snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative

Into the wild blue yonder
January 30, 2010, 11:16 am
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Bus to L to plane to another plane to metro to pesero to back at my “other” home in DF…

Posts to come.


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)


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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)


See you Chicagoans soon,


One more Michoacan
March 7, 2009, 1:28 pm
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The Janitzio docks at night

The Janitzio docks at night

Back in Chitown for the week, photos will start tomorrow eventually…

Lancha on Lake Patzcuaro
March 3, 2009, 8:00 am
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Heading to Janitzio

Heading to Janitzio

A trip to el Centro
February 16, 2009, 10:00 am
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Since most of you aren’t in Mexico City, I thought I’d take you on a trip through the sights and sounds of el Centro.

1.  Metro/Metro (with Chivas)

2. Harmonipan/Busy street with Santa Muerte

3. Knife Sharpener’s whistle/Mosiac with Benito Juarez

4. Man who rolls in glass (as gross as it sounds) asking for change/Street food vender

5. Shop announcer/Busy Street near Zocalo

6. Barking dog/Run down building

7. CD vender/Calle Regina

8. Another Harmonipan/Busy Street near Casa de los Azulejos

9. Metro/Metro (with Superman)

February 9, 2009, 2:50 pm
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Mexico City coat-of-arms at the Buenavista Train Station

Mexico City coat-of-arms at the Buenavista Train Station

I spent a long time wandering around a part of the city I rarely go to yesterday.  North of the yuppie neighborhoods of Condesa and Roma, west of the Centro Historico, east of upscale Polanco, on what was likely the edge of the city as recently as the 1940s, sits the train station.  The current 1970s building is undergoing a dramatic reconstruction as the terminal for the new suburban train after sitting largely unused for over a decade, when the privatization of Mexico’s railroad left the country with no true passenger train service.  Currently, only one line, designed an operated by a Spanish company, has been put into use.  However, various routes and extensions are planned, reaching areas of the conurbation currently unserved by rail.  Perhaps someday in the future, passenger service will return to other parts of Mexico (besides the Tequila Express…).

Without enough change for a single ride and unwilling to deposit 200 pesos onto a transit card I have no real need for, I decided to save my ride on the tren suburbano for another day.  I hopped on the metro and headed back to the familiar neighborhoods to the south.

La Ola Naranja
January 30, 2009, 10:59 pm
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Mexico City Metro, the fastest way around town

Mexico City Metro, the fastest way around town

Normally there’d be about 40 more people in this shot…