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Mexico

Adios Mexico

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=958507724217862&id=147141758687800 Our final morning in Mexico: Sarah flies home via her very good friend in Washington, and we fly to Cuba for 4 weeks – we are not expecting easy access to the internet but lots of salsa ( me) and cigars (Charles). El Chapo is captured, and Los Mochis is recovering yet again from … Continue reading »

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Dog 1 Charles 0

Charles will always stop to confront wild dogs but last night while drinking tequila in a lovely beach front home,  a dog sneaked one of his trainers from the porch and chewed it! It now matches his helmet, chewed by En’s dog last summer. We cycled from Merida to Progresso ( a chaotic hostel but … Continue reading »

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Merida city

Modern Merida was founded by Conquistador Francisco de Montejo the son ( father and cousin had the same name) but carved Mayan stones form the foundation blocks of the cathedral (1598) and the remains of pyramids suggest that this could be the ‘oldest continually-occupied city in the Americas’. It has the largest indigenous population in Mexico, 60% … Continue reading »

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Ruta Puuc and citrus groves

We decided not to give Sarah the meaning of Puuc, hills. For Charles and I the hills were pleasant after so many flat miles: suddenly there is scenery, and there’s nothing better than a fast free-wheel! Traditional towns and villages, hidden temple complexes in forest, all to ourselves and a huge cave system to visit. … Continue reading »

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Charles’s new year resolution, no more temples!!!

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Mayan Madness

“We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.” –Rigoberta Mench’u Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Rigoberta Menchú grew up in poverty, in Guatamala, and suffered brutal suppression and persecution during … Continue reading »

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Christmas in Valladolid

Christmas day in Valladolid. Most shops remain open but we see families dining together, and many decorations including trees. We visited a restored colonial house with a private collection of Mexican art – no Frida Kohlo but a room dedicated to works of art about her! Best of all we found a huge cenote only … Continue reading »

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Tulum and Coba ruins

We cycled to the coastal ruins at Tulum. This is one of the last Mayan cities -C15th – but devastated by the arrival of the Spanish. We had a rather sweet hotel at the edge of the town, unfortunately dominated by the main road cutting through the centre. It feels like a long truck stop! … Continue reading »

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Cenote city

7 million Mayan descendants live in Central America and 790,000 of them speak Yukatec Mayan – so tricky to know whether to call out ‘ Buenas dias’ or  ‘Ba’ax ka wa’alik’ as we ride through villages!! Ts’ onot is Mayan for a place with accessible groundwater, ‘ cenote’, and the Yucatan peninsula is dotted with … Continue reading »

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Cousteau’s Cozumel

So many books say that Jacques Cousteau’s movie Le Monde du Silence (1955) was filmed at Palancar reef on Cozumel. It wasn’t, but the reef was shown in a similar documentary, A New World, and the rush for paradise began! The Spanish arrived in 1520 and it took 50 years for smallpox to devastate the … Continue reading »

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