Stumbling

The numbing feeling on the world hits me
But we are only here once in the world
So we should live each day like its our last
however so many of us stumble
stumble to find our groove
for I will never be one to just
fit into to anywhere or anything
the world has become my home
the endless of path of wandering
my friend, my road to good health
happiness is not a path
But its how to choose to live
A choose this moment to live
and to push myself to new things
I dont know what tomorrow will
bring, I can only hope
the ones I care for
are ready and willing
to take on the world
and love like I do

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My Guide to San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico(Vegan Eating Options)

After spending quite a few months on Island Holbox, Mexico I was seeking a new adventure with no idea of what to do. “Go to San Cristobal, you will love it.” said my good friend. So the next day I left and took a 24 hour ADO bus from Cancun to San Cristobal (950 pesos) and arrived in this lovely city high in the mountains.

I really had no idea what to expect from San Cristobal but safe to say, its a city worth visiting full of art, textiles, mayan culture and a load of cafes with vegan food. After spending 1 month in this awesome place, these are my tips to the city.

Places to Stay

Hostel Iguana is a lovely hostel located near the main food markets. With an amazing garden and view over the mountains, its great to chill or party. They have yoga daily, a funky bar and cooked breakfast that changes everyday. Beds range from 150 to 180 depending of the seasons.
http://iguanahostel.com/

Vegan Places to Eat

San Cristobal is a vegan’s heaven, which a nice change while traveling in Mexico. While there are any endless amount of cafes, these are my top picks.

Todo Vegano
Located on the main tourist street, this place has so many vegan snacks and even sell VEGAN CHEESE to take away. Try the chicken dumplings 30 pesos and delicious.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/todo-vegano-san-crist%C3%B3bal-de-las-casas

Falafel
As the name states this places is the best town in town to get your falafel fix. Head there on a Sunday or Tuesday to get 2 for 1. A falafel wrap will sent you back about 65 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g150802-d1414011-Reviews-Falafel-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Jardin Tonantzin


This place is next door to Todo Vegano, with quiet a few vegan options. But please do yourself a favor and have a hot chocolate with coconut milk. It is amazing. Vegan burger is also good but ask for it with no mayo!!!

https://www.facebook.com/Jardin-Tonantzin-1535575426751776/?rf=253604561508638

Cocolicie

While this restaurant its my personally they best place to eat in the city.  Their pasta is amazing but they also sell curry. You have to ask to have things made vegan. The wine list is great and vegan friendly. During weeknights, they have live music from jazz to rock. Its a lively funky place. You feel like your in funky bar in Berlin, New York or even Melbourne. 

Places to Party

Revolucion

One of the main bars/clubs to out this place is funky. Tuesday night is Salsa night so get your grove on. Upstaris is really fun also dont forget to check it out.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g664450-d2139049-Reviews-Cafe_Bar_Revolucion-Chiapas_Southern_Mexico.html

La Vina De Bacco

Love this wine bar with a epic range of wines from all over the world this place is great. If you get a bottle of wine you also get free tapas. Glass of great wine start from 25 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g150802-d1965913-Reviews-La_Vina_de_Bacco-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Places to sightsee and explore.

Free Walking Tour
There is a free walking tour that runs at 10 am and 5pm from the town center. It goes from about 4 hours and is a great way to get some knowledge of the city.

Centro De Textiles Del Mundo
Amazing place if your interested in Textiles from the local Mexicans.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g150802-d3857074-Reviews-Centro_de_Textiles_del_Mundo_Maya-San_Cristobal_de_las_Casas_Southern_Mexico.html

Mercado Municipal

This is the main food market in San Cris and its heaven. Local vendors sell an endless amount of fresh fruit and vegetables at prices you cant believe. Spend your time walking around. Also you can find an endless amount of beans and dry soy. If your vegan just avoid the meat section.

https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Mercado+%22Jos%C3%A9+Castillo+Tielemans%22/@16.7434772,-92.6369602,18z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xc43d0f8cdea76a99!2sIguana+Hostel!8m2!3d16.741746!4d-92.6360482!3m4!1s0x0:0x5740271d9457dc5b!8m2!3d16.7433803!4d-92.6363432

Sna Jolobil 

Great place to do some shopping for local Mexican things.
https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/Sna+Jolobil/@16.7425011,-92.6381457,18z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0xc43d0f8cdea76a99!2sIguana+Hostel!8m2!3d16.741746!4d-92.6360482!3m4!1s0x0:0x954a8c096d312495!8m2!3d16.742123!4d-92.6379941

Day Trips

San Cristobal is so close to many amazing national parks and adventures to explore the beauty of Chipas.

