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An ode to minor cities

Despite spending three months in Mexico, I have only scratched the surface of what this country has to offer. From beautiful beaches and colonial towns to deserts, lakes and rain-forests, this country has so much to see. However some places I remember more fondly than others, largely because these cities were the places where I…

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The road (slightly) less traveled

Northern Mexico has always been an intriguing and mysterious place for me. Years of reading Roberto Bolaño and Cormac McCarthy has let me to associate a certain romance with the area, and names like Sonora and Sinaloa, Álamos and Caborca conjure up images of vast plains, cowboys, horses and haciendas. And Chihuahua, well all that makes…

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Oh Mexico…

This was going to be an upbeat post about how a comparatively small town girl survived in one of the world’s biggest cities. I was planning to spend my days visiting Mexico City’s museums and galleries and my nights trying out bars and cantinas, maybe even the odd pulqueria. Unfortunately it was not to be.…

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“Where?” – The frustrations of a wandering Canberran

Anyone who has stayed in a hostel has experienced the textbook conversation between two backpackers meeting for the first time. It starts with eye contact, progresses to exchanging names and on occasion, even a handshake. And then it progresses to where you come from. Sometimes it stays simple, and I can get away with a simple “Australia”,…

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