Ren Andrew

RENanDREW

Ren Andrew

This blog documents the feeding of our travel addiction - one country at a time. Travel is an essential part of our lives...and even though we have many loves in our lives, I don't think I would be far wrong in saying that we are never happier than when throwing ourselves into a new adventure and experiencing new cultures. The more we travel, the more we see; and the more we see, the more we understand that we know so little - which is a brilliant thing. That's why we will continue to travel until our addiction wanes, which definitely won't be in this lifetime!

Rather than doing round-the-world trips, our preferred style of travel is to spend a block of time in one country or region, and get a real feel for that area and its people. We also love love love eating and drinking! So this blog is bound to have many epicurean details.

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Hope you enjoy our travel stories as much as we enjoy writing and sharing them with you! 😊
Cheers
Ren and Andrew


And if travel is like love...it is mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end." ~ Pico Iyer




North America » Mexico June 2nd 2016

HE SAID... When reflecting on our travels through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, I found myself compiling a list of the high and low points of our journey through these intriguing Central American lands. I scrawled notes wherever and whenever I could, and the following is a quick summary of my thoughts, feelings and experiences. 17 Highpoints Mezcal – the smoky and alluring nature of this spirit, distilled from Mexico’s ubiquitous agave plants, really captured my senses. Regardless of the time of day, mezcal was perfect before and after meals, and it was a brilliant drink to savour on rooftop cafes at nightfall. After the first sip you feel the spirit coursing through your veins, after the second sip you feel its warmth spread through your body, and after the third sip your mind becomes clear and ... read more
rio dulce - garifuna fish soup
flores - streets of flores
tikal - gran plaza


HE SAID... Today we were leaving Mexico City and returning to Australia. We left our incredible apartment at the Red Tree House in Condesa around 11:45am, jumped into a taxi and sped towards the Benito Juarez Mexico City International Airport, arriving at 12:15pm. After trying and failing a self-check-in, we checked in at the counter and made our way through to the gate lounge. Ren picked up a pair of Frida Kahlo Converse sneakers, and we used our last remaining pesos on a blue and white ceramic plate decorated with the ubiquitous Day of the Dead skull. We boarded our flight to Los Angeles at 3:30pm. I was one of six passengers from the entire flight to be randomly selected for a security check. It wasn’t too bad, although having to virtually take my top off ... read more
mexico city airport
mexico city airport
los angeles airport


HE SAID... Today we were leaving Mazunte and travelling northwest to Mexico City. We woke early, as we had to carry our packs up the steep zig-zagging path to our hotel’s restaurant (La Fragata). We arrived exhausted, as the humidity (even at 8am) was debilitating, especially when you were required to exert energy. We dropped our packs, settled at a table overlooking the Pacific Coast and ordered breakfast. I opted for yoghurt and granola, while Ren had a sandwich de jamon y queso (ham and cheese sandwich). We refreshed with banana and melon liquados (smoothies). We checked out around 9:30am, bid farewell to our marvellous beachside retreat (Altamira Mazunte Bungalows) and spent the next 60 minutes bumping along Oaxaca’s narrow coastal roads on our way to Huatulco International Airport. We arrived around 10:30am, re-organised our packs ... read more
red tree house
red tree house
tacos al pastor

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Mazunte May 27th 2016

HE SAID... Tonight we were leaving Oaxaca City and heading south to Mazunte on the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca. We collected our packs from the lobby of Oaxaca Real Hotel, jumped into a taxi at 8:30pm and sped through the streets of Oaxaca City for the last time on our way to the bus station. We were catching a nine hour overnight bus to Mazunte, a small beachside town on the Pacific Coast. We arrived at the bus station around 9pm. After picking up some snacks and motion sickness pills (on the advice of our guide) from a small shop inside the station, we boarded our bus at 9:30pm. We then set off on an epic journey through the night, winding our way through the mountainous terrain of Oaxaca before finally arriving in San Pedro Pochutla ... read more
pacific coast
mazunte beach
huevos rancheros

