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City Guide: The best of Mexico City

May 23, 2016

I’ve written about my love for Mexico City here and here, but I wanted to write a more detailed guide about some of the best things the city has to offer so everyone can enjoy it. Whether you’ve got just a few days or a couple of weeks in Mexico City here’s my pick of the best things to see, do and, most importantly eat.

See

There are so many places to see in Mexico City! Apparently it has more museums than anywhere else in the world and I believe it! And that’s not to mention the parks and monuments – if there’s one thing Mexico does well apart from food its public spaces. I didn’t get around to all of them – although I gave it my best shot! Here are my favourite places to see when in the city.

Museo Nacional de Arte (National Museum of Art)

I’m not an art aficionado by any means – in fact to be honest I find a lot of art kinda boring, but this place captured me from the moment I walked through its giant doors and caught a sight of the winding wooden staircase. The architecture and detail in every corner took my breath away.  There’s everything here from ancient Greek sculptures to 18th century Mexican works to modern pieces from throughout Latin America.

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Plaza de las tres culturas (Square of the three cultures)

I didn’t go here until my last week in Mexico City but I’m so glad I did.  If you can, go on a weekday because the queue here on the weekends is crazy long. Here you can walk through the ruins of Aztec temples – some of which have an incredible amount of detail remaining! The pass includes entry to an excellent museum which you enter right after the ruins, and also a couple of other museums that are a bit confusing to find (especially when you’re hungry) but well worth the effort.

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Palacio Nacional (National Palace)

I’d heard so many good things about the National Palace that I didn’t really want to go (does anyone else do that?) but I’m really happy I did because it was awesome.  Diego Rivera’s gigantic murals were the highlight – you can seriously just stare at them for ages and keep finding new things that make you smile.  But I also loved the exhibition of masks from all around Mexico and the original courthouse was pretty cool too! To enter someone in your group needs to hand over their passport – it’s kept securely and you get it back upon exiting. The line is super long on weekends so go early in the morning or during the week if you can.

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Do

Visit Teotihuacan pyramids.  These are very cool and very accessible. You can take a tour there which also includes a trip to a village where you can see an ancient church and taste some mezcal – or you can pay a tenth of the price and catch a metro and then a bus there. However you do it, just get there because they’re fantastic.

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Explore Chapultepec Park – and give yourself a whole day to do so! This place is huge, I mean really huge! There’s so much to see and do here – pick up some souvenirs at the markets, feed the squirrels, admire the architecture of the Chapultepec castle, visit the zoo, peruse the anthropology museum (see above), try your hand at paddle boating on the lake, ride the roller coasters at Feria de Chapultepec or just sit under the shade of a large tree and observe the native wildlife and people going about their daily business.

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Go up the Torre Latinoamericana (Latin-American Tower) building. Catching the elevator to the top of this building will give you the best views in the city – that may not sound that exciting to you (it didn’t to me!) but trust me, you’ll be glad you did it. You’ll appreciate just how big the city is and how beautiful it is too.

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Walk or Run at Coyoacan Neighbourhood. Coyoacan is easily my favorite part of Mexico City. You actually forget you’re in the city because it’s so chilled out and peaceful here. Coyoacan Park is absolutely gorgeous. Not only is it a beautiful place to exercise – there is a 4 kilometre walking/jogging track, but there are extremely tame squirrels to feed. And there’s a pretty cool artisan market in the town centre too.

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Eat

There are so many delicious things to eat in Mexico City – and there really is something for every budget.  I occasionally splashed out on a nice meal but tended to stick to the cheap street food options which honestly really were some of the best meals I ate.

Pozole The best way to describe this is a hearty soup. It’s a thick soup with a base of hominy – giant corn kernels – to which you can add basically whatever you like. Popular additions include shredded pork, tortilla chips, avocado, radish slices, sour cream and various salsas. It is DELICIOUS and very substantial. The best pozole we ate was at La Casa Toña. We actually caught three subways and walked for 20 minutes to get there (cause that’s the kind of thing I’ll do for good food) and we were not disappointed!

