My best friend from college Gaby now lives in Chicago and we don’t see each other very often. I met up with Gaby & co in Mexico City where we visited the neighborhood Coyoacan, Frida Kahlo’s house, and Xochimilco canal. Perfect timing put us in Mexico just in time for Dia de los Muertos, Mexico’s “Day of the Dead”, where loved ones and ancestors are paid their respect and celebrated in the most colorful way. From Mexico City we embarked on a road trip to her home city Puebla and then several hours south to Oaxaca, home to Oaxacan cuising and mezcal (delicious smoked tequila). The entire trip we ate our hearts out (Gaby is a personal chef and is amazing at scouting out the best local eats).
OAXACA and DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
HIERVE EL AGUA (OAXACA)
We made a rugged off road journey to high elevation to Hierve El Agua (Spanish for “the water boils”). A lukewarm spring of water saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals spills over the hillside creating rock formations that resemble a petrified waterfall. Walls have been built into the slope to catch the water and create pools for swimming.