Not Halloween

Here's the thing. One of Mexico's most revered celebrations, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), is not the same as Halloween. Yes, the Mexican religious festival does happen to coincide with the more commercial period of Halloween but in fact that is where any similarity ends. Apparently in the…

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Street art of San Miguel de Allende

Isn't it sometimes the way, when at the end of doing something you find out there was a different or better way. Our Aussie friends and fellow house sitters, Glenn & Jacqueline Lamb, were staying in San Miguel de Allende at the same time as us and so we were…

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Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro

When we decided to travel around Mexico I was especially excited at the prospect of experiencing Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in early November.Our good friends Andrew & Christopher had asked us to join them in Patzcuaro, regarded as being one of the few remaining traditional Mexican villages…

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mixing with royalty @ 60

An unexpected joy for us in Mexico was to spend a few days in the tiny village of Macheros, home to around 400 folk, and gateway to the Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Each year, around October, millions of Monarch butterflies leave the cold of North American Fall to make…

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What the fungi?

Back in the good ole days, being a kid on school holidays meant roaming the neighbourhood with the local gang, trying to stave off boredom and keeping out of Mum's hair. Tell any mother that you are bored and before you know it there are chores being dished out. So…

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enough stuff

Choosing the perfect accommodation can be one of the most challenging aspects of travel, especially so when we've not previously been to the place and are unfamiliar with the lay of the land, cool areas etc. There are so many things to consider, and location is often a decision we…

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Rabbits in the headlights

Have you ever had to front a video camera and come up with something mildly intelligent or amusing?  Well, it is not as easy as it looks. It is a bit dazzling, let me tell you, even if you are very familiar with the subject matter.Now, I'm certainly not about…

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Not another cooking class

We decided we wouldn't do a cooking class in Penang because we were running out of time and to be honest, we've done lots of classes and we felt we didn't really need to do another.That was until we sat chatting with a Kiwi couple on a blistering hot afternoon…

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Musings @ 100

This has been one of my most challenging relationships. Ever close-by looming, enticing, demanding, flattering, criticising. How many times have I considered ending it all and consigning it to another of life's "character building" experiences? How many times have I said to Dave, I think I've had enough of this?…

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Giving in to Bali

When #1 son Adam asked us to join him and his wife Jacque, together with Jacque's family from the U.S. to spend Christmas/New Year with them in Bali I have to admit to secretly wishing that they had chosen a different location. Up until recently Dave and I belonged to…

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