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The Tequila Files is back

July 5, 2013

After nine amazing weeks, I’m back in the tierra mojada of Guadalajara once again. Stay tuned for more Mexican news coming shortly.

In the meantime, here’s a brief update of what I’ve been up to for the last couple of months.

First of all, I spent a week with my other half in Marrakesh. We rode camels, hiked in the Atlas Mountains, saw a load of exotic animals and enjoyed the wonderful and extremely cheap local cuisine.

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Should you ever visit Marrakesh then I highly recommend Hotel Atlas. It’s just a minute’s walk from Jamaa el Fna (the main square in the Medina), has very friendly multilingual staff, serves great food and has double rooms available for just €16 per night. There’s also a pet tortoise that lives on the roof terrace to keep you company during meal times.

After Morocco it was off to Italy for a couple of weeks. The change in prices was not insignificant, meaning we stayed mostly in campsites as even the hostels proved too pricey for us.

However, before finding out about the inexpensive Camping Plus chain, we spent the first two nights in Rome at an apartment arranged by the owners of the Residenza Fermi B&B. They were incredibly accommodating and I would highly recommend getting in touch if you are looking for somewhere to stay.

After a few days in Rome we spent a week in Florence. The former had better weather but the latter had nicer food and was generally a more pleasant place in my opinion.

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We then took a brief trip to Venice, where we were luckily enough to enjoy some really sunny weather before arriving in France, where it ranged from six to nine degrees Celsius on our first day and did not stop raining. A far cry from the sunny climes of Mexico for sure.

Nevertheless, Paris was one of our favourite places. We did all the usual tourist fare, as well as descending into the city’s enormous labyrinth of catacombs and meeting up with some friends from Mexico to watch Bayern do what they really, really should have done last year in the Champions League final.

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After that, it was back home to Blighty for a month. We spent most of our time catching up with old friends between Horsham, London and Brighton — plus a few days in the Lake District with la familia and five days at Glastonbury, the world’s greatest music festival.

The Rolling Stones grabbed all the headlines but the undoubted highlight of Glastonbury for me was seeing the self-proclaimed “Rolling Stones of the rap game” Public Enemy. Despite Flava Flav being absent due to “immigration bullshit,” Chuck D and his virtuoso live band put on an astounding hit-filled show. It was a loud, powerful and politically charged performance, vindicating those, like myself, who consider Public Enemy the greatest hip-hop act of all time.

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Other highlights included Friday night headliners Arctic Monkeys and a little-known free jazz band from Guadalajara called Troker – the first Tapatatio act to play at Glastonbury if I’m not mistaken (watch out for more on them in an upcoming feature).

Prior to Glasto, I also fitted in time to catch The Stone Roses for the third time in 12 months at Finsbury Park, and my bro took us for a 110-miles-per-hour spin around Brands Hatch (a former Formula One circuit) in his Caterham. To misquote Ricky Gervais, el adrenalin did flow.

Now, having eaten enough English pub classics (if any readers have never tried the wondrous toad in the hole then your lives are not complete) to last me for the rest of 2013, and trafficked industrial quantities of English breakfast tea across the Atlantic, I’m back in the GDL.

Once the jet-lag passes I will try to get back to providing regular news and features for all those feeling starved of Guadalajara-related updates.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2013 20:02

    Welcome home… glad you are back! Missed your reporting.

  2. July 6, 2013 02:14

    Thanks Victoria. Hope all is well.

  3. July 6, 2013 02:45

    i would love to do a trip like yours but it must cost $20k at least! How do you do it?
    cathy

  4. July 6, 2013 03:58

    It really doesn’t have to be that expensive, if you don’t mind roughing it a bit. The trans-Atlantic flight was the most expensive part but the flights across Europe cost from $50 to $100 each way with Ryan Air. Everything in Morocco was really cheap but France and Italy was pretty expensive. The Camping Plus sites across Italy only cost about $12 per night and they were actually nicer than some of the hostels I’ve stayed in. The tents had locks on the doors and real beds inside, while the campsites had swimming pools, restaurants and mini supermarkets etc.

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