Mexico City greeted us with warm air and the smell of a complex, burgeoning city. A smell familiar to all big cities the past 100 years, gasoline and asphalt. It’s a welcomed smell to many travelers, like a beacon signaling you’re surrounded by the energy and adventure of a major, metropolitan area. The smell is unlike the unmistakable smell of Gardenia at Burbank airport in California and Maui, which initiate relaxation and a slower pace. This damp heat here, combined with acrid air, kick starts my heart and sweetens my already heightened enthusiasm for this place. Continue Reading
Ten years ago I went on the trip of my life. I was insistent this wasn’t going to be the case. Not only was I a young woman who had already seen the world, but no singular trip could change who I already was.
I have to say, it’s been only been recently I’ve come to admit the deep changes I’ve felt over the past ten years, brought specifically from the decision I made at 20 years old to travel to Cape Town, South Africa. My friends and family have reminded me for years that this trip was my great love. Continue Reading
The days following the La Calaca festival and Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende are vastly different from those experienced by most tourists. They’re better.
This town, established hundreds and hundreds of years ago, holds history not particularly pertinent to many outside of Mexico, but at the same time you feel a part of the whole story. At least, I want to feel that way. You get like that in this town, culturally appropriative, wishing to find identity in this place. Continue Reading
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX. This enchanting former Spanish colony was once a stop on the silver trade route in the mid-1600’s. Located between Zacatecas and Mexico City, the town took a new shape as Spanish silver tradesmen and colonizers claimed the area from the native Mexican peoples already living in the region. San Miguel grew to become an important outpost along this route and it remains an integral piece of Mexican history. Today, it’s also pushing forward to ensure it remains a center of culture and history far into the future drawing in tourists and locals alike to annual festivals and celebrations. Continue Reading