December travels around Mexico | Baja, Mexico City, & Taxco My friend Andy and I had some time off in December and decided to do a road trip around Baja and then check out Mexico City and some other smaller spots. 1st day: our 6 day road trip around Baja begins. My first time in the desert! My first meal in Mexico- fresh fish tacos in Todos Santos! The first air bnb where we stayed- this place was so adorable! Only $30 bucks a night to stay in little haven of a spot. It’s called Casitas El Salitral if you ever find yourself in Todos Santos. A common area to chill at our air bnb and some construction going on. The owner of the air bnb decorating our bungalow for Christmas. Shrines everywhere- they are so beautiful to me. Another awesome shrine on the beach early in the morning where a bunch of fishermen were headed out for the day.. Some handmade art inside the peach colored shrine pictured right before. Love these flowers made out of recycled soda bottles! And this is my travel mate and dear friend Andy! Our slightly less charming but perfectly functional air bnb in La Paz- the second stop on our road trip. We went snorkeling with whale sharks and a National Geographic photographer joined us on our tour! Nuns preparing for festivites at a church for Virgin of Guadalupe feast day. More food preparations for Virgin of Gaudalupe day. The Mexican 7/11. They’re everywhere. Egg yolks are so much yellower and don’t have to be refridgerated in Mexico. The entrance to a very vacant beach front resort where we stayed in a little town on our way to Cabo. And here is our very orange room there. A grave yard on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere on our way to Cabo. I’d never seen wild cows just wandering around before! This shrine was on the side of a vacant dusty highway- such a beautiful creation! Another random shrine to Jesus we drove by on our way to Cabo. We stayed for one night in cheesy touristy Cabo San Lucas- the only picture I took was of this grave yard. After our road trip around Baja we flew to Mexico City. The Palace of Fine Arts in The Historic Center a few blocks from our air bnb. This awesome building was finished being built in 1934 and it has actually sunk into the ground 13 feet! Mexico City is built on an old swamp ground and many building are tilted and slightly sunken! Older men were always playing these vintage musical instruments and asking for tips. Mexico City streets! I’ve always liked making portraits of McDonalds employees in foreign countries. An incredibly detailed Diego Rivera Mural in the National Palace that tells the history of Mexico. Awesome street food was EVERYWHERE! All the street cleaners wore this fun get-up. Made me think of some uniforms for a back up dance crew in a 90’s music video! We went to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan- one of my favorite museum visits ever. It’s in her birth home, which is also where she lived with Diego, and also where she died. Frida Kahlo’s kitchen and original art work by her all about conception- because of her painful health problems she could never conceive. Her expressions of her physical and emotional pain in her artwork are so powerful. This is where she painted from her wheelchair and this is a mirror she would look at to do self portraits. Awesome art in Frida’s home. On the left is the actual mold of her face created after her death and to the right is an image from her bedroom. With 47 pesos equaling $1 this is some seriously cheap food! Walking around Coyoacan- Frida Kahlo’s birth town. Random bathroom mirror selfie! We spent a day in Xochimilco drinking beers and riding on a boat covered by this amazing folk art (pictured below) The guy on the right was selling awesome fake eyelashes and modeling them. Yes! We took a 2 hour bus to a charming little colonial town called Taxco- all the taxis were white vintage VW’s and the town was covered in them! The colorful pinatas are decorations for Christmas. We stayed in an old convent that was converted into a beautiful hotel. This is the scene right outside of our room. More images of the convent turned into a hotel. Walking through this space was magical! This is the view from our hotel rooftop where we would hang out every night to work out. We had a 20 minute work out routine we did almost every day on our nearly 3 week vacation! Squats, sit ups, push up, lunges, jumping jacks- I love keeping fit! This little boy is making dorilokos- an awesome street food made out of doritos, lots of different sweet and savory sauces, gummy candies, nuts and veggies- super inventive way to eat chips! A view from our Mexico City tour bus. It was awesome getting away from a cold December Philly and exploring a culture I’d never been to. My favorite parts of travel are observing people and tasting new foods. So important to me to see new landscapes and to explore this world!