Tag: mexico

mexico city again | mexico

travel October 4, 2014

I loved flying in and out of Mexico City – It is one of those places that looks amazing from above. At night time it is covered in a seemingly endless blanket of lights, and during the day is a grey backdrop with every possible colour under the sun scattered throughout. It had also began to give me the same feeling as when flying into Wellington and Melbourne – knowing that this was a place that I could always come back to and feel welcomed.

During my time there I had been treated like part of the family, and the longer I was there, the more I wanted to experience and see. I felt that there was not enough time left to do all I wanted to and as my list kept growing I knew that I would just have to come back again – to another place to call home.

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guadalajara | mexico

travel October 3, 2014

Guadalajara was a beautiful place, full of people riding bikes, amazing museums and of course some of the best tequila! For the first time on my journey I didn’t really feel like making conversation and simply walked the streets, saw the sights and observed from an outside perspective.

I felt that before I had even really seen Guadalajara I was leaving on a 10hr bus trip across Mexico into Mexico City, but that was ok for me at this stage of my trip as I knew I would have another chance to experience this city in the proper manner. I was looking forward to going back to the place where I began, to explore and spend my last few days in the company of mis papas.

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puerto vallarta | mexico

travel October 2, 2014

Puerto Vallarta was a holiday within my holiday. It was where I met up with my fantastic friends from New Zealand and where one of them married her incredible partner. It was a much needed resting point for me after travelling for almost 2 1/2 months, and after a flight delay out of Oaxaca, the best possible, yet unexpected, 6 hour stopover in Mexico DF visiting mis papas, and almost missing my flight and getting my name called over the speaker at the airport, I arrived and I just stopped.

Over the next few days I was content in doing nothing but relaxing, celebrating, catching up and having a slice of kiwi time with my girls in one of the most beautiful settings possible. I relaxed so much that I stayed an extra day, ended up losing my phone but wouldn’t have had it any other way!

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oaxaca | mexico

travel October 1, 2014

Even before arriving, I knew that Oaxaca was the best place for me to be in after farwelling mi amigo and starting off again on my own. I had chosen to stay here well before arriving in Mexico because it was a known heaven of four of my favourite things – food, chocolate, art and culture. I had given myself 5 days to explore – I enjoyed the festivities over the semana santa, I worked my way through my list of all the best foods that were on offer, I sampled mezcal with my newly made friends, I wandered through all the art galleries and visited the alebrije workshops in the small towns, and out of all of these experiences I didn’t expect that one would surpass the other, especially in such an unexpected place for me.

I had been told to visit a place called hierve el agua, just out of Oaxaca City, so I went with a group of mexican tourists that were on their holiday break. I did not know much about where I was going and couldn’t understand the detailed explanation that was being told to us in spanish on the way there, but I feel this worked in my favour – sometimes being ignorant is bliss. When I arrived, I was in awe. It was instantly one of the most incredible places and one of the most amazing sights I have seen to date. I followed the path and made my way to the highest point, on top of the petrified water and simply sat there, let time surpass and looked out on what seemed to be the edge of the world.

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from merida to san cristobal | mexico

travel September 27, 2014

My journey from Cancun to Oaxaca was always left open. Everything else had been planned in advance, but I had been told by my very knowledgeable friends that sometimes things are best left unplanned, and things could not have worked out better.

Mi amigo, from my journey through Guatemala, joined me in what ended up being a simple incredible adventure through an amazing piece of Mexico. We both shared a love for seeing, being and just enjoying. He taught me everything I could ever know about the culture, history, food and drink. Together we saw the towns we visited change around us from day to night.

Our days in Merida were spent exploring – from climbing down ladders into beautiful crystal clear cenotes to lying under the trees and taking in the philosophies of Uxmal. The nights were spent under Agus’s roof, sampling his special tonic and infused rums.

Palenque was an overnight bus away and was where we enjoyed all that the jungle put forward for us – a morning exploring the ruin site, an afternoon next to the river with the Mexican delicacies of coronitas y papitas con salsa, and a night of dining, drinking and dancing in the midst of the jungle.

The journey through Chiapas allowed us to stop at Agua Azul – a truly beautiful set of cascades, that we enjoyed before continuing back on the road to San Cristobal, over what seemed to be a hundred thousand pinches topes!

And then San Cris. Ever since arriving and running through the cold air to the hostel, it had won me over. There was something about this town that took a hold of me, the streets were alive. We found ourselves wandering again under the full moon, just as we had done a month before, sitting and watching the world go past, sometimes without speaking a word, and drinking – as you do when you are in Mexico! Cervezas, tequila, vino, posk, dos cubitas, and my first taste of mezcal!

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cancun + tulum | mexico

travel July 7, 2014

Cancun signified the end of one part of my adventure and the beginning of another. It was where I said goodbye to my friends, who had become a little family over the past three weeks, and started my travels. I still had a couple of days left in Mexico so made the most of the sun, the beach, and of course my new found favourite food in the world…..and had a few margaritas while I was at it!

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teotihuacan + xochimilco | mexico

travel July 7, 2014

It took me about three days to fully realise where I was, what surrounded me, and what was yet to come. I can pinpoint the exact moment – walking down the street, not far from la casa, stopping for a second before crossing the road and in that moment looking up and everything catching up with me. I was in Mexico and I was going to be travelling for the next three months – half of this time by myself!

I didn’t have much time to think about this more as I got swept up in the whirlwind of simply the most beautiful wedding, of two of my most favourite people, and the celebration and adventures in the days that followed – Teotihuacan, the canals of Xochimilco, and the buddymoon in Cancun!

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mexico city | mexico

travel July 6, 2014

5 years ago, Mexico was added to the very top of my list for places to visit, and now that I was actually going there I couldn’t imagine anything better than travelling with mi amiga who introduced me to this fantastic country. I was greeted so warmly by her family and before I knew it, I was sitting in a taqueria eating some of the best Mexican food I had ever tasted!

I spent the next week discovering a Mexico that not many would have the opportunity too, doing everyday things like supermarket shopping, running errands for the soon to be wedding, walking the streets of downtown, riding on the subway, eating at the local markets – all the while staying with mi amigas family and eating the best homemade food. I couldn’t have asked for better!

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