Hakuna matata – Kenya Style

Kenya is awesome! Let’s first start with that. This was my favorite country on the trip and we are already planning on when we can come back. But let’s start at the beginning…

We arrived in Kenya on Monday afternoon and Bill opened this leg the following morning. The one difference is that Monday night Bill gave us our scavenge books so that we could begin to plan our scavenges. This leg had an option for an overnight safari and we needed the extra night to plan and book.

We took one look at the book and knew that we had to do a safari in the Maasai Mara Reservation. After looking at the map and using the phone directory to call around we were able to book one night at the Governor’s Camp.

Tuesday morning came and we were all so pumped to head out to the reserve. Our driver, Simon (who would play a leading role in why this leg was so awesome) picked us up bright and early and we began the 6 hour trek to the reserve. The first 4 hours of the drive were great but then we turned off onto the “bumpy” road and then the journey got a bit more unpleasant. However, as we got closer to the reserve the amount of exotic wildlife that we could see through our car window got increasingly more interesting and the uneven road became just an afterthought.

As we drove into the camp we knew this part of the trip would be absolutely amazing as we were ushered over to this beautifully laid out lunch right on the edge of a river filled with hippos. After a quick bite to eat we were shown to our tents (SO COOL!) and then ushered onto our first game drive. I have been on safari in a small reserve in South Africa but that paled in comparison to the amount of animals we saw on this one game ride.

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After about an hour into the drive we came upon a Maasai village which allowed you to tour their village for a small fee. The tour began with a song and dance from the beautifully dressed Massai women and then continued with a walk through their village and into their Chief’s hut. It was incredible to imagine that people still lived in such primitive conditions yet all of the kids ran and played like the happiest people on earth. We also got to see all of their crafts as they set up an entire market on the outskirts of the village.

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That night we went to sleep to the sounds of hippos playing in the river right by the camp, and it was so cool to hear all of the sounds of the jungle right from our bed. We woke up super early to take a sunset hot air balloon ride over the reserve. I will let the photos below speak for themselves as this trip was so peaceful and so beautiful.

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From the time we landed a bunch of trucks picked us up and took us over to this area at the bottom of one of the hills for a picnic breakfast. Can I just say – who gets lucky enough to have an entire cooked breakfast sitting at a breakfast table in the middle of the Maasai Mara?! Such an unforgettable experience.

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After breakfast we took a short game ride back to our camp and then packed up (very tearfully) to head back into town. We found out that on our way back we could do one of the additional scavenges which was to take boat over Lake Naviasha and have a drink at the Country Club. This sounded like a very fun idea, until we reached the boat area and it was pouring with rain. Needless to say we did it anyways and got completely soaked while laughing hysterically at each other as we headed out on this very creepy, supposedly hippo infested lake. (No photos because of the rain.. You’ll have to wait for the go-pro footage)

One our way back into Nairobi from Lake Naviasha, our super awesome driver, Simon, invited us to have dinner at his home and meet his 3 year old son Troy. This was the highlight of our trip, as from the moment we opened the door to Simon’s house Troy came over singing and dancing and so excited to make friends. We had an amazing meal in his house and when we went to say goodbye Troy made the saddest face and started to cry. As we pulled away from the house, Simon told us to look back and we could see Troy sitting in the window watching us go. 😦

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The next morning we arranged for Simon to pick us up bright and early and take us around to some of the exciting scavenges in Nairobi. During the journey we learned that Troy was home as school was on a break and we begged Simon to let him come with us as we were headed to the Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Reserve. He said yes and after a quick detour Troy was back with us! Our first stop with the elephants and Troy was a little afraid but so excited to see the baby elephants – as we all were. We watched in awe as the babies held their own bottles and fed themselves, while bouncing each other and trumpeting around the place.

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After the elephants we headed to the giraffe reserve where we got to feed Kelly and Ed, two beautiful elephants. Giraffes are one of my favorite animals and it was awesome to get to feed them, pet them and be kissed by them (see photo below!). Also having Troy there was awesome as the moment he saw the giraffes we did his signature dance and raced over to see them.

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From the elephants we went to the Mamba (Crocodile) Village where we saw many sized crocodiles and turtles and were very nervous as our guide jumped into the enclosure to poke one of the biggest crocodiles to make him move for us. We thought for sure we were about to witness someone being eaten! But alas, all was well.

