Home from Mexico

Well, it’s over. Our journey home, unlike the outward voyage, was uneventful and so we’re home from what has been one of our very best travel experiences so far, and that’s saying something. There were a lot of firsts: our first 3-week trip; our first Christmas out of the UK; our first time in Latin America; and so many new food experiences that we lost count. And there was so, so much more. What a wonderfully colourful, vibrant country Mexico is, judging by our experience over the last 3 weeks.

We won’t feel the warmth of the sun for 3 months now, but we have inspiring travel plans for 2019. After that, the real journey begins. “Mature backpackers” like us can’t keep putting it off for ever, so we will soon be swapping our day jobs for the trip of our lifetime. Putting our plans together is almost enough to compensate for the lack of sunshine.

In the meantime, we have the fabulous memories of Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca, both of which we loved, two of our best places visited so far.

The Mexican flag

The joy of insects. Posted 2/1/19

Chapulines- grasshoppers for lunch in Oaxaca Mexico
Chapulines- grasshoppers

Eating insects is not something that comes naturally to the British, indeed we can’t think of a single insect which forms part of British cuisine. By contrast, the Mexican diet is full of them, being home to more edible insects than any other country in the world, with 88 species of edible beetle alone, together with ants, worms, caterpillars, ants’ eggs and, of course, grasshoppers. And we are on a journey of discovery here on our trip to Oaxaca. So far we’ve eaten ants with our beer, a sauce made from edible ants, a powder made from ground moth caterpillar, and now, at last, grasshoppers. These chapulines, as they are called here, are so much more tasty than we could ever have imagined, they are genuinely delicious. No wonder the locals love them here, carrying a salty, meaty taste which is very pleasing on the palate. We’re not over playing this: don’t miss chapulines if you come here, you’ll be missing out if you do!