This year, my family desired to escape the freezing arctic temperatures of the east coast and explore foreign cultures. We allotted the time to spend Christmas and the first week of my month-long break in Mexico. No, I’m not talking about the all-inclusive experience, swimming with dolphins, eating at restaurants where the margaritas are as big as your head, and a vast American tourist sitting next to you with a ferocious sunburn rendering him redder than a tomato. I’m talking about a real experience where you can genuinely lose yourself. My father, being the experience-seeking, wildman he is, decided that we would begin our journey by flying to Cancun. Then we took a local plane to Tuxtli in Chiapas, a winding car ride through the mountains to the ruins of Palenque, and finally a fourteen-hour public bus back to the coast to Tulum. Despite the never-ending, exhausting travel, my family was able to see many different towns, unique styles of art, experience regional cultures, and–most importantly– indulge in traditional cuisine.
We were trying everything and anything without fail, from spicy chili-covered mango candies and grasshopper tacos in San Cristobal. We tasted to hard-boiled egg enchiladas covered in pumpkin sauce and pineapple chili ice cream bars in Valladolid. Lengua (tongue) and Cabeza de Puerco (pig head) tacos were a delightful treat! We ate our way through Mexico. Everything we tried was delicious with the exception of some tripe tacos from a street cart that was vetoed by my brother and father. T
Mexico is comprised of 31 states each featuring different foods, cultures, art, and fashions. Through my dad’s desire only to spend two nights in each town and jump around countless times, we were able to munch on foods from Oaxaca, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Poblano and more. Along with eating well, we were exposed to breathtaking views of the sun setting over San Cristobal as we stood at a hilltop Church on Christmas Eve, free dive in Cenote after Cenote in the areas surrounding Tulum and snorkel in areas unique for their mixed salt and freshwater lagoons. A fantastic trip that I am sad to leave but glad to have had the opportunity to experience and share with friends.
So enough of my humble brags here is the best part shared through a mouthwatering collection of poorly shot iPhone pictures…I introduce to you THE FOOD.
I'm Avery. I am a senior at Princeton High School and will be attending NYU next year. I am most passionate about travelling and experiencing the world through its different cultures and unique foods. I am constantly on the hunt for new restaurants, beautiful views, and fun experiences and am always willing to try new things and up and coming NOMS.
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