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My trans America tour starts from Seatle on December 17th.. After a
brief stop at
San Fransisco and Los Angeles for about ten days, I headed for Mexico
City on December26th ……………..
The followings are my itinerary and travelogue combined in different
forms at different times. I hope you like it.
hello, my dear amigos,
i'll write down my very wonderful experience in mexico city to share
with you. Enjoy it !
I’m very slow in typing and also my English is not always correct.
Please allow me to avoid all the capital letter typing to save my
the transportation between the airport to mexico city hostel is easy
and inexpensive. take metro, the subway, on line 5 cost you only
5 mexican pesos ( 1 u.s. dollar=12.5 peso), you can always use dollars
and credit card almost everywhere in the city, of course, you pay
extra service charge when you use the card.) . wherever you go on the
metro, 5 pesos is the only fee you pay, after midnight, taxi is the
only ground transportation you can use, price ranges from 165 to 205
peso, takes you to the door. It’s better to find an official window to
pay to be safe, to get ticket to the driver to be very safe.
jose, is the first nice mexican guy i met in this wonderful country
and city. he is sitting on the floor by the wall, waiting for
transiting to nyc, the big apple, to celebrate the new year’s eve. he
helped me buy the phone card, call the hostel office, take me to the
taxi office, buy the ticket for the taxi and finally whisper
sayonara.. i wish the world is full of Jose, the wonderful Mexican.
the city center didn't look that safe, full of police, and drunk
people everywhere in the center of the town. . the english speaking
cab driver had to zigzag many turns before he reached the hostel.
it's two in the morning, when i finally lied down on the upper
bunker bed of the room assigned by the hostel, it's comfortable and
clean with a giant private storage place by the bedside, but you have
to provide your own small lock. The bed costs me 12 dollars per
night, I paid extra dollar for the exchange service. It’s the average
international price for the room. After all the traveling effort, I
definitely shall be the loudest snorer among all the amigos….....z z z
z z z z z
i woke up early and found the internet was not working, it means i
can't book the hostel of my next stop on line, so i have to shortened
my stay and decided to stay only for two days in the city, instead of
three in my original booking.
a great breakfast, on the house, much better treat than the regular
continental offer !
i met my second nice mexican, david at the desk counter. He spent
half an hour, standing side by sisde with me, telling me what mexico
city is really like,, good and bad.. he's from Tijuana, a border city
next to san diego of california, that city might not be very safe, but
not when you have a trusted friend, like david.. i promise to visit
him nest spring, when i reach los angeles right after my trans-america
i met liao ling by the not functioning computer room. a graduate
student of mba in finance, she's from nan-chang, jiangxi province of
china, schooling in sacremental campus of a collefge from philly
penn., a lively girl, always jump up he staircase instead of walking.
we had breakfast together. There i met a brave solo international
traveler from soel, korea. kim was on her way to cuba, she told me the
visa to cuba can be applied in the air as the plane is just about to
land , no matter what kind of passport you have. i hope she can share
her experience with us as she finish that part of her journey. ling
went with me to a nearby supermarket and helped me buy all my needs
for the next few days, mostly vegetables and a scissor and a small
knife. she never would know that she was going to carry that heavy bag
the next day when we and other four folks travelled the whole day for
a wonderful trip to Teotihuacan.
i bought a map form the counter for 45 pesos as my personal guide,
handy but not quite worth the money. the streets were full of
people, floating like streams everywhere. i decided to stay away from
them by visiting the art museum, 37 peso is the fee to enter, free for
seniors, but only for the natives, NOT FAIR. the special show is on
the second floor, all religious stuff, not much fun, .but the first
floor is more human, i spent a whole hour there. the rest of the
afternoon i hiked three hours on the big boulevard, PASEO DE LA
REFORMA, taking photos for all the statues and high rises, just before
i reached the gigantic city forest, the night fell, then i took the
back to the hostel. i went to bed at eight and waked up at three in
the morning. that’s my routine which gives me enough rest to recharge
my battery for the full challenge of the next day.
i met konrad at four in the morning, the same six footer like me,
but only too much more handsome, a humorous, tired young fellow from
germany. very sporty, he want to become a sport associated teacher as
his profession..Later on on the breakfast table we met another
seasoned young traveler, john paul from England. he enjoyed traveling
in philipine, burma as well as the whole south america. he shared so
much of his travelling experiences with us, and then came his taveling
partner, sean, another english man. we had lots of fun chatting
together on a big table there.
liao ling decided to go TEO…with me, then that tired handsome
insisted of joining us. Unexpectedly, three other beautiful girls
eating at the next table wanted to be the follower:
maayan, from israel, with singing spring in her gmail address. She is
fed on cucumbers and carrots .. i saw her check out yesterday and then
check in again. may be because she saw an interesing chinese guy had
yohana rojas, always with bright beautiful smile, an english teacher
and her lovely mother, claudiana ricaldi, also as a teacher but for
primary school children.. they were from Lima, Peru. Claudiana is a
very brave singer. later on in the bus, sitting next to me. when i
her, 'cantar uno cancion'(sing a song for us, please), without any
pause, she surprised us with a Peru folk song about the coastal,
mountains and forest of Peru. she won all the big hands from the
passengers on that bus………..
