Books list Q1 2018

My friend Asbestos Bitch only blogs once a year, to publish her “books read” list. I thought it might be nice to try the same, actually writing down the titles I’ve read. Over 30 years of near-constant reading I’ve never made the attempt. Here’s Q1’s list, whose winner is…. Running in the Family by Michael…

Since 1518

San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas: the second oldest colonial city in the Americas, epicentre for the making contact with the zapatista movement, a cool mountain refuge from sweltering capital Tuxtla, anthropologist capital of the world. If you head straight east from here you end up in Mauritania. The picturesque colonial-style city centre is dominated…

Swim review: bad vibes in pretty Tulum

Tulum was my first taste of the famous dream beaches of the “Riviera Maya” in Quintana Roo. The beach certainly was pretty and the water lovely. I stayed in an unambitious concrete hotel in town for MX$500 and rented a bike for $100 to hit the beach. Thinking back, that bike ride was probably the…

Swim review: Las Nubes

Las Nubes is one of the furthest swim-and-chill destinations you can reasonably hit on a weekend from San Cristóbal: a cottage hotel next to the swift Santo Domingo river, just upstream from some spectacular rapids. In the dry season the water is a delicious chalky blue and the swimming “beach” lets you swim across the…

Swim review: Chukumaltic

There’s so much outdoor swimming to be had in Chiapas that I´m becoming quite the connaisseur(e?) of southern Mexico’s waterfalls, rivers, cenotes and lakes. And a few beaches. So much so that I’m hereby inaugurating the tag Swim Review! This is in spite of not being an enthusiastic fan of swimming*, but my partner’s merman-like…

Book review: Housekeeping

  I didn’t get this book. It’s all about the lake and how it sort of seeps into the lives of all the characters… I guess… I forced myself to finish it and came away with an impression of wading through a sucking swamp with smelly cold water wicking through my clothes. I couldn’t empathise…

Mitä me syödään?

Me yritetään syödä hyvää ruokaa – joka maistuu hyvältä, joka on terveellistä, joka tulee mahdollisimman läheltä ja jossa ruuan hinnasta suuri osa menee maanviljelijöille ja pientuottajille eikä valtavien tehtaiden osakkaille. Onneksi täällä San Cristobalissa on paljon mahdollisuuksia syödä noiden periaatteiden mukaan. Tältä meidän ruoka näyttää!

Neighbourhood showoff

I just have to brag a little bit about something for which I deserve absolutely no credit. But our neighbourhood is so cool. Too bad I can’t live here permanently. Within three blocks we have delicious tamales,. A carpentry workshop. A bike- and bicimaquina workshop, an underground craft beer brewpub, and TWO count’em TWO clown…

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…

The zeitgeist reaches us!!!

Seen parked on the street: a long-distance mountain-style PENNY FARTHING with backpack, daypack, three water bottles and assorted kit strapped to it. Did someone pedal that UP THE MOUNTAIN???