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From the time we left the crocodile area the rain began to pour, and it didn’t stop. The roads filled with water and at some points it looked like a river was running through Nairobi city. We had planned to walk around tour and complete some of the scavenges in the city center but didn’t think it was smart to try walking through the river and decided to return to the hotel instead.

The last thing we had planned for the night was to eat at this very well-known restaurant called the Carnivore. The plan was to leave the hotel at 6:45 for our 7:30 reservation but Simon called to say he was stuck in a lot of traffic and it would be best to take a taxi instead. We hailed two cabs and started our journey around 7, well we did not make what would normally be a 15 minute drive until 9:45. I have never sat in traffic that was so horrendous but the city had flooded, one road was blocked by a tree, another by a fallen transformer and there was also a very tragic collapsing of a house in the downtown area which was the perfect storm that lead to the worst traffic ever.

Once we finally arrived at the restaurant we had a lovely dinner of all kinds of meat. This is the kind of place where they come around with roasted meat on a stick and cut it directly onto your plate. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very cool – it made the horrendous journey seem worth it.

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This morning we got up early to complete one more challenge – riding an ostrich. Simon picked us up and we headed out to the the farm. We drove for about an hour until we came to the turn off to the farm and Simon noticed that the track looked very muddy and wet. We tried our best but after about thirty minutes trying to navigate complete mud roads we decided that we did not have the time to make it the 7 km of bad road – and if we got stuck we would be late for 11am check in at the end of the leg. Such a bummer.. but think it was the smart decision.

Instead we did a couple quick scavenges in town and then headed back for check-in. Bill has told us that we will be leaving the hotel tonight at 7pm to a catch a flight to…. we still don’t know. This was the last leg of the journey for Chris and I as we have to return home on Monday and will begin the long trek back across the pond from this evening. I am trying to encourage Savannah to finish blogging for the last country… so if you agree hackle her and make her do it!

The Oasis of Oman

After a gruelingly hot day in India we finally made it to Oman around 11pm and immediately went to bed. That day was a very interesting day as we had breakfast in Singapore, lunch in India and dinner in Oman.. Awesome!

The next morning Bill opened the leg and we all spent about an hour plotting the scavenges we would do over the next couple days. Bill issued a couple rule changes including the ability to rent a car and team up with other teams for an unlimited amount of scavenges as long as we were outside the Muscat city limits. This encouraged team to rent a car together and travel out to complete some of the more difficult but memorable challenges.

After a very frustrating few hours of trying to find an open car rental agency (this country completely closes from 1pm – 4:30pm every day) we ended up at this amazing restaurant called the Khargeen. The scavenge said to smoke sheesha, which we did but none of us really enjoyed and then we knocked off some of the food challenges by ordering of the menu. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was very peaceful and our waiter was so kind and helpful. With bellies full of lamb, kebabs and the most divine hummus and fresh pita ever we headed back to the souq (market) to pick up some more points.

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The Muttrah Souq was an amazing site of colours and smells and we really enjoyed walking through and finding all of items required. From there we headed to the marina where we boarded a traditional dwah for a sunset cruise. So peaceful and very beautiful coastline.

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Now this is where the night got very interesting. Rainey, auntie zo, Chris and I got in a cab to head back to the hotel and Rainey and the taxi driver got to talking and the next thing I know we are headed to Muhammad’s house for dinner. It was absolutely fascinating to be invited into this man’s house, have him treat us so kindly and learn so much about the culture and lifestyle in Oman. We stopped to pick up food as this invitation was so last minute but when we got there food kept coming from the kitchen which his wife was preparing (we never met her or his oldest daughter). We did meet his baby girl and all of his sons. This family is his second as he has a wife and three kids that live outside of Muscat. This second wife and him have 5 children, so I’m total he has 8 kids. When you see me next ask me about this experience as we learnt so much that it would be hard to include all the facts and interesting differences between our Western lifestyle and the one in Oman. Just know the Muhammed was incredibly gracious and we felt so blessed to have met him and shared that meal with his family.

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Day two started bright and early as we had our rental cars and we wanted to cover a lot of ground. We got started by hitting two fish markets before 8am. One in the nearby Muttrah and one in a smaller town an hour away called Barka.

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After seeing our share of fresh fish, we headed inland to check out the Nakal fort and hot spring.

