NO! NO CHANGE!

There´s a saying about the ruling political party: “They’ll change everything to make sure that nothing changes”. This philosophy has clearly permeated all Mexican life, at least retail, because it’s near-impossible to get any CHANGE. How can an entire economy be so strapped for coin? s? I needed money this evening to reimburse people’s travel expenses…

Green & yellow fuzz

I keep being late for work because every morning I discover something else that’s covered in mold and needs a vinegar bath (or soak or scrub). To wit: My only sexy high heel shoes 20-dollar bills Kuksa (by the way, that price is extortionate. Come to Finland and buy one instead, get a nice trip…

Neighbourhood showoff

I just have to brag a little bit about something for which I deserve absolutely no credit. But our neighbourhood is so cool. Too bad I can’t live here permanently. Within three blocks we have delicious tamales,. A carpentry workshop. A bike- and bicimaquina workshop, an underground craft beer brewpub, and TWO count’em TWO clown…

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…

The zeitgeist reaches us!!!

Seen parked on the street: a long-distance mountain-style PENNY FARTHING with backpack, daypack, three water bottles and assorted kit strapped to it. Did someone pedal that UP THE MOUNTAIN???

Quiet today

Is everyone recovering from the governor’s wedding to a TV-product Jordan lookalike?

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…

Mongolisk folk-rock i ett lavastensslott

Bumping into people on the street who’re organising a fundraising gig with Inner Mongolian folk rock, Ruben from Cafe Tacubaya and ‘the Bob Dylan of Greenland’… in the mindbending showoff lava palace of ‘El Indio’ Fernandez… Previous plans cancelled. Entry in Swedish.

Dålig meininki på byfesten

It didn’t seem like anyone was having much fun at the village party, despite the Guatemalan band in matching pearly-grey suits blowing the hell out of their saxophones. Entry in Swedish.

Flooded lake resort

Football goal posts, basketball hoop, banana trees, swings sticking out of the water – the shores of Lake Tziscao had been flooded since new year’s day. Later we’d canoe up to some of the lakeside cabins and peer in through the tops of the open doors. Women were standing in the water next to the…

Baseline

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

Weaving reflections

I’ve made friends with a couple of upscale women in textile handicrafts – they work on private sector ‘inclusive value chains’ i.e. getting better prices to artisans by encouraging them to make more market-friendly designs of their traditional weaving etc, and marketing that to rich folks. This is a fascinating area. I did an online…

Ayotzinapa ‘disappearances’ protests

The extrajudicial kidnapping and killing of the 43 student teachers from the radical teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa has had the country in disgusted upheaval for months now because of the way it revealed the cosy cooperation between Iguala municipality’s mayor, drug gangs, the police and the national army. For those of us coming from the…