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Festivals, Food, and Freebies!

This is the story of how we got a free dinner at a 5-star restaurant in Baja. If you don’t already know this about me, I LOVE food, so it’s a tribute to a good meal as well. And, if you read to the end, you’ll find out how we actually made money at our free dinner… yep.

Tribute to Learning a Foreign Language

Last week, Nate and I attended a festival in the town of Pescadero, where we are currently living in Mexico. The festival was in celebration of fresas (strawberries) y chiles, and other locally-produced agriculture. It was similar to a farmer’s market, with different foods to try from local restaurants and growers, produce for sale, music, and lots of townspeople. While enjoying a tostada topped with ceviche, I overheard on the PA that there would be a demonstration by the Head Chef of one of the local restaurants. Chef Bueno of Rancho Pescadero, which is by far the nicest restaurant and accommodations in town, was about to start his demonstration of how to make Chimichurri.

We were standing at the back of the crowd, straining to hear the chef over the music, and we were definitely the only white people around. The entire demonstration was given in Spanish, naturally, and at the end when he started giving away aprons by asking trivia questions about what he had just done, I decided to chime in. I actually won an apron for answering a question right (woohoo!). What I didn’t expect was what happened next.

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Volunteering Abroad in Mexico via Workaway

Why Workaway?

As many of you already know, my husband Nate and I are currently in Mexico on a Workaway exchange. If you have never heard of Workaway before, you can listen to this podcast episode that goes into the details or read a bit about it in this blog post.

We chose to spend six weeks in Mexico doing a Workaway exchange for four specific reasons: Read more

BMT 005 : Volunteering Abroad’s Best Kept Secret – Workaway

This episode of The Budget Minded Traveler podcast is all about one of the traveling world’s best kept secrets: Workaway. Find out how the program provides volunteer abroad and cultural exchange opportunities for travelers and hosts worldwide. Easy on the wallet, rich on the experience. If you’re interested in budget travel, you must find out about the Workaway opportunity. Read more