After seeing firsthand the difference the equivalent of $100 makes to women living in the small communities outside of Oaxaca, I will never look at (or thoughtlessly spend) money the same way again.
My friend Lupita is 43, widowed and raising three teenaged boys on her own in the small community of Teotitlán del Valle. She has been weaving tapetes since she was 12, and her boys also weave when they are not at school, as is the tradition in this village. Read more
I learned to make chocolate in my first week in Oaxaca; I am all about learning the essential skills! Obviously, it is a very important ability to have anywhere, but especially in Mexico, where chocolate was originally created, and where it still plays a very important role in daily life, festivals and celebrations.
Chocolate was a key element in both Mayan and Aztec royal and religious events, and its earliest documented use dates back to 1100 BC. Read more
As Swiss trains are so punctual, if you have time, a stopover in Zürich means that you do not necessarily have to stay at the airport.
Check in your bag if it’s not already checked through to your destination, and then if you want, also leave extra luggage at the left luggage counter (4CHF) so you can walk about with only your essentials. Read more