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Trick or Treat or Tequila

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So it's October 31st, Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, Samhain. Tomorrow is the first day of the "Dia de los Muertos" celebrations. I take great pride in learning all about the traditions of Mexico and I particularly love the Day of the Dead celebrations and their connection to Halloween. Long, long ago this day was considered the time when the spirits were close to the living world, a time when the dead could connect with the living. Christianity decided that these were "evil" spirits and thus Halloween was born, a time to don costumes and make jack o lanterns to scare away the "demons". Not very respectful if you ask me, but hey, in this century it's a great party! The idea of trick or treating is to please the spirits with offerings, to keep the evil at bay.

Day of the Dead on the other hand welcomes the spirits back to earth for a fiesta! Altars are created to present the offerings of food, tobacco, flowers, tequila and other earthly del…

First blog, a bit about Da Canuck

Alright, so how does one go about starting a blog? Um, I guess by making an introduction post so, here's a story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely er, cats.

As a divorce recovery tool, I came to Mexico in October 2003, expecting to stay in Cozumel for a month at a yoga hostel, then perhaps heading down to Central and South America for a while. I had quit my job and gotten rid of all my stuff, anticipating traveling a few months then heading back to Toronto and starting over. Two weeks into my trip and I hadn't done any yoga but I had done a lot of drinking at a bar called "Viva Mexico". I had seen a handsome man there who everyone seemed to know and he was always surrounded by people, making them laugh. I went to the beach alone one day, he was there alone and we started talking. And didn't stop. I kept delaying my flight home, got a job bar tending and got the cutest little apartment with a view of the ocean if you looked at just the…