i'll hold on for now, because i'm heading for the beautiful beach in
town within one hour for at least half a day. If i don't stop now, i
probably will keep on writing for the rest of the day, then i won't
have a chance to tell you the story about all girls I SHALL
ENCOUNTER. ON THE BEACH............
let's go together.....ya？ ya ! ya ! every day and everywhere……..
i hope you enjoy my writing so far.
your faithful friend, larry wang. From Oaxaca, Mexico.
TEOTIHUACAN,, here we come ! six folks made an instant international
team. Maayan led us to the closest metro station, quickly got on the
train, then we didn’t realize we had to get off to transfer in only
two stops. The train seems never give passengers enough time to think
whether they want to get off or not We were divided into two groups
instantly. Half on the platform and the rest were gone with the train
conductor. Alas，the mother and the daughter were separated！
Fortunately, we have Ling and Maayan with her. Konrad, Larry and the
worried daughter,Yohana went across to the opposite platform to wait
for their return. Yes, we were all united again in just a few minutes.
I have to say Mexico City has the most crowded and the fastest metro
system I’ve ever experienced.
For a short distance we had to make about four transfers before we
finally reached our stop “Autobuses del Norte” on line 5, to catch the
bus to our destination. TEO…84 pesoes is the round trip ticket to go.
Claudiana, the mother, was much relaxed by now. she sang a folk song
for us loudly like a happy bird, She drew a map of Peru to me and
showed where coastal, mountain range and the forest area are. I
understood only partially of whatever she said, but I knew for sure
she would like to invite me to her house for dinner when I get to
Lima, Peru, which happened to be on the route of my itinerary in
circling all America. I’m so happy to have that another opportunity to
be with them again. Forty five minutes passed so fast without knowing
I rushed to go down the bus as the last passenger. Again, the bus ran
away in a hurry. Oh, oh! I forgot my jean on the shelf. That’s the
only long pants I have for my three month trip, I can’t live without
it. There was happened to have a cab standing by. Yohana and I jumped
into it and try to follow theat run away bus. LUCKILY, the bus
terminal is about only five minutes away. I grabed my pants as my
security blanket, and wear it, on the double. Now it’s worth 50 pesoes
more, the taxi fee for the back and forth trip.
The ticket for the TEO… is 57 peso per person. Again, if you were
under 13, or over 60, it’s free, only if you are a Mexican. I wish I
were. In China, there is no such discrimination against the
nationality. Man are created equal…….。 TEO…looks like a pyramid,
only with a flat top. There is supposed to have a temple on top of it,
but ruined, scores of era ago. It is huge and beautiful. I felt being
a humble subject under the power of the ancient king. This is the
place for people to worship the God of sun. It is way worth the ticket
value by just looking at it.
There is a big square plaza in front of TEO…which gives enough room to
show its will power. There is another Pyramid, about half size of the
giant TEO… humbly stands on the left hand side, about six to seven
hundred meters away. That’s for the God of the moon.
We started climbing from the right hand side of the Teo... There is
no figure shows the height of the towering TEO …, , but I have a habit
of counting the number of the steps whenever I climb staircases.
Normally I don’t stop on the way up, until I reach the top, there
always a platform waited there. I made about four stops this time and
the longest walk is 74 steps. So it is about 200 steps all together
and the height of each step is averaging 25 cm per “stone”, about
twice as our modern design. Yes, all the steps were made of volcano
rocks. Now we can figure out that the whole statue is about 500 meters
above the ground.
When I reached the summit, looking down at the people struggling up
the last and the steepest stairs, I felt they are using their last
reserved energy. Indeed, it is not a very easy job for most of us.
We found a spot to avoid the bright sunshine and the gusted wind. Now,
it’s way passed the lunch hour now, but all our partners totally
forgot to bring their lunchbox! Luckily, we have Ling carried the ten
kilograms of Larry’s supply for the next few days. It’s a good chance
to release her heavy burden out of her shoulders. We started sharing
by sipping some juice made of small orangefirst, then six tomatoes,
three carrots, two cucumbers, four small oranges, three loaf of bread
and four cooked potatoes. As Larry was dividing the apricots to share,
he cut his small finger with the sharp knife by accident, the blood
bursted out like crazy. Maayan took some Band Aids out of Larry’s
first aid kit and stopped the bleeding and used the juice from the
small orange to clean the blood on his jacket effectively.
