I had my picture taken by a photographer. I met this photographer guy from the States while I was strolling the streets of Oaxaca. He wanted to take pictures of me and use it for some exhibition. I agreed. He promised to send the photos to me but I still haven’t received it. After 4 days in Oaxaca, I left to Mexico City aka ‘El D.F’ -the capital of Mexico.

El D.F was great, I totally loved it – big cities simply make me happy. Anyways I got there on a Friday & went directly to Daniela’s house – she is the girl from Couchsurfing & I stayed with her for 4 days. She is amazing and her family is great too – they made me feel at home. That Friday was her birthday so I joined the party. The next day was her friends birthday at Xochomilco (colorful boats carnival), we had a blast. I went to yet another ruins – the sun & moon pyramids in Teotihuacan which is about 45 minutes away from Mexico City, I learned how to use the metro which is easy & very cheap. I just loved walking in the Downtown area which has everything.


My first stop in Mexico was Tulum – the ruins are smaller but surrounded by the beach, which makes it a spectacular place to visit. I stayed for just 1 day. Next to Merida – a beautiful city, there I took a tour to Chichen Itza, it is an okay ruins. The hostel I stayed in Merida is amazing – it had a swimming pool, girls only dorm and bathroom – I loved it. At the bus station for my bus to Palenque, I bummed into Adrian & Christof (the 2 Swiss I met in Panama & traveled with in Nicaragua). We stayed in an hotel in the jungle – it was awesome and Palenque is ‘el máximo (the best)’ ruins I have seen so far in Mexico – you can compare it to Tikal of Guatemala.

Then we went to San Critobal de las casas – a beautiful but VERY cold city, we couldn’t find a hostel. They were all full due to semana santa (Easter) however we ran into a woman that showed us to one – it was half the price of the average hostel and had the same amenities plus a VERY clean bathroom. I got sick while I was there, I swine flu – the Swiss boys took care of me. I also met with a girl from Couchsurfing (I had set up an account since last year but never used it), it was interesting, we went out for drinks and to the club and I will be using it more often now.

Now am at Oaxaca, equally beautiful but not as cold as San Cristobal. Today I went to yet another ruins with 2 girls from Holland – it was nice but small. Unfortunately, my pics from Belize, Tulum & Chichen Itza got erased from my camera. The only good thing is Pam took a lot of pictures from Belize so I can borrow some of hers.


Tomorrow I’ll be off to Mexico City and I’ll be surfing on a couch (my first real experience from Couchsurfing), I’m excited…..Oh another good news, I got response from graduate schools – I got accepted to Cornell, NYU, UW & 2 other school in Europe, now am down to deciding between Cornell or NYU!!! I’ll tell you about my Couchsurfing experience on the next blog – Adios…………..
El D.F
El D.F

About The Adventures of a Nigerian-American

I love to experience new cultures and explore the world. My family calls me ‘Ajala the Traveler’. Ajala is a Nigerian who lived in the 1950s. It is said that Ajala loved to travel and has visited all the countries in the world. Several legend and myths have been woven around his personality and travels. It is also claimed he traveled using a scooter, a truck and on foot. He rose to fame when a song was written in his honor by a Nigerian musician. The song begins “Ajala travels all over the world…” Well, am not Ajala nor have I traveled as much as he did but I do LOVE to travel. At every opportunity I get, I never hesitate to hop on a plane or international bus. As of June 2022, I have been to 71 countries . When I'm not traveling, I teach, go on long walks and read a book.

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