March 3, 2016

the traveling anthropologist

February was slow.  After a random few days of insomnia where I lay awake all night I spent a few days tucked up in bed watching Netflix and listening to Bon Appetit’s podcasts while I had a cold. Being sick isn’t fun any time, but I’m sure it’s the worst in 35 degree heat!

February was fun. We celebrated Guy’s birthday in Mexico City with tacos, squirrels and a kitten called Camilla.

February was nostalgic. We met up with a wonderful friend in San Jose, Costa Rica who we hadn’t seen in years for a evening of laughter and fun.  We re-explored Mexico City reminiscing about how much we had changed in the four years since we last visited, and met up with another friend I met in Laos.

February was colourful. I’ve changed the header of this blog and the colour scheme. I like it, do you?

Listening to

A new podcast I found called ‘There’s no such thing as a fish‘ by the QI elves.  It’s addictive in the best possible way, they make you laugh while teaching you some really interesting facts about the world.  It is so good, go listen right now!


I finally jumped on board the Making of a Murderer train – I’m not sure if I felt more sad or angry watching it but it sure was fascinating.

I also watched Cooked – the new Netflix documentary by Michael Pollen. I really enjoyed the episodes, I do have a soft spot in my heart for food anthropology.


Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I loved this book, I loved how gently it was written so that you got to know each and every character and understand the situation from their perspective. I loved all the cultural nuances that were included and the little snippets of Spanish too.

Are you there God? It’s me Margaret by Judy Blume. Absolutely loved this book, and I was reading it while I was sick so it was great that it was so lighthearted and funny. It reminded me so much of what it felt like to be a teenager and how confusing life was – I feel distinctly grateful to now be an adult ha.

Paris Letters by Janice Macleod. This just came at the perfect time, I felt like I could relate to everything she was saying and it really helped me work through some negative feelings I was having.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hodd. I picked this one up at random from a bookswap at a hostel and it took me a little while to get into but when I did I loved it. I’m not a huge fantasy fan but this one was written from the perspective of two distinct female characters struggling with their individual desires and society’s expectations of them and it was fascinating.

Creative Confidence by David Kelley.  I’m still working my way through this but I’m really enjoying it.  It’s essentially about inspiring you to tap into your creativity in whatever way that means to you.  I’ve never considered myself a creative person before but after reading this that’ changing.

Clicking on

Buffalo Popcorn by Bon Appetit.  Sadly the superbowl weekend isn’t a thing in New Zealand, and our version of it (the Rugby World Cup) only comes around every four years – but all of the recipes I’ve been seeing have making me seriously hungry! This popcorn I’m bookmarking to make on Guy’s birthday next year.

50 reasons to love the world by BBC Travel.  Just wonderful.

An informed traveler is a safe traveler by NY Times.  As a person who is plagued by mosquitos Zika has been freaking me out a little but this article helped to put things into perspective a little.

The essentials for giving birth around the world by The Atlantic.  Perhaps the best way of truly understanding a culture is by looking at their birth rituals.  Absolutely fascinating.

This month we’re exploring every taco joint in Mexico City and we’re on a mission to find some good craft beers too!





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