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The adventures of Fe & Chris

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In keeping with our alternate day visits to Mayan ruins we visited the site of Palenque - this is probably one of the best ruins we have been too - it is surrounded by jungle and unlike all the huge towering temple of Tikal and others, there was more evidence of places where people actually lived - it seemed easier to imagine it as a city. There was also a lot of it that as yet has not been reconstructed and so more easily meets the vision of what you might imagine as ruins as the moss covered stones blend in with the trees that have grown through the buildings. All very pretty.

After a disappointing night in the town of Palenque, we decided to catch the next bus out of town and head for San Cristobal de Las Casas, 5 hours away. Luckily chicken buses have been replaced by posh coaches in Mexico and we were treated to the most comfortable seats we have had for the past four months, they were reclining and everything. The air conditioning was a pleasant relief from the heat of Palenque, although after a couple of hours, we began to get a bit chilly and were looking forward to the warmth that would hit as we stepped off the bus at our destination. We somewhat surprised when we arrived to find little difference in temperature between the bus and the evening air (which was possibly slightly colder) - at an altitude of 2140m San Cristobal is actually rather cold at night and in the mornings (although still hot when the sun appears). Luckily the walk with our big bags in search of a hotel warmed us up.

San Cristobal has turned out to be a lovely place - its centre consists of colonial spanish buildings which are very pretty and it has a very European, coffee culture feel - very relaxing, until you get hassled by small children selling pottery animals that is. We are also treating ourselves to a rather posh hotel (although it´s still only 11 pounds a night). Lovely.


  Soph wrote @ October 9th, 2007 at 4:12 am

As you are soon to head off to antipodean climes - I thought I’d just remind you to declare anything of fruit/veg etc origin to customs in Oz e.g. old lady lavender soap or marmite. They are very strict - the safe bet is to declare it and it is likely they will let it through - but not declaring it and them finding it (in Brisbane they x-ray your bags before you leave the arrivals hall) can result in a huge fine. Luckily if you look sweet and innocent and your lemon curd for your cousin is all wrapped up in bubble wrap and you convince them that it’s a stained glass candle holder you’ll be fine!

  Graeme wrote @ October 10th, 2007 at 4:35 am

Sage advice Chris - your big sister is wise (not that I would ever listen to mine though). When we went to Oz we declared our bottle of Bison grass vodka, just to be on the safe site. The customs official decided that one blade of grass in 40 % alcohol was very unlikely to be an issue.
They also took our boots off us and disinfected them as we had worn them outside in the country in the UK and elsewhere. Strange though that they did not ask to see our tent that was in my pack.

Then again, one of our party was not from a country that had just knocked Australia out of the World Cup…….

  Soph wrote @ October 10th, 2007 at 10:23 am

Hi Graeme,
Yes, our parents chose an appropriate name for me! They didn’t do so well with the others - I’ve never seen C carrying Jesus, and Lorna’s made up.

Was your Bison grass vodka Polish? I had a drunken evening once where we had Polish vodka that had something to do with grass from where the bison lived and peed - so we decided we were drinking bison pee vodka!

  Lorna (Lil’ sis) wrote @ October 12th, 2007 at 10:36 am

Nothing wrong with having a made up name.

  Fiona wrote @ October 12th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

I agree - according to Chris (and some historical blokey) my name is also made up.

  Keir wrote @ October 14th, 2007 at 4:00 am

and mine is a dying vat!

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