Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hasta Luego Mexico, Bienvenidos a Guatemala

21st – 24th March: We hung out in San Cristobal de las Casas for a week, mostly in Joaquin’s El Hostalito where we happily encountered fellow cyclists, Sarah and Tom again, plus some new friends – Javier and Sylvia from … Continue reading

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Some musings on maize

Mexico is the birthplace of corn. The crop was domesticated 8,000 years ago into one of the world’s most important food crops. Unfortunately since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, US corn has flooded Mexico at … Continue reading

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‘Los de Abajo’ – Mariano Azuela (another book recommendation)

Mariano Azuela was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1873. He spent time in the army of Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution (1810-20) serving as a Doctor. Azuela wrote ‘The Underdogs’ (or ‘Los de Abajo’) in 1915, a long time … Continue reading

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All about image…

Images are very important for national identity in Mexico. Two of the most important, and my favourites, are the eagle-serpent-cactus combo that is on the flag, and the Virgen de Guadalupe. The image on the flag I have already mentioned … Continue reading

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Cafe culture

Whilst in San Cristobal de las Casas I visited the Museum of Coffee in an effort to find out more about the black elixir. Also, an excuse to feed my addiction with some top notch samples. In Mexico there are … Continue reading

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On the tourist trail: jungle waterfalls and Mayan ruins

18th March: At 5.45am we crawled out of bed, bleary-eyed to be ushered onto a mini-bus for the 15 hour round-trip from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque. Unfortunately the famous Mayan ruins are not on our route to … Continue reading

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San Cristobal de las Casas – the magic of the mountains

San Cristobal de las Casas is a colourful city deep in the mountains. The streets are bustling with all walks of life – from European tourists to indigenous peoples. The air is fresh and clean, and the light beautiful. It … Continue reading

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Food for thought

A flag to some recent articles in Grist about food and farming – some cause for hope; and a critique of the recent Economist special report on agriculture. Worth a butchers, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Paying back the downhill debt

14th March: As Ned pointed out (so poetically), after our 15 mile downhill stretch into Tuxtla Gutierrez and beyond to Chiapa de Corzo, we’d made too many withdrawals from the bank. We had some debts to pay off in the … Continue reading

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The renewable energy conundrum

Mexico is a sunny country. No flies on me, eh?! People use solar energy to heat water in their homes (we’ve benefited from many a solar heated shower), and occasionally to generate electricity – although the expense is beyond the … Continue reading

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