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    The Yellow Church

    The Yellow Church

    One of the many beautiful churches in Campeche, Mexico. Brings you back in time. Iglesia del Dulce Nombre de Jesus. This church was originally established to administer the sacrament to the indigenous, mulato, mestizo and black population of Campeche in the 16th century. In June 1685 the church was partially burned down during a city-wide pirate attack. It was later restored. 

     

    99 Problems and Pirates were One of Them

    99 Problems and Pirates were One of Them

    Imagine running up to this corner turret in 1663 and sticking your rifle through the tiny hole. 💥 Boom! Your desperately firing shots at the fast approaching pirates who have big dollar signs in their eyes. The pirates have one mission, to raid the City of Campeche of all its wealth. The 150-strong Spanish militia was no match to the 1,000 pirates running up the shore. After a 2-hour long battle, the Spanish officials finally surrendered. Today, Campeche has conserved a large amount of the original perimeter wall that once fortified the old Spanish town. This is a must see if you are ever in Campeche. Photo credit goes to Chris Hancock.

    A Must Try Dish - Trust Me

    A Must Try Dish - Trust Me

    At first glance this might not look all that appetizing but you’d be terribly mistaken. Platanos fritos con queso y crema. Top 5 favorite dishes of all time without a doubt. Fried plantains with cream (not sour cream) and panela cheese. A great antojito you can find at Cafe La Fuente, Ciudad del Carmen.

    The Pyramid of the Magician

    Growing up, my brother and I had endless fun climbing Mayan pyramids top to bottom acting out mock sacrifices. This was back in the day when they still permitted you to walk up the ruins. It was a giant playground. Over the years, we have visited the ruins of Uxmal many times. At the center of Uxmal is the structure in this photo which is named “The Pyramid of the Magician.” Most fascinating is the legend behind how this pyramid was built.

    The legend tells the story of a dwarf magician. It begins with an old woman who had no children. One day this woman found a very special egg. She covered the egg with a cloth and placed it in the corner of her house. The egg eventually hatched and a little boy lay beside it. The old lady was overjoyed and cared for the child as he grew up. The boy was very intelligent but one day the boy stopped growing. The mother however knew the boy was destined to become a great king regardless of his small stature. So the mother instructed the dwarf to go and challenge the king to prove his strength. After completing several challenges successfully, the king ordered him to construct a building taller than anything else in the city and if he failed, he would be executed. He ran home terrified of the impossible task ahead. To everyone’s surprise, the morning came and the dwarf had completed the task in only one night. What they saw was the pyramid in this photo, taller than anything they had ever seen before. Soon after, the dwarf was declared the new king of Uxmal. That is the legend behind el “Piramide del Adivino.”

     

    6 things you can find on a Mexican Snack Cart

    The Mexican snack cart. Tamarindo push candies, chiclets (gum), nance (the jar with yellow fruit in it), pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds), chicharrones with chilli sauce (fried pig skin crisps), mango slices with lime and chilli powder. Que mas? What else is on this cart? My personal favorite in this photo are the “huayas” (the green round fruit on the right). Crack the outer green shell and throw the slimey ball into your mouth and you’ll get a sweet and sour treat. Basically a sour skittle in its natural form. If skittles grew on trees.

    Mexican snack cart with fruit, candies, chips and more