馃嚥馃嚱 MEXICO!! 馃嚥馃嚱 路 Travel Journal Flip-Through + VLOG 路 What I Did // What I Drew

馃嚥馃嚱 MEXICO!! 馃嚥馃嚱 路 Travel Journal Flip-Through + VLOG 路 What I Did // What I Drew


So if we start right from the very beginning. It was the 25h of May, a Thursday, a quiet
sunny morning in London. And I woke up to find that my peace lilies
had flowered for the first time in 2 years and took it as a sign of good things to come. The first stop on the journey, for me, before
meeting my friends who’d caught an earlier flight, was Dallas, Texas. I was there for an hour at most before setting
off into the air again and then touching down in Mexico. Cancún. We were staying in an Air BnB a short bus
journey away from the hotels and the strip. They put us up in this cute green building
off the main house, with it’s own little courtyard, this pocket of tranquility, where
we were always blessed with the company of Mika, the only dog that would ever make me
a dog person. A gorgeous little thing who I can honestly
say I fell in love with. And there were other friendly companions too. And Sophie, who was a little bit more… wary
of us. Our time in Cancún was brief. we spent our days on the beach, made the most
of that perfect, soft white sand and the stunning blue of the ocean. Lounged and laughed and swam a lot. And at night, severely jet-lagged still, we
bypassed the clubs and stumbled upon The Grand Mambo Cafe where… we just had an incredible
night of live music, drinking and dancing. Before we knew it we were on our way out of
Cancún. A couple of hours on a coach later, we arrived
at our next stop. Playa del Carmen, an inviting, bustling, sprawl
of people, music, shops, food… After we’d settled into our second home,
Casa Piña, which was- by the way- equally as vibrant in colour as our last place, and
had pineapple themed decor inside, we headed out onto the strip to wander, eat and drink
and take in the buzz of the night life. And it was just as lively there in the daytime
as it was at night. It’s the type of place where, everywhere
you look theres something to see. Or hear. One morning, we hurried down to the pier to
catch the ferry to the nearby Island of Cozumel. Cozumel is known for its gorgeous reefs and
aquatic life. We snorkelled, a first for me, and the clarity
of the sea, seeing in person- and almost feeling like a part of- scenes that I’ve only ever
seen on TV, being surrounded by the friendly little creatures of the ocean just a dot in
this big blue body of water, it was an experience that still gives me goosebumps to think about
now. Our guide, Otto, told us it was time to head
back. So we did, reluctantly, and just in time to
catch our coach to our next destination. Merida is one of the most charming cities
I’ve ever been to. It has this old-timey feel, like something
out of a book. Calm and enticing with the most stunning architecture. And the friendliest, most genuine people. But I could say that for everywhere we visited
in Mexico. I mean, like all countries, of course there
is danger and as a tourist, the side of a country you see might be different to real
life there, but for me, I’ve never known anywhere else to make me feel so at ease. That nostalgic feel of Merida was also helped
by all of the classic VW Beetles on the roads. Looking into the history of the town, we boarded
a tiny minibus with a few other people, and took a trip out to three haciendas which were
like plantations or estates built from around the 1700s and owned by Spanish colonisers. A lot of them have been restored to showcase
the architecture and the intricately decorated interiors, but I find that there’s always
something bit more beautiful in the ruin of an abandoned building, something more alluring
about the story it might tell. The final hacienda we visited was the most
stunning of them all. Hacienda Ochil reminded me of an old palace;
its restoration was sympathetic and preserved a kind of weathered feel, so it almost appeared
like a grand building lost in the Mexican wildlife. As we explored the haciendas, we encountered
colourful birds and visited two cenotes; deep sinkholes full of clear, fresh water filtered
through the earth. They were quiet locations, off the beaten
track. The type of stunning place you’d expect
to be swarming with tourists, but we had it all pretty much to ourselves, and it felt
like our little secret. Our last night in Merida was spent in a place
recommended by our previous Air BnB host, La Negrita, a crowded bar with live music
and great food. When it closed, we followed a map to another
