I am in Mexico!!! Yesterday I said bye to America and cycled over the border to Tijuana. As soon as I crossed, I felt like I was 1000 miles away from the US. It was very hectic but had a great feel to it and smelt different. I decided to get a bus from the border to Ensenada (the first section of the coast that I haven’t cycled) to avoid riding in Tijuana and get a little more settled into the country before I cycle.
What a welcome to Mexico I got. The bus dropped me in a very un touristy area and everyone who I encountered on the street were very hospitable and interested in my bike. I was even given a red rose by a local. The friendly people made a welcome change from some of those in Southern California.
I cycled to my hosts house which was a beautiful 8 mile ride along an uneven road by the coast. My host, Jesus, is a business student who is hoping to run his own hostal in the near future, which made him a perfect tour guide. We shared a lovely evening together with Ensanada famous fish tacos (bad vegetarian) at a lovely small local restaurant with a cerveza. We then went into town to Hussong’s Cantina. It is the oldest and best known cantina in Baja and there was a fun traditional folk Mexican band playing. Hussong’s is reputedly the place where the Margarita was first created in October, 1941. It would have been rude not to have 1 (or a couple).
After dancing to the beautiful music and making lots of friends we went back to the car but it wasn’t there? The police had towed it away as apparently it wasn’t parked in a correct spot. We tried to get it back but were told we needed to do it the following day. Welcome to Mexico. I have been here for less than 24 hours and I have already had so many new crazy experiences. I am very happy to be here and I’m ready to explore the beauty of Baja and it’s people.