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The Miracle of San Cristobal

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 2 comments

I fell in love with San Cristobal. There is something in the air there–I mean, I fell in love with it even before I hit the main street. There was something in the air as I drove into town…an energy a feeling, I felt good. I won’t bore you with the extreme details, but I want to share that in San Cristobal is where several things came together simultaneously for me. I was finally feeling better again. I met some great motorcycle people that live there. I baked Christmas cookies. I had an idea for a new business, and met the contacts to make that happen. I expressed an interest in living in San Cristobal in the winters and fund an apartment. And a lace to keep the motorcycle. Edward agreed to try living in Mexico with me. AND...

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

December 15, 2009 Niltepec – San Cristobal de las Casas (San X) 185 miles Moving Time = 4:38 Stopped Time: 0:41 Well I left my truckers roost and rode through more wind, rode through the flatlands, then started climbing into the mountains again. I’d been through several military checkpoints, and all were very friendly, more chattng with me about the bike and where was I from, all  the way from the US? Solo? Where was I going, how did I like Mexico, how fast did the bike go, how much did I pay for the bike, etc.  The few times the military police asked to look inside my panniers, it was with no thoroughness whatsoever–it was clear that it was really more about curiosity than actual fear of contraband. This was the first military checkpoint where THEY asked ME...

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Good-bye to Aurora and Ruben

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 2 comments

December 13, 2009 Monday Alas, I was feeling better. My stomach evidently just needed a “rest”. Aurora helped me “cheat” a little bit by making my carrot juice one afternoon, and another time chicken broth. filled my tummy, gave me some nutrition, and gave me strength. Strength enough to roll out of Oaxaca. I met Ruben at the blood bank. Ruben was nice enough to lead me out of town. He’d been doing some errands that morning and found out there were roadblocks on the way out of town. Evidently the indigenous population wanted something from the government, and to make their point they parked buses at the major entrances to town. Ruben led me in a crazy zig-zag all though back streets, and finally got me to the road on the way out of town, in the direction...

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Chapulines (Mexican Crickets)

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Chapulines (Mexican Crickets)

I’ve forgotten to mention in here that one of the other specialties of Oaxaca is their crickets, chapulines…large. small, any way you like ’em. And you cannot leave Oaxaca without trying them. Stomach issues notwithstanding, one of our jokes was that I had to try one…and believe me I resisted. Here’s Ruben teasing me with some and here’s the close up You actually see them at the markets in a wide variety of sizes… large medium and small Ultimately I tried one of the smallest ones possible…(no, this is not what made me sick!) I figured it looked least like a cricket and was the least crunchy. It was actually not bad. (No photo because I just popped n in my mouth real quick.) tasted like lime & chili pepper… Some adventure eater I am … ha! I guess...

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Random Market Pics – Oaxaca

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Random Market Pics – Oaxaca

Before I leave Oaxaca Aurora takes me to the market again–this time the food market. What a wonder these places are. I’ll just show you some random images because they are so cool. One of the great things about having a personal tourguide is I learn more. For instance, Aurora explained that these dolls all wear the traditional costumes from the various regions of Oaxaca… So I take a closer look No Way would I have known that being a solo tourist. Very cool. An eating area where you select your fresh meat And then they cook it for...

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Sans Tour (San Juan, San Augustin)

Posted by on Jan 10, 2010 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Sans Tour (San Juan, San Augustin)

December 13, 2009 Sunday After resting all day yesterday, and most of the morning, Aurora and Ruben asked if I felt up to doing a little tour of an art school–something Aurora and I had planned a few days ago but I didn’t feel up to it. I’d had enough of feeling sorry for myself and needed a distraction. We went in the car to to San Juan and toured the grounds of the art school there. A former mill, an artist bought the place a few years ago and has been remodeling the place, combining art and architecture and the old vestments of the mill into a lovely lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Inspired my the mood and beauty of the place, I decided to take more artistic pictures rather than touristic ones. Enjoy! Please follow...

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