I’ve had a hard time writing this recap because I have such conflicted feelings about our trip to Mexico earlier this month. We had a lot of fun and there were so many beautiful and meaningful places that we visited. I especially found San Miguel to be absolutely enchanting. Josh and I went with two other couples and everyone enjoyed the trip. With that said, most of our group got pretty sick mid-trip. It’s hard to say with 100% certainty what it was but we’re pretty sure it was the bacteria in the water (probably from ice cubes in drinks since we were all careful to only drink bottled water) and from fruit (again, probably because of water). Truth be told the sickness really had a big effect on our trip, a doctor came to our hotel for some, and there was a lot of missed vacation spent in bed, as well as more days in bed once we got home. I luckily was spared the worst of it and was okay for the most part. I hate to share all of this, but it’s just the truth of what we experienced. From what I gather from the many messages I received on Instagram, our experience is VERY common. But, Mexico and it’s people were lovely. Here are some photos of our trip and some of our highlights.

We toured Casa Barragan in Mexico City and the home was so incredible to explore. I loved all the light and color and use of outdoor space.

We stayed at Condesa DF and it was such a cool hotel in the most gorgeous quaint neighborhood. In the photo below, all of these white “panels” close at night to keep it quiet in the rooms since the middle of the hotel is open to the sky and rooftop bar. It’s really very beautiful.

Excuse the mess but wanted to show this pretty window. The rooms are pretty small but it wasn’t a big deal (until the sickness hit, ha).

For New Year’s Eve we ate at Huset, drinks at Gin Gin, and then rang in the new year at the hotel.

We visited the Teotihuacan Pyramids which was just absolutely marvelous. They were built in 200 CE. It was really windy out there (and I didn’t realize we would find ourselves at the pyramid when I got dressed that morning), so I had to buy a little pettiskirt to wear under my dress. It was pretty funny but it worked.

I loved all the pattern and detail they used. It was truly moving to stand there. We didn’t climb the pyramid because the lines were insane, unfortunately, but that would have been pretty awesome.

We went to a lucha libre wrestling match, I didn’t enjoy that at all but I didn’t expect to, ha! But sometimes you have to just take one for the team. Our other activities in Mexico City included dinner at La Jacinta, a long lunch at Contramar, exploring Diego Rivera’s water mural, and some shopping. I really wanted to make it to the Frida museum but sadly we didn’t make that happen.

Onto San Miguel. Which was the star of the trip for me.

We stayed at Hotel Amparo, which was truly one of the most incredible and lovely hotels I’ve stayed at. It’s owned by the Hibiscus Linens founder, Mariana Goodall. Every inch was exquisite, the rooms were very comfortable and uniquely designed and spacious, and the staff was the best. They went above and beyond for our group, including preparing a pot of homemade chicken soup for our arrival (because you know, sick friends). They ran to the pharmacy for medicine. And they were just so all around helpful.

The streets in San Miguel are colorful and architecturally stunning. I wish our whole trip would have been just in this city!

Haskell, Molly, and I went crazy in a linens store that we found and shipped a huge box back home (it arrived in 1 week which is pretty fast). I got a lot of things for Coral House!

This is before a winery tasting at Garambullo, which was right outside of town in the Mexican Highlands. The couple that owns the winery were adorable and it was their anniversary!

One of my most favorite things that we did was a cooking class at our hotel. It started with a trip to the market next door to buy all of our supplies!

And then back to the hotel in the chef’s kitchen to prepare our dishes. It was the BEST meal I ate the entire vacation. Not because I had any hand in making it, but because it was just so good. One thing about Mexico that was surprising is that while the food was really good, I expected it to be even better. I figured we’d be eating chips and salsa and guacamole every day but that just wasn’t the case.

Really, all of the best food of the trip was at our hotel, Amparo. They make some extremely beautiful cocktails, too.

We went on a horseback riding adventure (with @3senores on instagram) which was also one of our favorite things as a group! I would highly recommend this if you visit this area!

It really was such an enjoyable trip with friends and I loved San Miguel so much. If it weren’t for the water issue I’d totally go back. And maybe I will again some day. Again, I feel bad talking about it but it wouldn’t be right to share a recap and pretend that all was perfect. But it was fun.

In conclusion, traveling with friends is always a good idea.

Chassity

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