Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Cabo Update

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Here is a note from my friend Yolanda who lives in Cabo, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Odile.

Hi David!
Just a little update on Cabo:
Very slowly Cabo has started to recover both physically and emotionally although a drive through the main avenues downtown and on the road to San Jose are a constant reminder of what we lived through. Telcel’s offices are totaled and so are many other places. You can see temporary tents posted on the parking lot of Telcel’s offices with employees working on computers out on the sidewalk.
Costco will not reopen until in about 6 weeks followed by Sam’s Club. I have not yet driven to San Jose but people say the One and Only plush resort was leveled and so was Esperanza, another major resort in Cabo.
People here are very grateful to CFE (electric company) for their titanic efforts of reestablishing power in less than 2 weeks. There were more than 300 trucks from CFE working 24-7 and with the electricity the desalination plants were able to operate and we also got water back in two weeks.
There’re big thank you banners all over town to CFE, to all the armed forces, etc. I have to say Pena Nieto has given us the most support.
Anyhow, thought you might be interested in the updates!
Have a great October!!

The Monarch Journey

Friday, September 14th, 2012

How do they do it? Really, I have a hard time finding my shoes, and these tiny butterflies travel 3000 miles to a place they have never been. It is an incredible story. Click here.

 

Major Discovery In Chiapas

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

It has long been estimated that there are tens of thousands of un-excavated archaeological sites in Mexico. It will take many decades to get to all of them, which is very comforting to me. It’s good to have mysteries in our lives. Here is an example of a stone jaguar that was just discovered, weighing in at over a ton. http://www.mexicotoday.org/article/new-archaeological-discovery-2000-year-old-jaguar-adds-history-mexico . The next time you are in southern Mexico, get away from the city and the tourist track and go see some of the lesser known sites. You will feel the mystery.

San Felipe Food Honored

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

I’ve been going to San Felipe in northern Baja since I was 14 years old. Although the town has changed somewhat it is still basically the small fishing village it was back then. My old friend Ralph Rubio was so inspired by the town’s fish tacos that he has built a restaurant chain based on that concept than now numbers nearly 200 stores. Here is a story about what you can find there today, still serving great tacos.

http://mexicotoday.org/article/taco-trucks-san-felipe-named-one-101-best-places-eat-worldwide

Taxco, a great historic town

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I first went to Taxco in 1974 on my way to backpacking to Belize and Guatemala. There were a few tourists in town, but not many. I remember some of the silver artisans were selling “coke spoons” (cocaine was becoming a popular drug at that time), but also silver pieces that were museum quality. I have since returned to this hillside town a few times over the years, and it still holds the fascination for me, wandering the steep cobble-stoned streets and remembering the history that dates back to the conquistadors. Here is an update from Mexico Today http://www.mexicotoday.org/article/pueblos-magicos-mountainside-city-taxco-jewel-guerrero-0

A Fascinating Look of DF Via the Subway

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Aussie Peter Davies spent 7 months visiting nearly 150 subway stations in Mexico’s capital city. So what did he find out? Have a look at this MexicoToday article to find out. http://www.mexicotoday.org/article/peter-davies-discovers-culture-mexico-mexico-city-metro

Doing a Mexico Road Trip

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Read our good friend’s (Susie Albin-Najera) article on how to see Mexico in your car. I have driven tens of thousands of miles through the country and it is by far the best way to really learn about Mexico if you have the time. If you can’t drive all the way, fly to a major destination and rent a car. Prices are reasonable and there are thousands of miles of safe toll roads, although I like the smaller free roads to really get to the heart of Mexico.

http://www.mexicotoday.org/article/tips-plan-road-trip-mexico

Tijuana – as Diverse as it Gets

Monday, July 16th, 2012

I go to Tijuana often with my 17-year-old son, where he does some volunteer work at a school. We always make a point of finding a new place to eat…usually at a taco stand. TJ is an incredible mix of people from all over Mexico and the variety of food c0vers cuisines from everywhere. Now if the US would just make crossing back into the US a little easier…last week it took us nearly three hours. read more about the food here:

http://www.mexicotoday.org/article/traditional-mexican-food-and-foodies-tijuana-mexico

It is Still the Place to Party for College Kids

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I’ve been going to Mexico for Spring Break since I was in high school. Back then it was to San Felipe and Ensenada, and although it was a long time ago, they were some of the best times of my life. It’s good to see that the tradition survives.

http://mexicotoday.org/article/mexico-remains-top-spring-break-location

On the whole, you are safer in Mexico

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

“Cancun and Puerto Vallarta have far fewer murders than Orlando, home of Walt Disney World. Texans are twice as safe in Mexico, and three times safer than in Houston. According to CNN, violence in Ciudad Juarez dropped by 45 percent in 2011, and the first six weeks of 2012 saw an additional 57% drop, per this BBC story.”