Tuesday 18 December 2012
Highlights: Magnificent mountains, Oaxaca Cathedral, nightclub drinking
Today we had a 6 hour bus ride to Oaxaca a town of around 270,000 people. We are moving to smaller and smaller cities as we progress. The bus ride actually had one significant positive the scenery of the magnificent and dominating mountains.
The hotel provided a local alcoholic welcome drink to start our day in the late afternoon. Sid provided us with a brief orientation walk and provided some recommendations for this area including an interesting all day option for tomorrow. The Zocalo was again the centre of life and housed the local Cathedral. Unlike Puebla’s Cathedral this one wasn’t full of gold and was much more like a gothic church.
After a very late lunch / early dinner Stephen and myself wondered down to the local markets. Nothing really caught my eye, I was later informed there were chocolate shops that made chocolate for you, I might have to try and find this establishment.
At 8 pm the majority of the group caught up outside the Cathedral and headed off to a nightclub venue. It should be noted that Mexico still allows smoking everywhere including inside venues and I quickly recalled the reason I was happy this was banned in Australia.
Over the course of the next 5 hours I consumed a large quality of beer. At 25 pesos or about $1.70 a beer it’s very cheap. When in a group they bring out cold buckets of beers and they never seem to stop. Over the course if the night people started leaving, I called stumps at 1 am. I staggered back to the hotel, I was a little out of it since I walked past it twice 🙂
The next morning I had a mild hangover 😦