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Day Eighteen: Costa Esmeralda, Mexico – Tampico, Mexico

Submitted by on Thursday, 19 February 2009No Comment

Day Eighteen
Costa Esmeralda, Mexico – Tampico, Mexico
220 miles

I had planned a two night stay on the beach to relax a bit but after hearing that a cold front had reached Dallas and another one was coming, the right thing to do was to be home early before the storm.
We went back to Ana’s restaurant for breakfast. She was not as lively as the night before. In fact Lloyd and I noticed she was very distant. We ignored it and kept eating our tasty breakfast. When we were suiting up and ready to leave, she came out running to say goodbye and asked: When are you coming back? We left Costa Esmeralda to Tampico.
The GPS was a great help again and navigated me through downtown towards “Hotel Colonial”. Downtown was unusually busy.  Well, it happened it was a Mexican holiday: “Virgen of Guadalupe” and also the start of the Christmas shopping season.
Quickly we found our way around and ended up in the local market. The sold all kind of goodies: meat, shoes, crafts, and clothing. We had a mission though; to find “Don Julio” which we did and at a bargain price.
The main plaza was packed and the lines to get into the church were as long as one or two blocks. The children were dressed up in costumes with little mustaches. We people watched and ate Oaxaca food from the stands. This included: black mole chicken and chapulines al ajillo (fried crickets).
While riding into the city we had noticed a knife shop and we walked all over trying to find it and after a couple of hours we couldn’t. Regardless the walk was a good way to settle the food.
Somehow Tampico’s experience was great. It was a genuine day of urban exploration and sightseeing without the spoil of heavy tourism.

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