Swim review: Hunucma cenotes

One of the best ways to swim that I’ve come across! These are the cenotes on the former sisal plantation in Hunucmá, Yucatán state. It’s close to Acanceh, about an hour east from Mérida. Around there you can just cruise along the road and you’ll see people with colourful placards advertising cenote visits, also good,…

Visit Mexico: the beaches!!!!

Here´s one of the best bits. I´ve only experienced the beaches in Oaxaca and at the tip of the Yucatán peninsula. But there´s more on the Caribbean coast in Quintana Roo, down the hill from us in Chiapas and on the Pacific coast all the way up to Baja California… And the beach means grilled…

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…

Flooded lake resort

Football goal posts, basketball hoop, banana trees, swings sticking out of the water – the shores of Lake Tziscao had been flooded since new year’s day. Later we’d canoe up to some of the lakeside cabins and peer in through the tops of the open doors. Women were standing in the water next to the…

Rooftop

It was sunny one Saturday in November. OK, it’s been sunny several times since then too… But this is the only place where I’ve ever heard the expression ‘the sun of November’. Apparently October is when the rainy season (which starts in April) ends and you can dry your laundry outside. Which, incidentally, we’ll be…

Obscenely pleasant beach capoeira retreat Tandawazi

The best way to enjoy the dazzling firm beach and turquoise Indian Ocean view? I’ve already blogged about it on the Dar Capoeira blog, but here’s a bit more photographic evidence of the capoeira festival/retreat Tandawazi 2013 by Capoeira Balancou Negro! Capoeira on the beach, literally   This was our hotel. Left eagerly every morning…

Samba vs Taifa

I went to watch live football for the first time in my life on Monday: the illustrious Brazilian national team vs Tanzania’s Taifa Stars in a friendly pre-World Cup game here in Dar es Salaam. Yeah! We all know by now that Brazil won 5-1. The Brazilians were clearly in control of everything they did….

A really good day

Yesterday. I woke up with mellow morning sunshine through the hotelroom curtains. Good breakfast coffee. Some telecommunications and work things out of the way.Then: 1.5 hours of yoga on a rooftop! Don’t imagine anything fancy, now… A bog-standard third world urban rooftop with bare concrete beams, water pipes to step over, yellow nylon washing lines,…

Christmas refugee

By chance, the only cafe that’s open in my home town today is also the only place where I can get internet access, so Wayne’s doubles up as mökkihöperöys (cabin fever) antidote, espresso pusher and communication channel. I’m here enjoying an ethnic family Christmas. Staying at grandpa’s one-bed flat isn’t so bad as long as…

capoeu-foria

Just thought I’d publish this bit of writing, of which I am quite fond. This got the Abolicao Trust thousands of euros in funding! Those crazy Dutch…Feel free to zone out for the project details at the end. But of course who knows, you might read this, get inspired, and invent some crazy-creative event to…