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…

Not a day without oompah music

Not a single day. Not a day without oompah music. Trombones. Accordions. usually it’s sentimental norteñas in the taxi, if I take a taxi, or a band blasting away at some 16-hour-long party across the valley, or just walking past an open door. Tsh-tshtshtssh-tshtsh marks the start of a cumbia and soon the brass follows! Any set always…

Visit Mexico: the beaches!!!!

Here´s one of the best bits. I´ve only experienced the beaches in Oaxaca and at the tip of the Yucatán peninsula. But there´s more on the Caribbean coast in Quintana Roo, down the hill from us in Chiapas and on the Pacific coast all the way up to Baja California… And the beach means grilled…

Visit Mexico! The SIGHTS…

Hug a cactus, try some organic moonshine, make a chia pet from local clay, walk in the hills or back streets, spot the best graffiti, gawp at art made by people who knew what to do with a chisel: Here’s some stuff to do when you come!

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…

Bad headscarf deal

Why is the dress code of Turkish Muslim women so bulky and provincial?

Topless professionals

I’ve just had my body double-scrubbed at a hamam – palace of sensual femininity, a temple of Oxun, the flirtatious orixa of fresh water. For a handful of lira you get entrance to the echoing, splashing, dome-roofed hamam with a tiled platform surrounded by benches and basins of water… For two euros you get scrubbed…

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?