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Increased violence in recent years has been reeking havoc upon a nation that relies on tourism for nearly 30% of its GDP but don't let that frighten you off. Mexico still offers a wild assortment of varying locations. Plus they have some great coral reefs!

14/01/2013   BUENOS dias! Oh, and feliz Nuevo Ano (happy New Year). So where was I….? Oh yes, chilis, that’s what I really want to talk about today. I’ve referred to them often enough in this blog without really going into detail about my encounters. So as they’re a cornerstone of meals in Tijuana and Mexico, It seems right to shed some light on the little buggers. Firstly, no matter what anyone says about how great they are and how a dish 'simply isn’t the same' without them, bear this little fact in mind… Capsaicin, one of the main substances…
03/01/2013   STUFFING 12 grapes into your mouth and eating them for every second the clock chimes at midnight on New Year’s Eve is no easy task. If you manage it, you get to make a wish.   And - as proven - you also get to look like a complete weirdo with grape skin, juice and seeds all over yourself.     And so it begins...     Two down, 10 to go... "Am I the only one taking this seriously...?!"   It's a Spanish/Mexican tradition. However the jury’s still out as to whether it’s 12 grapes for the 12…
23/12/2012   HANG on a minute… mad scramble to look out of window… the world didn’t end after all! Uh oh, it seems I’m now in a whole heap of trouble. You see, with the fear of impending doom I might just have done something a tad crazy… Of course I’m kidding. In the early afternoon of Monday 17th December 2012, at the very top of the ascension of the London Eye, looking out over my nation’s capital, I went down on one knee and asked Iliana Jaqueline Pantoja if she’d marry me.         I cried. She laughed, and then…
02/12/2012   WITNESSING the 'big five' on an African safari, watching humpback whales gleefully leaping out of the ocean, photographing an endangered bird in its natural habitat. All the above are great, but if catching a glimpse of a Tijuana zebra-donkey isn't on that 'things to do before you die' list then it might as well be void. Is it a zebra? Is it a donkey? Is it actually a horse with a seriously bad case of mistaken identity?! Who knows... but the mystical creatures live on the streets of downtown TJ like four-legged gods walking among mere men. In…
28/11/2012   “BUY something you don’t need?” asked the ageing Mexican as we walked past his magnificently chintzy tourist shop. As far as sales pitches go, this one was pretty lame. But you had to appreciate the apparent brilliance in its sheer honesty. Had we a penchant for buying over-priced rubbish then we might have taken him up on his offer. But we decided to venture on exploring Tijuana’s infamous ‘Downtown’ area. I know I know, I can hear you asking… ‘it’s taken you six MONTHS to go downtown?!’ Personally I’d much rather settle into an area and then do…
26/11/2012   I DON’T know about you but I simply can’t take someone who wears a cowboy hat seriously. Here in Mexico I’d say that about one in 10 men you meet will be wearing one. Proudly too. They even do the tip of the cap thing when saying ‘hola’ in true Clint Eastwood style. And I can’t help but smile or worse still, laugh uncontrollably. I just want to call them “pardner” or say “yee har” when I agree with what they’re saying. Sometimes I actually have to stop myself from asking “what have you come as?” Seriously, it’s…
18/11/2012   SO blimey, today marks the 159th day since I arrived in Tijuana, Mexico. In that time I’ve consumed roughly 156 Mexican meals (for the record the missing being MacDonald’s and Burger King); experienced approximately 60 upset tummies from over-exposure to chili; witnessed 158.5 days of sunshine; and spent 0 days regretting the decision to come here in the first place. Today also marks the countdown to me flying back to England – with a certain Iliana Jaqueline Pantoja in tow. In 17 days Jacky will experience a). what real ‘cold’ weather is; b). what ‘real’ rain is; and…
05/11/2012   ‘REMEMBER remember the fifth of November’ I muttered in earshot of Jacky’s dad this morning as I poured myself a coffee. “Por que?” (Why?) he asked. Oh, um… because it’s Guy Fawkes night in England. “What is Guy Fawkes?” he asked pressing further. Oh god, I thought. How on earth, after criticizing Mexico’s bizarre behavior in celebrating a national ‘Day of the Dead’, can I describe this? I ended up giving it to him straight. “There was this man, centuries ago, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He got caught, and was burned at the…
01/11/2012 SO the clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in, the heating’s on… wait, no, that’s you guys in the UK. Here it’s still balmy. Halloween in a T-shirt and board shorts – that was a first. The kids were trick or treating and knocking at the door, and I had a good mind to give them ice cream. In truth the nights are drawing in here too. The clocks haven't changed here yet, and when I say ‘balmy’ it’s like 25 degrees as opposed to 40 degrees. Still pleasant and mild, but you can now feel the winter…
23/10/2012   IN the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Or so they say. And if you’re one of the few – if not the only – places in Tijuana selling rolling papers, you seem to have a license to print money. Yes in this blog first there was the search for the holy kettle, then came the hunt for the red sauce, and this last week has seen me go on a quest for Rizla. Needle in a haystack? More like trying to find a Mexican named ‘Frank’. Listen I’m not proud of it but hey,…
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