Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Building a Sukkah

This past week was Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles, a holiday to which we "nomads" feel remarkably attached. To commemorate the holiday, and finally take advantage of our little courtyard, we built a sukkah. Take a look:

Monday, September 27, 2010

The ReLaunch of Tiyulon (part 3)

One final post on our transition into the new Tiyulon website.

We are currently in the process of permanently moving all the posts from our satellite websites back onto this blog.

The past couple of years after the Big Trip that started it all, we got a little scattered with putting up the tips. By trying to be more organized we drove ourselves nuts and ultimately became less efficient. So in order to retrieve our sanity and continue with our commitment to this blog, we are moving all of the tips back onto the blog.

You can find the tips under the Tips heading at the top of the page. As usual they are organized by country. You can also use our handy new search box on the right hand side!

Tell us: are you finding these changes useful? what tips would you like to see added?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Where the City Ends

At the northern end of Guadalajara, the city, literally, ends. The road dead ends into a community garden where people come to picnic and see this view:


To visit: Parque Mirador Independencia; Take Independencia Norte all the way, 2 pesos entrance.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Driving from the U.S. to Mexico: Do's and Don'ts

DO go to AAA and get a map of Mexico for free. If you're not a member, tell them it's for your Dad who is.

DON'T expect the map you just got to have details on the roads you actually need.

DO get a GPS map for Mexico.

DON'T expect it to be right; you might find yourself driving off a cliff.

DO watch the road, and try to pick up a few words in Spanish so you can ask directions.

DON'T drive at night; no need to be a dummy.

DO take the toll roads (cuota) whenever possible; yes they are that much better, and they have "Green Angels" (road crew) that will pick you up if you get stuck.

DON'T forget to calculate the time you will spend at the border into your driving time; it is busy there at all hours of the day and night, and if it's not busy there is only one sleepy guard working.

DO fill up gas when you're on the outskirts of a town and there are 4 gas stations in a row; that means you are entering several hours of desert(-ed) roads.

DON'T freak out when stopped by a federal police officer; he might just be checking the car permit you got at the border. But keep some baksheesh on hand.

DO try to enjoy it! You can always stay a night on the way and get there mañana!

**Please check the State Department travel advisory warnings regarding your desired route; at the moment several border towns should be avoided.

Read about our first time driving: HERE.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The ReLaunch of Tiyulon (part 2)

As part of our effort to renew the site, we will also be introducing new features!

Previously, all requests regarding packing and gear, reading materials, day to day tips and current-events related questions were answered via personal email. So we've decided to share the wealth with the rest of our (sometimes timid) readership.

With that said, here are some of the new features to the blog:

Gear Reviews- we'll be sharing the stuff we have used successfully on our trips, with particular emphasis on articles that have held up through multiple journeys.

Movie Reviews- one of the best ways to prepare for a trip, in our opinion, is to get to know the culture and stories through film. Therefore we will make a concerted effort to share those movies that reflect more than a good story; an emotional preparation, if you will.

Tips, Tips, Tips- based on the questions YOU email us, and our experience as professional "googlers". We'll be putting special attention on online resources.

and last but certainly not least, our inspiration:

Book Reviews- like the movie reviews, these will focus on trip-enhancing reads, to ponder before or take on the road.

As always, we have several trips planned in the coming months that we will be blogging about, as well as mounds of tips that are as of yet unpublished.

Stay Tuned!

<3 D&M

Friday, September 17, 2010

Get This-

The country of mañana celebrates it's independence a day early, and then uses the actual day to get over the hangover!!!

What can we say? The bicentennial was a bust. Apparently a large majority of the funds stayed in D.F. and basically we were duped. We saw it on t.v. and it was kind of good but not really. We were invited to a couple of parties, but it was too much of a hassle to get around the city- so we celebrated from the couch.

I'm eerily reminded of the millennium celebrations...too much security and not enough fun...

And if you want to read more, M found an article which really sums it up: A night to remember, and to forget

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Mexican Bicentennial !!!

 so take yourself a holiday!

Have yourself a margarita Thursday, 
And celebrate MEXICO's happy Birthday!

Since Independence 200 years,
and 100 of those since the Revolution gears!

But no more time for rhymin',
It's time to get jivin'!!!!

We'll be sharing news of the festivities soon, so see you then!

*We're also taking tomorrow off, and we'll see you Monday!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

99 cent Travel Experience

One of the best ways to get to know a new country is through its food. Generally speaking, we try to stick to local fare while we are traveling, because you can always get Micky D's fries at home.

For those on a budget, however, going out to eat three meals a day for the duration of travel might be a little on the pricey side. So how do you still get that "ooo-this-is-something-I've-never-tried" experience?

The Grocery Store: almost every place has at least a mini-mart. Go in, walk around and you are bound to find something you've never seen or tried before (unless you are Anthony Bordain. maybe). And when you doubt yourself and think that you might not like it, tell yourself: It's an Experience. And spend that 99 cents and try it out. Because even if you don't like it, it was a lot less than that museum the guidebook conned you into going to, and you didn't like that either!

That's how we discovered the oh-so-delicious-when-fried Jackfruit! Yum!

What kooky foods have you tried while abroad? Any other ideas for foodies on a budget?

Monday, September 13, 2010

The ReLaunch of Tiyulon (part 1)

As some of our readers might have noticed, we decided to update our oh-so-2008 styled blog and bring it into the second decade of the millennium with some renewed class, or ya know, we were getting bored of it.

So a quick tour of our new features:

Navigation bar (top of the page) - so you can access the information you're looking for without drowning in our archives.

Reaction buttons (under each post) - let us know what you think, even when you're too lazy to write a comment.

Pictures embedded in posts- so you don't have to navigate away from the site. :-)

As always, your comments motivate us to keep on blogging. So let us know what you'd like to hear about and see in the next batch of posts!

And tell us, what do you think of our changes? Good-to-Go or Totally-Lame-O

Until next time,

Friday, September 10, 2010

Changes and Inspiration

If you're reading this post, that means you're visiting our blog (or rss) and for that we thank you!

As another school year commences, (at least for those that didn't start two months ago), we have decided to re-commit to the blog*.

So to start us off, some inspiration:

Changes coming soon!

*By re-committing, we are going to try to post three times a week, every week, and take it from there. :-)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shana Tova!

To our Friends and Family,

Shana Tova U'Metukah!!!

Much love,
D & M