place and drank tequila late into the night. This is where it became a family holiday. Our next leg of the journey came with a lovely
sense of being part of something bigger, and a feeling of togetherness. We were in Mexico for my friends brothers
wedding and were picked up and driven by the brother of the groom and his wife- who became
our holiday parents- to Cuidad del Carmen, the hometown of the bride. The closer we got to the city, the more the
rain came down. A downpour unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Just walls and walls of water coming down,
showing no signs of stopping. Roads turned into rivers and as darkness closed
in, it didnt even look like we’d make it to our hotel. But by morning you’d have never known. And we finally got to appreciate the charm
of our new home and the surrounding area. We spent the next few days having our breakfasts
on the beachfront, spending time with the family and occasionally venturing out in the
pouring rain, up to our knees in waterproof coats that weren’t waterproof, to get beer
and crisps. Retreating back to our rooms, soaked, to watch
the downpour from our porch. The day of the wedding finally came. And it was a hectic one, as wedding days always
are. The constant, underlying worry of an impending
storm on the beach ceremony. And couple of us didnt even make it on time. But the important people were there. And the rain waited until it the ceremony
was finished, it actually waited well past the time it had started every other day that
week, and gave the couple a beautiful, clear sunset as they read their vows, and even some
time after for an absolutely enchanting first dance. Pushing our luck with the weather a bit, there
was even time for all of us to have a boogie in the sand before it started chucking it
down. We joined the newlyweds back at the venue
the next day to help clear up, and ended up enjoying the privacy of this beach all to
ourselves, hammocks, and a calm sea that we made the most of until the sun was gone. Before we left Cuidad del Carmen, we, the
newlyweds and a few other wedding guests, took a trip out on a couple of fishing boats,
with the sweetest, most enthusiastic and genuine and warm guide. He showed us the dolphins, who he must see
every day ,but with the same excitement as us first-timers and taught us about some incredible
birds out there as well. After disembarking, we headed to the airport,
and set off on our way to Mexico City. Our apartment there was the most modern. Practical and minimal in a densely populated
area full of characters and sights and sounds. Across the way was a captivating blue house
perfectly framing the tree in front, its pink flowers really standing out against the blue. Our first day was spent at the anthropology
museum. We literally spent our entire first day there,
not anticipating just how much there out lie to see. All of it too fascinating to leave anything
undiscovered. We took a journey through the time-line of
Mexico, from the very beginning and afterwards we wandered the nearby park and met a lovely
old man called Vincente, who got out his notebooks and spent at least an hour talking to us about
ducks. Next, the most incredible experience, we were
lucky enough to visit Frida Kahlo’s house, Casa Azul. It was… beyond words. Such a beautiful, calm space. And just a well of inspiration. Every room and through the gardens, it had
this energy to it, you could almost feel her greatness and wisdom. I’ve never been in another artists studio
before, and to get stand in hers, someone I admire so much, was something I’ll never
forget. Later that day, we explored a local park,
entranced by the nature an echoing drum beat in the distance and the over-friendliness
of the squirrels. And, after taking recommendations from some
of my Instagram followers, we headed to Alameda Central, and just sat and took in the atmosphere
for a while. We walked from there to the Palacio de Bellas
Artes and the amazing building set the stage for an impromptu rap battle. And then we waled to the Cathedral and the
Main square. The very last stop in our journey was the
ancient site of Teotihacán. A huge, sprawling site of pyramids, rich with
history. It’s the kind of place that just makes you
feel grounded, settled, just with the scale of it. We climbed the pyramids, even the tallest,
la Piràmide del Sol, and the view from its peak was enough to take your breath away. And the next day. We came home It was the trip of a lifetime with two of
the most incredible friends, I made memories that will stay with me the rest of my life
and I’ll forever be able to relive it all through these drawings.

