Last post we talked about the Mayans, but what about the other famous civilization from Mexico? Well, grab a glass of fermented agave nectar and crank up Neil Young’s ballad of Cortez the Killer because we’re talking about the Aztecs. Ancient Aztecs were a group of super tough warriors that arrived in central Mexico at about … More All About them Aztecs
It’s hard to dodge the Mayans here in Mexico. We’ve visited a half dozen ancient temples, ate Mayan food, and scoped out museums filled with ancient stone artifacts. With all this old stuff, you might even be excused if you think that the Mayans died out long ago, but you’d be wrong. The story that … More Mo’ Mayans, Mo’ Better
It’s about time we talk about the real reason we came to Mexico: it’s the birthplace of chocolate. We already knew that they take chocolate pretty seriously in Oaxaca so we made it a point to sample every variation and every flavor we came across. But when we saw a sign advertising a half-day seminar … More Chocolate: Food of the Gods
The Oaxaca coast is home to three of the seven species of giant sea turtles in the world. Many of these species are endangered but the people here are not going to let them fade quietly into extinction. Every morning and night, volunteers patrol the beaches looking for sea turtles that have laid their eggs. … More Turtle Liberation Operation
Many people know that I have an irrational fear of sharks (thanks to watching Shark Week at my grandmother’s house as a kid) that sometimes prevents me from enjoying water activities. While David and other friends have gone surfing and I’ve tagged along, I’ve never actually tried it myself – until now! Puerto Escondido is … More Hangin’ Ten in Puerto Escondido
Hello there! Here’s an update for all our friends and family following along on our journey about where we are and what we’ve been doing. We’re still in Mexico. See below for more specifics. We left the Yucatan Peninsula (see last update) and ended up spending 15 nights in the city of Oaxaca (wuh-hah-kah), which … More Donde Estamos?
We are loving our time in the city of Oaxaca (wuh-HAH-kah), in a state by the same name. We’re down in the southwestern part of Mexico – the state borders the Pacific but we’re not near the ocean (yet!). Yesterday we went the famous petrified waterfalls of Hierve El Agua. This name literally translates to … More Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca
Our first full day in Valladolid (pronounced “vye-a-doh-leed”), was one of our busiest, and funnest days. First, we visited Casa de Los Venados, which is an 18,000 sq ft redone house museum in the historical center that is owned by an eccentric older couple from Chicago. Outside of being a gorgeous home architecturally, it houses … More A Busy Day in Valladolid
We’ve been a little lazy in the blogging department – sometimes it’s hard to write when there are so many things to do! When we have down time because we’re tired or it’s too hot to do anything else, we’ve found ourselves more likely to be reading a book, going swimming, or just laying around … More Where Are We & What’re We Doing?
Nacho: Ok. Orphans! Listen to Ignacio. I know it is fun to wrestle. A nice piledrive to the face… or a punch to the face… but you cannot do it. Because, it is in the Bible not to wrestle your neighbor. Chancho: So you’ve never wrestled? Nacho: Me? No. Come on. Don’t be crazy. I … More Lucha Libre