30 August 2018 | Mexico
An unplanned trip can turn to an exciting moment! At least that’s what I was feeling when we were in Ensenada, Mexico. Silviu and I would start the work at 2 pm on that day. We decided to go out early in the morning to roam around the downtown. We took the shuttle bus from the pier. The bus staff gave us the brochures and promoted some tours we could do during the day. And we bought that. Right after we got off from the bus, we booked a ticket for a short trip to La Bufadora.
La Bufadora is a blowhole or marine geyser located on Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California. The air and sea water are trapped in a sea cave and are forced upwards when the water recedes. The viewing spot is approximately 24 metres above the sea level, but the water often sprays above that.
We enjoyed the panoramic view of Baja California coast from the bus window along the way. We could see the cruise ship far behind us. After 45 minutes of ride, we arrived. We were greeted by several drink sellers, mostly with the free sample of pina colada. Then, the guide took us to see the blowhole. The ocean view under the sunny day was pleasing. There were people doing the kayak adventure nearby.
The viewing spot was not too crowded yet as it was still early. I was looking for a good spot to capture the moment. The guide read the movement of the waves. We were told to be patient as it was a nature force, it wouldn’t happen as we wanted. Of course we understand that. For half an hour, there were only small waves coming back and forth. Suddenly our guide yelled, “This is it everyone! The big one is coming!”
My camera was ready since a while ago. It’s indeed a big blow! The water soared all the way up creating a loud crashing sound. The people on the frontline including me were wet from the big splash. We were screaming and laughing out loud. There were a couple more of big blows after that. I just enjoyed the rest of the view. We left after taking some pictures as the viewing spot got more and more crowded.
The Big Blow moment
We had an hour free time before going back to the ship. We went for a lunch. It wasn’t that hard to find the delicious food in La Bufadora. There were tacos, burritos, quesadilla and some other Mexican food. We stopped at the restaurant close to the entrance gate. One dish grabbed our attention. The smoke from the grilled clams and the smell of the melted cheese made me drooled. It’s the must try dish when you visit Mexico, Almejas Gratinada.
We also ordered a plate of oysters for the appetizer. There were six raw oysters served cold. I took one slice of lemon and squished it on the oyster. I slurped it at once. The oyster was soft. The sour taste of the lemon complimented the freshness of the oyster. It was my first time eating oyster. There was no fishy smell like I imagined before. I love it.
A plate of fresh raw oyster with lemon squeeze
Then came Almejas Gratinada, the dish that we wanted to try so bad. The small slices of seafood like clams and octopus mixed with vegetables topped with gratin and seed. It’s served on a big shell of clam and grilled together. I put salsa habanero into the clam. The savory taste from the seafood and cheese fill my mouth. The vegetables slices are so fresh . The spiciness from the salsa enriches the flavor. Soon we fall in love with Almejas Gratinada.
The delicious Almejas Gratinada
Silviu is enjoying the Almejas Gratinada
On the way back to the bus, we bought tacos from a small stall and pina colada drink from the cute pinapple skin! It was a nice short trip. We were runinng back to the ship as soon as we reached the pier. We arrived just on time before the shift. We worked in a good mood after that because we started the day with an exciting trip!
Almond caramel street snack
One of the Piña Colada stall in La Bufadora
A fresh Piña Colada drink to end the trip
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