived at the headquarter of Jose Cuervo, where you see some interestings things.

After a walk around the HQ, the guest were invited to the auditorium where a tequila expert explained us how to taste tequila. I tasted tequila with coffee beans (to neutralize the smell in your nose) and also fermented sweet agave, was an awesome experience.

Then the tour guides took us on the exhibition tour of the factory and the awesome buildings around the HQ. After the tour of course you have enough time to buy tequila even they offer you a deposit service for your new belongings.

After the tour I had time for myself to have a look at the city of Tequila. Also I met Marc for some awesome birria des res in the Mercado Municipal Tequila, a must!

With a full stomach I headed back to the headquarter, where a traditional dance and music show was waiting for me.

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Last but not at least I also head a chance to see how an unharvested agave looked like. With the whole group we went to the countryside, where some farmers showed us how to harvest the agave. Also more tequila and more music were waiting for us!!! After that I went with the bus back to Guadalajara.

During the whole trip for sure you had enough opportunity to drink for free and eat some snacks, here a small list:

In the train terminal for breakfast: coffee, hot chocolate, fruits and even some buiscuits
In the train: a snack bag was waiting with sandwich fruits and yoghurt
During the ride: cocktail service, strawberry cocktail, vampire, paloma and even cervezas
Arrival in the HQ: more tequila cocktails
During the exhibition tour: some more tequila
Again back in the HQ: more paloma
On the countryside: more tequila, however you want it
On the bus: take some drinks from the bar into the bus

Note: there are two possible ways one is
by train to tequila and by bus back or
by bus to tequila and by train back

I took first the train and then the bus so I can enjoy the train ride with full energy and in the bus back I can take some nap.

 

It was also time to taste the night life in GDL. We went to Lola Lolita, which was a crazy strange night club. Until 00:20 just girls were allowed in the main room due to the ongoing striptease show for women. Hahahah. And the boys, who needed a toilet, were blindfolded and guided through the main room. Due to the blindness the girls could do anything like touching you everywhere… crazy…

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The last day I spent eating the most delicious tacos and tostadas!!! A small list of my favourite food places: for helping you locating the places in Mercado libertad I made some photos of the menu and the sign of the food stand.

  • deli-salads (Lopez Cotilla and Calle Marsella)
  • Tequila Mercado, in Tequila
  • Mercado Libertad
    • Tacos chava, try the bistek, pastor and barbacoa
    • Mariscos La Chipa, try the Tostadas de camaron
    • And for sure the birrias there
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  • El Cuino (Taco Catrin)
    • Delicious tacos but a little more expensive, but still 4.5 out of 5. Awesome taste, I fully disagree with the google rating

 

Recommendations:

  • Have a walk around
  • Night life
  • Canyon walk
  • Chapala
  • Tequila Tour, by Jose Cuervo ($$$) or other one which is cheaper
  • Lucha Libre
  • enjoy the mercado libertad
  • Crazy Lola Lolita
  • Eat tostadas de camaron
  • Birria in Tequila
  • Tacos in my favourite place