After a nice week at home, I am now back in Mexico. I flew out of Canada at 1 am and didn't arrive in Mexico City until about 5 pm, and when I went to the hostel, there was no power so I couldn't check in! I was pretty knackered, so I just crashed out on the mats in the lounge until the power went back on, then ended up doing shots of free tequila and drinking Coronas with a Japanese girl I'd met named Ai.
When I woke up the next day, there was once again no power, which signalled to me that it was time to leave Mexico City to Oaxaca. Unfortunately, quite a few people wanted to go to Oaxaca as well, so I ended up having to wait at the bus station for four and a half hours. I met a couple cool aussies there, and when we arrived in Oaxaca (a few hours late) we ended up having a pretty big night.
Oaxaca is ... ok. The central zocalo is nice, but it really doesn't have anything to distinguish it from any other Mexican town (except the food). We spend a few days there, but there was nothing really exciting to report. On New Years, we went out for a fancy meal which involved fried, spicy grasshoppers and got tanked on tequila, but after midnight, most of the Mexicans went home with their families so the party scene was surprisingly boring.
After a day recovering from all the tequila we drank, the day after we climbed up to the Mixteca ruins of Monte Alban. The ruins were up on a mountain and pretty cool, so we spent a few hours exploring them, but after that, we were all pretty much finished with Oaxaca, so we booked a minibus to Puerto Escondido. The ride to Puerto Escondido was ... torture. It was pretty much the worst ride I've ever had in my life. The minibus was fine, but there are so many curves (that the driver chose to hit at a high speed) that it was basically 6 hours of me wanting to vomit. I've never had motion sickness that bad before - if you want to experience it, I recommend spinning in a circle for 6 hours.
Anyways, we are in Puerto Escondido now and, even though we only arrived a few hours ago, it seems really cool. The beach is gorgeous and there are loads of people around. If the waves look good tomorrow, I'm gonna rent a board and get my surf on.