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July 29, 2017

This post is an ode to Mexico, my home for the last two years. I have been more than humbled to live in this country full of culture, colour and chaos. I wanted to put together my favourite photos I have taken during my adventures in Mexico to show a glimpse of the daily grind, the beauty and the hopefully, through these images you will be able to feel the cities and their heartbeats.  A mish, mash of my memories that I will cherish forever. No es un adiós, pero hasta luego México...

July 21, 2017

I am trying to squeeze every bit of Oaxaca into my last days in Mexico as I possibly can. I don't want to go home wishing I did this, or wishing I saw that. After nearly two years exploring this fascinating country, I am heading back to Australia for some quality time with friends and family. But, until my last day I am enjoying all that Oaxaca has to offer and the XX Feria Internacional del Mezcal (20th International Fair of Mezcal) was in town thanks to Guelagetza 2017 and I was not going to miss out on a day of tasting mezcal from over 55 different distilleries.   Here is a brief break down of Mezcal, incase you were unsure of this very unique, Oaxacan liquor. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from many different types of agave plants that are native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli metl and ixcalli which means "oven-cooked agave". I have been told from many people in Oaxaca that Mezcal doesn't get you drunk, it gets you get high....

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...

March 6, 2017

So much has happened since myself and my partner Zac left Australia for Mexico last March 2016. We both wanted to travel for a long time and when the opportunity arose we grabbed it with both hands. We booked our tickets, packed our life into a storage container somewhere in Melbourne and off we went. Looking back, there are no regrets, I only wish I took my rarely attended Spanish lessons way more seriously. I don't think I had any clue that most people in Mexico, especially the south, do not speak english. We spent our first few days in Mexico City. At first, it is very daunting, over polluted and full on. But as I visit the city more often, I have found pockets of the city of I like. With amazing vintage furniture shops and great food. Still, a few days is all I need before I am ready to get out of there. After Mexico city we caught the first class bus (highly recommended - see tips) down to Acapulco, apparently the highway you take is a dangerous stretch of road... we did no...

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