More from Argentina… Caminito

Caminito is a street museum and a traditional alley, located in La Boca, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The majority of the Italian immigrants that lived in La Boca worked in the port,  and they painted the outside of their homes with the leftover paint from the shipyard – as nothing else was available or could be afforded. This is the reason why it’s so colorful. I’ve seen picture of this place before, and I thought I had to come, but, I imagine something different, I thought it was little town, that people lived there but it turned out to be a shopping alley, with lots of Argentinean souvenirs… mmmh not what I expected, it just didn’t seem real you know, but it was ok, I had a good lunch there, and I loved the colorful buildings.

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Trip to Rio Lagartos

A few days ago I went on a trip with my mom, brother and some friends to a town called Rio Lagartos, Río Lagartos is within the Biosphere Special Reserve on the northern coast of the Yucatán on the Gulf of Mexico, just west of the border with Quintana Roo, and is famous for its enormous flamingo colony and large variety of other species.

We arrived in Rio Lagartos around 7:00 AM, had breakfast and rented 2 boats. We sail along the river for a little over 2 hours and enjoy the sights of white and brown pelicans, fishing eagles, herons of many white and pink species, ibis, crocodiles and the breath taking spectacle of thousands of American Flamingos feeding in the salty waters.






The area is the home to Mexico’s largest American and Caribbean flamingo population. It estimated that over 8,000 pink flamingos live within the now protected canals and mangroves just up the river from Rio Lagartos. Wild flamingos eat many different foods but their favorite is shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the pinker they get.




After 2 hours of bird watching the guide took us to a salty pond, to take a bath in the salty water that keeps you up on the surface without any movement, and then we smeared white mud all over ourselves as we were told it is good for your skin.




We spend the night there and next day we went to Las coloradas, on the western side of the Rio Lagartos estuary its a large salt processing enterprise that collects salt from dry lake beds and ships it all over South America.  The water is all shades of pink and if you touch it, it kind of burns from the salt. The color of the water its because of a small organism that lives in it, called artemia, this is also the preferred food of the flamingos, so it also gives them the shades of pink. This place is so amazing and different that it looks like you are in another world.






For more than 2000 years, before the Mayans, salt has been gathered from the shallow lakes in the area and traded as a valuable commodity. It is bulldozed into huge mounds then processed, cleaned and packaged in the factory here.




And back in town….

Laguna Azul

Something that I love about where I live is that we have all this amazing places to visit and just a few hours away from town. This time, I went with some friends to Laguna Azul, we left Puerto Morelos after they closed the restaurant they work at and drove about 4 hours south, towards Chetumal.

Lake Bacalar is in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The lake itself is 50 kilometers long (north to south), but at most just 1 Km wide. Its southernmost point is just north of the Belize border and Chetumal.

The place we went to it’s called Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon), nearby Limones, it’s owned by a German men called Federico (Fritz), He runs a little restaurant, four fully enclosed cabanas, and camping facilities. It’s a great place to swim, hang your hammock, and meet a pretty unusual cast of characters.

5:00 AM


My friend Lalo trying to catch something… he fail.

6:00 AM

I’m trying to catch some small fish to use as bait.


My technique didn’t work :-(

Good thing we had something else to eat.



We spend the day doing nothing, just chilling, swim a bit, did some kayaks, sleep in the hammock, and eat, eat, and eat!



He had better luck the second night, but we only did catch and release, since we weren’t actually eating those fish. They were small anyway.

Next day, on our way back to Puerto Morelos, we went to eat in Mahahual.




Isla Contoy.

This is an experience i´ve been wanting to share with you, a few weeks ago I went with some friends and family to an amazing Island, Isla Contoy, Protected by the Mexican government, and declared a National Park, its approximately 30 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres. We took a boat from Cancun, the trip took about one hour, it usually takes about 2 or 3 hours depending of the boat, but ours was pretty fast.

As soon as we could see the island on the horizon and the closer we got, our excitement was getting bigger and bigger, it´s absolutely gorgeous, is not very big, i think  it´s only 8 Km in length. There is nothing but palm trees, clear blue water, lots of birds and white sand, PARADISE!!!!

In the island lives a group of government-sponsored biologists who continually monitor and study the ecosystem of the island. Only a few tour companies have permission to bring guests to the island and only 200 visitors are allowed daily.  If you plan to visit the island in your own vessel, you are required to apply for permission first which can be arranged at the Park offices in Isla Mujeres or Cancun. as soon as we got to the peer, we jumped in the water, we didn´t care about barracudas, there was like 50 of them, just right in the peer. I have to say that I was a little bit impressed by them, they are so ugly with the mouth full of teeth!!.  Anyway, it´s better if I let the pictures talk.

Ready to go

arriving to the island

take a good look…. 7 barracudas!

The other side of the island

Dinner time! It´s good to have friends with restaurants.

chill out time after dinner.

our night camp.

almost sunrise.

Next morning we went snorkeling to the reef.

Nurse shark

Mantarraya, Samantha it´s her name, and you can actually touch her, she comes to the shore looking for food.

This is why I love where I live.

and guess who came with us….

I made her bathing suit with a balloon :-)

Ny NY… finally!!!

NY, NY

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* American animals, at Natural History Museum


* Dinosaurs.

* Indian Tribes

And this is just for my craftster friends, a picture of how they made textiles.


more of Natural History Museum

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* Central Park

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* Seaport

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* Night out with the girls and our friends.

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* Re-building the WTC

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* Chinatown

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* Museum of Modern Art!!!!

Chain silver knitting

Plates lamp

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* The girls and me freezing!!