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We then had a very long 3 hour drive into the desert of  Oman to…. Ride camels and surf the dunes in 4x4s. So fun and so thrilling. I cannot wait to share this gopro footage with you!

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After a very long day of travelling we headed back towards our hotel. Took a last minute sunset walk on the boardwalk and then it was onto the hotel for check-in. We shared a couple cocktails, hummus and had a swim in the pool… The perfect end to a wonderful few days in Oman!

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We are now in our next destination after a ridiculous wake up time of 2am for a 4:30 flight to Abu Dhabi to connect to… Nairobi, Kenya!!! I am super excited at the prospect of a safari but a little apprehensive as I don’t know anything about this country. We get this evening off… Phew… But will be on our way with the scavenges from tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!

Pitstop in India

On our way to Oman we had an 8 hour layover in Chennai, India and we went out into the city to complete a few scavenges. It was 56 degrees Celsius.. So please forgive the ridiculously sweaty photos.

Below is a short montage of photos of us having lunch, visiting a bazaar and then climbing to the top of the Madras light house!

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Stunning Singapore

We arrived in Singapore around 4pm after a long 7 hour flight and I won’t lie we were all feeling very tired. We were those teams that pushed our selves so hard in the first 2 legs and now we’re feeling the effects. I will say that our hard work in Japan payed off as Savannah and Bop took first place while Chris and I came in 2nd.. Woo! Unfortunately as Rainey had his passport stolen in Mexico and wasn’t able to travel with us to Japan, their team ended up in 9th place as he wasn’t he wasn’t there to complete the scavenges with auntie zo.

The team meeting occurred at 5:30pm, we got our scavenge book and immediately took off to find something to eat while completing one of the eating challenges. We ended up at Maxwell’s hawkers market to try a chicken and rice dish. It was pretty good.

From there we walked towards the Chinese market and stopped at the Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple. Very cool building with lots of gold inside.

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We then had a full dinner at a nearby restaurant and headed into the market. We had to try some exotic fruits and I will say that both Chris and I really liked the Asian/Snow Pear and the Dragon fruit. In this market Bop and Chris also tasted the famous Chili Crab which is Singapore’s signature dish.

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It was then onto the waterfront to check out the Merlion. This is a mystical creature which is half fish and half lion and is the protector of the city. She is quite spectualar to see, especially with the rest of the Singapore skyline in the background. We could also see the Marina Bay Sands hotel which is the iconic building of Singapore and is even more impressive in real life than in pictures.

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At that point we called it a night and headed to bed. And decided to have a late morning and not really get started till after 9.

After an exquisite breakfast Chris and I headed to the Arab district to check out the Sultan Mosque which was huge and very impressive. We also walked around through the markets but a lot of stuff wasn’t open until 11, so it was actually a good city to decide to sleep in!

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From the day before we had booked a cooking class and we headed over there. This class was super fun as we learned how to cook traditional Indian curry chicken, marinated steamed fish and a fennel green bean dish. We learnt a lot of little cooking tips – did you know you should always put salt in the pan before you put anything else in and let it heat up? Supposedly this helps bring the flavours out of your food as you cook… Who knew! After a few hours of cooking and enjoying each other’s company we sat down to eat and boy was it good!

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It was then back to the hotel to change as we had reservations for high tea at the Raffles Hotel. This tea was amazing… But anyone who knows me knows that I adore scones with clotted cream and jam, especially as you don’t get clotted cream in Barbados.

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In the same Raffles Hotel we stopped at Long Bar to have a Singapore sling. The bar was cool and the drink was good but so expensive at $36 Singapore dollars!

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We then went down to the waterside and the boys went on the Clarke’s Quay G-Max which is this slingshot ride that shoots you up in the air – basically a reverse bunge jump. Thank God only one team mate had to do this challenge as there was no way I was getting on that thing. The boys had a great time.

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We continued to walk down the pier and caught a bumboat back to the Merlion Park and then went over to the Marina Bag Sands. When I came to Singapore on semester at sea, the one thing I regretted not doing is going to the top of Marina Bay so I was not missing out on this opportunity. The building did not disappoint as the view was absolutely incredible.

