Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ecuador

In case you missed the news about the rebellion/coup attempt in Ecuador today, here's an article from the New York Times: Standoff in Ecuador Ends With Leader’s Rescueby Simon Romero

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Guava

Newest fruit obsession: guava. 


I had tasted guava juice or guava-flavored things previously, but had never eaten a guava until I came here.


Once they're peeled, they're harder on the outside and softer on the inside, with seeds -- kind of strange, but tasty! 






Did you know (at least according to wikipedia): 
Guavas are often included among superfruits, being rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and Cfolic acid, and the dietary mineralspotassiumcopper and manganese. Having a generally broad, low-calorie profile of essential nutrients, a single common guava (P. guajava) fruit contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I live here

Awesome video of Mexico City. Ready to come visit me yet?

CD. DE MÉXICO, video documental from ESTEBAN ARRANGOIZ on Vimeo.

Feliz cumple!

So many birthdays!! Saturday night we celebrated Lilian and Nicolas' birthdays. We're not just our "small" international group anymore though -- we've added lots of new friends from the trip! 

Happy birthday Lilian! 

Filming Lilian's birthday video

México de Mil Colores: Guadalajara

We arrived in Guadalajara around 10pm on Friday. We went out with a group of about 20 to a nearby plaza for a laid-back dinner and stayed til around 1:30am. 

Saturday we went to Tequila (see previous post) and got back to Guadalajara that evening. A friend and I met up with my Avelino-- a friend I met during study abroad in Argentina-- and his girlfriend and we went on an unofficial evening/nighttime tour of Guadalajara. Later that night we went out dancing with other people on the trip to celebrate our last evening (not on a bus!).

Sunday morning a few of us got up early to tour the city during the daytime, since we only had a few hours before leaving for Tlaquepaque (see previous post). Four of us took a horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic district and then did some more touring on foot.

Through Rotary, there was a large possibility that I could have studied at the University of Guadalajara. While I enjoyed the trip to Guadalajara and it has some great things to offer, I was not overly impressed. I'm glad to say I am happy with my decision to study at UNAM -- both for the school and location.

Below is a compilation of photos from the night and day time tours =)  

Plaza/Catedral by night
Plaza/Catedral by day
Catedral by night
Catedral by day

Hidalgo

honoring famous Tapatios (people from Guadalajara)

loved this church



Plaza Garibaldi

Karen and I met up with a friend from my
Argentina study abroad and his gf 

Carriage ride! 



smallest church in Guadalajara

Theater by night

Theater by day 




Fine arts museum

crazy chairs 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Two months in...

Sunday the 26th marked 2 months of living in Mexico! I didn't realize until today, so I can't really say I did anything to "celebrate" -- but I did go see a Mexican play with friends!

We saw "Las Tandas del Centenario" by Carlos Pascual. It was about a theater company putting on a show in 1910 to celebrate the Centennial of Independence. The Mexican Revolution came, followed by various changes in leadership -- so their play kept changing along the way to fit with the changing political context. 

I didn't quite understand all of it (moments when I realize I have so much to learn still!), but I got the gist of it. Comedy is so much harder to follow when you don't know all the local vocab and historical background! 



When we went to buy tickets on Saturday, an acquaintance who helped
with costumes gave us a tour and we got to go onstage! 

Onstage at the Julio Castillo theater 

Vanessa and I outside of the Julio Castillo theater 

Martin, Karen and I outside of the Julio Castillo theater

Curtain call and special presentation at the end of the show, to
celebrate closing night 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

México de Mil Colores: Tlaquepaque

Sunday afternoon we went to Tlaquepaque, a suburb of Guadalajara.  Our bus was having issues and needed to be fixed, so we (group of 40) took the public bus there. The weather was great most of the trip, but we got caught in a downpour on our way to Tlaquepaque. 






I liked Tlaquepaque -- quaint, with character and lots of little shops (though a bit touristy). 








Torta ahogada ("drowned sandwich")-- a standard in Guadalajara. 











I was going to have the bird pick my fortune -- until the woman
jacked up the price. Sorry birdies -- I don't need to know that bad.














lucha libre 


The girls at El Parián -- plaza surrounded by bars/restaurants
and known for its mariachi


This is the first group that serenaded us -- before a group started playing
right next to them and we couldn't hear anything! 





El Parián


The second mariachi group of the night -- with lots more
personality/character! 


Lilian borrowing the mariachi's violin



























From there we boarded the bus and made the journey back to Mexico City and back to reality!