A VISIT TO THE MAGICIAN 

To me, Yucatán was another world.

 The people were not taller than a meter and a half, of native origin, and the women were wearing their hair in incredibly long and thick braids, and their clothes did not seem to have been influenced by the fashion trends outside of Yucatan.


I was still worried about my very limited Spanish, although most of the locals were speaking in Mayan, using Spanish only if it was absolutely necessary. 
We went in some of the local clothing stores and while señor Jonas bought a few traditional shirts, while I didn’t have the courage to actually wear a Mayan dress. I was definitely experiencing a culture shock because Yucatán is nothing like the other Mexican states and nothing like the film cliches about Mexico and the Mexicans.
We spent the rest of the evening under the fans in the nearby restaurant, the food was extremely hot and I tried to balance it out with something called agua fresca in Mexico.

There is everything in Yucatan – from the huge and rich haciendas to the very simple huts built with simple materials, but everywhere there is a sense of hope – because of the many young people living in the smallest and most remote villages and surely because of the sun and the heat , and because everything is painted in bright and warm colors.
The hacienda, which is next to Uxmal, offers an ancient setting, a lovely pool and a hammock under the thick shades of a gazebo made of palm trees.


Uxmal is just out of this world – they even had an Observatory that actually looks like a modern observatory!


The pyramid of the Magician is huge and it’s interesting how fit the shamans that had to climb it were. 

If you look up close, you’ll see come scary monster faces on the walls:

There is a very interesting legend about the Magician, he was a son of a local witch but he wanted to be a king, so he managed to kill the king by using magic and competing with him in difficult challenges until he managed to kill him… As most traditional Mexican stories, it’s not exactly about love, piece and humanity.

Nevertheless, an incredibly interesting and stunning place.

BAJA CALIFORNIA – MEXICO

The horizon just was out of place.

Although it seemed perfectly calm in the distance, for the whole week I had the feeling that the water was a giant wave waiting to collapse over the land.

On the other side were the mountains – very green despite the desert climate.

It was the rainy season and yet until the end of our trip the weather stayed hot and dry. A hurricane was approaching as we were leaving Baja California, but thankfully we escaped the storm on time.



When the tropical storms or hurricanes arrive, the rainwater gathers in the otherwise dry and empty river beds that descend from the mountains. But most of the time you won’t even see a drop of water.

As everywhere in Mexico, the distances are long and the best plan is to rent a car from the airport. Mr. Jonas surprised me with a Fiat 500, a very romantic choice.
The first destination was Todos Santos (yes, All Saints)


The real Mexico is far from the typical Hollywood cliches.

However, Todos Santos does match them to some extent: the desert, lots of cacti, happy and noisy local guys, gringos…

 Most bars and restaurants close around 9 and the nights are usually very quiet.

It’s perfect for stargazing because the town is small and there’s no light pollution. The Tropic of Cancer is very close to Todos Santos. Google Sky Maps is an interesting app that shows you the constellations around.

The town was founded in the 18th century by missionaries. Most of the buildings are quite old, many of them have been converted into hotels, but still maintain the traditional style of the past – huge gardens with tropical flowers and palm trees, fountains, exotic birds …


Todos Santos is a few miles away from the beach, so we hopped in our cute Fiat.

There’s so few people living in Baja California and almost no tourists (especially if you compare it to the rest of the Mexican beach resorts), and on the other hand there are so many beaches around. 


You won’t see any ugly hotels or restaurants, and especially if you enjoy big waves or surfing – this is the perfect place for you 🙂