This is of course the important part of Xmas – what you get under the tree! I got a couple of good books and a bottle of Jack Daniels, so I’m happy. I got Paola a kitchen blender type thingy, a wooden turtle, a Pier 1 candle holder and a ring from Swatch. And from me mum – a Hamilton Beach coffee maker. Which is the purpose of this post – she sent me the cash through Paypal, so I guess she’ll want to see what I actually bought with it.


It’s digital, and can be set to wake us up in the morning with the smell of a fresh brew  wafting around the room. Mexico isn’t as famous as Costa Rica, Panama or some of the other central American countries for it’s coffee, but you can actually get some very decent stuff from the southern parts of Mexico. Chiapas and Oaxaca in particular. We’re off to Oaxaca next week, so we’ll be bringing a stash of coffee back with us – it’ll be pretty cheap when bought from the area itself.

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