Feliz cumpleaños Carlos.

Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Humor, Personalities | 1 Comment


Ever wonder how Charles Darwin gets celebrated the Mexican way? Well, with a piñata of course!

Meet the H.M.S. Beagle piñata.

If you are not familiar with Mexican culture I will just say that beating something with a wooden stick until it bursts into pieces is actually a sign of appreciation. I wasn’t there unfortunately, but I am sure the piñata was filled with exotic fruits and candy.


[Images courtesy of Rodolfo Salas]


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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | Ants, Popular Culture | 4 Comments
Central square, Oaxaca City, Mexico.

Central square, Oaxaca City, Mexico.

I just returned from a trip to Mexico where I visited family and friends (thus the absence of posts on previous weeks). While driving through Mexico City, or rather, while I was stuck in traffic for hours, I was reminded of an ubiquitous element of the country’s urban landscape: the trunk of each and every tree and shrub in parks, along streets and avenues, is painted white for at least a meter high from the ground. › Continue reading

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