The troubles of inter-national marriages

Marry a foreigner! They might have better beaches than your home.

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Marimba season

Marimba music is all well and good. But why begin at 5 AM? Accompanied by a heavy artillery of firecrackers? Who got the idea that the Virgin of Guadelupe likes startling booms in the pre-dawn chill? Is it some sort of reference to the use of the Virgin as a symbol of Mexicanity in the…

Likes

Most blog posts on here are about what I like, but here’s some not mentioned before: Public displays of affection – couples (also many over 16) snuggling or making out on street corners Flexibility: if the rule blatantly doesn’t make sense, the person in charge will disregard the rule. Some might say that this is…

Around Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a very aesthetically pleasing town with lots of radical street art, investment in cultural centres and exhibition spaces, wide streets, handicrafts… and Mexico’s tastiest cuisine. You should visit!! And everyone should do a ceramics tour and buy some pottery at Colectivo 1050 Grados – they have a shop on the delightful Xolotl square,…

Baseline

Chayote, odious white goods, comments on class and variable geography.

Peñatas

Many Mexicans are unhappy with the current president’s failure to lead for the people. This has led some citizens to combine tradition with frustration and instead of the piñata, have a Peñata at their parties:  

El Dia de los Muertos

It’s the Day of the Dead here (well three days of the dead) and in the spirit of local custom we set up an altar featuring marigolds, candles, things to remind us of our loved ones, and food for them (including booze and coffee!). The done thing seems to be to put the flowers in…

Bakgårdar, bakgator!

I fredags åkte vi buss till Ilala för att kolla var de unga akrobaterna i vår capoeiragrupp tränar. Det var en skön eftermiddag, jag fick sittplats på bussen, det tog bara 20 minuter att åka dit. Killarna hade redan tränat sedan morgonen och deras pyramider och volter var inte riktigt lika innertakshöga som när de…

Scots Missionaries anecdote

Anecdote of the day: Megan on ‘The White Man’s Burden’ by William Easterly: “The white man has a lot to answer for… The Scots missionaries more than any of them! You go to any underdeveloped country and ask anyone ‘what’s your name?’ – it’s something like McKenzie. McKenzie, Macloud, MacDonald, they’ve all been there!“Jan: “Everything…

Local deep culture events at 6.30 AM

One good thing about being an eternal outsider is that you get to experience odd tourist phenomena even in your own town. In this case, it’s the Oxford May morning shenanigans. Actualy, I should rephrase everything. One good thing about living in Oxford is that it’s a city with deep cultural texture, giving rise to…

florid argument

I’ve just had the privilege of watching the argentine argue politics. What an opulence of gesture. Also, less positively, it was only the men doignt he a rguing – my hostess V was making an effort to make the feminine voice heard but th eother two aldies were mostly silent and my castellano, and knowledge…