snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative

Viva Mexico! Viva!
September 16, 2010, 6:01 pm
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Today marks the official bicentennial of Father Hidalgo’s call-to-arms and the start of the Mexican Independence movement, but the major celebrations happened last night in Mexico City and beyond.

The BBC has photos here, while El Universal has a number of different photo galleries, including this one of the culmination of last night’s celebration in the Zocalo

Closer to home, Chicago held its own celebrations in Millennium Park, with mariachi, ballet folklorico, classical music, and more–as well as quite a collection of Mexico-themed shirts, jackets, ponchos, capes, sombreros and wrestling masks in the crowd.  Battling a nasty cold, I didn’t last long enough to hear El Grito–the traditional “shout” led by a dignitary based on Father Hidaldo’s speech on the steps of the church of Dolores–but the parts of the program I did see were well done and well attended.


September 13, 2010, 7:57 pm
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The New York Times wonders where is the Bicentennial fervor?

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune focuses on Mexican immigrants and the local celebration.

Finally, there can’t be too much of a  lack of enthusiasm for the independence celebrations–up to 2 million people are expected to head to the Mexico City Zocalo for the festivities.

10,000 and a year
August 30, 2009, 7:56 am
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The blog passed 10,000 views a few days ago–a nice milestone.  Similarly, a few days ago also marked a year since I arrived in DF for the Fulbright.

Of course, my life now revolves around operating rooms and IVs instead of blogging about tacos (for the most part), but hey…

Where I was a year ago...

Where I was a year ago...

...And where I am now

...And where I am now

May 12, 2009, 11:08 am
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Zocalo of Veracruz

Zocalo of Veracruz

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)

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

Viva Zapata!

Nobody does giant light up Poinsettias quite like DF
December 10, 2008, 2:58 pm
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Lights in the City

Lights in the City

Unrelated, but who’d have thought that by living in Mexico City I’d be somewhere LESS corrupt than home?  Sorry Mexico, but crooked cops working with kidnappers and drug lords can’t hold a candle to a governor trying to sell a senate seat, silence media critics, and extort the president elect, children’s hospital, and several of the world’s richest people…

**EDIT**  On second thought…