14.6. 2012Zuzana Salz

PAN AMERICAN JOURNEY PART VI – MEXICO

Van odometer: 63 933km. Coconuts, surfing, Mexico City, Anthropology Museum...Read about Zuzana Salz's roadtrip story from Mexico!

Nexpa to Mexico city & Teotihuacan

Odometer: 63 933km

So Nexpa, the little surf town where we ended the last blog, was a place not only good for surfing but also good for fishing, playing hacky sack and cracking open coconuts. A Mexican guy Pilas showed us that sprouting coconut shave a weird styrofoam textured apple-like ball inside that is straight-up coconut cream…it’s good and pure, but if you eat too much of it, you’ll be running…Pilas turned out to be a pretty damn good shaper on top of being a coconut expert, so before we left Nexpa he fixed a few old dings on my board so it’s shiny and new again!

Teotihuacan pyramids / Zuzana Salz

Hanging out – Nexpa / Zuzana Salz

Coconut surprise – Nexpa / Zuzana Salz

Fishing – Nexpa / Zuzana Salz

Pilas the Shaper – Nexpa / Zuzana Salz

Another happy puppy – Nexpa / Zuzana Salz

Anyway a couple from Sweden and Norway, Chris and Fanny, hopped in the van with us from Nexpa to our next destination, Salidita. It turned out that Salidita had small and mellow waves but it’s another spoiled place where many White man come with their Longboards. Kamil was out there three times a day catching anything that even resembled a wave! Fact is, that if you catch a wave in Saladita, you have a good chance of getting a hell of a long ride all the way back to the beach, if you don’t hit a turtle along the way! Seriously!

Perfect learning waves – Saladita / Zuzana Salz

Turtle / Zuzana Salz

Homemade orange juice – Saladita / Zuzana Salz

Ship wreck – Playa Azul / Zuzana Salz

Four days later though, all four of us were back in the Van heading to Mexico City. As we were driving over the mountains we passed a few places which sold “Mezcal!” Soooowhaddaya know…we bought a bottle of this clear intoxicating liquid!Jiiiiiikes,Mescal can make the hair stand up even on a hairless dog! By the way Mezcal is Tequila’s brother, both come from the Heart of the Blue Agave Cactus which is super sweet!

Blue agave cactus / Zuzana Salz

Fabrica de mezcal / Zuzana Salz

Blue agave heart / Zuzana Salz

Now Back to MexicoCity which was the former ancient Aztec capital known as Tenochtitlan.Today, Cuidad de Mexico has over 21million inhabitants and the town center plus surrounding neighborhoods are clean, spacious and vibrant so it’s definitely worth a visit. While we were there we ran into a Czech friend Kaca B. who was there for only a week, so that was lucky! Than one evening we met up with two elegant Mexican Senoritas, Aleida and Roccio who I had meet in Czech two years earlier.

Zocalo square – Mexico City / Zuzana Salz

Flying Mexicans – Mexico City / Zuzana Salz

Aleida and Roccio – Mexico City / Zuzana Salz

One cultural stop we made before leaving the city was at the Anthropology Museum. It has a lot of pretty cool original artifacts on display, but it’s so huge that after 3 hours you get burnt-out! Anybody know that feeling!? By the way, the green-feathered crown on the photo has a lot of history since it was a gift from the Aztec King Moctezuma to the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortez.

Aztec calendar stone of the sun – Anthropology museum Mexico City / Zuzana Salz

Aztec Moctezumas crown gift to Hernan Cortez – Anthropology museum Mexico City / Zuzana Salz

After the Museum expedition, we drove until we reached a small town close enough to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. And as the stories say, they really are big and astounding. There are two main Pyramids; The moon “La Luna” and The Sun “Del Sol” which are joined by the Avenue of the Dead.Pyramid Del Sol is the 3rd biggest in the world and it’s believed that overall this was Mexico’s biggest ancient city and most probably the largest pre-Hispanic Empire. If you’re interested in a virtual tour of the Aztec’s main Temple go to www.templomayor.inah.gob.mx.

Pyramid de la Luna / Zuzana Salz

So the cherry on top of the cake this week is that our Van is pretty popular with the cops! Within the last two days we have had five different police encounters! Maybe our Van is too dirty even for the Mexican standards…Actually we’re kinda fed up with being hassled so we’re heading off to the mountains for a Piece of Peace!

Mexican making a living / Zuzana Salz

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