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Archive for January, 2007

Food… Glorious Food

We all know and love the western version of Mexican food. However, beyond the wall of tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and tortillas lies a fantastic cuisine that is difficult to experience without visiting the region. Mexican cuising features many regional specialities and we’ve been enjoying sampling some Yucatanian favourites. For example:

Lime chicken soup […]

A Fine Cenote

While in Tulum, we took the opportunity to do some exploring and snorkeling in some of the many cenotes in the Yucatan. Cenotes (pronounced ´see-NOTE-ys´, not, embarrassingly, ´KEY-notes´) are a series of underground rivers created by cracks which have formed just beneath the limestone surface of the huge volcanic crater on the Yucatan Peninsula. […]

That´s Ruined my Trip….. Get thee to a punnery

Now that I have your attention, on the 23rd and 24th of Jan we visited a town called Tulum on the Yucatan coast. Tulum is a small laid-back Mexican town with far less gringos than Cancun or Playa Del Carmen, and set on a very beautiful stretch of beach. It is also famous […]

Playa Del Carmen

How did Phuket in Thailand get to Mexico?  Well I am not quite sure.
Anyway, Playa Del Carmen is the fastest-growing city in the world.  While the place has a serious case of the tourist pox (the cultural equivalent of smallpox) the beaches and beautiful city setting make a visit worthwhile.  While we were there, we […]

The Real Cancun

Not that I have seen the movie but the obvious question appears to be:  Is Cancun the real Cancun?
Well yes and no.  If you are looking for non-stop parties, mammoth hotels blocking beach access and loud and obnoxious tourists, the thin strip of coast called the´Hotel Zone´ would surely satisfy.  If, on the other hand, you […]

A Change in Plans!

While in TJ we decided on a whim to visit a travel agent to see if we could get a reasonably priced flight to the Yucatan peninsula and thereby cut out some of the large bus journeys from our trip and head straight for southern Mexico.  Somehow (with nearly no knowledge of Spanish) we managed […]

Viva La Mexico!

After missing our morning bus into Arizona (caused by a combination of heavy traffic on the way to the bus station and me freaking out as I could not find my iPod - see the obituary at the bottom of this post), we decided on a change of plans and brought a ticket to San […]

Thongs in Venice

Today we walked around Santa Monica and Venice Beach - two of L.A’s beach suburbs - which made for a most interesting day!

Particularly along the Vence Beach boardwalk, we encountered a very colourful collection of characters, street art, and interesting wares for sale (including a guy cycling along the boardwalk wearing only a black leather […]

When it rains it pours

So here we are in Tahiti/French Polynesia, possibly the wettest country on the planet….although we did choose to visit during the rainy season. Our Tahiti sojourn was defined by water: storms, being rained on, swimming, beautiful reefs, ferry rides in stormy seas. We did get enough reprieve from the rain to do some […]

On the road to Narra…bri

Following a brief visit to Brisbane for diner and breakfast with some dear friends, we headed back inland for a scenic trip to Narrabri. On the way we encountered Australia’s (and I assume the world’s) first windmill for pumping water from the artesian basin. The road from Toowoomba to Narrabri is very picturesque. […]