Evan and I recently embarked on a week-long journey of a lifetime across central Mexico from San Miguel de Allende to Xilitla, a small sub-tropical town on the eastern side of the country. It is the home of Las Pozas – the surrealist sculpture garden dreamed up by the poet, philanthropist, aesthete and sculptor, Edward James. What a wild ride it was – from a treacherous journey up and down the Sierra Gorda mountains to a hippie commune in the middle of the jungle, we experienced it all. Warning – lots of photos in this post!
Allow me to be honest that Puerto Vallarta was not my favorite vacation destination. Our trip to the west coast of Mexico was supposed to be relaxing and peaceful, but after a bout of food poisoning and navigating the crowded beaches, we left feeling that we needed a vacation from our vacation. It wasn’t all bad by any means, and I did manage to find two activities that I’ll remember forever – swimming with a rescued sea lion and listening to whales sing. So, in the spirit of reporting out on all my Mexican adventures, here goes!
For the second post in my ‘Mexican Artisan Spotlight Series,’ I’m introducing you to Maritza Morillas. She is a painter and enamellist from Mexico City who has exhibited in Washington, Barcelona, Chicago, Brooklyn and of course, all over Mexico. Her badass kitchenware blew us away, and we *might’ve* bought most of it within minutes of seeing it….
Living and travelling through Mexico these last two months has exposed us to so many different types of arts, crafts and one-of-a-kind pieces that I’ve never seen the likes of before. It’s a shop-a-holic’s playground. The best part about it has been meeting the makers of these items, shaking their hands, learning about their work and handing them money directly for the goods they’ve made. This will be the first of a series of posts that spotlight each Mexican artisan that we’ve met and purchased from, and I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Giovanni Andrade’s brand of steampunk accessories for women and men, Laberinto.
We’ve been lucky enough to have the adventure of a lifetime, living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for 3 months. We are halfway through our stay and have gone on a couple adventures outside of town – the first being a trip to Guadalajara, about 5 hours west of us. Upon arriving, we couldn’t help but feel both over and underwhelmed. Among old cathedrals and beautiful government buildings, were strip malls of Sbarro’s, Starbucks and shoe stores, catering to tourists and locals alike. It was also loud and gritty. We were thrown off – I think because San Miguel is so picturesque and clean. But we had only one choice – to make the most of it. And we did! Over the next 2 days, we ventured around Centro sightseeing and spent a magical afternoon in a small town outside of the city – Tlaquepaque. Read on for ideas on how to spend your 48 hours in Guadalajara.
I’ve been doing my own laundry since the age of eight. My Dad and I would bond over the power we felt in taking care of our own clothes in our brand new washing machine. But I quickly learned that one wash and dry in hot water and on high heat would take a brand new cotton shirt and make it look like it had been around for all eight years of my life. This infuriated me – why did my clothes have to look old when they weren’t?! And wasn’t there a way to keep my old clothes looking new?! YES – there was. There is! It requires extra time and effort – but it’s worth it.