Before having started this trip, I was expecting that English would be enough since places that I planned to visit were basically famous places. However, the expectation was betrayed easily. Not so many people speak English especially in Central America AT ALL. People at an airport doesn't even speak numbers in English. I was quite shocked and surprised to know that Spanish is such a strong language in the world. So I started learning Spanish since I was going to be in Spanish-speaking countries for 3 months. Travel is all about survival and adoptation..
I started my trip in Central America from Mexico. I reached Mexico City with a little bit anxious because I hadn't done a backpacking trip for a long while. It was already dark at night when I reached there, so I directly went to a hostel and wait util the next morning came.
From the next day, I started exploring places. The town was quite colonial and pretty.
Colonial music was there as well.
They are religious. I faced a lot of Cathoric culture there....
There are 2 things I enjoyed through the whole trip in Mexico and Guatemala; Mexican dishes and ruins.
Mexican dishes there was amazingly tasty and cheap. I never got tired of Mexican tacos. 1 tacos was only around 60 cents. And it was super tasty.. I cannot forget.
Super fresh and yummy!! I cannot forget....
As for ruins, I went to see Teotihuacan, Tikal, Palenque... many Maya sites. When I visited those places, I couldn't stop thinking about the tremendous power of history, eternity as well as my own life. Not only me, but people who visit either of them must feel the same. The energy that the Maya ruins have is beyond description.
Besides these places there were 2 places I wanted to go; Guanajuato and San Cristobal de las Casas.
I coincidentally found both of them when I was surfing the internet before. They caught my eyes and they came into my bucket list.
Guanajuato is famous for colorful houses. I rode on a bus and reached Guanajuato after 5 hours drive from Mexico City.
In San Cristobal de las Casas, you can see people still live wearing traditional clothes.
The place is quite conservative and you cannot even allow to take their picture. I visited several small villeges by bus and saw people there still live in a history. Not only wearing a traditional clothes, they pray, wash clothes by hand, helping family etc. I felt like I came back to the past.
While those places in the west part are quite histrical or typical Mexican atmosphere, Cancun in the west side was very relaxing, resorty with the great Carribean ocean view. The beautiful beach made me feel I am literally free. I still cleary remember what I was thinking at that time.
I have found the world is so huge and the future is like a canvas. We can be whatever we want, we can do whatever we want... This open-minded free feeling was just awesome.
While I was traveling this area, I met amazing people. Especially Heidi from Finland who I met in Mexico has turned to be one of my close friends. People who I meet while traveling often influence my thought . They always turn my life more valuable so does Heidi.
I would like to share a little bit more stories about who I met and what I did in Central America in the next article.
Also enjoy places that you may have not even imagin what they are like by accessing the album here :)