After hearing lots about it, some people even describing it as their favorite place in the world, the place with one of the best sunsets in the world, I finally made it to MAZUNTE, Oaxaca. The sign might as well said "Eva, welcome to Paradise!".
From San Cris (btw, I suggest buying the ADO tickets days in advance to be eligeble for up to 50% discounts) I caught a straight 11 hour overnight bus to Puchutla, Oaxaca. A couple of minutes away from the station (in front of Elektra) I hopped on another half an hour "camioneta" to Mazunte (15 pesos, while a taxi would cost you 10 times more), and after getting off I immediatelly knew I will be spending a chunk of time in this place of rainbows and unicorns.
First of all, I was SO HAPPY to be back to the beach after 2 months spent in beautiful, but cold high-altitude cities of San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua. It didn't come as a surprise that after only a few hours in this place, I was completely hooked. It doesn't get much better than this (for me atleast) - a relaxed, not overly touristy, super chill beach town, with pretty much perfect weather. Just over 30 degrees during the day, slightly chilly at night and a refreshing clean ocean to swim in... plus, there's a bit of a breeze - perfect conditions to get sunburned all over again! Not that I didn't enjoy my time in San Cristobal, far from that, but being here just made me realize that I really belong on the beach. After some yoga, barefoot walks, floating in the sea & some hardcore mosquito bites I felt more like myself, as I did in a while.
So even before getting here, everyone seemed to be recommending the Posada del Arquitecto, a simple hostel/cabana place, just steps away from the beach. Because there's no way of making a reservation in advance - for a dorm (90 pesos) or "Las Estrellas" (hanging beds overlooking the stars and the beach, 130/person, usually for sharing a bed), you need to arrive early - before check-out time and if you're lucky, you get the last dorm bed, which is exactly what happened in my case. Good start!
As I'm writing this in the lobby, I feel a painful sting in my foot and as looking down, I see a huge ass scorpion crawling away and go straight into panic mode, cause it brings back flashes from the jungle in Guatemala where I got stung the first time a couple of years ago. This time is was just as unexpected, but even more painful. The pain started going up my leg and I felt tingly sensations in my tounge and my lips, but luckily the local ladies at the bar gave me a "natural antidote", which is some lime juice with tons of garlic and a piece of it to put on the actual bite. Not sure if it actually helped, but just the intention was nice and after a while the pain numbed down and the tingly feeling went away. A new friend mentioned how I should take it as a sign and how the animals usually come to us for a reason. It's not like I stepped on it or anything, the motherfucker just bit me straight out of nowhere. I mention that my ascendant is in Scorpio, and she tells me how it might have something to do with me turning 30 this year - apparently hitting 30s you also enter the sign of your ascendant. Something to think about. Whether this is true or not.... it sure woke me up a lot more than the coffee I had earlier!
I was originally planning to spend up to 3 months here, volunteering at a local yoga/meditation community centre, but realized a few days prior to arriving here, that due to my passport expiration in early July, I'd have to be back to Europe in March. Bollocks. Atleast my mother is happy about this unfortunate cirtumstance.
So the next morning I went up to Om Shanti and after a really cool yoga session and randomly bumping into Julia from Puerta Vieja, I talked to the owner, who luckily agreed on me only staying for a month, instead of 2,5months. I still have a few days to do absolutely nothing and enjoy the lazy beach vibe, then I move in with the other volunteers and soon start work in one of the vegetarian restaurants, which are part of the yoga community. As much as I enjoyed the last month of vacation, I'm more than ready to start being a bit more productive once again. And stay put for a while, get to know the surroundings, the people, etc...
It'll be a bit tricky to purchase a flight ticket from this area, cause the internet's very mexican style. Today I'm going to check out Zipolite - a slightly busier nearby nudist beach where people give even less shit about what you're doing, what you're wearing, where you're going... hopefully they have better internet too, although I'm not really counting on it. Id love to upload some pictures, but yeah... not gonna happen. We are here after a different kind of connection afterall...
This might be it for a while from my side. So don't worry about me. I'll be working on my tan and blend in the hippie world as a pro... :)
LIFE IS GOOD.
Hasta pronto amigos!
I hope you decide to have a good day today.
Que le vaya bien!!