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Tacos.  There are a few different kinds of tacos you can get in the city – all of which are delicious. The two most common are pastor (pork) and súaderno (beef). You can also get chorizo, goat head, kidney & liver – but these are much less common. Look for a busy taco place as these are usually the best and safest. The best place we found was on the corner of Juarez and Indepencia outside a pizza shop. AMAZING. And I loved that the guy who served us each night was completely unfazed that we were there – other vendors seemed to get a little spooked at having ‘guapo’ customers.

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Grilled chicken.  Admittedly grilled chicken doesn’t immediately sound exciting but trust me – crispy yet succulent chicken served alongside a crunchy coleslaw and pickled chilies on fresh tortillas – is amazing! Truly.

Quesadillas.  Quesadillas are the perfect snack. They’re tasty, cheesy, small and they cost less than a dollar. And they’re yum!! You can get lots of different kinds although the most common is just a plain cheese one (with the addition of salsa or pickled chillies).  Other variations include cheese with zucchini flower, chorizo and shredded chicken.

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Tortas.  Mexico’s version of a sandwich, and as delicious as that likely sounds.  You can get pretty much any flavour combination you want – ham & cheese, chicken, chorizo & cheese, beef, tomato & cheese. They’re endlessly customisable, they come toasted and they cost about a dollar.

Pastries and sweets. I’m not entirely sure why Mexico City has such amazing bakeries – because other places we visited (Oaxaca, San Cristobal del las Casas, Tulum, Puebla…) didn’t have anything like what’s on offer in the city. First off the bakeries are huge! You grab a tray and walk around trying not to salivate over all the different options while you load yourself up with whatever you want, take it to the counter where it’s bagged and you’re given a receipt and then you go and pay at the cashier. It’s a slightly complicated process but that’s just Mexico. What’s important is that everything you buy will be DELICIOUS.

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Drink

Calle Regina is the best place to go in the city if you’re looking for some bars. It’s where all the cool kids hang out sipping cocktails, glasses of wine or shots of mezcal.  There are interesting murals and some cool art installations to look at too.

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If you’re prepared to go a little out of the city then the Condesa neighbourhood is great; it’s a street lined with craft beer bars and American style restaurants. You can do tastings here too.

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If you’re just looking for some beers to take back to your hostel then the Oxxo have good prices. They have a deal for 4 regular beers (Tecate, Dos Equis, Indio…) for 55 pesos.

Shop

There are too many markets in Mexico City to count. Some of them are specialized like the one in Plaza San Jacinto which sells only artwork.  There are two big ones La Lagunilla Market & Mercado de la Merced Nave Mayor, where you can buy pretty much anything (literally – I saw a guy walking around selling rolls of sellotape – all kinds of sellotape) but they’re very easy to get lost in, and a little on the shady side. In other words don’t go alone, take someone with you preferably someone who has a good sense of direction and a big beard to scare off any would be pickpockets.

For anything you can’t find in a market you’ll find it down the main tourist street Avenue Francisco I Madero.

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Stay

Massiosare El Hostel

We stayed in only one hostel for the six weeks we were in the city but we loved it – and we talked to numerous people who had stayed elsewhere but told us that for the price it was the best accommodation option in Mexico City.  There’s a rooftop terrace where you can read, sunbathe, practice yoga or drink at the pop up bar on Saturday nights.  There’s free breakfast every morning; fruit, pastries, coffee and juice. There are two adorable cats Luke and Leia who will alternate between attacking you as you and snuggling into you – they’ll also try to sneak into your dorm and sleep in your bed. There’s a tiny but well stocked kitchen to use, clean bathrooms and showers in each of the dorms, comfortable beds and extra blankets if you need them.  There are two common areas – one with beanbags, a table, a large bookshelf, a TV and DVD Player and Nintendo to use. It’s in the middle of an industrial area so it’s quiet at night – two blocks from a busy street food area and two blocks from Juarez metro station. The staff here are lovely – really lovely, don’t hesitate to ask them for anything. Having said that – they’re hardly ever actually at the desk. If you arrive and there’s no one around trudge down the four flights of steps and turn right into the vegan cafe next door – there you’ll find the lovely Gus who is the owner of the hostel. He’ll come right up and show you around.

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They like to play and fight – and also sleep on you.

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So there you have it – my take on the best things to see, do, eat and where to stay in Mexico City. I love that city so much, it has a vibrancy that I haven’t found elsewhere yet. If you have the chance to go I’m positive you’ll fall in love with it as much as I did!

