Waterfalls Day!

If you come to Chiapas, Mexico, all the tour companies have trips to see waterfalls Misol Ha and Aguas Azul. The van dropped us off and said to “walk that way,” come back in an hour. Not sure what we would encounter, we walked. Yes, it was worth it! Loretta came prepared to experience the waters and swim, so she got the whole wet experience, taking the path up behind the falls.

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Jungle Ancients: Yaxchilan, Bonampak

We waited in the dark for our tour van, listening to the jungle awaken. Driving as the dawn breaks through the lush countryside was refreshing – until we came upon a terrible rollover accident and we walked near, to be reminded of how fleeting life is. Thankfully, no one died here, and we were only delayed an hour. Our tour provided breakfast at a little roadside tour restaurant, and we were all ready to chow down before continuing on.

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Take a Little Trip with Me

So our new traveling friend from Greece, Loretta, wanted to go to Palenque for a couple of days. I had had a hankering to go there too. Well, let’s just go! Glenn did not really want to go, so we did a girls trip and had a blast! We took a first-class bus for under $13 US each for the nearly seven-hour trip. The Mexican state of Chiapas is a gorgeous, lush place in the world with a lot of surprises along the way.

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Bombs Bursting Overhead

All the time, early morning, daytime, night, sometimes all night long. There’s always a story. This blogger went and dug out this local coming-of-age tale early one morning. Nice read! Cohetes – a Mexican Tradition           Posted with Blogsy

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The Interesting People of San Cristobal de las Casas

There are many reasons I love cities like San Cristobal de las Casas. One major reason is the unique blend of people here. Sure, you can find interesting people anywhere, but some places are magnets. The tourists are interesting enough as it is. Lots of neo-hippies with their long dreads, baggy yoga pants, piercings, tattoos and sandals. Many of them busk with music or silly entertainment acts, or do the street-performer thing.

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Dia de los Muertos Computador

A few weeks ago, just as Dixie was heading out for a week-long adventure in the jungles of Palenque with her friend Loretta, her MacBook Air began experiencing problems. By the time she tried to import her first set of photos it wouldn't stay powered on long enough to log in. It was obviously possessed. That was just the beginning of several days of tech frustration. Dixie had almost 1,000 photos and no way to save them.

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Spiders, Scorpions, and Treasures!

Having now held a huge tarantula in my hand and on my shoulder, I felt compelled to visit her home, the Museo de los Bichos – no, not what you think – it means museum of bugs or small animals! So off I went, empowered as a spider handler. I paid the 25 peso entrance fee (< $2 US), and then I entered. They had a nice little garden courtyard with 3-4 rooms around it with cases of pinned insects, spiders, and scorpions and posters explaining fascinating facts for children.

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Orquideas Moxviquil -- Orchid and Botanical Conservatory

For my birthday in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, I decided I wanted us to walk to a local attraction, the orchid and botanical conservatory and nature trail. It was an adventure, starting with finding the place. Google maps showed it to be about a 15-minute walk from our apartment in San Cristobal. The exact location shown was off by about a half mile, but a quick question to a local helped us find it.

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October 2 -- A Sad Day to Remember

2 October protest marches remembering the “1968 massacre, a day on which Mexican soldiers violently repressed a rally organized by the student-led National Strike Commission (CNH) in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City. The exact number of victims left by the massacre is still unknown, although social organizations estimate that around 300 people were killed.” “43 years after the Tlatelolco massacre, the behavior of the Mexican State has been the constant repression against those who raise their voice for justice and access to a dignified life.

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Scooters to Chamula and Zinacantan

“We’re taking scooters to see the neighboring Tzotzil villages of Chamula and Zinacantan, do you want to come?” Music to my ears – road trip! So the next morning I was off with a local scooter shop owner’s son Justin, his girlfriend Sam, and a bilingual friend. When visiting interesting places it’s always helpful to have someone who understands the language so you can get questions answered and generally understand better what you’re seeing.

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