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Category Archives: Incidents of Travel in Spanish America


Belize is something of a mongrel nation, as the names on the map announce: Hopkins; San Ignacio; Dangriga; Calal Pech. This toponymy corresponds to languages: though the official language is … Continue reading

December 27, 2010 · 2 Comments

Chiapas to Guatemala

As a daytrip out from San Christobal de Las Casas, a lovely but freezing mountain town, we rode horses to a Chiapan village called Chamula. Chamula’s church has floor covered … Continue reading

December 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Oaxaca days

Quite an adventure on arriving in Oaxaca, with the road blocked in several places by protesting mototaxi drivers (like a motorised rickshaw). The blockades prevented buses and taxis from entering … Continue reading

December 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Miscellaneous museums and goodbye Mexico City

Sense of place is strong in Trotsky House, his second exilic residence in Coyocan. The first was with Diego and Frida in the Casa Azul, but he was asked to … Continue reading

December 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

San Luis Potosi; Sotano de las Golondrinas; Xilitla; Queretaro; San Miguel de Allende – in three days and one night

We have been hammering through rich former silver-towns and provincial villages for three and half days, spending just over one hour in San Miguel, time enough to drink a coffee … Continue reading

November 16, 2010 · 1 Comment

DF – suburbs and monuments

A trip to the charming Coyocan, in the south of the Capital. ‘Coyohuacan,’ from which the Spanish derived the current name, means ‘place where they have coyotes’ in Nahuatl. I … Continue reading

October 29, 2010 · Leave a comment

Arrival in Mexico City, and a journey south to Puebla, Cholula and Cuernavaca

Didn’t try too much with the first couple of days other than looking and listening. The taxi ride from the airport felt like a video game, darkness emphasising the scale … Continue reading

October 24, 2010 · Leave a comment