Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was always one of my favorite holidays during my time living in Mexico. The elaborate, colorful ofrendas (altars)… the well-dressed Catrina statues… the tasty pan de muerto…the fascinating traditions at the cemetaries… It was so interesting to spend two years in a culture that not only felt [...]
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This past year has been a struggle for me & John to readjust from the “every other weekend = a 3-day+ vacation to a beach, jungle, colonial town or archaeological site” schedule that we got accustomed to living in Mexico City. (Yes, I can almost feel your waves of sympathy washing over me.) [...]
A belated Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all from me & John here in Arlington, Virginia! Thanks so much for continuing to visit this blog & offer your comments. I love hearing from everyone who has Mexico questions, anecdotes, & tips to share.
We interspersed some Mexico into 2011’s Annual Baking of the Cranberry Almond [...]
We found celebrating the Año Nuevo in Mexico City to be a bit different than our prior U.S.-based New Year’s Eve festivities. In the U.S., pressure always feels high among the 20/30-something crowd to have THE MOST AMAZING NIGHT OUT of your life. This usually involves spending 2x what you would normally spend on dinner [...]
One of the many Mexican Christmas traditions I’m missing while back in the US this year is the posada. The season of posadas began on Friday, December 16th– nine days before Christmas. When we lived in Mexico City, this marked both a time of holiday joy & grinchy anger, because of the sharp uptick in [...]
December in Mexico City is jam-packed with opportunities for celebration, highlighted by the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe on Dec 12, posadas, office parties, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, just to name a few. I found during our time in DF that the Mexico City goverment (a.k.a. “GDF”– Gobierno del Distrito Federal) really gets [...]
Have you ever wondered whether Mexico gets as excitable for its Independence Day as the United States does for the Fourth of July? Are you curious what traditions Mexico has that parallel the American traditions of eating your body weight in grilled meat, dressing up in a t-shirt emblazoned with a bald eagle wrapped in a [...]
As part of my continuing “Live Vicariously Through My Friends in Mexico” program, I wanted to alert y’all to some upcoming events in DF, Quintana Roo, and Hidalgo state that I thought may be worth checking out. Rest assured I continue to keep my finger on the pulse of kitschy activities despite my absence from [...]
Some things are so important to alert my readers to that I have to emerge from my 2-month blog hibernation to do so. Any guesses what could possibly make that exclusive priority list? The Feria Nacional del Burro, of course!!
For any readers who had the misfortune of missing my live coverage from the National Donkey Fair [...]
I had an affinity for Mexican-themed decor at an early age, judging by this clay taco I just unearthed from my box of “Julie’s Elementary/Junior High School Stuff”.
For anyone wondering– no, this is not a rabbit poo taco. Those small brown pellets are obviously ground beef, accompanied by orange shredded cheese, thin pieces of green [...]