San Cristobal de las Casas ("San-Cris" hereafter) is quite pretty with no more rain and blue sky every day.
It's a small city with a lot of Mayan people around and everything is within walking distance.
My hostel - El Hostalito - is very cozy and I've been cruising around and eating (again) since I came here.
The below are some of the things that I've done or thought that it's very Mexican;
1. Skulls & Skeletons
Closely related to goddess Mictecacihuatl of the Aztec civilization as well as to represent Mexican people's ancestors, these skulls and skeletons are everywhere in Mexico.
Many people probably find it creepy, whereas I find it very peculiar to Mexico. I never saw this custom anywhere else in Central America, but only in Mexico.
Every time I see these skulls or skeletons, they simply make me feel that "I am in Mexicooooooo!"
2. Aliens & Chupacaburas
Do I believe that they really exist? I used to, but not anymore.
A funny thing in Mexico is that both aliens and Chupacaburas have almost become like famous cartoon-characters. You see them as an ornament in front of a shop or somebody wearing a T-shirt with them printed on it.
Although Chupacaburas are said to have been first reported in Puerto Rico, these two urban-myth creatures are very Mexican to me.
3. Tacos & Hot Sauce
You can never ever claim that you've been to Mexico without trying Tacos on streets.
One of the main reasons why I came back to Mexico (besides surfing) is because I love cheap but real good Mexican food such as Tacos, Guacamole, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, etc. with a variety of hot sauces (some of them are fiery!).
There are plenty of Taco-stands in San-Cris and the one I liked the most was run by two young boys as pictured below.
They put a piece of pineapple on top of a Taco which might not be an authentic Taco, but it tastes superb! And it's only MXN7.00 (about USD 0.50) for one Taco. Unreal!
4. Mexican Chocolate
Yes, I am a confirmed chocoholic and chocolate is actually running through my blood vessels.
Very fortunately, Mexico is where true cacao is made and this is the place I can indulge myself.
The photo below shows the home-made brownie made by one of the staff-members at El Hostalito.
She gave this fresh warm brownie to me when I was having dinner one night.
She apparently bought cacao beans in a market, roasted them, took the shells away and so on, doing everything by herself and this amazing brownie came out of the oven in the end. All natural and it was Sooooo Goooood!
5. Salsa Nights
I met Reuben (from Spain) and Martin (from Argentina) at El Hostalito.
Reuben is a serious cyclist, he started cycling from Ushuaia in Argentina all the way up to here in San-Cris for the past months and he will continue cycling north till he reaches LA. Is his prostate Okay??
Martin is a lawyer in Buenos Aires, he is now taking some time off travelling and partying around Mexico before he flies to Cuba in December.
Reuben is a quiet guy. Whereas, Martin is very outgoing and talkative.
Three of us went out one night to La Revolución, a famous Cuban-style bar in the middle of San-Cris, and as soon as we sat in the bar, Martin started talking to three Mexican women who were sitting next to us.
Martin somehow hit it off right away with them and the women asked us for dinner the next day.
It all happened so quickly and I was just stunned....
The next day we did go out with them for dinner. Just dinner, I swear! Though Martin had a couple of Johnnies in his pocket just in case : )