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca May 26th 2016

HE SAID... Tonight we were leaving Oaxaca City and heading south to Mazunte on the Pacific Coast. However, before leaving on our late-night bus, we were embarking on a day-long road trip to explore the outskirts of Oaxaca City. We woke early, as we needed to check out of Oaxaca Real Hotel at 8:30am, even though we weren’t leaving Oaxaca City until 9pm. We organised our packs, stored them in a small room at the hotel and jumped into a minibus – we were travelling to Tlacolula, a small town 30km southeast of Oaxaca City. Our breakfast destination was the Mercado de Tlacolula, one of the oldest markets in Mesoamerica. After cramming ourselves into a long thin table at a small market stall called Adolfa, we started with an amazing hot chocolate served in a large ... read more
streets of oaxaca
mercado tlacolula
mercado tlacolula

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca May 24th 2016

HE SAID... Today we were leaving Puebla and travelling southeast to Oaxaca City. After spending the morning in Puebla’s historic centre, we made our way back to Hotel Puebla Plaza, grabbed our packs, checked out and jumped into a taxi at midday. We were heading to Puebla’s bus station, as we had a four and a half hour trip to Oaxaca ahead, and our luxury ADO bus was leaving at 1pm. After speeding through the maze of outer suburban streets, we arrived at the bus station at 12:30pm, picked up our tickets and made our way to the waiting lounge. We had about 20 minutes before we left, which was a lucky break for me, as my stomach bug had returned, and I didn’t want to spend too much time in the tiny bus toilet. We ... read more
streets of oaxaca
tlayuda with tasajo and chorizo
hot chocolates and tamales

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City May 23rd 2016

HE SAID... Today we were leaving Mexico City and travelling south east to Puebla. We grabbed our packs from our room in Hotel Metropol, checked out and jumped into a minibus, which took us to Terminal Oriente (TAPO), the bus terminal next to San Lazaro. We walked through the terminal, picked up our tickets, had our hand luggage searched, loaded our packs into the under carriage and settled in our comfortable ATO bus to Puebla. We left Mexico City at 11:30am and arrived at Puebla’s bus station at 1:30pm. We jumped into a taxi and sped towards the city’s historic centre. The taxi trip was eye opening and unexpected, as I didn’t realise Puebla was Mexico’s fourth largest city with a population of four million. The outer suburbs were sprawling, crowded and gritty, and as we ... read more
hotel puebla plaza
mole poblano
catedral de puebla


HE SAID... We have been in Mexico City for six days now, and today we were starting our Real Food Adventure of Mexico. We woke early to the rumbling sound of trucks and buses idling outside our hotel, and to the sounds of revellers making their way home from a big night out in Mexico City. Music had continued into the early hours of the morning, and we had drifted in and out of sleep all night. We worked on our travel writing while lazing in our room before heading out to our favourite bakery (La Espiga Panificadoras) for breakfast at 11am, which was just around the corner from the hotel. We both ordered omelettes with ham and coffee/tea, which was a fairly basic brunch by our standards, but I still had a stomach bug which ... read more
museo mural diego rivera
museo mural diego rivera
museo mural diego rivera


HE SAID... Today we were continuing to explore the wonders of Mexico City. We slept in for the second morning running, waking around 7am. We headed out at 9am, dropped our laundry off and walked to the Balderas metro station, which was reasonably close to our hotel. We bought our tickets, headed underground with thousands of commuters and jammed ourselves into a train to Chapultepec metro station. It was packed – people put their hands into my back and pushed me into the train. I was so compressed between everyone around me that I simply couldn’t move. I was amazed how courteous everyone was – the rim of my cap kept poking a guy in the head in front of me, and he just turned (as much as he could), smiled and said something in Spanish ... read more
ninos heroes monument
castillo de chapultepec
castillo de chapultepec


HE SAID... On our third day in Mexico City, we slept in a little as our ‘Mexico City Markets and Food Tour’ didn’t start until 8:45am. We headed out at 8:15am and started walking towards the Zocalo, the heart of the city. We love being in a place as it slowly wakes, regardless of whether it’s a large city or tiny village. Our first stop on the tour was the Teatro del Pueblo, where we briefly gazed at a number of murals on the ceilings of the lobby. We then walked to Mercado Abelardo Rodriguez (known as the Murals market) and made our way upstairs to view the powerful and haunting murals of Marion Greenwood (which were painted in 1935). We were drawn to a section of the mural where indigenous workers were holding up a ... read more
mural market
mural market
mural market




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