Select Page

Month: May 2018

Traveling in Mexico: Eating Inexpensively in Oaxaca

If you’re seriously watching your pesos but want to try some truly authentic, good local fare, a tasty option would be to have a Oaxaca style meal at any of the many popular, family-owned and operated food stands in one of the Main Market buildings, which serve a HUGE Oaxaceña meal plus juice or drink for 30 pesos or so. They’ll be more than happy to explain the selections available (but only in Spanish). By all means do try a local drink made from slightly fermented, uncooked rice seasoned with spices called “Ochata”, it’s creamy white, thick and absolutely delicious! Here are more options for satisfying the cravings of the ole barriga: RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES: El Meson Restaurant – Taqueria (All-You-Can-Eat Buffet) Address: around the corner from the zocalo at Hidalgo No. 805 Phone: 515 – 2729 A popular eatery of Oaxaceños that features an all-you-can-eat breakfast or dinner buffet for $3.50. A selection of local dishes and specialties along with an assortment of fruit and vegetable platters, including desserts, are yours to leisurely sample. It’s a good way to know some of the local staples. Restaurante Las Mañanitas Address: Rayon No. 221 at the corner of Fiallo (across the street from Pochcalli Institute) Phone: 514 – 2868 A simple, quiet little place that serves tasty, inexpensive local fare. Service is fast and friendly. They’ll even take the time...

Read More

Scariest Amusement Rides EVER!

Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved roller coasters and other scary type rides. The scariest I have ever been on are not even in an amusement park. The scariest rides are in Las Vegas at the top of the Stratosphere! There are currently four rides in the top of this 1,149 foot tall tower, though the rides are mostly between the 900 and 1,000 foot levels. I have not been there since they competed the fourth ride. I will describe the rides in the suggested order of riding. The first ride is a little roller coaster named High Roller. On the ground this would be a little kiddie roller coaster. But when you are rolling around the tracks over 900 feet up in the air, it is a little different. While not really really scary it is a bit unnerving. The next ride is called The Big Shot. I have been of rides similar to this one, but none have nearly the impact of this one. This ride is on the needle at the top of the tower. The needle has three sides, and there are a row of seats on each side. You are strapped into the seat securely with your back to the needle. There is a wait period, then you will be slowly lift off the ground to about 10 feet in...

Read More

The Seven Chieftain Trees of Ireland

You can plant trees grown in pots at any time of year but winter is the time to put in bare-rooted trees. For instance, if you plant an apple tree now you need to cut a four-foot by four-foot hole. Put in plenty of well-rotted manure. Then add compost and heel in the tree. You want to keep the area around it as weed free as possible. You can put geotex (a breathable liner that is a weed suppressant) down. Then in spring cut holes and plant in some chives and wallflowers. The chives will deter scab and the wallflowers will attract bees to pollinate the tree. Irish has two words to indicate a tree, crann, and to indicate sacred trees, bile. Here’s a list of the seven sacred trees of Ireland that might help you choose a tree. By planting a tree you help mop up that CO2! Out of those sacred trees there are seven that are considered the chieftain trees, totems for clans. The tradition grew out of each local settlement surrounding a single tree. The forests were revered because they gave so much sustenance. The trees gave nuts and berries for gathering. They also were the habitat for game that was hunted. They provided medicine when they were ill. Trees also became the first alphabet, the ogham, used in Ireland. Lastly, they could be cut...

Read More

A History of Landscaping

Landscaping or landscape architecture is no new art. It can be traced back to 600 B.C. where landscape design was used in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and which is considered today as one of the seven wonders of the world. The famous Mayans used landscaping principles without even knowing it when they created walkways to and around their temples, surrounding them with intricate, carefully constructed flowerbeds and bushes. Romans used landscaping in courtyards and created borders around their land. Good landscaping was seen as a sign of wealth in the 17th and 18th century and in Jamaica, plantation owners lined walkways with palm trees. People would even ship in different rocks and stones to build walls in their gardens. The Great Wall of China was not built for aesthetic purposes, but was a necessity to keep enemies at bay. Landscaping through the ages has been magical, especially when you look at wonders like Stonehenge in England. These stones were transported from Wales, which means them being there is somewhat of a miracle. The words “landscape architecture” however, was first used in Gilbert Laing Meason’s book, On The Landscape Architecture of the Great Painters of Italy in 1828. This was the first time someone realised there was a correlation between landscaping and architecture and that designing a landscape could in fact be an art all on its own. The...

Read More