Merida

My experience of Merida suffered due to a couple of points. A lack of genuinely good food seemed to be one of them, the lingering exhaustion and queasy feeling that persisted after my gastro illness also didn’t help, I genuinely felt sick to my stomach for the first few nights I was in town. Having spent my…

Chichen Itza

I had a few days rest in Merida before the trip to Chichen Itza and although the gastronomic malaise has past I have reached a point where I am too tired to really care what else happens in Mexico, food or travel wise. The bus back to Chichen Itza took my through some of the…

Illness

Sitting on a bus heading away from Tulum and there is a churning in my stomach, the low rise Yucatan bushland out of the bus window is doing little to provide me with a visual distraction as it flashes past I am leaving Mexico in just a few days, though the churning in my stomach…

Wood fired restaurants

All the cheap eats in Tulum town were a nice option to have, but the town wasn’t the reason to come to Tulum and wasn’t the nicest place to hang out. Although attractive as it is down by the Caribbean coast the dining options certainly got decidedly more expensive, even for fairly basic food. The…

Rolled up

The local Mayan ruins in Tulum attract groups of day trippers from the nearby cities of Cancun and Playa de Carmen, and rightly so, these coastal ruins have indeed got a unique aspect and are remarkably attractive. they aren’t the most impressive ruins in the Yucatan by either size, scale or ornamentation, but few ruins…

Tulum

I want to remember Tulum predominantly based on my experience at the moment, I have my feet up, a cold beer at my side and have a lovely view in front of me. The birds perch on the saltbush flowers growing near the beaches headland rock, the sound of the waves systematically forming and obliterating…

Yucatan-ese

Campeche did have one excellent Mexican restaurant I felt lucky to try, they proudly served Yucatan’s specialities. I would have eaten there more but was sabotaged by their rather strange opening hours, their closed days sadly coincided with my visit to the city. As much as the idea of eating tortillas repels me at the…

Popular demand

Most of Campeche’s restaurants offer menus that read like a list of teenage comfort food, at first I found this to be rather weird, considering Campeche isn’t really on the international visitors radar, I hadn’t thought there would be enough demand for this much western food. One lunchtime as I chatted with one of the…

Campeche

 I do hope this overnight bus journey will be the last I need to make for a very long time, I am optimistic this will be the last time I need to unfurl myself from a bus seat and face the day having had a dreadful nights sleep in transit. I had hoped the short-ish walk…

Settling

Veracruz offers a limited range of restaurant options, most of those open in the evening cradle the Zocolo (central square) and are empty much of the time, their menus a simple mix of Americana and Mexican stables, they don’t appeal much, The interesting local venues have a habit of opening weird hours, closing at 7pm,…

Carnival

The Veracruz carnival is the largest in Mexico, and unlike the famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro, the Veracruzan carnival is a local procession with a solely amateur cast of thousands. The streets are lined with free seats along the entire parade route from the centre and along the coastal road south from the city,…

Veracruz

One of the closest coastal points to Mexico City of any size, the port city of Veracruz holds a significant place in Mexican history, being the place the Spaniards set up their first settlement. Depending on your viewpoint this was either a monumental occasion worth celebrating, or a horrific event needing commiserating, needless to say…