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A new beginning

May 11, 2016

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I’ve been wondering what to do about this blog for a while now. I actually didn’t renew it for a couple weeks when it ran out recently just to see if I’d miss it. I did, badly.

I went back and forth for a while on that and honestly the only reason I didn’t change it was because I couldn’t think of one that I liked, one that summed up everything I want this space to be. Not that The Traveling Anthropologist does but I still kinda have a soft spot for it. And I guess I’ve kept it as a homage to what I initially wanted this blog to be, and more importantly who I want to be. I’ve accepted that it’s not going to happen any time soon, but one day I do hope to truly be a traveling anthropologist.

Anyway, I’ve decided to keep this blog because I really do love it but I’m going to change the direction of it. Since we’re back in New Zealand for the foreseeable future there’s going to be less travel (at least less international travel) and I’m going to share more personal posts, more photographs and videos, more food.

Thank you for sticking with me this far and I sure hope you’ll stick around for the next stage too!

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I wish I was still in Mexico

May 9, 2016

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This week I’ve wished we were back in Mexico, I’ve wished it so hard it’s made my heart ache a little.

We’re fighting a losing battle with our travel insurance company to pay for Guy’s knee surgery (he tore his meniscus in a game of rugby just before we came home from Mexico) who say that since he’s back home now the public health system covers it not them – but that could take months and months. So he’s unable to work and hobbling around on crutches as best he can.

The chemo his mum is undergoing is half-working. It’s not shrinking the tumors as hoped but it’s stopping their growth and therefore prolonging her life. Which is good but not great, and she’s trying to decide for how much longer she wants to keep going with the treatment.

I’m spending my days searching for jobs, listening to Guy argue on the phone with our insurance company and accompanying my mother in law to various appointments for blood tests,

I’m happy to be home. I love seeing my friends, spending time with my family. We’re having the mildest winter ever here so I’m still walking around in a t shirt and cut offs. I’m picking vegetables from my little garden every few days and I’m trying to make a sourdough starter.

But, I still wish I was in Mexico. I miss it so much.

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April

April 30, 2016

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I said last month was strange, but it was nothing compared to this one. We left our comfortable bubble of Mexico City (admittedly we were ready to leave after six weeks) and had a whirlwind trip of Las Vegas where we eloped, then caught up with some friends in Las Vegas before returning to New Zealand to be with Guy’s mum.  Coming home was bittersweet.  I cried when the plane touched down realising that our adventure was over, but it has been really lovely catching up with our parents and friends and I’ve been enjoying Auckland more than I thought I would.

Reading

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. I can’t say I loved this book but I did enjoy it and I read it within two days because it kept me interested. I do love reading young adult fiction – partly cause it makes me so grateful that I am no longer a teenager!

Thirteen Reasons by Jay Asher. I really enjoyed this book – it’s part teen angst novel (which I love) and part mystery thriller with an underlying theme of the importance of kindness to everyone in your life.

Watching

Virunga. I really really enjoyed this documentary about a wildlife park in the Congo where the last mountain gorillas are. It deals with the conflict caused by rebel groups fighting the Congalese army over mining in the park (which would kill the animals but bring in a lot of money). The imagery was spectacular and it dealt with the opposing sides very sensitively. Plus if you’ve never seen a baby gorilla being tickled – it is the.cutest.thing.ever.

Orange is the new black. I know, I know. I am once again the last to jump on the bandwagon (I STILL haven’t finished Lost or Breaking Bad!). I’m only a few episodes in but I am loving this show so far. I’m loving the diversity in the actresses shown, it never really occurred to me until I started watching this that I very rarely see curvy/hispanic/transgender characters on TV and I am lapping it up.

Would I lie to you? There is a New Zealand version of this which is crap so I’ve never watched the British version (which is SO MUCH better). Lee Mack, Rob Brydon & David Mitchell make my heart melt with laughter.

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Restless

April 25, 2016

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I’m feeling antsy. I want to do big, exciting, wonderful things. I want to stretch and grow and live. But I don’t know where to start. I don’t know which choices are the right ones to make, which options I should prioritise and which I should leave for another time. I want this but I also want that and I don’t see a way to have both at the same time.