100 thoughts on “馃嚥馃嚱 MEXICO!! 馃嚥馃嚱 路 Travel Journal Flip-Through + VLOG 路 What I Did // What I Drew

  1. That is just beyond gorgeous. I have something to aspire to for my next trip overseas.
    Could I ask, though; how do you find the time to do art during your trip? I worked in black and white and it was already difficult enough for me to fill my days with seeing the country I was visiting whilst still drawing. Did you take pictures and then draw when you got back to your studio? Or was it half en plein aire, half back home?

  2. I really love this, your voice is so calming and this video is a work of art! I've never seen someone combine a travel journal and vlog together so well. You have inspired me to visit Mexico one day and start a travel journal for my travels 馃檪

  3. Beautiful and atmospheric travel/sketch vlog! Everything felt very sincere and precious. Thank you for sharing your experiences in Mexico and the great art that was inspired by it! 馃榾

  4. Amazing. What an awesome, wonderful video. I'm so jelous of your trip And your beautiful art work. This one is going to my favourites.

  5. i currently live in mexico and omg this is such a beautiful video! I'm happy you enjoyed your trip to mexico and you inspired me to do an art travel journal for my future journeys!

  6. Such a nice vlog x im from london too and i have done a mexico travel vlog too. Please check it out if you're scrolling throigh and you're interested 馃檪

  7. I've never seen anything more creative and beautifully drawn.I really love the concept of this travel journal, makes me wish I didn't give up drawing. 馃檪 Can't wait to see your next ones. <3

  8. This is probably the best vlog I've ever seen ! So well done and original, I really felt like you were telling me a story and I couldn't wait to hear what came next

  9. I rarely post comments but this video is absolutely stunning. Your incredible artwork, the way you meld it with your video footage, the music, your narration… Amazing. You truly have many gifts. I've been to Mexico and your video transported me back. Well done and thank you for such lovely content!

  10. Here is another Mexican that follows and admires your art! And then watching this video with your creations inspired in Mexico… So beautiful. Besides, what a great way to tell us about your journey, mixing the sketchbook scenes with the other videos! I usually get bored with the travel vlogs that other vloggers share but this one was such a pleasure to watch completely.
    Thank you for this work you share! Blessings (:

  11. I'm from Merida, Mexico and you make my day…you are an amazing artist, I love this video, I hope you come back here soon! Thanks your beautiful video 鈾

  12. Hi everyone! I麓m a Mexica currently living in Tijuana, defintly this is one of the greatest videos I have ever seen from an Artist comming here to M茅xico!

    I really enjoy to hear how the foreigners are in love with all of our culture, color, and nature.

    Thanks Minnie to show us your beautiful perspective about our "隆M茅xico lindo y querido!"

  13. This video was so beautifully put together 馃槏 and has made my super excited to hop on the plan to Cancun in a few weeks xo

  14. Inspiring video thank you 馃槉 beautiful sketchbook tour and vlog- must have taken you ages to put together but well worth it!

  15. What an incredible video ^^ Everything about it was so flawless and elegant, and definitely put Mexico on my list of places to visit. (Weirdly, it also helped me relive and appreciate the experience I just had in St. Petersburg, Russia. I'm currently working on a travel journal of my stay there, and your journal helped me get excited about it again)

  16. Your work is so inspiring! How do you make the time to dedicate yourself to your travel journal while on a trip? Or do you do the majority after the trip. Would love to know, thanks!

  17. I rarely ever comment, but this was just so breath taking to listen to and watch. It makes me happy to see you visiting my home country, and enjoying your time there as well.

  18. I'm from Mexico and I'm so glad that you had a good time in my country! You just earned a new subscriber. Keep up the lovely work 馃挋

  19. This is absolutely gorgeous. I tend to rush through life, always not stopping to absorb what's around me. You've provided me such a refreshing, beautiful perspective of the world. You and your art are inspiring. Thank you so so much.

  20. WOW!!! Loved Loved Loved this video. You are a fantastic artist! You also have a way with words and describing your experiences. I am so inspired to try to do this myself. Thank yo so much for making this video. Stunning! Your trip sounded amazing and your beautiful drawings and paintings were such a great way to showcase it.

  21. This is one my favorite travel-vlog ever. Favorite video ever, I guess. This was incredible. Thank you for sharing your talent and your experiences. It was soothing, fascinating and just… Beautiful.

  22. I just came here again to rewatch the vlog. It's so inspiring. You managed to capture the beauty and colourfulness of this country which now I would love to visit!

  23. I live in Canc煤n! I just discovered your channel and loved all your videos, so glad that you liked Canc煤n 馃檪 You麓re welcome anytime you want!

  24. whatttt you where here? i'm from Campeche, Campeche you probably drove by on your way to Cd. del Carmen 馃槢 you should visit this part too next time, the houses downtown are all different colors (kinda like Merida) i think you would like to paint them lol i'm glad you liked my country specially this part of it 馃榾

  25. I鈥檝e watched vlog after vlog about people鈥檚 lives and for the most part, enjoyed each one. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed viewing Mexico thru your artwork but the thing that mesmerised me most was your telling of the story of your visit to the country. Thank you for so encapsulating your journey and experiences in such a beautiful and profound way. Mexico was never on my bucket list of places to visit, but listening to what the place is thru your vision has made me want to go there and make my own adventure (especially Frida鈥檚 home!). Thank you.

