And into Mexico. Day 5

NOTE: This post was written for day 5 but due to problems with internet and uploading files in Guadalajara, it’s being posted on day 9 and we’re actually in Puebla, packing to leave for Oaxaca. More updates coming ASAP!

Not a week ago, I was partying in the bonafide Californian desert with Desert Hearts. And less than 24 hours ago, I was unwinding in the bonafide Mexican jungle with Bree, Gina, at least a couple massive spiders and some curious “tejones”. Now it’s off to the city. Balance.

San Pancho Jungle Yoga w/ GoPro

Guadalajara is the next stop on our journey across Mexico and fresh off a solid two days in the jungle near San Pancho, with nothing but tejones to worry about, the city will be a nice and complete change of pace.

Tejones are raccoon-like creatures that roam the Mexican jungle looking for careless tourists and an easy snack of whatever they might have left out and open. After being warned about the tejones from our host Tamara and their affinity for unattended food, we locked up all of our fruits and veggies for the first night. On the second night however, after a night of cooking said fruits and veggies, the tejones were keyed in on our coordinates. I could hear them roaming the dark kitchen through the night, crunching water bottles, bumping pots and even getting into gear: I found my iPhone face down on the ground in the morning, several feet from the table I had left it on that night.

Mischievous tejones aside, after arriving in Mexico last Saturday eager to get going and meeting local friends willing to oblige, the jungle was a solid restoration of balance. Balance has been an ongoing theme for this trip around Mexico and also for the weeks proceeding summer in general. After a crazy go-hard-or-go-home summer in Los Angeles, I’ve tried to be more conscious of maintaining better balance in my life. Basically, I’ve been taking more seriously the importance of taking myself more seriously.

Baby sea turtles

Baby sea turtles being released into the waters of San Pancho

We haven’t been in Mexico for a week yet but I can already tell that my understanding of balance and how I can maintain it is improving. Maybe it’s the literal balance of our trip, or the subtle spiritual guidance of my blonde cohorts, or the valuable life insights casually kicked around by new friends, or a combination of them all… but things are going well and I’m sure they’ll only get better.

Tonight, Guadalajara and Gina’s first DJ shows!

San Pancho sunset

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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