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Monday, 14 April 2014

Mexico update

Hi everyone, 

So sorry for the lack of posts .... My days here are really long, often starting before 6 and fininshing after 11 and I'm struggling to find places in my spare time that have wifi. Hopefully on Friday I will have a few hours where I can update you all and tell you about the amazing things I'm learning here and the adventures that I'm having.

In the mean time, my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages and the best sources of info as these are quick to update when I'm short on time. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Mex-eco part 2 : Tulum

I am quite a chatty person. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good chat, I'm rarely silent and have no problem introducing myself to new people and getting involved in new situations. However, the other night I witnessed something that left me completely speechless, and bought a tear to my eye. 

Tulum, a town on the Riveria Maya in Mexico, is on the edge of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sian Ka'an Bio Reserve. It's a massive protected ecological area, which runs for hundreds of miles along the coast. I was lucky enough to visit the reserve at sunset on Saturday night, and I have never been more blown away. 

The narrow strip of land between the lagoon and the ocean is where all the hotels and new tourism constructions are placed. It just goes to show how delicate the environment is, and how easily it can be influenced, for good or for bad.

The beauty of this place, and it's fragility, has really inspired me and confirmed to me that this is what I want to dedicate my life to; trying my best to make sure we don't destroy the environment forever by teaching people and helping them adapt their business and day to day activities so that we can go on being a prosperous world and achieve great things, without destroying the world around us that is ultimately the source of our livelihoods. 
Companies like Go Barefoot and NGOs like Amigos de Sian Ka'an work tirelessly to let people enjoy these places without causing them damage, and contributing to their future sustainability and development. Take a minute to think about a place you love, and how you'd feel if it was gone forever. Scary, yes? Even scarier if you knew that it's loss would impact on wider society, causing drinking water shortages or flooding. 

Have a little think about what you want your impact to be, and if you have any questions at all - fire away! 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Mexeco - Kiehl's lip balm and Body Shop hand gel review

I always have a few essentials that I haul along to the beach with me. Sun creme, water bottle, a good book... But there are a few other items that are really important if you want to stay safe and un-burnt at the beach. 

I always pack a good lipbalm, preferably one with SPF. Your lips are made of skin - particularly thin and delicate skin (that's why lips are pink!) - and we often forget that they need protecting like any other area of our bodies. I've been using this Kiehl's lipbalm since I bought it in LA two summers ago (and recently repurchased a new one!). It's lightly cranberry flavoured, has SPF 6 ( yes that's too low for skin but fine for lips) and moisturises incredibly well. A small amount glides on very easily and it doesn't dry or cake up like a few other Eco lip balms I've tried. It actually feels (and looks) a little like a gloss, which is much nicer than a heavier paste like consistency. The product is made from natural ingredients, and free from harmful chemicals. 

The other essential is hand gel. When you're at the beach, think about how many things you touch.... Sun cream, towels, swim suits, picking up rocks, sand ... All sorts. I sometimes find myself misled thinking that because I've been in water my hands are clean, but really when you think about it, the water is likely to be rather unclean (at least if you're planning on eating!) and sand can be particularly grubby, especially if you're on holiday somewhere where the beach isn't well maintained or if there are lots of cigarette ends around. 

I've been using the Body Shop's Coconut hand gel this week, which I have written about before when I took it to Download festival last June. I'm happy to say that it works just as well on the beach as It does in a muddy field, keeping my hands clean and smelling great without drying them out at all. I've even convinced a few new friends to buy some when they're home :) 

What are your beach essentials?