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 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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Mukava kokemus

Sukupuolten valisten suhteiden laatu on Bangladeshissa laajalti pohjalukemissa. Maa ei ole vanhoillis-islamilainen eika karsi vakivaltaisesta konflikteista, mutta suhteellisen vakaaseen tilanteeseen verrattuna naisten asema on selvasti alakynnessa. Naisten moraalista kayttaytymista seka haita ennen etta niiden jalkeen valvovat kymmenet naapurit, sukulaiset ja tuttavat laajan juoru-verkoston kautta. Naisia naitetaan nuorina avioliittoihin, vanhempien on maksettava kalliit myotajaiset, miniana muutetaan…