snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


The Independence Trail
August 22, 2010, 10:45 am
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Right on cue, the NYT published a travel piece about Mexico’s Independence route, with some background history thrown in for good measure.

Three Cities on the Mexican Independence Trail

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A short return
February 16, 2010, 1:18 pm
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I recently spent a little over a week in Mexico as the first leg of a “visit as many friends as possible in a short period of time” trip.

The week in numbers:

1 – number of Pumas games attended; number of Japanese novels printed in Spanish purchased

2 – number of consecutive Super Bowls watched south of the border; number of bacon wrapped hot dogs consumed at 5 am

3 – number of days spent lamenting the rain in Guanajuato; number of Pumas jerseys I now own

5 – number of nights spent in DF; approximate AM arrival time to Garibaldi one of those nights

10 – number of songs requested of the mariachi at Plaza Garibaldi; number of times making tea while avoiding the rain in Guanajuato for lack of anything else to do.

many – number of tacos consumed; number of times I asked myself why I’m not still living in Mexico

All in all, a good but far too short trip in which I largely forgot to take any photos (will retroactively post the few I took).  Not sure when the next return trip will be, but given the number of times I promised people that I’d be back, it should probably be soon.



Rain
February 2, 2010, 1:18 pm
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Better weather than I got in Washington DC later in the trip, but not by much…

Cold, Gray, Dreary... Mexico?

Cold, Gray, Dreary... Mexico?



Winding Down, Looking Back
May 13, 2009, 10:00 am
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Somehow the year has gone flying by, and I find myself with only a few weeks left before I head back to my other home, Chicago.  While I haven’t quite left yet, the nostalgia is already kicking in, big-time…

Partial list of things I’m going to miss about living in Mexico City:

1)      My Mexican family (if they don’t kidnap me to make me stay, as they often threaten)

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4)      The weather.  As much as bad weather doesn’t bother me, I’m going to miss knowing that every day the weather will be perfect.

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7)  My neighborhood taco stand, and the sweet, sweet tacos campechanos it serves up.

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15)    Neighborhood fruit stands (and other markets of all types).  The Chicago farmers markets are great, but once or twice a week in summer doesn’t quite match every day all year, and low low prices.  Plus, there’s no mangos or dominicos in Chicago.

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22)    Guanajuato, Acapulco, Jalapa, and countless other cool cities to visit within a 5 hour bus ride.

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37)    Bugambilia, Jacarandas, and all the other flowers that are everywhere in the DF year-round.

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44)    The Metrobus.  Having to wait more than 30 seconds for a bus to come is going to be a rough reminder of US public transportation.

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102)    Boing de Guayaba, the startlingly addictive bright pink guava drink available at taco stands and convenience stores everywhere.

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1,345—1,347) (Tie)  Toss up between mosquito bites, air pollution, and lack of Ethiopian food as what I will miss least

Fun Mexican Word:  Tapaboca – Literally “cover mouth”, the tapabocas craze kicked off several weeks ago when swine flu hit the news.  While their use has dropped since the end of April—perhaps because people calmed down about the “pandemic”, perhaps because pharmacies and hospitals ran out of them—they still are a fairly common site on the street in Mexico City.

Picture:  La Granada waterfall.  I’ve already posted several pictures of this, but as it was one of the coolest things I’ve done in Mexico up to this point (or maybe just the coolest thing I’ve done recently, but whatever) I think it’s earned the right to show up multiple times on the blog.

La Grabada

La Granada

Something I miss (aside from all of you, of course):  Oak Street Beach.  I expect to be playing Frisbee there the evening after I return.  June 2, you know who you are.

Something I like about DF:  The lizards that I see every day scampering away as I walk by their sunning spots.  (If you’re interested, that’s #256 on the list from above)

Saludos,

See you Chicagoans soon,

k



Guanajuato from above
January 2, 2009, 11:22 am
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From el Pipila

From el Pipila

Probably worth clicking on to make it bigger…

EDIT – Ignore above advice, it appears wordpress no longer allows you to do this.  Try here instead.



Callejoneada
December 18, 2008, 9:44 am
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A callejoneada in Guanajuato

A callejoneada in Guanajuato

See Sept 23rd’s post (under “Fun Mexican Word”) for an explanation



Forgot my camera twice today…
December 15, 2008, 8:05 pm
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Jose gets the Guanajuato rundown from an underaged guide

Jose gets the Guanajuato rundown from an under-aged guide

I forgot to bring my camera to Jilotepec and then later to Katie’s concert, so instead of a picture of either of those, here’s a picture I meant to post a long time ago from Guanajuato…