In January 2014, when leaving Mexico, I told myself I would never go back. It had been one of my worst holidays with ingredients such as too much rain and a bad ear infection. Now, almost 3 years later, I came back and guess what: I was happy about it.
The Caribbean east coast of Mexico called Quintana Roo is pretty touristic and in my point of view pretty boring, but right now I didn’t care. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very scenic and the beaches are awesome and since I had been here before if felt like seeing a familiar face again. After 4 months of mostly intense adventure high and low it felt good being back in somewhat civilization being able to have good food, relaxing days and I was lucky having a Norwegian friend of a friend here to hang with. I knew him a little from before, but it turned out we had a lot in common and we shared many of the same thoughts. It was also really good to finally speak a Scandinavian language again and believe it or not, but the first few minutes actually was a little hard after 4 months of only English and Spanish. Once again, one of the best things traveling is the people you meet. There are mostly good people in the world and out traveling. Only because they are good people, doesn’t mean you connect. But when you find good people that you also connect with, that’s the jackpot!
So, it’s about time to end yet another chapter: Central-America. In my point of view Central-America could have been one big country. It’s pretty similar all over with tropical jungle, beaches, volcanoes, small cosy colonial cities and big dangerous capitals. I know I rushed it a little bit since I had to reach a flight from Cancun in Mexico, but still I think I got to experience much of it and a good mix. Now in the aftermath I’m really glad I visited these countries. Looking back I had a great time and I can really recommend this area for backpacking. It’s cheap, good climate, lots of different things to do, tasty food and even though these countries are said to be dangerous I felt safe everywhere I went. They are also small countries and it’s easy to get around with either (very uncomfortable public buses) or (just uncomfortable) faster shuttle buses to a little higher price.
I have been looking forward to this day a lot, when I finally will fly to Los Angeles to celebrate Christmas. It’s my favorite city in the world with a lifestyle that really attracts me. It will be good to have some days in real the civilization to charge my batteries before going back to the backpacker-life and the next chapter of my adventures: New Zealand.