Ruin city review: Tenam Puente

Yeah! All we do here for weekend trips here in Chiapas is swim and climb pyramids, sometimes both on the same day. If you head towards Comitan with its historical town centre, tasty food and own-label agave spirit you’re within easy reach of at least three archaeological sites and four swimming spots. Pyramids: Chinkultic, Tenam Puente…

Visit Mexico! The SIGHTS…

Hug a cactus, try some organic moonshine, make a chia pet from local clay, walk in the hills or back streets, spot the best graffiti, gawp at art made by people who knew what to do with a chisel: Here’s some stuff to do when you come!

Marimba season

Marimba music is all well and good. But why begin at 5 AM? Accompanied by a heavy artillery of firecrackers? Who got the idea that the Virgin of Guadelupe likes startling booms in the pre-dawn chill? Is it some sort of reference to the use of the Virgin as a symbol of Mexicanity in the…

Topless professionals

I’ve just had my body double-scrubbed at a hamam – palace of sensual femininity, a temple of Oxun, the flirtatious orixa of fresh water. For a handful of lira you get entrance to the echoing, splashing, dome-roofed hamam with a tiled platform surrounded by benches and basins of water… For two euros you get scrubbed…

Likes

Most blog posts on here are about what I like, but here’s some not mentioned before: Public displays of affection – couples (also many over 16) snuggling or making out on street corners Flexibility: if the rule blatantly doesn’t make sense, the person in charge will disregard the rule. Some might say that this is…

Fooling around on ancient monuments 3

Chinkultic outside Comitán: lovely and green, like a day out in a lush woodland with birdsong and running water… plus pyramids, bas-reliefs, a cenote used for human sacrifice. Some of the hills probably contain more pyramids, e.g. el templo mayor, but instead of beating back hordes of desperate archaeologists and awarding the honour of exploration…

Dålig meininki på byfesten

It didn’t seem like anyone was having much fun at the village party, despite the Guatemalan band in matching pearly-grey suits blowing the hell out of their saxophones. Entry in Swedish.

Around Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a very aesthetically pleasing town with lots of radical street art, investment in cultural centres and exhibition spaces, wide streets, handicrafts… and Mexico’s tastiest cuisine. You should visit!! And everyone should do a ceramics tour and buy some pottery at Colectivo 1050 Grados – they have a shop on the delightful Xolotl square,…

Baseline

Chayote, odious white goods, comments on class and variable geography.

Peñatas

Many Mexicans are unhappy with the current president’s failure to lead for the people. This has led some citizens to combine tradition with frustration and instead of the piñata, have a Peñata at their parties:  

El Dia de los Muertos

It’s the Day of the Dead here (well three days of the dead) and in the spirit of local custom we set up an altar featuring marigolds, candles, things to remind us of our loved ones, and food for them (including booze and coffee!). The done thing seems to be to put the flowers in…