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After wandering around the hotel we then headed next door to the Bay Gardens. This area was definitely a highlight for me as the Bay Gardens consist of two huge domes where they have simulated the environment of spring for the flower dome and forest for the cloud dome. It was amazing to go into these domes after coming out of the 37 degree, 100% humidity temperature outside and entering the flower dome which felt exactly like a cool spring day. The boys were just in awe at the amount of a/c that would have to be pumped in to create that temperature in this giant dome. We ran out of time and were unable to go into the cloud dome (with a re-created tropical rainforest and waterfall) but I will say that the flower dome did not disappoint.

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We then walked through what we called the “Avitar Trees” but they were these huge tree-like structures that lit up and changed colour with the Broadway hit music that was being played. It was absolutely stunning.

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That was the end of our Singapore leg as we had to check in at 10pm. We so enjoyed this city and is somewhere we all would visit again in a heart beat!

From Singapore we had a layover in India where we were able to leave the airport and do some challenges and we are now in Muscat, Oman!

Drifting through Tokyo

So I spent three hours writing this amazing blog with all the details of the Tokyo leg, my phone froze and now it’s all gone. So sorry but you will be getting a much more condensed version of the events as I do not have the energy to re-write everything.

Just as an update our teams did really well in the Mexico leg with Chris and I taking 2nd place, Savannah and Bop in 3rd and Auntie Zo and Rainey in 4th. Woot woot! This has lead to great excitement but also great ambitions of having one of the Bajan teams in the top spot.

Tokyo Day 1

First thing we did was head to the Tokyo Sky Tree. This building was amazing as we had a 360 degree view of the city.

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From there we took on our first bonus challenge of heading out to Odwara to visit a castle. We had to take a bullet train and eat a bento box while on the way. One comment on the subway is it is super complicated and confusing, but amazingly efficient and the commuters never push and shove even if there are tons of people trying to get onto an already packed train.

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The Odwara castle was cool but we couldn’t see the inside as it was under maintenance.

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From there we headed to an Onsen in Hakone which is right by Odwara. An Onsen is a public bathhouse which the scavenge said you should take your bathsuit in order to go in. We paid for entrance and the boys headed to the male floor while Sav and I went towards the women’s.

In the locker room we quickly changed into our swimsuits and headed out to the 6 or so pools and the 50+ naked Asian ladies.. LOL. Savannah and I looked around in complete shock, I guess we were rushing so much to get out and in the water we didn’t read the signs/take notice of all the naked women walking around the locker room. We decided to go in in our swimsuits but were kicked out like 20 minutes later… Double LOL.

We decided at this point to go and walk around the beautiful grounds and we had a chuckle as we thought about the boys and what they were doing. As soon as we got outside we spotted the boys sitting on a rock in their kimonos and they explained they had made it into the pools in their baggies but the super hot water and the abundance of willies had them booked it out of the water after about 15 minutes.. Triple LOL.

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After walking around the grounds we left the Onsen to head back towards town and made a stop at the ramen museum. The museum itself wasn’t that interesting but the basement was the food court and it was decorated like an old time Japanese Street with all the different types of noodle shops. We picked one of the booths and had some amazing ramen.

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Last stop for the night was at a Pachinko arcade. This is an gambling arcade game that was incredibly bizarre. First of all the sound is SO loud that you can barely think. The game consists of some small silver balls being blown around and an anime cartoon being played on the screen. We really couldn’t figure out what was going on…

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That was the end of our first day and Chris’ phone recorded that we had walked 8.5 km. We were so exhausted that Savannah sat down on her bed to change and woke up hours later fully dressed.

Tokyo Day 2

The one advantage of jet lag is you are fully awake at 4am and ready to head out for a pre-dawn scavenge. We head out early to visit a nearby fish market that has an epic tuna auction every morning. After walking around the streets many times with no signs of a fish market and all the stores closes tight we finally found a building which had a fish on the front but was locked up right. We found a man coming out of the building and he told us that the market was closed… Arggg.. Red herring.

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We then went to one of the little sushi restaurants in the alley and had something to eat for breakfast.

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From there we decided to get an early start on heading to the Kamapara Buddha. After an hour train we arrived at the Buddha just as it opened at 8. The Buddha was very impressive and because we went to early we had the area all to ourselves. We even got to go inside this 700 year old Buddha.

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From there it was back to downtown Tokyo where we took in the following sites.

