Why Cardio is Still an Important Part of a Gym Routine

So, there’s quite a debate among weightlifters about cardio… [Read more…]


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Makeup and the Gym: Should They Mix?

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that I love going to the gym. You’ll also know that I love makeup. Something a lot of people wonder, is whether the gym and makeup mix. I think they do! [Read more…]


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These Methods Will Make Your Cheeks Look Incredible

I have been watching a lot of contouring videos on YouTube…meanwhile, here are some tips! [Read more…]


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MAJOR accessories haul

Before I left Mexico City in earlier this year, my friend and I went to La Ciudadela, (a local artisans’ market) for souvenirs.

We came across this stall, with jewelry made of natural stones. And we bought a ton of stuff.

When we returned to Mexico later this year, Juanita (the talented artisan who created all these irresistible baubles) remembered us! We may or may not have bought a few more items.
I bought these bracelets…

And this pretty set, for which I may or may not have bought a shirt to match…

유씨asked if I could pick up a turquoise necklace for his mother, so of course I had to go back. But…which lovely turquoise necklace to choose?

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I settled on this one.

 

And while I was there, I may or may not have bought this, too…
IMG_7877.JPGJuanita very kindly sized one of the necklaces for me so that they lay nestled. But! There were no bracelets! So Juanita suggested that we return next week and she’d have some ready for me.

Except, when we returned, they weren’t ready. Oh no, Juanita waited for me so that she could size the bracelets to my freakishly small wrist, and did I prefer elasticated bracelets or did I want them with a clasp?
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And because my friend liked my amethyst necklace and bracelet set, she asked Juanita to size them for her 2-year old niece…

You can find Juanita in Aisle 7 at Ciudadela Artisans’ Market… tell her the guera sent you and she’ll give you a good price!


Wendy

Weekend trip to Taxco

I recently went on a weekend trip to the beautiful colonial town of Taxco, Guerrero.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco

Taxco’s terrain is…rugged. The bus trip from Mexico City is about 3 hours and twists and turns through the mountains. By the time we arrived at Taxco, I was no longer outraged by La Gaviota’s bribe…build the railroad!

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Taxco is known as a silver mining town, so there was a shopportunity or several.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

I may or may not have indulged a bit. These bracelets were about ~$20 for all three.

My friend and I stayed at Los Arcos hotel. Built in 1572, it retained the colonial charm of the Spanish style. It was cheap too – about $60/night.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Here’s the hotel’s lobby/dining area. Breakfast (not included) was delicious. Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

There are a few activities in Taxco, but for some reason we decided to take the cable car from Barrio Los Arcos to Monte Taxco. The cost is ~$6 for this death-defying trip.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Can you see the fear etched on my face? No? It was only a 5-minute ride. We took a taxi back down!  Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

I lived…and the next day we hailed a cab and Julio Cesar was our driver. But he wasn’t just a driver…oh no, he was a bona fide tour guide!

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

If you’re in Taxco, call him, he’s awesome.
Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

We asked to be driven to the statue of Jesus that overlooks the town. You probably know that Mexico is a rather religious country, and such displays of faith are abundant. I am always humbled and moved.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Up another twisty, curvy, foggy road is Las Pozas Azules. It wasn’t yet rainy season, so the swimming holes weren’t yet ready, but just look at these cascades! After months in completely urbanized Mexico City, this was -quite literally -a breath of fresh air.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

I had helpful tour guides explain the rock formations, the history of the area, and other nearby natural attractions. They even held my hands for encouragement when I expressed trepidation about climbing up the rocks.

Weekend trip to Taxco, Silver, Los Arcos hotel, Church of Santa Prisca in Taxco, Pozas Azules, Mexico, La Gaviota, Chinese Railroads

Taxco is now one of my favorite places in Mexico! I would love to return.

What’s your favorite place to visit?


Wendy