Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gracias a la Vida

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto Me dio dos luceros, que cuando los abro, Perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco Y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado Y en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto Me ha dado el oído que en todo su ancho Graba noche y día, grillos y canarios, Martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos, Y la voz tan tierna de mi bien amado

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario; Con el las palabras que pienso y declaro: Madre, amigo, hermano, y luz alumbrando La ruta del alma del que estoy amando

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados; Con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos, Playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos, Y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto Me dio el corazón que agita su marco Cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano, Cuando miro al bueno tan lejos del malo, Cuando miro al fondo de tus ojos claros

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto Me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto, Los dos materiales que forman mi canto, Y el canto de ustedes que es mi mismo canto, Y el canto de todos que es mi propio canto Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto

World's Coolest Pools: Infinity and Beyond

The Travel Channel:

La Casa Que Canta


This freshwater infinity pool at La Casa Que Canta overlooks Mexico’s Zihuatanejo Bay and seems to overflow directly into it. Guests can easily get lost in thought gazing ahead at the amazing panoramic views seen from the perimeter of the main pool.

Conde Nast Books To Inspire

The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabaristas by Catriona Rainsford
In The Urban Circus: Travels with Mexico's Malabaristas, Catriona Rainsford writes about the country she made her home and the boyfriend she found there - one of the wandering Malabarista street performers of the title. It's a wild and extraordinary book which encompasses fire-juggling, peyote-taking, attacks by narco gangsters, even a spell in jail and deportation for the author. Highly recommended, but I'd rather read than live it.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hottest New Beach Hotels

Hotel El Ganzo Los Cabos, Mexico


This modern hotel atop a marina on the Sea of Cortés is a breath of fresh air in over-the-top Los Cabos. Its low-key cool comes through in the live musical performances by the likes of Damien Rice and curated art exhibits. Downstairs restaurant serves tlacoyo de pollo, a Mexican specialty, while the spa plays up regional botanicals such as agave-mezcal scrubs. Expect your room to feature an iPad, a Mexican tiled hot tub, and distressed-wood headboards and wall paneling.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What Does Your Front Door Say About You?

I love driving through Forest Heights up above NW Cornell. Beautiful homes built along winding streets with beautiful doors. Bridget A Otto writes that the front door color reveals character traits of the owner. 
  • Red: Tells the world to "look at me!" This bright color says you're not afraid of standing out or saying what's on your mind.
  • White: Says you prefer things that are organized, neat and clean. Even if your home isn't always this way, you wish it were.
  • Green: Tells the world that you have traditional values and enjoy being a member of the community.
  • Black: Says you're consistent, conservative and reserved in your manner as well as your approach to color. With a black door you're saying your design style is timeless rather than trendy.
  • Blue: Tells people you are naturally at ease in most situations and people are attracted to your easygoing personality.
  • Yellow: Says you have a personality similar to green, but a bit less traditional. You're most likely a leader or organizer of a group.
  • Purple: Reveals a "free-spirited" person who is comfortable taking risks, thinking differently and dreaming big.
We have a black door greeting visitors and I would say that's pretty accurate. I wonder if Bridget Otto has a purple door.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

In Bed At Night, I Listen to the Waves

People that build their houses inland,
   People that buy a plot of ground
Shaped like a house, and build a house there,
   Far from the sea-board, far from the sound

Of water sucking the hollow ledges,
   Tons of water striking the shore,--
What do they long for, as I long for
   One salt smell of the sea once more?

People the waves have not awakened,
   Spanking the boats at the harbour's head,
What do they long for, as I long for,--
   Starting up in my inland bed,

Beating the narrow walls, and finding
   Neither a window nor a door,
Screaming to God for death by drowning,--
   One salt taste of the sea once more?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TRAVEL + LEISURE Picks Chapultepec Park

World's Most Beautiful City Parks includes Chapultepec Park, Mexico City:

Aztec rulers once used the area of Chapultepec Park as a retreat, and it’s still a place of relaxation and rejuvenation today. You can visit the Baths of Moctezuma—a series of Aztec-built waterfalls and canals—and check out the sprawling green space on a Segway tour. Locals come here to picnic, play, and explore the zoo and museums, which are free on Sundays.

Monday, June 3, 2013


Best Breakfasts Around the World includes

Wayané, Mérida, Mexico


Yucatecans believe that the biggest meal of the day should be the first. So they arrive in droves to this corner stand come seven in the morning for addictive tacos such as chaya con huevos (eggs with chaya leaf) and castakan (twice-fried pork belly).