I’m missing Mexico but I’m loving being back in New Zealand. I’m wishing we were still traveling but I’m relishing the comforts of having a home, a kitchen, a double bed.  I want to start my career but I also want to start a family.  I want to go camping every weekend but I need to work and earn some money. I want to live a slow life but there’s so much I want to get done.

I want to be an anthropologist, a writer, a photographer, a videographer, a cook, a mother.

I want to stay and I want to go.

I want to be me and I want to be someone else.

I’m feeling restless as if I have an invisible itch that I can’t find to scratch.  I’m indecisive and quiet, withdrawing into myself to try find the answers that continue to elude me.

I need chocolate, and more coffee. Always more coffee.

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A rainy day picnic

April 24, 2016

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I love Auckland, I really do. I love the beaches and the parks and the malls and the dumpling restaurants. I love that most of my friends and family are here. I love that it never gets too cold in winter or too hot in summer. I love all the memories I have from growing up here. What I don’t love is that it rains – a lot. Sure it’s green and beautiful but it can be lush without the rain? Or can it at least wait until the evening to rain? In case you can’t tell I hate the rain. In the past it’s really gotten me down especcially in the middle of winter when it rains non stop for two weeks so in recent years I’ve been working on not letting it bother me so much. Luckily we’ve lived in Wellington for the last four years where it doesn’t rain much (but it is the windiest city in the world….) so I haven’t had to try too hard, but being back in Auckland now I’ve been reminded by how much I hate rainy days and I’m having to focus a little harder on staying positive.

I woke up this morning wanting to go for a hike and a pinic, I just had it in my mind. I spent all of yesterday – which was a gorgeous blue sky day – cooped up inside catching up on work so I was determined to get out today.  I knew Guy wouldn’t be quite so keen so I let him watch Netflix while I made a kumara (sweet potato) soup and got some blankets together. Then I announced that we were going on a picnic and pretended not to hear his protests – two can play at the selective hearing game right? 😉

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We actually had so much fun and Guy was really happy we went. We managed to find a place under some trees where we were somewhat sheltered from the rain and our popcorn only got a little bit soggy haha.

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Even on a grey and rainy day you’re still beautiful Auckland.

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At the risk of sounding narcissistic I really love this photo –  I love that it captures my wrinkles and lines – seriously! I’m noticing my face ageing more and more these days and I love it! I really do. I love seeing the experiences and memories of my life played out on my face. The worry lines on my forehead from negotiating foreign countries, the crinkles at the edge of my eyes from laughing with my girlfriends, the bags under my eyes from staying up late whispering about the future with Guy.

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Back Home

April 19, 2016

We’ve been back home for nearly a week now and, it’s strange.

It’s strange being back in our parents homes, not because we’re unhappy to live with them but because we don’t have the same freedoms and independence that we once had. I’m not doing the food shopping and cooking so I’m not in control over what we eat. I didn’t realise that would be such a big thing to me but I love to cook, and I explored so many new ingredients and recipes in Mexico City that I’m quite sad to not be doing it still. Also, we were eating really well – (no processed foods, lots of vegetables) – and drinking less and just generally feeling really healthy.  Since returning home those healthy habits have been pushed to the side, at least for me.

It’s strange having no time. It’s really strange actually because we’re not doing anything here but yet we always seem to have things to do and no free time, and then if we have free time I feel bad not doing anything (not that I have anything to do anyway).  I’m hoping it’s just a holiday hangover thing and that it passes cause pretty soon I’m gonna get back to my beloved Netflix and I do not want to feel bad about doing so!

It’s strange seeing our friends and family for whom nothing’s changed, at least nothing that we’ve noticed, yet we feel like everythings changed.  Sometimes someone will ask me “how was your trip?” and I just have no idea how to respond. What can I say to someone who’s never been there? It’s something I’m trying to work on – describing little snippets, a funny story or a clever anecdote. I feel so inadequate saying “oh it was wonderful!”. I want to tell them about the food and how much better it is than anything we think of as being Mexican food, the friendliness and warmth of the people who greet you with a genuine smile, the hip hop music that blasts from a furniture store, the men who walk around selling literally everything and the exhilaration of getting a phrase right in Spanish. But instead I just say “oh it was wonderful”.

