Category: Mexico

Blogs from Mexico: September 2012 – present

The Thought-Obsessed Mind

For the past three weeks I’ve been working diligently on various projects. Well, primarily one: our crowdfunding campaign. I love – neigh, I am completely and utterly addicted to – projects. If I have an idea for a project and I decide to commit, I run with it. Think Olympian distance runner on ritalin. It’s horribly unhealthy. All semblance of mental and… Read more →

If this is the cure, I want to be hungover every day!

The ultimate hangover. Whether it’s the ultimate hangover cure or not, has yet to be decided. Do some testing and report back to me, if you would. I woke up this morning surprisingly without too much misery, considering I’d consumed 7 glasses of wine, supported by only tapas and a very little bit of water. I’m typically not much of a… Read more →

On Faith (or, I Left My Farts in the Hands of the Virgin)

 “Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not yet the end.” – Patel in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel My life seems to be a constant whir of chaos. This past week has been spent organizing a fundraiser for a friend – a mezcal-tasting, salsa dancing fundraiser. It was supposed to be simple: we had… Read more →

Faith: From Daily Struggle to Natural Flow

“You were born with the natural capacity to make whatever you want,” Noel told me as he worked tying lengths of bamboo together. “The first step is fe in you self. You don’t have fe in you self, you don’t have nothing.” In Mexico, Faith (or fe in Spanish) blooms like the Garden of Eden on the desert continent of… Read more →

Humility (or, Stop Being an Asshole)

Bite-Sized Boot Camp for the Soul, Month 1 It’s time to face the music: I’m an asshole. Or at least, I can be. It’s funny how the things you love the most can bring out your ugly side. My relationship with Noel and with Mexico has made one thing crystal clear: I need to be more humble. For Month One of Bite -Sized… Read more →

Fire Your New Year’s Resolution Drill Sergeant – It’s Playtime!

Last year, at the start of 2013, I was reading through Chris Guillebeau’s Art of Non-Conformity Annual Review. (For those of you who don’t know him, Chris is a powerhouse of productivity and inspiration, with a deep well of resources from starting your own business on the cheap, to traveling for free, to achieving your goals). A happy list-maker and… Read more →

The Dark Side of Illumination

“Everything is perfect,” the man said. His skin was darkened by years of exposure to the sun – Mexican-Italian-Spanish-Indian sun. He was a well-traveled man, and the wisdom he’d gathered in his travels glimmered in his eyes. Sometimes he pranced through the make-shift kitchen; other times he stepped with decided consciousness through the garden caring for his plants. A broad,… Read more →

An Amuse-Bouche For The Feast of Uncertainty

 “It seems that all my bridges have been brunt, but you say that’s exactly how this Grace thing works.” – Mumford & Sons – There is a scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that regularly comes to mind these days. Indy is on the verge of reaching his goal: the Holy Grail lies within a small room at the… Read more →

How To Haggle With a Mexican Grandmother

One of the first things you learn when traveling outside the western world is that the price ain’t set in stone. Depending on the country and the item for sale, haggling may be either insulting, encouraged, expected, or at the very least worth trying. My first experiences with bartering were painful. I hated it. But after learning the ropes in… Read more →

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