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Thursday Flakes: Carnaval, Gumbo and Taking Off Your Shoes on a Plane

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I don’t go to any Carnival celebrations in Mexico this year, however, there are a few popular places that Mexicans and expats alike go to experience it such as the cities of Mazatlan and Veracruz as well as a small town in Oaxaca called San Martin Tilcajete. Each place in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean has a unique way of celebrating it. Hopefully I will get to experience it at some of these places over the next few years.

On another note, usually when I am traveling from place to place, I wear hiking boots and tie my running shoes to my backpack. Once I am on a red eye plane or night bus, I typically take off my hiking shoes so my feet can stretch out a little bit more in my comfy hiking socks. However, I would never go as far as taking my socks off while on a plane. The same goes for reclining my seat

Have you ever been to Mardi Gras? Do you remove your shoes on a plane? What about socks? Is Cajun food the best American cuisine? If not what is your pick?

Feel free to answer these questions and discuss your answers in the comments below. Anyways onto Flakes...


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