Seeing, tasting and spending in Oaxaca

Where to start?! As mentioned previously, this is my absolute favourite state in Mexico for all of the right reasons – food (obviously this came first!), culture, markets, landscape, coastline, people, I could go on… The city is known for its colonial buildings (which to be honest, the majority of picturesque Mexican cities are), many of…

Road tripping to Oaxaca

We decided to take a little (but bloody long drive – 6 hours!) weekend jaunt to my favourite city and state in Mexico called Oaxaca (pronounced like the tasty restaurant in the UK ‘ Wahaca’). The state of Oaxaca is one of the poorest in Mexico yet one of the most scenic, cultural and super tasty!…

The Cornish bought the pasties to Mexico!

For as long as I can remember, when I think of Cornwall I think of the tasty Cornish pasties (along with Scrumpy cider!)  When I think of Mexico, I think of tacos and beers/tequila – pasties are certainly not what springs to mind!  Well my friends, let me tell you a really crazy and interesting…

Xochimilco

Xochimilco (pronounced like ‘Sochimilko’ for those non Spanish speakers!!) is an Aztec name and is one of the boroughs of Mexico City located in the South. The ground in Xochimilco is so rich in nutrients and is famous for its canals. These canals are remains from what was an extensive lake and canal system that connected most…

Tequisquiapan

Mexico is renowned for its ‘Pueblo Magico’s‘ (Magical Towns) throughout the country.  It is an attempt by the Mexican tourism board to promote a number of cute towns across the country for their ‘ magical experience’ (not magical in the literal sense of the word – no magic actually happens there!) One of my absolute…

Best bday present ever 2017!

As we know, guys can be pretty rubbish at remembering things we tell them, right (no offence, chappies)?! The number of times I have told Paco things and it goes right over his head is beyond me. For my birthday last year I decided to set the old boy a task of surprising me with…

Rosca de Reyes

On the 6th January of each year, Christians from all around the world acknowledge/celebrate the day upon which baby Jesus was presented to the world. The Twelfth Night (Epiphany) also marks a visit to the baby Jesus by The Magi, (the three Kings, or Wise Men). The word ‘Epiphany’ derives from Greek and signifies ‘manifestation’. It celebrates…

Mexican 15th birthday parties (Quinceañera) – Girls only!

One of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture is the tradition of the quinceañera. This comprises a huge birthday celebration on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood. The origins of this festival combines both Spanish-Catholic traditions with a rich and indigenous heritage. The ancient Aztecs, had many ceremonies to mark…

Basilica de San Juan de Los Lagos

Whilst in Lagos de Moreno, we took a little road trip to the nearby Basilica de San Juan de Los Lagos. Below I have included a brief extract as to what makes this church important. It is best known as the home of a small image of the Virgin Mary called Our Lady of San Juan…

A little jaunt to Leon, Guanajuato (home of leather and footwear)

Before the Christmas festivities began on the 24th, Paco and I (and others) took a little road trip to the nearby City of Leon which is famous for leather – there are markets left right and centre selling cowboy boots, bags, leather coats, cowboy attire, skins, soles of shoes, and so on. You can imagine…

Feliz Navidad! Christmas in Mexico…

Christmas of 2016 was not to be my first Christmas in Mexico, as I spent the festive period with some of my family in 2013. However this was the first Christmas I spent with Paco and his family. I´m not going to lie, I was anxious as to how it was going to be as it…

Tinder brings me to Mexico for the fourth (and FINAL time)

So, this should be the wrap of all my to-ing and fro-ing travels to Mexico! …. Watch this space! Those of you that know me, and those that have been reading my blogs, you will know that I´ve had an interest in cultures from other parts of the world, and I guess this gave rise to…