Canon Del Sumidero

This is a amazing Canon, a few hours from the city, where you can see monkeys and variety of wildlife. You can ask tour companies in the center for a tour. Its will sent you back around 200-400 pesos. The tour is worth it.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g664450-d1925372-Reviews-Canon_del_Sumidero-Chiapas_Southern_Mexico.html

Chiflon Falls

Another waterfall about two hours from San Cristobal, you can do a tour or get a collectivo from the ADO station. I stayed the night here and was worth it. Camping cost 30 pesos per person or cabins start from 500 pesos. There is nothing better then waking up next to these amazing waterfalls. A collective plus entrance is around 140 pesos.

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g1732578-d4931650-Reviews-Cascada_El_Chiflon-Comitan_Southern_Mexico.html

Palenque and Aqua Azul!!!!

Many people do a few days in Palenque, however I just stayed the day there. Aqua Azul are amazing waterfalls that are clear blue and will take your breath away. Then once you get to Palenque spend your time walking around one of the biggest Mayan Ruins in the world. Its great to get a guide for the park, they are full with so much information and take you places that you cant go without it. It was 100 pesos for 14 people to do the tour in the park. However if coming from San Cristobal to Palenque its great to get a tour from the city. As you get to see two waterfalls and the park with all transport. This costs around 350 to 500 depending what company you go through compared to the ADO bus which is already starting at 320 pesos.

http://www.turismochiapas.gob.mx/sectur/palenque

Overall San Cristobal de Las Casas is a city that cant be missed in Mexico. With so much culture and things to do it is a must for everyone. Get blow away from how people from all around the world come to this charming and call it home.

If you have any questions or tips please free feel to message me.

Enjoy
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Por que??

De vez en cuando nos reunimos
Tanto abiertos como listos
Para ver lo que el mundo tenía
Traer a nuestros destinos
Pero las primeras miradas pueden ser
Engañosa, como yo pensaba
alguien como yo
Estaría listo para asumir
Nada y lo hiciste
Pero luego te retrasaste
No lo querías todo
Te pones primero
Y deja de sentir las cosas
Me susurrabas
Cuando tu mente estaba
Despierto en el momento conmigo
Y el tiempo pasó
Seguimos aguantando
En la diversión, en los buenos tiempos
A veces es bueno tener a alguien
Nos aceptamos el uno al otro aunque
No teníamos futuro
Porque nuestros sueños son tan diferentes
Pero ¿por qué te has cerrado
A tener algo genial
Confía en mí, vale la pena el dolor
Usted puede pensar que se sentiría
Los tiempos siguen y tú todavía llamas mi nombre
Pero esta vez, me he ido, me he ido
Esta vez es demasiado tarde
Perdimos el momento de tener algo genial

(I couldn’t be bothered to write this correctly in Spanish, sorry)

The sun

There is a sun that shines so bright
that its rays can never be dimmed
for this sun is nothing like anything
anyone really knows
each that I get to really know this
amazing sun, I feel warmth
kindness and a good soul
this sun is talented above the rest
in many things, much more then just one
this sun is many things,
many can see it stands above the rest
with a pure heart, a truly good sun is hard to find
this sun is nothing short of awesome
And I am so glad to know this great light,
for its something i adore.

This is an old poem but sometimes it’s good to share

8 ways to stop dreaming about traveling and make it happen!!!

Have you ever wanted to just pack your life up, for a time period and see sights that amaze you. While for some of us this may seem so far out of reach, it really is possible. If you put your mind to it you will achieve it! Having a dream of travel and a deep passion for it, will make it happen.However here are some tips to help you get going…

1.Budget, budget, budget

While budgeting is clearly the most obvious it can be hard to set goals and a budget that is easy to stick to. If your serious about seeing the world, the first thing is to cut your daily expenses. Such as eating out less, bringing coffee for home and learning when you say no buying more drinks. Take part of your pay and set it into an account you cant touch.

