Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A People's Guide to Mexico

The People's Guide to Mexico (Peoples Guide to Mexico)  I have been reading A People' Guide to Mexico on and off for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I love this book.  The book is filled with an array of personal stories that are realistic and sometimes humorous, with others making you think 'thank god that wasn't me'.  The authors give you a sense that you are not the only one in the world who goes through situations that 'end up' being laughable.  The book also give you a realistic view of what it would be like to travel through Mexico under various circumstances.  Although it may not be overly useful in all Mexican travel situations, such as staying at an all-inclusive resort, I believe that it is well worth a read even if it is purely for entertainment value.  I think my favorite part of reading this book is how it feel like I am getting an insiders view into what Mexico is really like, not just what is seen in resort towns.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

After spending a week in Ixtapa in April 2010, including a day trip to Zihuatanejo, I was hooked on Mexico. Only two days after arriving home Robyn asked if we could take another trip down and spend more time in the area. Both Robyn and I felt like we missed seeing the cultural aspects of the area when we stayed at the all-inclusive Park Royal. Although the Park Royal was lovely, and there are definite perks to staying at the all-inclusive, we decided to stay at a privately owned Inn in Zihua. After much searching I found La Madera Bungalows just above Playa La Madera. We are staying in a 2 bedroom Suite in the new building, which even includes a kitchenette. The bungalows are within a short walk to the downtown area, and there are restaurants all around. We have also booked cooking classes with Monica at Patio Mexica on August 11 and 14, which is about a block away. Finally, we are planning on volunteering at the Zihuatanejo Humane Society while down there...and yes, I was told not to bring any dogs home :-)

I am very excited to be taking this trip! Yes,I think my daily countdown might be driving everyone nuts :-) It is my plan to make daily entries while down there so everyone else can share a little piece of the amazing time we are having :-)