Guatemala is known to travellers for many things: ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches, sprawling jungles and cheap Spanish lessons. However to the international community, aside from bananas and the odd textile, Guatemala is known for one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Coffee.
It’s been many years since we’ve done any real travel; meaning spending an extended period of time in developing countries, where schedules and timelines only exist on paper. While this definitely isn’t something new to us, the journey from San Cristobal to San Pedro was slightly less than smooth. Most hostels and tour agencies in San Cristobal will be able to sell you a ticket straight through to several locations within Guatemala. The majority of travellers are headed for Antigua, …
Palenque is known for one thing above all else, the ancient Mayan ruins around ten kilometres outside of town. Having a place already booked near the small cluster of backpacker accommodation known as El Panchan, roughly half-way to the ruins, once breakfast was finished we quickly headed out of town and checked into our little hut.
Without question, our favourite side-trip from Oaxaca, and probably the most unique spot in the entire area is Hierve el Agua. Taking the local bus from Oaxaca, we eventually arrive at the small town of Mitla, roughly 70km from the city.
Roughly 30km east of Oaxaca, the town of Tlacolula holds one of the most impressive outdoor markets we’ve ever been to; not only in terms of size, but also the incredible selection of goods for sale. Many locals from surrounding villages and tribal communities venture into the city each week to display their product
It was supposed to be a nice spot to settle and relax, to stop and lay down some plans for the coming months. We planned on popping in, enjoying some great food, and getting out. Feeling like home wasn’t part of the deal, it certainly didn’t make leaving any easier. Yet five weeks later, we closed our apartment door behind us for the final time and walked to the bus station as the sun set ahead of us.
From high-end restaurants, to cramped, smoke-filled markets and late-night street carts, finding a bite to eat is never an issue. Whether your searching for roasted chicken in complex moles, to charcoal grilled beef, or sandwiches overflowing with greasy chorizo, you’ll get your fix.
Once again we’ve found ourselves parting ways with the city we grew up in. Once more we’ve left the comforts and familiarities of the city we’ve called home on-and-off for the majority of our lives. I’ve been thinking about this post for quite some time now, long before the time came to actually leave. Trying to imagine how I’d feel this time, leaving with an unknown date of return, what I’d miss seeing and doing… mostly eating.
So you’re in your 30’s, in Disneyland, without kids, and have two days to act like one again without being judged. What do you do? You drop cliches all over your blog talking about how amazing Disneyland is, and how it really is the happiest place on earth, and that calling it the “Magic Kingdom” is an understatement, and so on, and so on… But let’s face it, Disneyland isn’t for grown-ups without kids, it is for kids. Children wander …