- I’m Riding My Motorcycle to Argentina
- Official Press Release – Traveling Off the Grid, on YouTube
- Preparing the KLR before my Latin America trip
- What to take on a year long motorcycle trip
- My First Day on the Road
- YouTube Video Map
- Blogging Lacking But Video Logging Booming!
- After 40 Days on the Road
- Mexico City’s Killing Me
- The Journey Begins
- Chicago via Denver and St. Louis
- Leaving Chicago Behind
- My First Couch Surfing Experience
- Video of Mexican Police Shaking Me Down
- Interview With Overland Expo
- Entering Into Mexico – Extortion and Inviting Hosts
- News Coverage Over Extortion Video
- Leaving Mexico and Entering Guatemala
- Twisty Roads, City Labyrinth and a Dog Bite
- Unmaintained Motorcycles, Serendipitous Lodging and My Love Affair with Andre
- Lingering Paranoia and Meeting Another Solo Traveler
- Bug Zapper Skills
- Riding Beemers, Replacing Helmet, and Cricket Tacos
- How to be Alone
- Mexican Bus Ride, Riot Police and Church Irony
- Survivor’s Guilt, a Shift in Perspective and the Overrated Mind
- Catching Up: Real De Catorce, Mexico
- Truck Blocking the Road, Guatemala
- The Schizophrenic Bolivian Vagabond [Day 178]
- Couch Surfing in San Jose, Costa Rica [Day 108]
- The Water Filled Vodka Bottle – San Jose, Costa Rica [Day 110]
- Creatures Stirring on Christmas Eve, Playa las Lajas, Panama [Day 125]
- Video Trio: Honduras Traffic, Mayan Temple Climbing, & Nalgene Hack
My entrance into Mexico wasn’t too inviting after getting shaken down by the policia after only four hours in the country.
My CouchSurfing host Carmina made up for my first impression of Mexico. I arrived in Monterrey, and parked my bike in front of her apartment. While I tried to make myself somewhat presentable (aka, less hobo looking) after 10 hours on the road I hear her call from the window, “Ahlo Beeeil!” She scowled at my attempt at a handshake and greeted me with a big hug as if I was family. She introduced me to her sister Christina and their two cats, Solovino and Saskatia.
I spent the first two days in the apartment and only ventured a couple blocks to a shopping center to run some errands. The culture shock was kicking in, along with the reality of this endeavor that I had just started. The break-neck pace of Monterrey’s streets and my complete lack of Spanish skills didn’t help either.
I spent a of time on my computer, uploading videos and photos. I was receding into my comfort zone. During this fragile state, Carmina and Christina we the best people to ease me into Mexico and ease my anxiety. She cooked traditional meals and explained the why and hows of everything. She showed me around the city, and invited me to a party too. They were both really great hosts. Carmina and her boyfriend Esteban took a trip outside the city to a historic town called Real de San José.
Carmina was very knowledgeable and there was a story behind every building, meal or sight. I planned on staying for just the weekend but I ended up staying for almost a week. The kindness of these strangers (now friends) was only the beginning of more that I would experience throughout Mexico.
You can see more photos of my stay in Monterrey in my Flickr set here.