2. Book your ticket

Before you even have a good amount of savings, book your ticket. While this may seem far fetched, its a great way to motivate yourself to budget and save even more. Having a set date of when you will travel, will make it easy to cut things out of your life and have something to look forward to.

3. Watch travel videos

There is no better way to inspire yourself then to watch people that are already doing it. There are endless amount of vlogs on youtube of people posting on their travels. Find good travel documentaries of the places you want to visit, it will make you dream of them. And isn’t it great doing to bed dreaming of what you want to achieve ?

4. Travel books

Buy travels and guides, start planing and creating an idea of where you want to go and what it will be like through the help of the best. Even reading about different activities to do aboard and what places to stay will help you a lot. And put into perspective what your life will be like while on the road.

5. Learn a new language

Learning is a new language is a new way to get you moving. If you spend time devoted to speaking a foreign tongue, you will automatically learn about a new cultural and want to practice it. There is no getting feeling then being able to communicate in a language you once didn’t.

6.Surround yourself with supportive people

Before you leave, ensure that the people in your life support of goals and idea to travel. For some, leaving their life for a new land its crazy. Having good friends and family that encourage and support you is a great way to get you going, and make sure you don’t off path.

7. Stick to your plan

Stick to your travel plans, sometimes in life this arise that you may not plan. But sticking your plan and your budget will make it happen. Stay strong and understand traveling will be one of the best things you do in life, and no matter what happens you will always remember it.

8. Get ready to leave

Sometimes leaving your home to travel for a long period of time, is not just a case of packing your bag and leaving. There are tears at goodbye and questions if your making the right decision. Have an understanding that travel, may not be what you expected but you will  learn so much more then you ever imagined…

“The gladdest moment in human life, I think , is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

10 ways to learn a new language

1.Choose one language of a place that interests you

Some many people when choosing to learn a new language, have a hard time choosing.

From french, to Chinese or even Russian. How do you start ? First you must choose a language of a country that interests you or that you think you may use. For example the second language I learnt was French, as I had a general passion for French.

2. Enroll in classes or buy a language book

The first step is to enroll in a language course, if you need help when studying this is perfect for you but search around because sometimes prices can be expensive. If a classes don’t fit your lifestyle, then buy a book. For this you will need self-motivation, and practice and also to search the sound on google translate.

3. Download Duolingo

Duolingo is a great free app that can be downloaded to androrid or apple. While there are only a few languages to select from if you have the choice of your language then do it. It works on your writing, listen and hearing abilities. Do this while on the bus or just in general spare time to enhance your skills.

4. Listen to music in the choice of your language

Downloading and listening to music in the choice of your language is a fun way to learn new words and keep up your pronunciation. Even dancing to the music and knowing the words in a way to have fun with it.

5. Put post-stick notes everywhere

Putting post-stick notes all over your house of objects is an amazing way to remember and learn words. For example put a post-stick note of your door, of the word of your chosen language, also under write the sound of the word.

6. Learn the sound of the vowels

If you are learning a latin based language learning the vowels will ensure you can speak the words correctly. It will also make it easier to sound words out and form the sound of it in head even if you are unsure of how the other letters are.

7. Talk to native speaks of the language

Speaking with a native speaker is one of the best ways to speak a language, not only will they help you to speak correctly but you will be able to understand what they are saying. Also when you speak with a native speaker you learn words that are more commonly used  . There are times when you may use the formal way to speak a language but it may not really be spoken in the country.

8. Ensure you practice at least 30 minutes per day

To make sure that you that you are learning and able to speak you must practice, practice. Doing so at least 30 minutes per day will ensure that your are getting the most out of your learning.

9. Confidence

One of the most important things is confidence and trying to speak it even if you are not perfect. Some many people study a language for years and cant even speak it. In order to speak you must try.

10. GO TO THAT COUNTRY AND DON’T SPEAK YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE

The final thing is to book your flight and go to the country. There is no better way to learn then to immerse yourself in the culture. Also by not speaking english and forcing yourself to converse in that language you will learn. It will be much better then any of the  of the 9 steps above. There is no greater feeling then being able to speak fluently in more then one language.