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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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Swedish Parental allowance
  • 480 days
  • 390 days with 80% of income
  • 90 days minimum allowance SEK 180
  • 60 days designated to each parent

Finally I am making use of my tax money – I am staying home with Maya for 4 months on the states expense.
Actually, I started with one month of vacation, in total I am home for 5 months. But it is the 4 months of paternity leave that is interesting, ”Only in Sweden” as a non-Swedish friend expressed it.

”Only in Sweden”


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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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Previously posted in www.planningmexico.com

La Procedencia
Tonalá #109
(Esquina Guanajuato)
Colonia Roma
Mexico City
Facebook: laprocedencia
Twitter: @laprocedencia

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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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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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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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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