Central America | Mexico | Istmo & Gulf of Mexico | Tabasco | Villahermosa – The Walmart
Getting sort of a late start today. I stayed up pretty late last night dorking around on the computer and watching television. I watched Kids again. I thought it was a pretty good movie at the time, just because I had personal interests. But now that I am a little older, and have seen a few more movies, and realize that I really didnt have any personal interest in it, save maybe the fact that it was on one of those crazy nights that I met Tony. Anyway, what I am trying to get at is that it really is a pretty good movie. The content was a little edgy. Youngsters going around trying to have sex. And the language was bad, the drug use was out of control, the rape scene. However, the whole thing was pretty right on. It caught a glimpse of these inner city kids. It wasnt making things up for a movie, and then the kids were trying to imitate, it was well done. Plus the acting, at times, it was obvious that they were acting, especially the lead character, Tully. But some of the other scenes, I didnt know if they were scripted or if it was like one of these reality television shows (before reality television shows). I think the first season of MTVs Real World had just come out. And that was pretty cutting edge, at least of what I knew, for the time. Other than that, reality television was saved for Candid Camera and silly comedy shows. I made it to a town called Villahermosa, Tobasco last night. It is about five or six hours east of Veracruz. I pulled into town and saw a Walmart. I had no idea how these things effect me. I was a little delirious from all of the driving, but I was so excited. I had to buy a cable for the camera, and pulled in. This one was packed full of people, with shopping carts filled to the brim with stuff. In fact, the whole town seemed a little cleaner, a little less Mexican, and a little more like home. Everyone dressed a little nicer. Actually, everyone dressed a lot nicer. There were restaurants I recognized, there were stores I recognized, there was a mall. I was amazed to be so happy just by pulling into a retail district. I havent been eating anything from the roadside venders. Everyone tells me to stay away from them. So I do. I guess there arent any sanitation regulations with those places. You just get whatever it is they are giving you. So to roll up on places with a McDonalds, where you know, or at least you hope you know, things are going to be safe and clean, is a really nice feeling. Driving through this town, it being the nicest town I have been to in Mexico yet, or I should say, from what I have seen the most wealthy, or I guess it just had the most recently constructed shopping district. I dont know if that is a sign of wealth or if it is just the fact that Walmart is running out of places to throw up a superstore. It was while driving around that I started to realize that this is the closest thing I have seen to Medina since I had entered Mexico. I guess that is why I liked it so much. It had its big box stores and its superstores. It had nice clean cars and the people were dressed well. I felt safe. In fact, I accidentally left the window open in my car and left my wallet right next to the window. How stupid was that? Im usually A LOT more conscious of things than that, but I did, and when I got back nothing had been touched. At the same time, I think these guys at the gas station tried to scam me out of four dollars. I realized it wasnt worth arguing about it. If they were being dishonest, it didnt matter. I was leaving, and they were sitting there with my four dollars, still hating life. Im starting to come down with a cold. I am going to start drinking more juice, and not eating as much chocolate. Plus I am going to run to the store, while there still is a store, and buy some cold medicine. I was online most of the night last night and had a chance to send out some emails. I got one this morning from Chicago Craig. He said that he is going to be down in Costa Rica on the 29th of January. We should be able to hang out for a little while. I guess the only people he knows are friends of friends, and the only people I know are, well, nobody. So we should have fun. Realistically, I dont really even know him that well. We stayed up talking to the Book Girl that one night at the Nelson Ledges festival, and Ive called him a few times on the phone, but other than that, weve never really hung out. I guess that is what times like this are for. To meet new people, hang out with people you normally might not, and just live life. There is another museum down the river here. This hotel is on a river and from the road you can see what looks like one of the pyramids, but in actuality it is a museum. Now that I have been here a few days, I am starting to realize that most likely every major city has a museum, or tries to pull in some of the tourist dollars with the Mayan ruins. I was reading in the travel book about even for the ruined out this place is something to see. Stuff like that. I mean, for me, driving all this way, and driving the Palenque just to see the ruins is worth it, because Ive never seen anything like them, and it is still exciting. But I would imagine after Id been down here six months and seen more than five or six of them, they would start feeling old. Lastly, I wanted to say that the hotel here is nice. I was going to stay at they Hyatt but it was too much money. This place is nice, but not as nice as the hotel in Xalapa, and cheap, but not as cheap as the hotel in Xalapa. The only problem I have with this hotel is that when I got into the room, the only handicap room (possibly in the entire country) there was a giant three inch dead cockroach on my bathroom floor. I left it there. It is still there now. It is so gross, and so huge, like six inches including the antennae, I am just in shock. I dont even know what to think. Kira would lose her mind.