It’s just strange being back home in New Zealand when we didn’t expect to be home for many more months, or maybe years. I know I’ll adjust, and I’ll probably forget what it feels like right now, this strangeness – this transition of fitting my new self back into my old life.

We haven’t done much exploring yet but I am looking forward to getting out and seeing some more of the North Island, and maybe later in the year a little of the South Island too.  I’m looking forward to catching up with my girlfriends too and eating as many fejoas as I can before the season finishes. I literally ate about 40 yesterday – they are soooo good! And, I know I’ve been neglecting this wee blog too but I’m going to get back into regular posting soon :).

Hope y’all are having a great week!

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A little white wedding

April 15, 2016

Things have been kinda quiet around here lately but for a good reason!  We’ve been up to all kinds of mischief…like eloping in Las Vegas.

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Getting married in Vegas is something I’ve wanted to do forever. I’m not sure why but I’ve never liked the idea of having a big wedding (for a long time I didn’t want a wedding at all) so eloping has always really appealed to me.  Guy took a little convincing, but the timing worked out really well and we liked to break traditions so we thought why not?  Las Vegas wasn’t actually our first choice.  We initially wanted to get married in Oaxaca on our 12th anniversary back in November, but there was too much paperwork and translation to figure out so we postponed it until we learnt enough Spanish to be able to do it ourselves.  When we decided to return home at the end of this year we decided to visit New York on the way back and get married in a Manhattan courthouse with a couple of our friends who are photographers, but then Guy’s mum got sick and we ended up coming home a lot sooner than expected. We knew she would be happy to see us married before she died, and we still didn’t want a big wedding so Las Vegas seemed like the perfect place to do it!

It was such a chilled out day even though everything kinda went wrong. * Guy injured his knee about a week before so he was on crutches (but out of a wheelchair at least!). * The hairdresser I’d organised didn’t turn up so I tried to curl my own hair but ended up with kinda limp waves instead. * I went around every store Downtown trying to find fake flowers to make a flower crown but no one sold any and the florists were seriously expensive. * It rained. A city that gets less than 5 inches of rain in a year rained on the day that we got married! * We hired an amateur photographer from Craigslist who turned up 45 minutes late and then was really pretty crap (and he hasn’t replied to our emails since).

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But despite everything it was perfect, it really was. We started the day off with a buffet where Guy ate a huge plate of ribs and I nibbled on about 20 different desserts.  I highly recommend dessert for breakfast it’s rad! Starting the day off on a sugar high can only mean good things right? I ended up buying some frangipanis from a little stall on Fremont St which I kinda liked cause they reminded me of Samoa which is a country we both love, and also Laos where we got engaged.

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We spent the afternoon playing music, sipping on craft beer and writing our vows as we got ready.  We got married in front of a minister/officiant who corrected our Spanish grammar when we read our vows (ha!) and it was all over and done in about 15 minutes which we loved.

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And here are some from walking around Fremont St

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We spent the rest of the evening exploring Fremont Street, taking cheesey photos with the performers and doing a little gambling.

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We had so much fun in Las Vegas – we’re already planning a ten year vow renewal! 🙂

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A trip to the chocolate shop

April 14, 2016

This afternoon we both had a craving for chocolate, Guy because he was hungover from last night and me because, well I constantly crave chocolate. We went into a tiny little tienda just around the corner from where we’re staying where we were warmly greeted by the shop owner.  We exchanged pleasantries and comments about the weather until our Spanish ran out.  After looking around for a few minutes I selected two different blocks of dark chocolate. One was small and commercial looking and was $5, and one was large and homemade looking and cost $3. I held them up to the store owner and asked him which was better (half expecting him to recommend the more expensive one). He told me the larger (and cheaper) one was very delicious, and proceeded to break a piece off for me to try. It was delicious and I told him I’d buy one. He took another unopened bar from the shelf which he sold to us. Then he spent a minute wishing us a good afternoon and thanking us for stopping by – while three other customers just stood patiently waiting.

This simple act of kindness is so common here, we honestly experience something similar everyday.  Sometimes it will be a free lime at the markets because the stall owner likes my dimples, or someone will help us order food when we’re lost for what to do, or when I apologise for my poor Spanish at the hairdressers they laugh and tell me not to worry and then tell me I’m beautiful.  Just little moments that are so genuine and sweet they literally warm our hearts. Thank you Mexico.

