Using My Imagination in San Cristobal de las Casas

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We returned from the jungle eager to give the high-altitude town of San Cristobal de las Casas a second go. Being quick to judge is not a trait about myself I’m particularly proud of, but it does mean I’m also quick to love, and on the last morning of our previous visit, I had fallen in love with a little square called Plaza de Mexicanos. Of course, I didn’t know that at the time; I called it ‘The quiet little … Keep reading…

Pondering Life, Travel and the Mayan Calendar in Palenque

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We arrived in the bustling little town of Palenque after a five-hour bus ride that wove us through the mountains of north-eastern Chiapas. Ear phones in, listening to a killer playlist that included Billy Bragg’s ‘Californian Stars’ on repeat, I was calm and relaxed despite the narrow and curvy roads we bounced over, exited to be on another adventure in an as yet unexplored land. After almost 10 months of continuous travel, on a variety of vehicles of questionable road-worthiness, … Keep reading…

Back on the Road in Chiapas

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Whenever I told anyone in Playa del Carmen that we were going to Chiapas, Mexico’s southern-most state, their eyes would glaze over in a kind of in-love way, and they would start to swoon, with ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aahs’ and ‘You’re going to love its.’ I’d begun to swoon a bit myself, if not only to soothe my sadness at leaving our temporary home in Playa del Carmen. Over internet searches and conversations with friends, my desire to explore Chiapas’ cultural riches just … Keep reading…

This Too, Shall Pass: Leaving Playa del Carmen

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Our time on Mexico’s Caribbean coast is coming to an end as they say all good things must. And it’s certainly been a good thing, one of the best I’ve ever experienced. I’m sad to leave, but excited about what’s next; torn between wanting to continue this very good thing as well as experience all the exciting adventures that lie ahead. It’s a blessed dilemma. It’s a blessed life, and I’m so grateful for the love and the energy these … Keep reading…

Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret

Facepaint Xcaret

Dio de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities began in Playa del Carmen around the 31st (Halloween) and finished around the 2nd. The official Day of the Dead was on November 1st, so we wanted to mark the occasion somehow and learn a bit more about this macabre celebration. But Playa del Carmen is not exactly traditional Mexico. In fact, it is one of the most rapidly growing and developing cities in the country, becoming more modern and multicultural by … Keep reading…