snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


Campesino Protest
January 31, 2009, 9:31 am
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Viva Zapata!

Viva Zapata!

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Asi es Mexico
November 11, 2008, 11:18 am
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The decade-old toll highway from Acapulco to Mexico City has practically halved the travel time between the two cities, and brought with it a massive boom in development as wealthy defeƱos (residents of Mexico City) come in large numbers to spend their weekends along the area’s stunning coastline. As I learned yesterday, however, the now heavily-used transportation route has also become an irresistible target for protesters hoping to draw attention to their cause. It’s basically the equivalent of protesters shutting down I-94 between Chicago and Milwaukee, only if there was no other conceivable way to get between the two points.

If they were going for my sympathy, they failed miserably

If they were going for my sympathy, they failed miserably

Just past the state capital of Chilpancingo, all traffic ground to a halt as the highway was taken over by the teachers of Guerrero state. Seven hours sitting on the dusty outskirts of Chilpancingo waiting for striking teachers to let traffic pass is not my idea of a good time.

Relatively early on, when it was still somewhat interesting

Relatively early on, when it was still somewhat interesting

As much as Acapulco’s beaches or DF’s big city vibe, this is Mexico.