+ Tienda Q 005 | Tienda Q – design shop in Oaxaca

Tienda Q – design shop in Oaxaca

Oaxaca – the name rings memory of strong presence. Everything, everywhere is bold. From the culinary, to the colors and even to the shopping! Introducing the Tienda Q design shop in Oaxaca, straddling the line between gallery & boutique.

It is both a gallery and concept store. – showcasing local designers, beautiful handmade clothing, basketry, jewelry, handbags and more.

The more is in the artworks adorning the mediums sized store. A store which may have been, or could become a gallery. On our visit, an installation of stone hand mills was laid throughout an inner courtyard.

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+ Hotel Escondido 042 | Hotel Escondido in Oaxaca

Hotel Escondido in Oaxaca

Escape to the Hotel Escondido Oaxaca Mexico. The hotel is alluring, the rooms beyond private, the beach empty and the vibe … a bit corporate. If you manage your stay in advance; you can experience lovely abandon.

While the rooms are comfortable and private; the consumables can be a bit bland. Luckily, as you are in Oaxaca, it is easy to bring your own!

Beach & Bungalows

The true attractions of Hotel Escondido Oaxaca Mexico are the beach and the bungalows.

First the beach: A perfect, empty expanse of sun & warm ocean. You look left – nothing. You look right – nothing. You look out – nothing. Aside from a few other tanning bodies; you have the world to yourself.

Second the bungalows: Spacious and private, you enjoy your own plunge pool and hammocks. Sliding doors pull wide letting in air and the delicious smells of the warm beach scrub.

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+ Owl Cafe 024b | Owl Cafe Tokyo

Owl Cafe Tokyo

Not far from Shinjuku train station, we find the Owl Cafe Tokyo perched in a petite 5th floor studio apartment of a modest building. In a quintessential Japanese moment, we find 8 types of owls eyeing us while we sip tea.

The words Owl Cafe as often end with a “?” as a “.” What qualifies this as a cafe is because you are paying for the tea, not completely mesmerizing and delightful experience of hanging out with OWLS !!!

Book in advance; there is very limited space and availability in this owl rescue.

There are 10 minutes where you are stared at and scrutinized; judged and inspected. Warily watched, your movements noted. Then you are rewarded with a moment to treasure.

mini spotted owl at Owl Cafe Tokyo
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+ Kinkaku Ji 036 | Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺 –  Kyōto

Kinkaku-ji 金閣寺 – Kyōto

Traveling is both escape and search to see what there is to see; to live in another’s world. And sometimes – when we are lucky – to understand exactly what the human being is capable of. The Golden Temple in Kyoto shows us human potential.

Kinkaku-ji is one of the transcendental places on the planet; where the bar for your understanding of human capability rises. Everything else that has come before is simply … inferior. Imagine what the world would be like, if we all had the will of the Japanese?

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The Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan) is, at its simplest, a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect. Not so simple is the idea that it is completely covered in gold leaf, and perches in the middle of a large pond.

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+ Limosneros 00000 | Limosneros – CDMX

Limosneros – CDMX

Limosneros (lit. Beggars in Spanish), is in the middle of, and possibly the best restaurant in, downtown CDMX. It is a lively crossing ground for multiple types of Mexican cuisine.

Chef Atzin Santos deploys a tasting menu, taco menu and an a la carte menu. We appreciate the flexibility as one does not always want a full set menu. The cuisine likewise ranges from the experimental (see the Fresh raw tuna) to the comfortable classics.

Chilpachole bowl of Soup making Limosneros the best restaurant in downtown cdmx
Chilpachole is made up of native corn and contains chiltepin mayonnaise, ranch cheese and baby corn – photo © Limosneros
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