Then came the camera time! Using the moon TEO… as the background,
Konrad showed off all his athletic talent to satisfy all Yohana’s
imagination. Ling was also so photogenic, a beauty with or without
sunglasses. When it’s my turn to enjoy the show, I generated a
brilliant idea…. I was in the National Museum of Art yesterday,
watching all the nude figures of either sex, enjoying taking all
photos in detail. I, myself, never short of experience of showing
myself in the nature in the past. Many years ago, when I finished
summiting the Long Paths, the highest point in Colorado, with John
Chiang and his son Jerry, we were looking for a hot spring to recover
from our fatigue. Luckily, we found one by the roadside, a small
private pool. We didn’t know, not until we went in, it’s a place for
the nude only. Nobody wear anything, but John. He shamefully put on a
piece of towel to cover his importat part in that 41 degree C. hot
My second experience came from a deserted beach near Hong Kong, Kew
Long harbor. After swimming about one hour, I noticed some uncertain
objects in the water, scared and quickly escaped to an unknown beach
nearby in the very early morning after camping overnight. I finished
my morning routine by the water and I found that there was not a
single soul on the beach. I decided not to put my swimming trunk back
on and started jogging along the seashore. So relax, but not for too
long, I peeked a steamboat rushed toward me from far away in full
speed. Before I could figure out the shape of body on the boat deck,
it stopped. I bet the crew on that coast guard patrol must saw me
through their binoculars and found an innocent face with an honest
smile. Not a smuggler, why bother !
Now, back to the Teo. I praise the Lord of the sun first, thanks Him
to inspire me and give me the confidence of showing my perfect body in
such a holy place. I naked my upper body first. Instantly, all the
cameras , cell phones and iPads et cetera , cetera, cetera were
turning toward the spot where I stood. Just before I untied the last
string of my brief, I heard the whisper from Yohana，“Oh，no Larry”. I
got to respect the feeling of the beautiful young girl. Her mother
just invited me to their house and will cook for me next month in
We had to descend now, because Konrad was feeling too tired to stand
another hour for not sleeping for twenty four hours by now.
On the way to moon TEO… I encountered a woman with her daughter，
yelling very loudly toward their relatives, I guess. As they paused,
I suggested, in order to do better, they have to inhale more and
exhale started from their stomach instead of the mouth. Then the
mother challenged me,” why don’t we do it together, I’ll count one,
two three, we’ll start from the same point”. She must be very proud
of her yodeling skill. At the end of the competition, I felt sorry to
see her disappointed face. I should have told her that I’ve been doing
this for over fifty years. ….
Full of handicrafts salesperson in the square, Yohana bought some
noise making tubes ready to be used for students back in school, Her
mom, Claudiana, bought an Amarillo Mexican hat, so colorful and
enjoyable, all she needed now is a rifle and a pony, ready to rub many
banks and run after the trains.
On the way back, I was sitting next to a Mexican college student,
Salvador Elizalde，from UNM, the National University of Mexico,
majoring in engineering system design. How nice of him telling me so
much about his country, good or bad, in education, agriculture,
history and the corruption of the government officials. He lived just
a few blocks from our hostel and promised to take us to an authentic
Mexican restaurant for dinner. Then we enjoy a “ mega” dinner after
watching all the street shows along the way in the dark. He finally
took me to the metro station to transfer to the major bus station at
the stop of “san lazarol” for me to catch the ADO bus to my next
destination, Oaxaca city, At the station, we saw a group of the so
called socialist party members occupied the metro station broke the
gate and let the passengers pass for free. Their issue is: the
government should not raise the train fare from 3 pesos to five.
sususuarez換1號線，往pantitlan 方向，坐三站，在san lazaro下車,
Dec.29, 1:00a.m. bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Fare:512 pesos
Dec. 30, Monday, went to the beach and back to Oaxaca, 170 pesos each way.
Dec.31, Tuesday, visiting museum in the afternoon.feess;57 pesos
7:10 p.m. leaving Oaxaca to Tapachula, overnight 12 hours, fees:475
pesos then take a small bus, cross the border，passport tax : 28
dollars found the bus to Guatemala city，100Q. then 1Q by metro to the
January 1st Wednesday, arriving Guatemala City in the afternoon and
met my savior, ronold Sandorol, he took me to hostel Pension Mesa in
the evening. Paid 60 Quetzal per night
( 1 u.s. dollar=7.7 Quetzels)
January 2nd, Thursday, Ronald took me to visited Taiwan Embassy and
finished applying Chile visa in the their embassy nearby. we visited
railroad museum and the biggest mall in Central America nearby.
January 3rd, Friday, Apply Brazil visa pay 20 Q, pending next Monday.
January 4th, Saturday, Recuperation and did hand laundry. And have a
dinner in a Chinese Restaurantant. Met my first china doll,kiki,
January 5th, Sunday, it is now, ………………….. to be continued.
Jan. 10th （？） El Salvador
Jan. 15th (?) Lima, Peru
Jan. 19th, (?) Santiago, Chile