Cool Flag

3 09 2012

In preparation for my holiday to Mexico I dida bit of reading. I found the image above of the Mexican flag. It is really cool!

The study of flags is called vexillology and if you enjoy the study of flags you would be called a vexillologist. The word flag comes from an old Saxon word meaning floating on air. Flags are usually associated with geographical regions, countries and nations. They are powerful symbols of patriotism and many of them are works of art in their own right.

National flags became common in the 18century but flags have been used since Egyptian times for identification and signaling purposes. At sea they were used to indicate weather conditions or warn that the passengers were ill.

There is alot of symbolism involed. Thinking about the Union Jack for eaxmple, made up of the three different flags of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland representing their unity uses the following colours:

White is a symbol of peace and honesty

Red is for hardiness, bravery, strength and valour

Blue for vigilance, loyalty and justice.

Mexico’s flag is made up three vertical stripes.The left green stripe stands for hope, the white stripe for purity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of the Mexican people.

In the center there is an image of an eagle eating a snake – this is apparently based on an Aztec legend In the fourteenth century, a group of Chichmecas (warrior nomads) called the Aztecs (or Mexicas) settled in Mexico when they saw an eagle (representing the sun) standing on a cactus (a symbol of the heart) clutching a snake (a symbol of the earth).

Like I said I think its really cool!

Facts About Mexico

1 09 2012

My summer holiday was fabulous. Before I went I did a little research and below I have listed some of my favourite facts I  discovered about the country I was visiting – Mexico!

1/ Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world.

2/ It is located in the “Ring of Fire,” one of the earth’s most violent earthquake and volcano zones

3/ Mexico City is built over the ruins of a great Aztec city, Tenochtitlán.

4/ The origins of modern Mexicans are from a mix of ancient civilizations, including the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, African, French, and Spanish

5/ Spanish is the national language of Mexico.

6/ Mexico is second only to Brazil in the number of Catholic citizens

7/ Mexico’s national sport is bullfighting.

8/ Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world. – THANK YOU!!!!!

9/ The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539.

10/ Christmas presents are not exchanged until January 6, to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.

And finally its a brilliant place to go on holiday!

Do Not Disturb!

31 08 2012

I think the title speaks for itself but in case you were in any way unclear…

We arrived safely in Mexico on 16th August, and had a fabulous time appreciating the tropical paradise in which we found ourselves.

Therefore I did not have access to the internet and havent been posting for the past fortnight, I was out and about soaking up the local culture, customs and ambience. I will be sharing some of my experiences in due course but having endured a 10hr flight and experiencing jetlag for now I will offer only the following:

Beam Me Up Scotty

16 08 2012

Today I am flying to Mexico with my husband.

He is super excited. We booked back in January and not a day has passed that he hasn’t updated me with his daily count-down of the days left until our departure – as this has lasted for 6 months it became tired really quickly.

Mexico does look like paradise. It’s an adult only hotel, which is a major plus given my job role, with 6 restaurants and as many pools. There is an excellent entertainments programme and fantastic reviews splashed all over the internet. As excited as I am about the holiday itself I cannot stand long flights. The idea of being cooped up in a plane for 10hours is excruciating!

No matter how hard I try to read, watch movies, chat to my other half or even sleep, I can’t seem to settle. The half way point is the worst, when you realise that you have as much of the flight ahead of you as have passed. It is not helped by the fact that I never fully relax on holiday until the moment I walk through the doors of my hotel room.

My husband seems to cope better on planes. While he cannot cope with travel in a general sense (as it brings him into contact with the general public – with whom he has little tolerance) the flight does not seem to pose the same challenge for him as it does for me. He can easily read a book at home for 10 hours straight so the fact that he is on a plane is not a major inconvenience.

He relaxes into the holiday much earlier than I do and has an uncanny ability to have his first can of beer snapping opening with the familiar popping sound at the moment the bellboy walks us into our hotel room. I honestly don’t know where the beer comes from only that there always is one that magically appears in his hand while I start the process of unpacking.

I am looking forward to the next two weeks of enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Mexico but yearn for the day when I can simply teleport to my holiday destination at will.