Monday, 30 March 2020

Oaxaca | Mexico

     I feel like I need to preface this post by stating that Oaxaca was definitely Cintia's favourite place on the whole trip, as she proceeded to tell me every single day after it! I liked it a lot as well, but perhaps just not quite so passionately as her. Oaxaca is actually a whole state, but we were just visiting Oaxaca City, and some of the surrounding areas. Like Mexico City and Puebla before it, the town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site (alongside the Monte Alban ruins nearby), and is famous as the birthplace of Benito Ju├írez, an indigenous Zapotec (one of the 16 Pre-Hispanic groups from this state) who became one of Mexico's most significant presidents. It's also a popular location for people coming to learn Spanish, and I did get a bit of a backpacker/hipster vibe from the town centre, and it's a very artistic town, with lots of local crafts, galleries, and artists hailing from the town. From Puebla, it was a half day bus journey, through dramatic mountain scenery, to where Oaxaca lies in a valley amidst it all.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Puebla | Mexico

     The next couple nights of our trip were to be spent in the town of Puebla (well, it's technically a city since it has a cathedral and is way bigger than you think, but it's small after Mexico City!). It's only a couple of hours from Mexico City, so it's quite a popular day trip from there, but we were actually staying over for two night, which gave us a day and a half to explore the area. Puebla was one of the first towns to be built by the Spanish, when they arrived in the 16th century. It's full of picturesque colonial architecture, and is also a fairly conservative, religious city, so there's plenty of churches!


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Mexico City | Mexico

     So it's been a bit quiet over here on the blog lately. In part, this was due to my work commitments, which I explained here a while back. But then I also went on holiday for three weeks, and took a blogging break during that time. Now I'm back home in Scotland, and shit has hit the fan somewhat with the coronavirus outbreak. My tour guide work is completely gone, but I'm at least still getting some pay for managing the company from home - however, you may notice the new little coffee symbol to the right, which is a means for you to support my little blog if you enjoy it, to top up my income right now. I've never asked for this before, but it's a very uncertain, slightly alarming situation for me and the rest of the company right now, so I'm just trying to do what I can to keep going, and take things a day at a time.

     But, the whole reason I'm writing all this now is to preface the fact that I have a ton of extra free time now and therefore not excuse to write up all the blog posts about my trip, which involved 2 weeks in Mexico, followed by a week in Cuba. So, let's stop talking about the virus and instead let me imagine I'm back on holiday right now - starting with Mexico City! I was travelling with a good friend (Cintia, her name will keep coming up in these posts no doubt), and we were doing an Intrepid tour in Mexico, then Cuba by ourselves. It took us an entire day to get there, on an 11 hour flight from London. We actually flew on the 14th of February, so with the timezone change, we had the longest Valentine's Day ever, much to our disgust! We arrived late at night, so it was straight to bed once we got to the hotel.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico City, Mexico

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