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Mexico is a country of opposites. I have spent the last summers in the middle of the country, in the city of Toluca, about 60 km (close to 40 miles) west of Mexico City. Going a few hours north it is dry land and all you see is brown, sunburned fields. Going a few hours south it is all green with an amazing vegetation.

Nowhere is the opposites of the country and the complexity of the Mexicans so clear as in the state of Tabasco.
Half of Mexico is geographically in the tropic, but Tabasco is the real tropic with rainforest , rivers and fertile soil. Step on a Papaya seed today and next year you have a blooming plant.
There is fruit growing in the wild everywhere, mango, papaya, cacao and all kind of citrus as orange, lime and lemon. Some fruits I have never seen before, like the colorful pitaya.

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I will soon take you to adventure in Tabasco, but first there is one more café I want to present.

Fikafé
Calle 7 Sur 4503
Puebla, Puebla
Web: Fikafé
facebook: Fikafemx

A little unfair I came here with great expectations.
A café with the Swedish-sounding name Fikafé (Fika – have a coffee, kafé – café), should be serving a good coffee. And Fe, being Spanish for faith, I did have some belief.

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Lusso Café
1ero de mayo No. 614
Colonia Santa Clara
Toluca, Est. de México
lussocafe.com

Those who know me and you readers following me knows I am a coffee lover, some might even say addict. I believe it comes with my Nordic genes.
Although I prefer a little darker coffee than what is usually served on this side of the Atlantic I do appreciate a nice café. Having a coffee is not only drinking a beverage, it is an experience.

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Back in Sweden after a real adventure in Mexico.
This time I walked off the beaten path, way off. I have ridden a mule, I crossed a river on a wire and been compared with Indiana Jones. I have seen species I never seen before, animals and fruits in all sizes and colors. Insects big as birds and hummingbirds small as insects.
This has been a trip for all senses.

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demovracy now

Photo: Dan Freed

Saturday it was a new demonstration against the election fraud in Mexico, this time in Malmö, Sweden.
Somehow I have become involved with this even though I try to stay out of politics. But, I do support Mexico, democracy and fair elections.
A big difference between this manifestation and the one I attended in Denmark is that this was called up by students and thus a little more organized.

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I was close to censor myself from post this. Miss Z told me, which I already know, Mexicans are not very good taking criticism and may be offended. So I nearly trashed it.
Thinking about it I changed my mind, they are fighting for democracy and freedom of speech is big part of it. I would be pretty dumb to self censor, especially in my own blog.
If someone is offended or don’t like what they read you are welcomed to comment.

Thursday I attended a small manifestation at the Mexican embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, against the corrupted election July 1.
This was really an exercise in patience. In a very serious subjected like this I have never experienced such a bad organized event.
People who knows me know I am not the most organized person and usually just drift around, take things as they come, but this was trying even for me.


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I was not going to write about it, not even touch the subject. I know and have heard about the dirty games behind the Mexican election and vote raising, but not being part of it I thought I would leave it to those with power of do something.
Than I got a report. From a small anonymous village in the south of Mexico I got a message, the fraudulent and criminal actions was much worse than I initially thought. This is the poor Mexico, the lower class, people have little or no education and they are not aware of their rights as citizens.

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In the corner of Silviano Enriquez and José Ma. Arteaga in Toluca we found this little hidden gem.
A mamas and papas store with their own coffee roaster.

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Photo: Dan Freed


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Staying in the Hidalgo and the Huasca area we visit San Miguel Regla.
A trip to this old hacienda was not planned but we decided for a little sidetrip before we went home.
Built in the 18th century this is one of the oldest, still remaining, haciendas in the area. Original constructed for refining silver from the nearby mines it gradually was abandon when new system for refining gold and silver developed.


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Outside of Huasca we find Los prismas basalticos de Santa María Regla or short the The basaltic prisms.
Formed by cooling lava millions of years ago these hexagonal stone pillars raise up to 50 meters making the walls of the canyon Alcholoya an art of nature.
Water from the San Antonio Dam creates beautiful waterfalls and attracts Mexicans looking for a short get-away all year around.


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