May 30, 2008

Grutas Tziranda

The Grutas Tziranda are a really interesting site. We were at the Monarch butterfly sanctuary and decided to stop by the caves on the way back to Morelia. They are located just south of Ciudad Hidalgo off Highway 15. If you are heading south, you will have to make a right onto a dirt road and follow that for several minutes. The caves were formed from thousands of years of runoff water and are primarily limestone. The composition varies a lot within the cave: fossilized roots, smooth limestone pearls and other strange looking formations. A guided tour takes about 20 minutes. It's a nice natural picnic site as well.

May 29, 2008

Costco Outlets

Ever wonder what happens to Costco items that are: a) discontinued, b) opened packaging, or c) damaged packaging. It appears they sell off these items to various vendors. These Costco "outlets" carry everything from appliances, food, furniture, clothing and electronics. There are two outlets that I know of. One is on Abasolo near Muniz and the other is on 20 de Noviembre just west of the Tu Plaza. The Abasolo location carries more clothing than 20 de Noviembre, although I've seen complete skateboards and golf balls for super cheap at the latter. Just remember that the inventory changes from day to day. Once it's gone, it's pretty much gone for good so drop in often to get the deals!

May 28, 2008

Skateboard Park

Morelia is about the farthest thing away from a good city for skating. You'd be pretty hard pressed to find smooth ground let alone good spots anywhere in the city. Surprisingly, the city of Morelia or some other government branch has allocated space for a skate park in Bosque Cuauhtemoc. Unfortunately, it's far from good. Pretty much all the obstacles are made of slippery plastic (similar to hockey rink boards but thicker). There are holes in the majority of the ramps, ledges that look like they ran out of building material, cracks all over the cement ground, nails and screws sticking out of everything. Skating, in general, is a difficult activity to do but it's even tougher when you have these other hazards to worry about. I give this park a rating of 1/10.

May 27, 2008


This poor tree in DF near the Zocalo is covered in gum.

May 26, 2008

Body Shop/Car Repair

At the Auto Lavado car wash on Av Ventura Puente 1543 (ph: 324-6443) is a great body shop. Our car had scratches and dents on the back bumper, a bit of a crunch above the left rear wheel well and some jackasses keyed half the length of our car on both sides. Mach Paint fixed everything. Pacheco was our contact there and he was very fast and did great work. The prices was excellent... half of what the Ford dealership on Madero quoted me. I highly recommend.

May 23, 2008

House Skateboard Shop

This is a great little skate shop in Morelia. It stocks everything a skater could possibly need. It is located close to where Acueducto meets Madero.

May 21, 2008

Noise Pollution

Morelians seem to have a high tolerance for noise. Firecrackers and/or fireworks at any time during the night, gas trucks blasting their jingle, cars with megaphones driving around blasting ads or propaganda, shoe stores with giant speakers blasting music to get your attention, marching band celebrating a soccer win at 1AM.

May 20, 2008

066 Emergency

This is the 911 of Mexico. Have an emergency, call 066!

May 19, 2008

The Best Route: Morelia to Queretero

When we first arrived in Mexico, the driving was pretty smooth for the most part until we got to Celaya. The stretch from there to Acambaro to Morelia was absolutely brutal. Rural towns with giant speed bumps scraping the bottom of our car regardless how slow we went, single lane snail pace, windy roads, terrible signage. No longer! The construction on Highway 43D Cuota from Morelia to Salamanca was completed earlier this year and it was a breeze to navigate. Then it's just east toward Celaya and Queretero. Super fast, super convenient.

May 18, 2008


An abandoned house made primarily of mud bricks.

May 10, 2008

Barrio Chino

DF is one of the largest cities in the world. It also contains one of the smallest Chinatowns I've ever seen. One city block!

May 09, 2008

Monarch Butterflies

The monarch butterfly sanctuaries near Angangueo are a must see if you are in the area. It's roughly 2 hours east of Morelia via Highway 15D Cuota. There are two sanctuaries, both of which require a moderate hike to get to. You can drive right up to the entrance to the El Rosario sanctuary where as for Sierra Chincua, you have to either own a truck or pay to have one drive you there (MXN$400/trip). Lots of traditional food stalls and crafts at the entrance to the sanctuary. When the butterflies are on the branches sleeping, they resemble clumps of dead leaves. When hundreds of them are flying and their orange wings are in full view, it really is a great sight to see. I don't think I've ever seen more than 2 monarch butterflies at one time back in Canada. You gotta experience it to understand how amazing they are.

May 08, 2008

Starcase to Nowhere

The staircase to what appears to be nowhere. Patz.

May 07, 2008

Store Name

I was cruising through Polanco in DF and came across this store and at first glance, I couldn't help but do a double take. The actual name is this.

May 06, 2008

Mexican Street Dogs

Before we moved to Morelia, many people we knew back in Canada who had spent time in Mexico told us that there were lots of street dogs down there and knowing how much we loved dogs, said we would end up adopting a dog. As it turns out, the day we arrived last October, we met a momma perro with a litter of 5 puppies. We ended up adopting 2 of them. The other 3 were adopted by the vet at the Patzcuaro free spay and neuter clinic.

May 05, 2008

Cinepolis Las Americas

In an earlier post, we talked about the 3 Cinepolis theaters in Morelia. Now, there is a 4th at Plaza las Americas! The grand opening was on April 29th. This is the first phase of the expansion of Plaza las Americas. Almost all of the existing stores in the original shopping center have relocated to the new section.

May 04, 2008

What's that smell?

Several times a week when I wake up in the morning, the air smells like rotten eggs. Not sure what factory is producing this foul stench but I think it may be the one in the picture above that resides on the highway toward Patzcuaro.

May 02, 2008


To make a long story short...a dog in our 'hood was hit by a combi (bus). The vet says he has no broken bones but is quite swollen which is why he's having such difficulty walking. He also has a minor infection so he's on some antibiotics as well. He'll be released from the vet clinic on Wednesday the 14th of May. We've already adopted two street dogs (sisters from Patzcuaro) and cannot take this guy in. Later this summer we'll be returning to our condo unit in Canada and it only allows two pets so we've reached our canine limit unfortunately. The vet said he'd probably get put down since it's unlikely he'll be adopted once at the city pound. Anyway, we kept him at our house for 2 nights because the vet had been closed for the holiday (Cinco de Mayo) so we got to know him abit. He's very affectionate & playful. We call him Gus 'cause we found him lying in an Augustin Plaza. He walks extremely well on leash & did not piss or crap when in our house (even through the night)! He saved it for his walks outside. Please let us know if you have any ideas, connections, etc. to get this guy a family. I really don't know what we'll do otherwise.