Voladores de Papantla – A Dangerous Mexican Dance Ritual

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The “Voladores de Papantla” (Papantla Flyers) or Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers) is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still performed in Mexico today.

The ritual consists of a dance and usually five voladores (flyers), sometimes called hombres pajaro (bird men), climb to the top of a pole of up to 150 feet or 45 meters in height, launch themselves from it and slowly descend circling the pole with ropes tied to their feet. The fifth volador remains on the top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum.  Continue reading

Beet, Grape & Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie sure is good looking, really tasty and super healthy.  Green tea benefits have been scientifically proven and are continuing to be researched as researchers rave about their findings.  Continue reading

This Week’s Small Pleasures #28


This week started by me flying to my hometown, Mexico City. It was a very good week.  Today we are having a family gathering where I’ll get to see the whole crazy family (uncles, aunts, cousins, etc). I haven’t been able to attend one of these in a while since I’ve been living abroad for a while; it shall be interesting and fun. Now onto a few of my small pleasures of the week: Continue reading

Christmas Around The World

Moon over Prague Christmas Market

Moon over Prague Christmas Market by Seb Duggan

I love Christmas time, don’t you? I know there is a lot of commercialization around it, which I don’t like but I can’t help myself feeling joy inside as I am surrounded by Christmas lights and even the December chill and wearing boots and coats and eating really deliciously and giving gifts. Ok, I admit I also enjoy receiving gifts. Oh and of course Christmas trees! There is something just so wonderful about having a real tree in your home.

I also like the feeling around Christmas, I feel like people exude a really joyful energy around town.  Continue reading

Magical Portland in The Winter

portland night christmas winter

When we first arrived to Oregon last year, we had come from a very long trip from India and we were planning to stay temporarily. Our finances were also pretty tight. This year we find ourselves living in the country about 35 miles from the city of Portland which we have been visiting every weekend for a few weeks.

Portland during the holidays is pretty magical. They have a giant Christmas tree at the heart of Portland, the Pioneer Courthouse Square, they have lights on the trees, people are joyful and out and about and movie theaters are playing old and new Christmas movies.

You can get a glimpse of this magic with the photos below: Continue reading

Cucumber Mint and Honeydew Smoothie

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I love cucumber in smoothies, they add a real freshness to it, add some lime and mint leaves (amongst other things) and you’ve got yourself a super refreshing and nutritional concoction.  Continue reading

What’s In My Bag When I Travel By Air


I have traveled by air countless times, and I have figured out everything I need to survive it happily. I am actually flying today (PDX-IAH-MEX) so you can find out in detail what’s in my bag.  Continue reading