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Break Loose Journal is my way of documenting my travels and adventures from around the globe...

June 17, 2017

Finding vegan food in Mexico can be tough. But Mexico City has had a huge influx of amazing eateries that have veg options or that are ENTIRELY vegan. I love how the world is slowly adapting to change, every day people are discovering better ways to eat for their health, the environment and the animals. If you are in Mexico City or just having a stop over between destinations. Make sure you make the effort to visit these 5 incredible places for some great vegan food in Mexico!

June 9, 2017

The excitement of travelling to a new country is one of the best feelings a person can have. A nice mix of nerves and delight always fills my body before I jump on a plane to my next destination. It is so easy these days to research countries all over the world before you arrive thanks to the internet. I love doing this, it helps me feel prepared and gets my mind in the right, well, mindset for the upcoming adventure. I combine a few resources that always give me the best info on flights, accommodation, where to eat, what to see, what not to see, nightlife, art... anything you can think of, these great links will ensure you find it.

May 30, 2017

There are so many articles popping up that seem to criticise younger generations for having different priorities to older ones. The fury within really starts boiling over when I read them because I am one of those choosing to travel over a mortgage and staying put. F#*@ that noise. Plunging into debt for the rest of my life isn't what I call fun and being tied down doesn't sound great to me either. The thing that annoys me most of all is the judgement and resentment these articles have towards digital nomads or just anyone living a bit differently to the social norm. I don't loose sleep over people buying houses, having kids and working 9-5, I actually would fall asleep listening to them describe their lives to me. But hey, different strokes for different folks. The reasons why we choose to travel over the above mentioned is mainly due to the fact that there is a shift in priorities these days and the ability to work independently from all over the world opens up so many...

May 17, 2017

During the last few days my good friend has been staying with me here in Oaxaca City, Mexico, all the way from Australia. Of course, I was excited to show her all the cool things around town and I also wanted to take her to Monte Albán, Hierve el Agua and up into the mountain to San Jose Del Pacífico. We decided to hire a car for a few days and begin exploring. I had used Silvers Car Rental in Centro Oaxaca before, I had nothing but good experiences with the company.  Everything was going well. The car was brand new, we made it to all the sights over two days, there were smiles all round. Until, we were heading back into the city from the mountains and needed to fill the car up with fuel before returning it. We pulled into a Oxifuel and filled the tank. We did not know, nor had been told that Oxifuel was any different to normal gasoline. So, we drove off, in peak hour traffic. After about 10 minutes the car lost power, and stalled. Awesome right? We managed to keep getting it starte...

May 8, 2017

To many sewing and embroidery might seem a little old school or drab. But, in the last few years artists have been reinvigorating the "Nana" scene with unique and creative takes on traditional methods. A quick Etsy search will bombard you with cool examples of how many are kicking the ugly embroidered tea towels to the curb and producing some damn fine, sometimes politically provocative art that is current and ever adapting to the times. I love it when old ideas are re-created and I love it even more when the younger generations tackle their traditions and bring them into the present. So I was very happy to be introduced to a lovely lady by the name of Carolina Castañera who has taken the art of Huipil making (A traditional Mexican blouse) and thrown it  into this century. Her designs are crazy, peculiar and bright. She runs workshops here is Oaxaca City, Mexico for those who are interested in creating their own huipil and she also sells her fabulous designs through her busi...

April 30, 2017

The other day I booked myself and my partner Zac in for our second ever, Temazcal experience here in Oaxaca, Mexico. Last year during our visit to Oaxaca City we had our first experience within the ancient pre-hispanic sweat lodge, and immediately I was hooked. The first time was daunting, as you have no idea what to expect. But, luckily the beautiful people who own Ceviarem Temazcal Oaxaca, Blanca and her husband (who is also the Shaman) Keny are fantastic at putting your mind at ease and explaining every detail of the ritual with you. My second visit was incredible, I had a general idea what to expect and I had a specific goal for my ceremony. Each time, as I am told by Blanca and Keny is different. Your body will bring out different emotions and help you let go of anything you wish to allow you to heal. So if you have never heard of the Temazcal Ceremony, you are probably wondering what the heck I am talking about. Let me explain.

April 19, 2017

Last year I spent a month in Guanajuato City, and I loved every minute of it. When you are inside the historic centre it feels like a little story book town but with a grungy edge. Street parades seem to spontaneously combust onto the streets and I am still unsure how everyone knows where to be and at what time. It is like someone sends out a mystery text, telling everyone its time to party.  One of the parades that came out of nowhere featured a hot air balloon procession (without the balloon part on) firing their gas cylinders into the sky. This was to celebrate a hot air balloon festival in a near by town. It looked amazing but if you have seen Guanajuato, you will know that the streets are super skinny and tall and a big blast of fire might just set a building a light. But hey, that is why I love Mexico. Not a rule in sight.

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