NY, NY!!!!

I’m so excited, I’m going to NY for the first time, only 5 days. But Im so excited!!! it will also be my first time in the States, so there’s so many things I want to do… and so little time. Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn Bridge, the Metropolitan Museum, Natural History Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Van Courtland House Museum, the Museum of Sex, Bodies, and so other many things like fabric shops, trim shops, button shops, craft supply shops, bead shops…. Damn! I want to do all of this in 5 days?????

Looking around for places to shop for supplies and came across this site www.sistahcraft.typepad.com I send her a message asking for tips and the best places to shop… she was great, sahara gave me lots of places to shop and she even told me she could take me shopping, Great!!!!!! I can’t wait to meet her.

Since I live in the Caribbean, I was worried about the weather in NY, it’s going to be cold!!! I wish I could find some outfits like this from College Fashion’s what to wear in winter, Which it’s a bit hard to find in Cancun.

So, I’m just going to take the warmest cloth I have, and maybe borrow something from a friend…. I can’t wait to be in NY.

Travel to Mexico City.

Hola.. well this winter i knew i was going to Mexico city, which compared to where i live is cold. So i made myself a long, long, long crocheted scarf. I made little rounds at the ends.. they look a bit like toes ha ha ha.

Hola, bueno esta navidad sabia que iria a la ciudad de Mexico de vacaciones, y comparado con Cancun hace mucho mas frio, asi que me previne y me teji una bufanda. es super larga y en las orillas en vez de ponerle los hilos colgantes de adorno, le hice unas bolitas, que al final parecian como unos deditos. :-)

The curios thing is that i went to a pretty cool crochet/knit yarn store, with different types of yarn all over the wall.. and there i was choosing some yarn, and somebody start asking questions about my scarf… and after i was showing everybody my easy to make scarf.. i think they like it.. and it felt really nice to hear nice comments about my work. cool eh.

Lo chistoso fue, que aunque no tengo mucho tiempo tejiendo, cuando fui a una tienda de estambres y agujas en mexico, donde tambien daban clases, muchas de las señoras que estaban ahi me preguntaron como habia hecho mi bufanda, creo que les gusto. y he de decir que se siente padre cuando te chulean tus cosas.

and here we are, my scarf and I in downtown Mexico City.
Y aquí estamos, mi bufanda y yo en el Centro Historico.

The Building in the back there is the Cathedral Metropolitan in Mexico City, After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Hernan Cortés began the construction of a Catholic church. In Mexico, the sacred ground of one religion often becomes the sacred ground of its successor. Cortés and his Spanish missionaries converted the Aztecs, tore down their temples, and used much of the stone to construct a church on this spot. The church they built was pulled down in 1628 while the present Metropolitan Cathedral was under construction. The building has sunk into the soft lake bottom beneath. The base of the facade is far from level and straight, and when one considers the weight of the immense towers, it’s no surprise. Permanent scaffolding is in place to stabilize the building.

Para la gente que no es de Mexico, el edificio que esta en la parte de atras de la foto, es la Catedral Metropolitana de la ciudad de Mexico, la cual despues de la conquista de la ciudad azteca de Tenochtitlan por los españoles, Hernan Cortés comenzo la construccion de una iglesia. En Mexico es comun que las areas sagradas de una religion a menudo se vuelven las de su consquistador o sucesor. Cortés y los misionarios españoles convirtieron a los Aztecas al catolisismo, destruyeron sus templos y usaron la piedra de estos templos para construir esta iglesia. Sin embargo esta fue destruiuda en 1628 para construir la actual Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico. Este edificio se ha hundido con el paso de lo años, pues debajo de el yacen los restos de un lago. La fachada esta a desnnivel y si consideramos el peso de las inmensas torres no es una sorpresa que esto pasara. Aunque ahora ha habiado varios trabajos para estabilizar la catedral.

While I was I was in Mexico city, I got to buy some things i needed for crafting and other things i din’t need but couldn’t let go like this yarn.

En mexico aproveche para comprar muchas cosas que me hacian falta y otras tantas que no me hacian falta pero que no podia dejar ir.

We also went to tepoztlan, a colonial town about half an hour from Mexico city, this is a magical town full of mysticism and tradition. It is said that this site has a positive energy force, which is why it draws hundreds of visitors during the spring equinox, as you walt along tepoztlan picturesque cobblestone streest you’ll see an important convent, museums and a lot of stores selling all kinds of crafts and esoteric items.
Fuimos a Tepoztlan, un lugar como a hora y media de la Ciudad de Mexico, este es un lugar magico lleno de misticismo y tradiciones. Se dice que tiene tal energia positiva, que atrae a muchisima gente durante el equinoxcio de primavera, que va a cargarse de buenas vibras. caminando en las empedradas calles pudimos ver un importante convento, creo que del sigo 16, varios museos, y muchas tiendas de artesanias y articulos esotericos.

In the city of Toluca, we visited the Cosmovitral, which is a botanical garden protected by stained glass walls. this walls includes 28 different colors of glass and is considered one of the largest artworks in the world. In the glass, Flores Valdes sought to depict his interpretation of time, movement and the contradictory phenomena taking place in matter, from a cosmogonic perception. The Cosmovitral is one of the world’s highest, largest and most spectacular works of art.

El Cosmovitral en el centro de la ciudad de Toluca, es un jardin botanico rodeado de vitrales al estilo Art Nouveau, este vitral es considerado uno de los más grandes trabajos artísticos del país y se dice es el más grande del mundo. Fue hecho por un artista toluquense, Leopoldo Flores Valdez.