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i made a stop at a bicycle shop before leaving town. everything took a little longer and so it was past noon when i left cancun. the heat was only sometimes mellowed by a passing cloud. but once you start to ride, the breeze takes of the edge. it wasn’t a pleasant ride along the busy highway towards the south, but the shoulder was wide enough to feel save all the time. there was a bit of a tailwind, the surface even, the land flat and i was surprised how easily i moved forward. after three hours i made a stop in puerto morelos, a laid back place which receives less visitors than cancun or the riviera maya south from here. i just wanted to see the ocean and then continue. but as i was having some lunch, some guys set next to me on the bench and one of them invited me to camp at his house where he is living with his girlfriend. a small house but with a lawn big enough to pitch a tent. the kitchen was outside the house and this is where we had dinner and a couple of beers which i bought from the nearby store while my hosts were busy cooking. i guess my host jayo had a couple of drinks before we met since he got pretty drunk after a while. just about the time we sat down in front of my map and he wanted to give me some advise for my route. and soon he dozed off.

i left a note and started early before they got up, to avoid the heat if only for a little while. the road was about the same as the day before and i was looking forward to reach tulum, setting up camp there and going for a swim. the famous ruins of tulum are located before the town if coming from the north and directly at the caribbean sea. just a few hundred meters further is a place called santa fe. it gathered some fame along backpackers for being one of the few budget places along the shore and today is maybe the only one with a campsite.


and some steps to the left is the beach.


the photo was taken quite early in the morning. it gets a bit busier during the day as this is also the public beach area of tulum. but it is still pre saison here and tourists will not start flocking in until december. this is a perfect place for a rest day. tomorrow i’m off to felipe carrillo puerto and then the lagoon at bacalar before making my way to belize.

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to mexico

after eleven hours we touched ground in cancun, mexico. the entry formalities are quite easy for a citizen of the european union and only to clear customs took me a while longer since my luggage seemed a little less usual. at the baggage conveyor belt i met conrad, another cyclist, just as i was about to take his bike. well, they do look alike packed in a bikebox. i was thinking about cycling into town, but since our flight was delayed it was already dark. a lady told us it would be no problem to get our bikes on a bus. we paid about five dollars extra for the bikes and off we went. conrad met his couchsurfing host at the bus terminal while i got a little lost wandering around town and looking for a hostel. while walking through the streets i could happily certify a prejudice of mine. yes, mexico does dance and sing. it dances in circles while singing or as a couple alone on a stage in a park to the sound of a ghettoblaster, it sings in restaurants, on the streets or else let loudspeakers do the job. it was quite late til i finally checked in at the haina hostel. nothing fancy but with very helpful staff.

my first adventure took me just across the street to an electronic store which also sells guitars. i already looked online at the collection of guitars and since this was supposed to be the best adress in town to buy a guitar, i was a little disappointed. once inside the shop it looked a little more promising. seven or eight guitars looked about right. the first one i picked up was a mahagony fender. it took me a while to tune it while the guy next to me was practising with his vacuum cleaner. it played alright but had some buzz sounds on some frets although the action was already quite high. another guitar had a crack, the other had a crooked neck and in the end there was just an epiphone guitar left. it plays beautifully, has good intonation and the sound is much better than i had expected to find at this price point in cancun. very happy about this. here’s a picture (this is already in tulum):


the staff of the hostel helped me to locate a bicycle shop (elite cyclery), to get the right fuel for the cooker and to find a bookstore with a decent selection of maps. otherwise i found cancun not much to my appeal and i was getting a bit restless. i think mostly because i wanted to get to guatemala and start a spanish course. there’s just too many conversations which fall short because of my lack of spanish skills. it was time to pack up. the next few days i will ride along the riviera maya until tulum.

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winter in berlin

it’s time to reactivate this blog. after working as a velocab driver in the summer of  2012 in berlin, i concentrated on writing and recording  songs over the winter. when autumn came to the city and the grey skies blocked out the sun and at times inspiration as well, i was about to book a flight to mexico. but since my mind was still processing the experiences from the last trip and i didn’t want to leave the possiblities i had here with the intruments and recording equipment, i decided against going on the road again. i finished some songs over the winter but am not quite there yet to start recording another album. i will do so in time and in a way i feel it’s right.

in spring i got back to the velotaxi job, started to save up and in mid season i booked my flight to mexico.