Leaving San Miguel de Allende was pretty tough. I am just blown away by how many truly good people there are in that little mountain village--from the locals all the way to the expats. So many opportunities for good food, deep volunteering and random exploring. Ah but...I'll be back in the summer (and really, should I just move there?).
The hardscrabble road to Veracruz from SMA is about 450 some-odd miles and full of trillions of fruit stands (my fave is ice cold tamarindo juice and the pina y coco combo), taco carts and auto hotels. I am still so confused about the auto hotel. What the heck is that thing? I even stopped in one to take a look-see and the guy explained the entire situation to me--in Spanish. Oh right, I don't speak Spanish (less now than ever, it seems). So I never figured it you--something about 3 hours, time, pesos and the word "also". Hmmmmm....another thing I must get to the bottom of. Add it to the list.
I hauled ass through pouring rain, crazy dense fog and cold gusts of wind (saw a couple of accidents and really, I am so impressed with exactly how much a little Mexican truck can haul) 'til I hit the coast of the Veracruz. The weather immediately changed once I was in Veracruz--meaning that my naturally curly hair shortened to about 1 inch from the humidity. That's always how I know when I'm in a real honest place. My hair starts to look pretty dreadlock/funkdified.
Veracruz is a giant city on the beach that is actually pretty cool once you get off the main drag--which I did immediately. The side 'hoods reminded me a little of New Orleans and have this whole French vibe going on. I only stayed the night there because I wanted to see the stretch of coast just south of there in the daylight, but it was a happy accident. More in the next post about that southbound adventure....because that's when things started to get good.
And, bless these poor guys hearts. It's like, "Hon...It's cool you want my email and/or digits, but REALLY...you live in the middle of Mexico on a dirt road that I will never, ever cruise back down again. How in the world do you think we will connect again in this lifetime? Tell me, please..."