Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico City

I have been fascinated and moved by the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead, since I attended a Dia de los Muertos processional the first year I lived in San Francisco. So while we were planing our trip to Mexico I knew I wanted to stick around long enough to participate in the observances of…

The Best Black Beans

In Mexico, we ate lot of beans. They came with most meals as a side dish and one of our favorite taco joints served them with their salsas as a dip. When I started cooking in our airbnb  beans were an obvious choice as a reliable and readily available source of protein, as well as…

The Magic of the Mercado

Undeniably our favorite part of Mexico was the food. We could not get enough of the street tacos or the delicious mole sauce. But, it wasn’t the easiest to eat out as a vegetarian, especially when, after eating ordering mushroom quesadillas six days in a row, I reached my limit on having cheese with every…

Three Month Update: November 2017

November was a whirlwind month. We started in Mexico City and hit the tourist trail hard in Peru. By the time we got to Arequipa at the end of the month we were looking forward to a slower pace in December. But first a recap of our adventerous November. Countries visited: Mexico and Peru Cities:…

Oaxaca Botanical Garden in Photos

One of the things that was on our to do list while we were in Oaxaca was taking a tour of the ethnobotanical garden on the grounds of Santo Domingo, Oaxaca’s main cultural and archaeological  museum. The garden is only accessible with a guided tour and thankfully we were able to squeeze it in on our…

Explore Oaxaca: Our First Big Excursion to Yosondúa

Our First Big Trip out of the City Maggie, the manager of our AirBnB invited us to join her and three friends to this big waterfall called Yosondúa. She didn’t tell us much about it except that was she was trying to figure out logistics of how to get there and where to stay overnight. She…

Beach Daze

When we first got to Puerto Escondido, every restaurant, shop, and bar was playing a funny mix of classic rock, reggae, and elevator music covers of Michel Jackson songs (seriously so many of those). One night we popped into a bar that was playing a contemporary sounding song, in Spanish no less, and I was…

First Impressions of Puerto Escondido

After a month in Oaxaca, taking Spanish lessons, visiting every nearby attraction we could, and going to every single museum in the city, we were looking forward to Puerto Escondido as a place to generally slow down our pace. We loved our time in Oaxaca but after a month there we wanted to go to…

Monte Alban, Oaxaca in Photos

Monte Alban was once one of the largest cities in ancient Mesoamerica built by the Zapotec people over 2000 years ago and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that is absolutely worth visiting on any trip to Oaxaca. We highly recommend a hiring a tour guide. We went with a teacher from our Spanish…

First Impressions of Oaxaca

Oaxaca has been an amazing place to visit. Its hard to say for sure, but our gut says its a great first place to visit on your first time to Mexico because it has a great balance of everything. Its a city, so there is a lot to do and a lot to see and…