Holidays

Winding Down

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No tacos hoy.

I’m back in Mexico! Currently in D.F. where pretty much everything is closed because of Easter, something that had not even crossed my mind. It was impossible to find tacos al pastor in my neighborhood today and that made me sad. I’ll probably just hang out around the hostel for a few days until I head to the Yucatan which I am suuuuuuuuper excited about.

But what have I been up to since I left Chile and went back to Peru?

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Christmas in Mexico

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This was my first Christmas away from home and it was a memorable one. I started out with a special morning walking tour organized by Patronado Pro NiƱos, a non-profit that raises money to provide medical and dental care to local children in need. The tours cost 150 pesos (which go directly toward the charity) and are run by English-speaking volunteers and seem to be well-attended by visiting gringos. The Christmas Day tour was so well-attended, we had to break off into four big groups!

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San “Me”-guel Day

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It’s Christmas week in San Miguel de Allende and it is obvious. The decorations are extra festive, the centro is extra full of people, and the churches are extra churchy. I’m kind of sad not to be back in California, though. What stock does a secular Jewish girl have in Christmas? Not much. But like Thanksgiving, I just miss my family and comforts of home. Rather than wallow in self-pity over missing matzoh ball soup (it’s Hanukkah, too! Someone here notified me of that—it was completely off my radar), or my cousin’s Brussels sprouts, I indulged in local goodness and treated myself to a “me” day. I tried to do whatever I’d do at home to fully enjoy myself from morning to night.
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Thanksgiving on the Road

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I’m not big on Thanksgiving in the sense that it’s celebrating an event in American history that’s not really worthy of the reverence. I also think turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are overrated. Pumpkin pie is gross THERE I SAID IT. I do, however, miss my family (and the fresh Dungeness crab we have as an appetizer every year). So today was a little strange. I had Thanksgiving dinner buffet-style at an infamous bar in Kuta called Skygarden. Lil John performed there last night! Yeah? Yeah.

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At least I was able to meet up with the Alexes, those nice boys from Minnesota I met during my first stay at the Big Pineapple in Sanur. Our little American feast was rather pathetic but the company was good. And it never hurts to take a moment to remember all the things you’re thankful for. Here are a few travel-specific things…

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