|First class bus rides are so worth it.|
Well, we made it to Guadalajara, a five-hour bus ride through some gorgeous farmland complete with blue patches of agave fields and silvery aqueducts, and I didn't even go into labor on the bus, unlike our good friends at Water-log. That might have been a funny coincidence after the fact, but during the event, eh, not so much.
Though I have to say, if you're going to go into labor on a bus, the ETN bus from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara would be the one to pick. This thing was swank - seats with more leg room than I could use, personal televisions with the occasional English language movie and recliner-style seating with leg rests. Not your average chicken bus.
And we are loving our little world in Guadalajara, or our vacation from our vacation as I keep referring to it. Though in reality, as any of you currently cruising know, living and traveling via boat is exciting and fun and full of all kinds of new experiences, but it's not exactly a vacation. There's down time, for sure, and it's slower paced, no doubt. But it ain't all mai tais. In fact, there's relentless upkeep. There's planning and navigating and actually moving your boat and then fixing all the stuff that broke because you moved it. There's the constant search for parts and grocery runs that take all day and the occasional errand that would take 5 minutes in the States but takes you three hours in Panama. Or three days.
It can even be, dare I say it, stressful. Here in Guadalajara, though, we have none of that. The weather is gorgeous - low humidity with temperatures in the 80s (I no longer have to hide in the air-conditioning!!). We have nothing to do except the dishes. Cafes and little shops and bookstores abound. We even had coffee yesterday morning in an outdoor cafe in front of the cathedral. Tre chic! (And, yes, I have been drinking a half a cup of coffee a day for the past month, and I love it, despite Vlad's judging eyes.)
We will give you more of our thoughts about the city soon. Until then, three cheers to inland travel and cool weather!