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TEPOZTLAN MEXICO: A Weekend with Friends in Tepoztlan

A Weekend with Friends in Tepoztlan Mexico

We were enjoying a get away to see our friends in Mexico City for a week, and enjoyed a "Mexican village" feel for a weekend in Tepoztlan, which is a few hours drive from Mexico City.

When we left the big metropolis, small country towns gave our drive another perspective. It reminded me of county towns in Thailand, especially the small "mom and pop" style restaurant which we stopped off to have breakfast at.

Tepoztlan is a town which has visitors from Mexico City coming for quick visits, as we were doing.

photo: internet photo

 I feel this town  is trying to present itself as a bohemian artsy town where one can stroll down the main street and get a massage, see artisan shops, eat vegetarian food at a Krishna Awareness owned restaurant ( as we did),
go to a tea house which is decorated in a way which is interpreted how a "chaikhane" in Central Asia or some place in the Middle East is like, and a historical landmark on top of a mountain, which people climb up to and enjoy. 
 We stayed at a locally run boutique guest house for the nights, which had a garden where we shared a bottle of wine, conversation, and even shared some marijuana together!

We drove a bit further, and visited a local spa for gay males, called Tepozspa.
photo: internet photos

our photo

The place has nice gardens, an out door and indoor hot tub, a central pool area and a bar for drinks where one could congregate with other guys and friends.

Inside the building a steam sauna and dry sauna, and the ubiquitous dark room, and private rooms for those who have the urge to know their new found friend/s more intimately.

When I submersed  myself in the hot tub, I felt like I just wanted to stay in there the whole time we were at the spa.

It was a perfect weekend get away to have quality time with our Mexico City friends, and a great way to relax and unwind from the day to day events.

All in all, the town is fun to experience as a getaway, but from my opinion, it is a one time visit, as there are many other places to experience and explore around Mexico.

SOUTH AFRICA : Guys' road trip adventures in Durban, Nelspruit and Hibiscus Coast (Margate and Oribi Gorge)

Guys' Road Trip in Durban, Nelspruit and Hibiscus Coast (Margate and Oribi Gorge) via Swaziland and Mozambique

After saying our goodbyes to our wonderful Mozambique friends and our French host, we made our way on our guys' trip through Swaziland to Durban and the south Coast areas in South Africa.

It definitely was not a monotonous voyage as we stopped off for fun local food, local ( Mozambique! ) beer and other goodies before crossing the border into Swaziland. We got some extra beer and drinks as we quickly learned how to give "dash" to the border people and soldiers along the trip. Our vehicle was searched by these several times at checkpoints along the trip.

Driving on a road which passes all kinds of farm land with goats and cattle many times in the road, in only a few hours time we came across this sign:

Durban's famous Victoria Market was a favourite haunt of ours, and it was fun to re visit the spice market, and see other things there.

Durban has a large Indian population, and we had our opportunities to experience local Indian food, Durban Style.

Our friend's sister was a manager at a large hotel near the sea in Durban, so we got a nice, water view room on a higher floor in the hotel.

After Durban, we drove across the coast to the 
coast to a seaside town named Margate. We rented a nice flat in that town and had fun with more South African friends who also lived in that area. Wine, beer and dinner parties, bath tub fun and laughter!

We both particularly enjoyed waking up before everyone else and had a stroll by the sea, and breakfast in a fun restaurant by the seaside. The waitress was very kind to us and helped us nicely.

Photo: One of our parties with the guys! fun!

Chris went zip lining across Oribi Gorge with the other guys, which is at a game reserve. I was so very scared of heights and was not at all going to be on a zip line.

I walked over a suspension bridge which wiggled and swayed over the gorge instead. I never looked down below me.

On our drive around the game reserve, we marveled over the animals which were roaming around or in packs together on the plains.

Another real treat was to meet our friend's mother and her husband. They lived in a township area nearby.  It was a pleasure to be invited to a nice dinner cooked by our friend's mother, special for us, at her home. I real rare treat for us to have this opportunity!

This trip to the south coast whet our appetite to return along this area near Margate. There are many holidaymaker towns along the coast which we would love to experience more. Since we have friends who live in the area, we shall with certainty be re visiting again!

SOUTH AFRICA: Experiences in Johannesburg's Townships and Suburbs from our eyes

South Africa:  Experiences in Johannesburg's Townships and Suburbs from our eyes

Johannesburg has a reputation. It's character and history have made it the city that it is. So many people call Johannesburg home. We had the opportunity to experience staying with our gracious African friends in their lovely home in the nearby suburbs of Johannesburg called Brakenhurst,  Alberton. It is a more upscale neighbourhood where homes have high walls, each home has a security system with electric wire fence to make their fortress safe.

 Our friends told us that the insurance company makes everyone do that. Our friends were discriminated by the White neighbours before they moved in, but the landlady is a lawyer, so everyone is quiet now.

Our friends collected us from the airport and took us to their home which had been decorated specially in honour of our visit. We were treated like Zulu kings!

 Flower petals were greeting us at the door step, and a lavish lunch waiting for us! 

 We connected with them so perfectly and we have a wonderful relationship! By hanging around and helping in the kitchen I even learned some local cooking secrets! 

We had really fun dinner parties with a local celebrity showing up!

We will also share our experiences with our opportunity to see the townships. Famous ones like Soweto, and also Katlehong, and an estate living place called The Falls Lifestyle Estate, which is in Johannesburg.

Some friends are living there too, where we had dinner together.

Katlehong is a township which has a fun dance club called Hurricane. 

 The atmosphere was groove, and everyone there was enjoying and very kind-  I was the only European guy there but was received with kindness and handshakes and pats on the back, and smiles! 

There are other clubs nearby which we only peered our heads into, as it was already so late for us, but we promise to come back and enjoy them next visit.

Soweto is a very lively and avant garde neighbourhood now.
Many of the people there were of the younger fashionable crowd, and progressive, as we were holding hands together ( men holding hands openly) and we didn't get stared at.

Our visit to this area was very short but sweet and a wonderful introduction which whets our appetite to explore more intimately Johannesburg city as well as more of the surrounding townships and regions! Can't wait to return again!