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Old 12-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #616
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Originally Posted by DucandGSrider View Post
Picked up my GSA yesterday, this thread is inspiring.
Sweet! Get that thing down here and get some Baja sand on those TKCs!

Originally Posted by Ratman View Post
Can you give us a idea, just a round number, of what a month on the road costs you both.
It's all over the place, we've been on the road for 6 months now and every place is different. Canada is friggin expensive, especially the Yukon. US is much cheaper, except for AK and CA. And our first steps in Mexico have been expensive because Baja is full of gringos willing to pay Americano prices and the Mexicans know it.

We've been reading some other ride reports from traveling couples on two motorcycles (the Kiwis and BetitoLara), and the average consensus for the Americas is just over $60/day all in, lots of couchsurfing/tentspace/groceries, which we agree is very doable, but Spanish school and homestay in La Paz blew our Baja budget out of the agua.

BTW, if you haven't read "Budget Travel the Jamie Z Way" yet, you're missing out on some great money-saving tips. We learned a lot from Jamie after meeting him very early on in our trip!

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I'm taking notes for my own trip ! I will release the turtles vicariously through them ;-)
Glad to have you as a pillion!

Originally Posted by WeazyBuddha View Post
I'm originally from Mexico. I separate mordidas into fair ones and unfair ones.

So a cop settles a ticket and takes the cash instead of handing it to the state.
Makes sense to me. Who hasn't paid cash without a receipt to get a good deal...?

Originally Posted by BcDano View Post
Hope to cross paths at some point. Keep well and keep posting.
Hey Dan! Exchanged posts with Sara on HU and keeping tabs on you guys there. If you'd all slow down a bit maybe we'd be able to catch up to you! What's the rush!?!

Originally Posted by eakins View Post
have anymore great pictures to show?
Working on the next entry, but we've been getting some request for food pictures, so these are our favorite dishes in Mexico (so far):

Neda's favorite: Ceviche con pescado

Gene's favorite: Huevos divorciados with some chilaquiles on top
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:55 AM   #617
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Loving your RR! Keep up the good work guys. Like how you guys are taking your time to do and see as much as you can.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #618
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you r greatest motorcyclers

great photos , great trip , wonderful locations.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:07 AM   #619
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Our trip is in danger of ending very soon.

After a week of intensive Spanish and evenings spent digesting all this information, our second week of classes is going much more smoothly and we're venturing out into La Paz often to take in the nightlife. In addition, we're making lots of friends in school and our homestay family has been taking us out often. As a result, our social life in La Paz has blossomed. So much so, that we actually took a look at some of the housing prices at a local real estate agency...

Our wanderlust is still unsatiated though, and we've merely bookmarked this wonderful city as maybe somewhere we'd like to settle down in the future.

Just off the Malecon, we wander around the market with the locals. No gringos here!

Ramping up for a Feliz Navidad

Outside this hotel, a horse made of dried palm leaves

Back on the Malecon, a concert put together by the Municipal Youth Centre: Who can TISS be?

It's HispaniKISS! :)

Kids breakdancing on the Malecon

We love meeting other travellers while on the road! They're already predisposed to experiencing new cultures and there's always an excitement when sharing these experiences with each other over a beer and whatever the local food is. We met Karay at Spanish school, a super-cool gal from Ohio who is here picking up credits for her Spanish degree back home. We've spent a few evenings with her strolling the Malecon, gabbing over arroz y frijoles, and exploring La Paz. She's also an avid photographer and very interested in motorcycles so we have lots to talk about!

We pick up Karay on our way to church

In school, we learned about the Virgen de Guadalupe, an important figure in Mexican religious and cultural folklore. December 12th, marks the anniversary of the appearance of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Millions of people make the pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico City on this day for the celebrations. Thankfully, we are far away from Mexico City and don't have to contend with such a large crowd here in La Paz, but we're amazed at how many people gather at the local church in town.

Religion and commerce meet at the Santuario Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

La Paz is Spanish for "Peace"

Standing room only at the Santuario Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - all the way outside!

Getting a lift to view the service

Outside, Neda contemplates buying super-yummy churros that this little guy is churning out

"Un churro mas restante! La quieres La quieres?"
("One more churro left! Do you want it?")

Paintings for sale outside the church

A parade of indigenous dancers walk the streets celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe

Our homestay family has taken us out every Friday night to Stella on the Malecon. We (try to) dance to salsa music, drink lots of Negra Modelo and enjoy the company that has temporarily adopted us for our time in La Paz.

Lalo and his girlfriend Shasta go out with us for pizza

Whirl of Christmas lights and motion

Put on your dancing shoes!

After a night of salsa dancing... and again with the ex-pat daydreams...
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:42 AM   #620
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Fantastic report. Thank you so much.
Happy holidays to the both of you.
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Un deseo para los aventureros Gene Y Neda - Que tengan Un Feliz Navidad!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:14 AM   #622
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Merry Christmas-Happy Holidays

Best wishes to you guys! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!!

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Old 12-24-2012, 10:33 AM   #623
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Man you are killing me. So envious

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Have a great peaceful Xmas in Mexico !!
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:32 AM   #625
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Originally Posted by lightcycle View Post
Our trip is in danger of ending very soon.
To be honest... your real trip sounds like it is just beginning.

Be well.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:53 AM   #626
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Still loving your report! Seasons Greetings to you both, down south!
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:16 PM   #627
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Found your RR togay - still amazing!

Espacially "the wave" - awesome!!!

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Merry Christmas you two.
I look forward to your updates everyday.
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Merry Christmas from Toronto, without snow.
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