1) Shibuya cross walk – one of the busiest in the world

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2) Meiji shrine – I had actually visited this shrine on my precious visit to Tokyo but it was fun to see again

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3) Yoyogi Park – pretty and serene

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4) Ameyoko Market – went in pursuit of some off season fruits

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5) Senso-ji Temple – went through the process of having my fortune read

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We also did some other interesting things:

1) Escape the Red Room – such a fun and super challenging Escape the Room. You walk into this small completely red room with two doors with padlocks.. How do you get out?
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2) Visited Two Cat Cafes – super bizarre but you can pay to go into a room and play with a bunch of cats.

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3) Karaoke with locals – Karaoke in Japan is super popular. So popular that when Chris and I first attempted this challenge we went into one of the Karaoke places as 3pm and there were 4 middle aged men in full suits paying to go in. We were too intimated to go at that point but later in the night we went with the group and concerned this guy go come and sign with us. It was so awkward but the guy really got into it and was belting out the high notes by the end.

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4) Photo booth Pics – another bizarre Japanese pasttime is to go into this photo booths that make you pose in certain ways and then edits your photos to make the eyes bigger, the mouth smaller and cheeks bigger. I love Chris in these photos!

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5) Super cool sushi place – where you order you food on a tablet and then the food comes out on a little tram and stops in front of you.

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Well that’s it for our adventures in Japan. We are now in Singapore and have a few minutes to change and freshen up before Bill open’s the leg at 5:30pm our time. Super excited to be here again as the city is so clean, efficient and everyone speaks English! Yay!

Tokyo Touchdown

Just a quick update to let you know we arrived safely in Tokyo. After grueling 20 hours of travelling we are happy to be in this new and wonderful place. Luckily most of the group got tickets in the back of the plane which was pretty empty and we got to stretch out. I purposely didn’t sleep much as I knew we were landing here at 7pm and wanted to be able to sleep through the night and beat the jet lag as quickly as possible. We flew Singapore Airlines and the service was impeccable, the plane was very nice and the food was… Interesting.

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We are staying at The Gate hotel and it’s very nice, modern but efficient. The view from the lobby which is on the 13th floor is spectacular as you can clearly see the Tokyo tower. The room is cute and is equipped with the quintessential spaceship Japanese toilet which we Westerner definitely prefer over a squat toilet but still don’t understand how to use. Chris tried it out and all I heard was a yelp and a slamming of the toilet lid… Lol.

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Chris turned 26 on the plane ride over here. Unfortunately his birthday got cut rather short as we boarded the plane in LAX at 3:30pm on the 17th and arrived here at 7pm on the 18th (his actual birthday). The group sang to him in the lobby and presented him with a card signed by everyone.. Super nice! And then a knock on our door resulted in a lovely piece of cake and two beers.

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After a quick shower, Chris, Bop and I headed out in search of some food. We didn’t have to go far as literally next door was a cute sushi diner where we gorged ourselves on some amazing rolls. Yes, we may be leaving Bop here as he has found his one true love… Lol. We also made friends with the sushi chef’s who kept saying “Good Job” and giving us thumbs up and gave us advice on which sake to try. It was a really fun way to start our trip and I’m really looking forward to exploring more of this awesome place.

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Full and exhausted we headed back to the hotel and did some laundry (stamping around on the clothes in the tub). And then headed to bed in our hotel issued pjs, so comfy! And despite our best efforts were fully awake at 4:30pm. We have lounged around and will be heading to breakfast shortly. The leg for this country opens at 8:30am.. Wish us luck!

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Lucha Libres, tequila and baby dolls hanging from trees

So I woke up the first official morning of the Global Scavenger Hunt and… I’m wasn’t feeling well. The mixture of some stomach issues and a very bad headache left me feeling very frustrated and anxious that I wouldn’t be able to complete the day. However after some peptobismol (the secret weapon of any traveller), some advil and a hot shower I was feeling quite a bit better.

After breakfast we headed to our team meeting where Bill once again emphasised some rules, told us the check-in time of 8:30pm and gave us the scavenge books. We also took an awesome team photo.

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Then we were off. Zoe and Rainey immediately decided to head out the pyramids as it was a bonus challenge worth a lot of point but as sav and Bop had already done the pyramids (they flew into Mexico a few days early) they decided they wanted to stick around town. Chris and I decided we would start off the day with them and we left the hotel in search of a hop-on-hop-off bus as our first scavenge. We had to spend 90 mins total on the bus so figured that would be a good way to plot and map out the city.

