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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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I have a facebook friend insisting on talking about travel portraits. I don’t agree about the premise – You don’t have to travel to take a portrait. It is like going to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and think you see Mexico.
The neighborhood I live in is like Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho all in one, I just need to take a walk around the block to find a piquant face for a picture.

For a portrait people stop with what ever they are doing and look in to the camera – You loose the atmosphere that caught your eye at the first glance.

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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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This year we went north for Christmas. To the town of Sundsvall in the middle of Sweden. With a population of 51 000, just shy of 100 000 in the whole municipal area I would describe it as a small town, but for Sweden it is a mid-size city. Although being a university city the population fluctuate considerable between semesters and school breaks.

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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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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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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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Early morning in Sweden the day after I came home from Mexico. Miss Z, who came back with me, is still sleeping but I am up. I don’t know if it is the jet-lag or my need to get thoughts and impressions printed down waking me up.

Mexico is always good to me, but this trip is probably the most safe and predictable trip I have been on. Partly because I have been in Mexico quite a few times the last years and partly due to a collision between the Mexican hospitality I love so much and my adventurous spirit.
While Miss Z wants to show the best of Mexico and visit popular tourist spots I want to explore and discover, go where no visitor has gone before.
I want to show you a different Mexico, the country I love and not the one you see and hear about. I want to go below the surface and show you the people.

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I went on a trip to an old convent outside of Mexico city, Ex. Convento Desierto De Los Leones. The surroundings has become a beautiful recreational park and the convent itself is known for, among other things, its catacomb.
Unfortunately I forgot a flashlight.

Only thing I had to lighten up my path was the flash metering on my camera.
A few shots in the dark, this is what I ended up with.


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