  26. Lovely!!! Did you draw during the trip or did you put this together when you came home? I am wondering in the sense of how long did a layout take in average? When I travel, i struggle to get time away from the crew to actually sit and draw on location (mostly because I鈥檓 very slow)! Again, gorgeous sketchbook!

  27. Binge watching your videos again and I have to say this is amazing. How you've beautifully captured your trip is mesmerising and it made me feel like I was there. Mexico is definitely a place i need to go now.

  28. This was such a pleasure to watch! What a lovely trip you had and a wonderful sketchbook! Would have lovend to join you 鉂わ笍 Thanks for this great video and all your sharing馃槉

  29. Such a beautiful video and travel journal! The editing on this and the soothing voice over is spectacular. Can't wait to see more.

  30. Just stumbled across your channel. I love it!!
    And such a wonderfull l, colorful and warm vlog. Much love馃挍馃憣馃従

  31. Aw.. I just saw this video! I'm from Merida and I really liked how you described my city <3 Thanks for wharing this 馃檪 You're really welcome every time you want!

  32. I absolutley love this kind of video and you are an amazing artist i love all of your work. I like all your videos but this is the best by far and i travel alot also ever since i was a child and i am going to start travel journals as well. Going to be a long project. Thanks for sharing.馃槷

  33. I just loved the presentation of your journey to Mexico and your stunning artwork. Your an amazing young lady and I truly hope that one day someone will come along and see all of the talent you have and give you a show of your own. I would certainly tune in! Best wishes to you always. Sandy

  34. I actually live in mexico:) never been to cancun, but i'd absolutely love to. The way you captured mexico is so so beautiful, i wish i could express my awe haha

  35. Amazing鈥! International geographic my dear and the biggest job awaits for you to host a show of your own 馃槈

  36. Your video is amazing and so calming. You inspired me to draw and to keep practicing (even tho im not a good drawer). Thank you for showing your motivation and please keep the goood work <3.

  37. I felt like I was really there in Mexico, the stunning cinematics, the beautiful sceneries, the wonderful splashes of artworks, the enticing music and last but not least the poetic commentary done by Minnie!

  38. A beautiful vlog! I've been going to Playa Del Carmen for the last 30 years. Having made friends with some of the kindest most gentle people ever there, I long to go back but can't because of my failing health issues. Your beautiful story warmed my heart and loved seeing your photos, drawings and video. Thank you for taking me back to that wonderful place even if it is only in my mind. Always wanted to visit Merida too and looks like you had a great time there as well. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful book with us. You are an extremely talented artist!

  39. I just subscribed to your channel and saw this amazing inspiring video 鈾ワ笍 I'm from M茅xico and seeing this really made me love your channel even more, this is an amazing way to share your trip and my country 馃挄鉁

  40. Beautifully done video and journal. We are in Puerto Morelos, which is very close to Playa de Carmen. The people are the best part of visiting Mexico. We come here every year, from the United States, for the past three years and are never disappointed. So glad you loved your trip too.

  41. This video ist beyond beautiful, mesmerizing is really the best word! The drawings, the footage and your voice, all coming together is a perfect match.

  42. Wow! What a lovely sketchbook and video! May I ask…did you do all the art from life? Or after the fact from pics? Such as later in your room or after you got home.

    I have a few trips I've been on and I took tons of video and pictures and plan to, one day…go back through my favorites and make a sketchbook per trip.

    This video gave me many ideas…especially the collage type pages..love them!

  43. Thank you so much for this video!! Beautifully made, magical and so real. It is the best travel/sketchbook vlog I have ever seen. I'm Mexican but moved to Europe 1 year ago and this made me cry so much because you represented it so well and I miss my home deeply. Your cinematic skills are incredible, you inspire me so much! Thank you for making my day!

  44. Holy bologna. I'm so inspired by this stunning creation of yours, from gorgeous drawing to the vivid imagery you evoke with your stories. Ugh, so beautiful.

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