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Our first stop off of the bus was at El Angel. Which is an icon statue that almost any movie ever filmed in Mexico City will depict. The scavenge said to get to the top of the statue and prove it. This turned out to be our first “Red Herring” Bill’s version of a booby trap ad you cannot go up to the top of angel unless you have a special pass, and that office doesn’t open on a Saturday.. Boo.

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While waiting for the next hop-on-hop-off bus to arrive, Chris and I dashed into a convenience store and bought the three sweet treats that we had to try. This was a Mexican twinky, a Concha (a circular croissant type pastry) and a weird cinnamon flavoured hot chocolate.

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Back on the bus and headed to the main square we clicked in our last minutes to make the 90 mins and then hopped off. In this main square we chose to do 4 scavenges: make a Tortilla (yes I had to beg a street vendor to let me take over as Tortilla maker), visit the Franz Mayee museum (boring), visit the Bella Arte Ballet Hall and photograph a specific Diego Riviera mural and finally get to the highest floor of the Latin America building.

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From there we teamed back up with Sav and Bop and headed to the Zocalo square to attempt to eat at a rooftop bar but after waiting 20 minutes with no service we got up and decided we would do that mandatory eating challenge later in the day.

We then descended into the Mexican metro to attempt a very ambitious bonus scavenge. This scavenge included taking the light train (cable car) to a specific village and then taking a tanjineras ride to the Island de las Munecas. Now remember that we cannot do any research using technology on this trip. So we honestly had no idea what any of this meant. We asked one local how to get there and he explained the metro system and that tanjineras was a boat but other than that we went to this challenge completely blind. After and hour and a half of public transportation with some many people crammed into this subway cars that you could barely breathe we reached Xochimilco. From there we followed signs of weird boats to the waters edge where we hired a boat to take us to the Isla de las Muernas (still having no clue what this meant).

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We headed on out our boat with the “captain” paddling us (yes, no engine) and we quickly realized this was a voyage down a system of canals. It was so peaceful and serene until we turned a corner and boom.. 100 boats with all manner of people, loud speakers on some of them blaring all kinds of music, people eating and drink and partying. No folks, this was not a peaceful boat outing it was a full Saturday afternoon fete of people partying on boats. In addition there were boats of marachi bands that you could hire to come aboard and sing for you, boats of different vendors selling all kinds of food, and if u were in need of plant ad you sauntered down the canal there was also a boat selling beautiful plants and bonsai trees… Bizarre.

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We finally go to the isla de las Muernas, which we realized translated to the Island of Dolls. It was super creepy as there were all these old, broken dolls hanging from the trees and a fence. After the Mexico leg closed I did some research and this island has a super creepy story which you can read here http://www.isladelasmunecas.com.

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Back on solid land and far from the weird dolls, we headed back to the city center to finish up some scavenges. One was the mandatory eating challenge which we chose to do on the delicious roof top bar called the Balcon de Zocalo. Here Bop and Chris also completed the tequila taste test challenge and we took a picture with the president.. Aka we got our waiter to bring up a photo of the president on his phone so we could take the photo. We had spend the entire day scouring the newspapers and publications but couldn’t find photo.. He doesn’t seem well liked.

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Last on the list was to head to a Lucha Libres event. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Lucha Libres is, please look it up.. You don’t know what you are missing. Outside we snagged a last challenge which was to take photo dressed up as a good and bad Lucha Libres. We paid one of the vendors to let us quickly try on two of the masks. Then inside the Colosseum we went for one of the most awesome and entertain live events ive ever been too. The costumes, the antics, the crazed crowd changing Spanish that we wouldn’t understand, the tight pants and ridiculous names made for the perfect and super authentic end to our day in Mexico.

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Overall we had a fantastic time in Mexico and although we were super tired by the end, this event definitely makes you step out of the box, engage with the locals and see things you would never do on your own.

I’m writing this on the plane as we head across the world to our next stop.. JAPAN! Tokyo to be exact and I don’t think there’s a person as excited out this as Bop. I think we may have to pry him away from the sushi conveyor belt if not we won’t get any scavenges done!

We left the hotel in Mexico at 7am (Sunday) and we won’t be in Japan until 7pm on Monday. It’s a long journey but I’m pretty excited. We went to Tokyo on my semester at sea trip and I only have great memories so look forward to more of those.

P.s. I will be writing these blogs from my phone so please forgive any spelling/grammatical errors (please Gale, lol).