At Christmas time, when you are half a world away from your family and friends it is important to find somewhere special to celebrate. That somewhere for us was the tiny Mexican village of Barra de Potosi on the Pacific coast. Passing by you see a dusty road of a town, similar to that of other Mexican … Continue reading Finding Neverland – The Magic of Barra de Potosi, Mexico
Nature Finds Mexico From the HUGE Humpback Whales of the Pacific to the tiny Monarch Butterflies of eastern Canada - the next stage of our Mexican adventure was set. I planned my trip specifically so that I could see these incredible animals at the end of their incredible journeys. Of course, nature is unpredictable - … Continue reading Chasing Whales and Butterflies
Picture this... We're stepping out of our room in our Casa Particular in Cuba. Our taxi for the airport has arrived - next stop - Mexico. As we grab our backpacks, our hostess - a lady in her 70s or 80s leans forward to embrace us and give us kisses, wishing us well on our … Continue reading Mexico? You Gonna Die!
I couldn't wait to get to the south coast of Mexico. I had 3 weeks to explore this rugged coastline and it all started here - in a hut, on Zipolite beach. When I started planning this trip I was excited about Zipolite - described as a place where you can easily lose yourself and waste days, lying in … Continue reading Zipolite – One Beach, Two Suns, Three Dogs and a Few Naked People
We travelled west from Chiapas to Oaxaca City. Oaxaca is famous for its markets and street food. The food, the culture, the art, the music, the smiles, the laughter, the people filled my soul to bursting point. This city took over my senses in about every way imaginable. IT IS MENTAL! I'll take you through … Continue reading The Crazy of Oaxaca City
San Juan Chamula, just 30 minutes outside of San Cristobal de Las Casas is a very famous Tzotzil indigenous village, where visitors flock to witness the religious traditions that are unique to this community. We met an Irish couple who recommended visiting. They said to go on a Sunday when the village people congregated in the … Continue reading San Juan Chamula – Voodoo Catholicism and a Chicken Sacrifice
We spent 1 more day in Palenque so we could travel to see the ruins of Bonampak in the Lacondon Jungle. It rained, the minibus was air conditioned, it was cold. We returned to our Blair Witch cabin only to realise that all the walls were dripping wet from the humidity. It was gross. I got sick. … Continue reading San Cristobal de Las Casas – Rest, Wine and Winter COLD!
Deep in the Mexican Chiapas jungle - filming location of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator, lie the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque. I thought Chichen Itza was impressive but these ruins were just incredible, especially as you could climb on them and venture inside the central palace walls. Again - I'm not a big fan of things that … Continue reading Palenque – A Real Travelling Experience
Have you ever travelled across Mexico by bus? I tell you, it's an experience. Mexico's superb ADO buses come complete with television screens and snacks, and did I mention air conditioning? Boarding the night bus in Merida to Palenque I wandered why people were walking on with winter woolies and blankets. Maybe Mexicans feel the … Continue reading Mexico Buses, Air Conditioning, Pants and the Law
Here's another wonderful piece of travel advice: Travelling is like going for a ride in Howl's Moving Castle. This magical film of Hayao Miyazaki's has just about saved me on this trip! For those of you who don't know, Howl's Moving Castle is the story of a young girl who is cursed with an old body and, … Continue reading Travelling is like going for a ride in Howl’s Moving Castle