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I’ve been meaning to write about Oaxaca for over a week now. It’s our home, although we’re away for the summer. I have a photography workshop scheduled for the Day of the Dead (end of October) and I was about to hit publish on a post announcing it… but then I paused. Why? Because 8 people were killed after the Mexican government clashed with the protesting teacher’s union. It’s not a small thing. In 2006, they had a similar conflict and the city fell into the hands of the teacher unions for a bit, even establishing their own rules and…

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I just came across this gem 11 “Mexican” Foods You Won’t Find in Mexico, which concludes: “Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex cuisines are actually more popular in the U.S. than authentic Mexican cuisine, and while these hybrids may have roots in Mexico, they’re truly American inventions.” I read that and squinted a little. Okay… so Americans invented the burrito because they put rice in it? But then you go on to read the rest of his article about what’s real and authentic about Mexican cuisine. Fine, great. Texas-style chili is definitely not Mexican, but who thought it was? But the post is called 11…

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I was feeling deep-bone tired. I had a ton of deadlines, but I just decided: that’s it, if I don’t take a break I’m no good to anyone. I had been working on a project since August, putting in insane hours, and it’s SO CLOSE… maybe a month away from being done. But five months of sprinting is too much. So we rented a car, piled in and drove 6 hours to the coast. Puerto Escondido. I walked across the white sand towards the ocean and I swear I could feel the stress melting off me.  I guess I will always be…

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Everything fell into place… we found a 3 bedroom house in San Felipe, fully furnished with a washer and dryer, an oven, a lovely bathtub with granite tiling, a full outdoor room on the second floor, a terrace, and a back yard full of plants. For $670/mo. Which now that I think about it and adjust my brain away from how accustomed I am to Mexico prices, that’s pretty damn cheap. I also found an office. Two blocks from Santo Domingo, El Llano… just right in the best part of Oaxaca and walking distance to all the best restaurants and markets.…

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Forgive me for a second, I’m on a tear. If you follow the blog you’ll know that I bought a bunch of cookbooks in Thailand, lugged them across the city and to an airport, traveled to Japan, continued to lug them to not one but two different hotels, then flew to LAX, lugging and lugging all the way with a six-hour layover and nowhere to sit, all to get to Mexico City, lug a little more then fly home to Oaxaca. I live in Mexico. What I was doing buying Mexican cookbooks in Thailand is beyond me except it’s in…

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The other day, I was working at my desk and I heard a loud crackling noise. Drew and I ran outside to investigate and noticed that there were 5 foot high flames heading down the hill towards our house. The fire was issuing up plumes of smoke. No one else was outside. We stood there, hands on hips and considered the fire for a bit. Would it jump the fence and enter the empty lot? Was the telephone pole at risk? Who did this? (The photo above shows about the last 1/3 of the burning area.) And like the clueless…

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This month I’m traveling on my own, and my itinerary is insane: Leave my home in Oaxaca, Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Madrid, Spain Barcelona, Spain Tossa del Mar, Spain Bangkok, Thailand Tokyo, Japan Los Angeles, USA and back home to Oaxaca, Mexico It’s around-the-world in 30 days. It’s actually the worst way to travel, unless, of course, you have two workshops to teach in Spain, find a cheap flight to Bangkok and decide to buy all your new camera gear in Japan because you can save about 20% between the price difference, a lack of VAT for tourists and the…

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We were lucky enough to finally be in the same country as the family from Snaps and Blabs, which was one of my favorite blogs from 2012 (go ahead stalk her now, I do). When they mentioned they were passing through our part of Mexico, I immediately offered them a place to stay. We got along swimmingly… her three kids are an absolute joy, her husband is amazing and she’s this super smart and talented bon vivant. They stayed with us for a little over three weeks.   I have a soft rule about house guests… that is, I typically…

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It’s entirely possible to travel around Mexico and never find this place — after all even in better known places like Oaxaca, the tourism is largely Mexican — but here, in Chiapas, outside of Tapachula, there’s a string of turn-of-the-century coffee plantations that form the Ruta del Café, where a place like Argovia Finca are still run by fourth generation German descendants. The typewriters and accounting machines. Since the finca was established 130 years ago and they’ve kept many of the pieces that were once used. Coffee presses and grinders. Inside the coffee processing plant, there’s a mixture of new…