• Ausflug - Mexico, Part 2: Tulum

    01/26/2015 12:22:31 in Ausflüge

    Tulum ruins

    After the cultural (Oaxaca) leg of our trip was over, we flew to Tulum. Tulum is the last point on the 'Riveria Maya' just over the tip of the Yucatan peninusla on the Carribean side of Mexico. 

    palapas tulum

    We had been wanting to take a beach vacation for a long time and Tulum did not disappoint. It's still relatively underdeveloped (at least in contrast to Cancun or Playa del Carmen). It was kind of a hippie outpost a decade or so ago, and is now a magnet for yoga types, city hipsters, Euros, small families and there's still a (small) smattering of hippies hangin' out.

    el on the beach

    We arrived after dark, but woke the next morning in paradise. I know that's a cliché, but that's how it felt. This is me walking on the beach about 40 minutes after waking up. I'm going to hang this picture above my desk so I can try and remember this feeling for the rest of the year. I happily did not care about ANYTHING within two hours of being there.

    view from the hammock

    A lot of people do not enjoy and/or can't sit around doing 'nothing'. Not me. If it were up to me, I would still be sitting under a palapa, sipping a margarita and staring at the sea.

    Armin got pretty good at it (doing nothing), but being the adventurous kind of guy that he is, he spent several days diving the Cenotes (fresh water sink holes/underground caves) that dot the Yucatan and have become a major regional draw for outdoorsy types. We fell into a nice rythym where he would go on a dive every couple of days, come back to our hut electrified from the experience and tell me all about it over fish tacos and margaritas (see below).

    cenote

    taco stand

    fish tacos

    A side benefit of A's diving excursions is that his diving guide, a chill Chilean dude, took us to this out of the way 'insider only' restaurant shack on an unkonwn strip of beach. I (almost) single handedly ate this entire platter of fresh, delicious ceviche:

    ceviche

    One morning we got up early(ish) and rode bikes (Tulum is totally flat so you can ride bikes all over the place) and went to the Tulum ruins (first pic in this post). We left early to get there before 9:00 when the busloads full of Tourists start showing up.burro

    It was spectacular, but in all honesty I enjoyed the more surprising, unexpected moments like running into a burro while wandering around, or taking a cab ride at dusk to go get cheap tacos in town and loving the Mexican music that driver had on at full blast.

    My first 'real' trip (not Canada or Hawaii) was to Nicaragua in my very early twenties. On that trip it became clear to me that seeing the world was going to be a priority in my life, and probably the first step in what lead me to live my life in a foreign country.

    It also made me realize how much I loved Latin America. It's kind of astounding that this was my first trip to Mexico, considering I was born and raised in L.A.! I certainly hope it won't be the last.

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  • Ausflug - Mexico, Part 1: Oaxaca

    01/23/2015 09:22:05 in Ausflüge

    Oaxaca Zocalo

    You may have seen a few posts back that I was on a looong vacation in Mexico. You may have even followed along with the few photos I posted on the e.m.papers Instagram feed. I didn't post a lot, mostly because I am bad about taking photos, and also I was happily unplugged most of the time and just enjoying the moment.

    Oaxaca

    I'm breaking this post up into two parts: Oaxaca and Tulum. Those are the two places we went. Oaxaca is a southern state of Mexico located on the Pacific side. It is known for it's rich history in the arts and especially it's celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. There's a major university there and it's full of young Mexican hipsters (!) along with regular everyday folk. 

    Papel Picado

    We were there not too long after the awful kidnapping and massacre of 43 protesting students in the state of Guerrero. Like much of Mexico, Oaxaca has a long tradition of protest and activism and this was on vivid display in the form of street art. This was what struck me when we first arrived. 

    Oaxaca street protest art

    Oaxaca street art - 43 protest

    Oaxaca Street Protest art

    A lot of non-protest related urban art and murals also caught my eye:

    Oaxaca street mural

    Oaxaca street art

    I noticed and admired a lot of the hand lettering and signage that we came across.  This was a quote painted on the wal of a Mezscal distellery that we visted.

    mescal sign

    Oh how I wished I had had about four giant suitcases to pack all the crafts, foods and textiles I found meandering through the aisles at all the Mercados in town. Or course I brought back stuff, but just a fraction of what I could have!

    Oaxaca mercado

    We mostly wandered around town. Our bed and breakfast was right in the historical district, which was easy to walk around by foot (all the streets are one way!) 

    warm wall in oaxaca

    Oaxaca red building

    I'm sorry to say I was too much of a coward to try the delicious looking street food we saw in many of the stalls, but we did find this great Grandma-style restaurant (El Escapulario), where we had my favortie meal. Tortilla soup and a chile relleno on an orange sauce, filled with the mild local cheese, chilis and herbs.

    La Esculperia

    The next day we went back for breakfast and my husband went all in and sampled a local delicacy Chapolines (grasshoppers) in an omlette. I looked on in fascinated horror.

    Chapolina omlette

    We also did some touristy things like a take a tour to a weaving town and see some of the ruins like Mitla and the spectacular Monte Alban above the city. I always resist these kinds of excursions, but afterwards I was glad we went.

    weaving in tenotitlan

    Mitla

    Monte Alban

    I loved Oaxaca. I loved the culture that infused the city, the people, the vibe, and I hope this was the first of many trips back to Mexico. Stay tuned for part 2: Tulum.

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  • Save the Date Template: Vintage Roses

    01/19/2015 10:31:01 in Products , Wedding

    Save the Date Template - Vintage Roses

    We've been working hard behind the scenes to get some new designs out this month.

    One of my favorites is this Vintage Rose themed set of wedding designs. These save the date templates are perfect if you're having a spring or garden wedding. The goal with the design was to create an unexpected contrast between the romantic, floral vintage imagery of the rose with unapologetic and bold black typography. Along with the white box visual, all of the elements work out to create a pretty striking save the date card, don't you think

    Like all of our wedding printables, all you have to do is type in your save the date text, print out the card and cut! 

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  • I'm Back!

    01/13/2015 11:33:58 in General

    wood type e.m.papers

    This is just a short note to let the world know that I'm back, unpacked and ready to attack! January is always such a busy month at e.m.papers (all those holiday and New Years Eve engagements!) so I'm still catching up at the same time that I'm fullfilling custom orders. 

    It may be quiet a little longer on this ol' blog for awhile, but there is so much to share from my time off and my travels, so stay tuned.

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  • Gone Fishin' - e.m.papers is on vacation!

    12/06/2014 01:19:27 in Biz

    I am on a vacation until January 5, 2015.

    Here are the things you can do until then:

    - Order an instant download
    - Submit a custom order (see below)
    Get instructions on making your wedding printable
    - Watch videos on how to make your printable
    - Get printing tips
    - Get paper tips
    - Get your FAQs answered
    - Answer the question: Are printables right for me?

    What will have to wait until January:

    - Real-time help or response to emails
    - Processing of custom orders (you can order, I just won't get started on it until January)

    Part of that time I'll be on a well deserved trip to Mexico. You can follow along with some of it on Instagram, but no promises, I may just go totally dark!

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