5 Delightful Reasons Why You Will Love Pixar’s Coco

5 Delightful Reasons Why You Will Love Pixar’s Coco

Pixar’s movie “Coco” premiered in Mexico a full month ahead of the rest of the world, so I went to see it as soon as I could. Should you watch it? Yes!!!!!! Here’s why you’ll love it. Continue reading “5 Delightful Reasons Why You Will Love Pixar’s Coco”

Sweet Death

Sweet Death

Creative Hands of Mexico

The term artesanía roughly translates to “handcrafts” or “folk art” although cultural differences mean that the terms are not completely equal. For example, the adjective artesanal can and often is applied to certain processed foods such as bottle salsas, chocolate, coffee and alcohols if said products are made at a home or by a small enterprises that do not use industrial methods.

Despite the tempation cover some of these artesanal goods (as they ARE wonderful), I have stuck to products that fit the definition of handcrafted in English. However, there is one tradition that truly blurs the line between edible and non-edible “handcrafts.”

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Alfeñique is the creation of a sugar paste, which is then molded into various decorative shapes. The term is not known to foreigners, but anyone who has been to Mexico during Day of the Dead (esp. in central Mexico) has seen its most representative product… a highly…

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Blissful Mexican Recipes To Celebrate Day Of The Dead

Blissful Mexican Recipes To Celebrate Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead is a celebration which, like everything in Mexico, calls for lots of delicious food!  Continue reading “Blissful Mexican Recipes To Celebrate Day Of The Dead”

Mexico City: Top 7 Must-Sees & A History Untold

Mexico City: Top 7 Must-Sees & A History Untold

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch

Mexico City, also known as, Ciudad de Mexico, CDMX, Distrito Federito, D.F., Mexico D.F., El Capital, or simply Mexico is the most ancient city in the Americas and was originally the center of the Aztec Empire. This is a city that offers unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a mix of ancient and advanced, creative and scientific, culture and contemporary. The entire city is a renaissance and one of my favorite places on earth.

Just some quick facts:

Mexico City is the eighth richest city in the world, boasts the most museums on the planet, is the second largest city in the Western Hemisphere, just behind New York City, and is the most ancient city in the Americas.

The remnants of Mexico City’s history are juxtaposed with its contemporary advancements. For example, ancient temples  used for human sacrifice can be found next to its sprawling financial…

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Earthquake rescue, relief and rebuilding–It’s up to me!

Earthquake rescue, relief and rebuilding–It’s up to me!

Surviving Mexico

In the days since two strong earthquakes shook Mexico, I’ve seen a lot of conflicting advice, suggestions, and commentary.  What I’ve come to realize that it comes down to personal responsibility and that the only person who can decide if you are personally responsible or not, is, well you.

Let’s talk about Jorge.  He wasn’t a trained first responder.  He wasn’t a building expert.  He was quite ordinary in fact. But what Jorge did was assess the situation, said to himself “It’s up to me.” and crawled through rubble to rescue 4 children trapped inside. (Jorge Houston: el desconocido que ayudó a rescatar niños del Rébsamen)

This was not an isolated occurrence. Thousands upon thousands of residents took up the call for aid just minutes after the earthquake. Instead of saying “Well, the military will get here soon and they can take charge.” they said “It’s up to…

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3 Awesome Ways You Can Help Mexico’s Earthquake Victims

3 Awesome Ways You Can Help Mexico’s Earthquake Victims

Mexico is dealing with possibly the biggest humanitarian crisis in its history, and we need your help. Continue reading “3 Awesome Ways You Can Help Mexico’s Earthquake Victims”

What a Deadly Earthquake Will Teach You About Courage

What a Deadly Earthquake Will Teach You About Courage

On September 19th, 2017, a deadly earthquake rocked Mexico City and sparked a thousand stories of indescribable pain and unbelievable courage. Continue reading “What a Deadly Earthquake Will Teach You About Courage”

How Mexico Lived its Strongest Earthquake in a Century

How Mexico Lived its Strongest Earthquake in a Century

On Thursday, September 7th, 2017, a few minutes before midnight, Mexico lived through its strongest earthquake in a century. This is what happened. Continue reading “How Mexico Lived its Strongest Earthquake in a Century”

America and Americans: The people of a country, or a continent?

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What does it mean to be an American, geographically and linguistically?

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We all know that the internet provides plenty to annoy and offend. Vindictive and ignorant debates rage in the comment sections of nearly any news article, no matter what it’s about.

I avoid reading the comments on news stories about Mexico, which inevitably include some variation on “I’d never go to Mexico,” “It’s a failed state,” or the ever-charming “This is why we need to build a wall.”

Statements like those are fodder for multiple blog posts. But in this one, I’d like to address a dispute that seems to come up often: the term America.

One argument is that people from the U.S. call themselves Americans out of disrespect for all the other people who live in the American continent, as if the Chinese called themselves Asians, somehow disregarding all the other people who live in Asia.

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5 Stunning Places You Need to Visit on Your Honeymoon in Playa del Carmen

5 Stunning Places You Need to Visit on Your Honeymoon in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one of the best places to spend your honeymoon or a romantic getaway. Look at all the wonderful possibilities! Continue reading “5 Stunning Places You Need to Visit on Your Honeymoon in Playa del Carmen”