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March

March 31, 2016

This has been a strange month.  We decided to go home to be with Guy’s mum who’s sick.  We’ve spent all of our time in Mexico City alternating between slow days spent reading and working, and busy days exploring the city. We love this city, we really do, but we’re also getting a little tired of it. I’ve been working more than usual this month which means that Guy’s been left to his own devices and we’ve both been trying to find the balance. I always want just a little more time to work, and he always wishes we had more time to explore together.

We’re feeling mixed emotions about going home (just two weeks left). We’re excited to see our friends and family, but we’re reluctant to have to get back into the working grind, and we can’t help these icky thoughts trickling in every now and then about how much more we wanted to see and do before going home. We know this isn’t the end of our traveling, and we have a couple of trips in mind for this year and next but still it’s not quite the same, a holiday as opposed to an open ended trip. And of course we know how lucky we are to even be able to entertain the idea of trips – not that reminding myself of that helps stop the thoughts.

Anyway, we have a couple of really exciting things coming up in the next few months which I can’t wait to share, actually I think if it wasn’t for those we would be feeling positively crap, but we’re focusing our energy on those and getting really excited.

It’s been a slow and quiet month. Easter weekend was a totally relaxed affair here. It seemed like all of Mexico cities residents left to go visit family in other parts of the country, and a whole bunch of domestic tourists flooded in. The roads were CRAZY, and the museums had lines stretching out the door and down the street, but there wasn’t any sense of Easter – no decorations, no parades, no special foods. Seeing all the wonderful photos from our friends in Oaxaca made us miss it even more! We spent pretty much the whole weekend inside reading, watching movies and eating chocolate and cheese. It was really nice actually ha. It’s also inspired me to start some Easter traditions from now on, something to make the holiday special – I think that’s something America does so well, they seem to throw themselves into every holiday and really make the most of it. In New Zealand Easter is pretty low key, a lot of people go away camping since it’s the last long weekend of warm weather, and we exchange easter eggs but it’s all pretty casual. Next year I’m going to change that! 🙂

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Watching

QI. I’ve been a fan of QI for a few years now but this month I’ve spent several afternoons lying on my bed watching the episodes on Youtube. Part of it is my addiction to Stephen Fry and part of it is that it really is so damm interesting! Any episode with Bill Bailey or David Mitchell has me in tears before it’s even started.

I watched a few movies this month too which I haven’t done in ages – something about having to sit still for an hour and a half instantly makes me restless (although I can sit and watch five TV episodes no problem).  The Imitation Game with the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch was good, My beautiful broken brain was quite fascinating and Bridge of Spies was Tom Hanks at his best. I also re-watched a few of the Harry Potter films which were playing in a marathon on TV here, they are nowhere near as good as the books so it normally annoys me to watch them but I actually enjoyed them this time.

Reading

Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This was a sad book (I normally try to avoid sad books) but it was so touching and well written that I really enjoyed it. It’s about a lady who is suffering from early onset dementia and how she comes to grips with the effect it has on her life, career and family.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.  The cover of this book really irritated me and I almost didn’t read it because of it but I’m so glad I did because it was wonderful. It reminded me a little bit of my brother, and a little bit of Guy – they both possess a tiny bit of Don’s single minded logic (something that I completely lack).

Is everyone hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling.  I haven’t watched the American Office (I loved the British one too much to dare) so I didn’t really know who Mindy was before reading this, but I loved this book. At times it had me laughing out loud and at other times I just appreciated how well written it was.

Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie. This book is nothing like I was expecting and I love it. It’s incredibly well written, but also a fascinating glimpse into life in Nigeria which I previously had no knowledge of at all. The struggles faced by youth trying to merge modern influences with their families traditional values and societies expectations of them is something I think everyone can relate to.

The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I’ve wanted to read this book for ages now but have never gotten around to doing it. I’m halfway through and so far it’s fascinating, though it’s definitely the kind of book you have to be in the mood for – it’s not exactly light reading (though it is written very well).

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My new favourite Instagram – The Momo Twins Unbelievably gorgeous. Total babygoals!