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I will repeat myself though and say I do love Mexico and the Mexican people, but traveling with my daughter gave me a new point of view I was not prepared for.

Start at the beginning with Mexicans and children

Clearly the child’s best is not of interest and it doesn’t stop with food. Most Mexicans seems to have a very narcissistic way with babies.
It’s not enough to see the new addition to the family, with high noise and shouts the baby must look at visitors and family members as well. Banging on the table or jingle a fork against a glass, “look at me, look at me”.
And when buying toys I don’t think there is any thoughts at all. Instead of look at a toy and think if it’s suitable for a 6 or 8 months old they buy something they think is cute or fun. If it’s marked suitable from 3 years old it’s not a problem because, “The baby is so intelligent”.
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I had plenty to say so it became a double post. It also have a little negative ring, I guess the subject is too close to home.
I will repeat myself though and say I do love Mexico and the Mexican people, but traveling with my daughter gave me a new point of view I was not prepared for.

This can easily be written off as cultural differences. Coming from a cold Sweden where we love our families but every family member live their own life without too much interference in opposite to a warm Mexico where families are very important and the ‘Mi’ – My – in Mi familia almost represent ownership and not only the right but the obligation to get involved in each others life.
But this is more than cultural contrasts, the way Mexicans treat children are at best oddish, sometimes scary and maybe even dangerous.

Don’t change your life just because you’re a parent.


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Waiting for take-off

Waiting for take-off

11 weeks in Mexico. 3 states, 8 check-ins, 10 rooms.
Maya has traveled 1/3 of her life and experienced more than some people do in a lifetime.
She has been the very center of this whole trip. I thought I would have time for other things but just as my paternity leave nothing has gone as I planned it.

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Everybody knowing me, or have been following me, know I am always on the search for the perfect coffee on my travels. I am astound by the coffee served in Mexico – and not in a good way.
Some of the best beans in the world are cultivated in Mexico. Far from being the biggest the coffee growers focusing on quality.
Then producers and coffee roasters get involved and something goes terribly wrong in the process of refining the bean to a beverage.

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The Cup & Cake Café
Paseo San Isidro 172
(Plaza El Arenal)
Colonia Barrio del Espirito Santo
Metepec, Edo de Mex
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The Cup and Cake Café

Through my travels up and down this beautiful country I have visit some nice cafés like Tierras del Café and cafés with a nice mission like La Procedencia. But there is nice cafés and there is nice coffee. The Cup & Cake Café is one of the latter.
Walking around central Metepec this café came as a surprised. After a shopping spree in the artisan quarters Miss Z and I was looking for a place to sit down and maybe have something to drink. Turning the corner and there is was – like an epiphany. Just off the merchant street, but I had never seen it before.

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La Procedencia
Tonalá #109
(Esquina Guanajuato)
Colonia Roma
Mexico City
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La Procedencia in Mexico City is a… I don’t know what to call it, I could call it a way of life, but it sounds too portentous. For the sake of this post I will call it a cafe. Although it is so much more.

procedencia

Photo: Dan Freed

Maybe you are satisfied to drop by for a good cup of coffee, serving selected organic beans roasted with care from renowned regions as Oaxaca and Chiapas your taste buds will water when stepping through the door. But once you are in the odds are you will stay for while.

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Sleepless in the air somewhere over north-east USA and reflecting over my last three weeks in Mexico.
Coming home always leave me with an empty feeling, like I am not really belong. I expect a couple of days with insomnia and a weeks depression when back in Sweden.

Beside of the never before heard of security strike on Copenhagen Airport flying out, forcing me to run through two airports to catch flights, this has been one of the less adventures trips. No was there any big adventures planned.

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A couple of kilometers outside the village of Teapa we find Grutas del Cocona.
A large cave system containing 8 large rooms connected with 500 meters, mostly walkable, underground path. A nice daytrip and an escape from the oppressive heat in Tabasco.
My visit at the caves was not only a cool day away from the sun it also became a small adventure. Usually the caves are lightened up, this day it was a power outage.

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On my day at the plantation I did not stand around watching the workers loading bananas all the time. We also had a look around the domains and the savanna surrounding the cultivated land – And we were traveling with style.
On the back of a mule I saw plenty of the amazing nature and exotic wildlife of Tabasco. I was offered a horse, but haven’t been riding for 25 years a stubborn donkey felt safer than a bolting stallion.

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Bananas has been a hot topic in Sweden the last couple of years after the documentaries Bananas!* a film about plantation workers in Nicaragua and the follow up Big Boys Gone Bananas!* telling the following story when a small documentary filmmaker was sued by a multi-billion dollar company.

Personally I haven’t eaten bananas in a few years as my own personal protest. This, of course, has been a basis of discussions and – I believe – a source for many jokes in Mexico. Especially here in Tabasco where platanos come with the mother’s milk.
When it got known I was going to Tabasco I was invited to visit a plantation to see with own eyes how they grow bananas around here.
My day at a plantation was long, hot and very interesting.

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