Travel + Leisure Sightskipping
T and L had a cool article last year that deeply resonated with me- and I expect it will with many of our Authentic Mexico Travel guests. The idea was this counterintuitive idea to travel that meakes all the difference in the world in truly experiencing a place. As I read this article waiting in the dentists office, I realized that it was describing exactly how I move around when I am scoping out a place for our trips. The article apeared as “In Praise of Sightskipping” in T+L Magazine.
So they had these ten or so pointers for those who are tired of traditional travel approaches and canned tours (we have discarded that word at ATM) and act differently in other places.
Rule #1 for Sightskippers
I am going to make my own list–and borrow a few from Travel and Leisure as well. The first is simple:
Walk the Streets
The way I often do this is to get up a bit early and head out to find some coffee and something to eat. I just walk around naively and speak to people here and there. I cannot recall the number of times I have been invited into cafes that are not yet open –and even into homes as women are getting early day breads or tortillas prepared.
One place I love I discovered at 6a one morning on a back street in Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico. I saw a small sign scrawled with “desayunos” (beakfast) and this got my attention. I saw through a door a stern looking but affable lady squashing out some tlayoyos- a local empanada type thing with peas on the inside and flavored with avacado leaf. So I said hi and asked if she had any coffee and so began a friendship with one of the traditional cooks in Cuetzalan.