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Villa del Carbón – a weekend at the ranch outside of the Valley of Mexico..

Where to go, what to visit? Between searching online, or asking people for tips on where to go, what places to visit, there are always an unlimited amount of suggestions that come up.
Depending on who we would ask, of course, we would either get the “High Society, Mister!” answer of our richest of the rich mirreyes (lit. ‘my kings’, as kids flaunting richness are mockingly called) students with spas, theme-parked resorts, and bea-uuuu-tiful shopping malls, the most extensive holiday cabins with private golf courts (well, maybe not that), jacuzzis (probably), and not even realise you’re in unique place A, B, or C in Mexico…

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Mexico City at its best: art during its holidays

Come visit Mexico City! You will find it at its best: when you’re a tourist. While I feel you have to live in a city to truly be able to understand, live, and appreciate it, that doesn’t.. erhm.. always mean more delight. For us it’s highly important then to now and then step out, be a tourist, and visit those museos, iglesias, monumentos, jardines botánicos, et cetera. You should too! Go out there and enjoy the city as tourists would – why would they visit your city anyway! The Chilangos (as the derogatory term goes for Mexico Cityzens, contemporarily worn with pride) tend to fill the colonial villages annexed by the city like…

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Regional food specialties in Mexico: Zacatecas

After the realization that except for fast food and clearly foreign originated food I barely have had food here that made me ecstatic, I revitalized my quest for good cuisine. Out of thought, mind, and schedule, there has not been much in that department to become enthusiastic about anyway, lately. Lately, venturing for more captivating sources of energy, or arranging such a composition solo, turned out to be nigh impossible, under ceteris paribus.

Work work. Step 2 on doing it legally

Aaaaaaaaa. Remember step 1? Meanwhile I’m … still not working legally. After going through bureaucracy in Seattle and having enjoyed the fresh air that comes with the sea climate, I received a neat visa that would allow me 30 days in Mexico to get all documents in order and to pick up my real work visa. However. That is where Mexican bureaucracy really starts.

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Work work. Step 1 on doing it legally

The mix of smells. The cheap looks. The high prices. The food court. Once again, I am on an airport, and once again I am in the US. Tired and looking to fill a stomach for a few bucks, I end up getting a Burrito. It tastes bland compared to Mexican standards, but o.k. as is. Tall people. White people. Fat people, but also lean and sporty people. Aggressive customs personnel, safety signs everywhere, probably to preemptively avoid lawsuits. Imagine a tiny 20 cm long, 6 cm high ramp up to a platform with big letters on it reading “WATCH YOUR STEP”. Potable water fountains with a counter on it for the amount of plastic bottles it saved. +1. Likes flying around at a rate of mice’ heartbeat.

Denver...

The US, food, service, and tipping culture

Being back from Denver, Colorado (hi, how are you), right back into work, I am having a hard time finding time to write, sit, and relax. Life continues after early hours on airports, long traveling times, still in a hostel. That’s what being on a holiday is like, right?

At least I had my first US experience! Right! Let me tell you about that and specifically, service.

I have met all, definitely compared to that in Mexico, very hospitable and talkative service providers – sometimes so clearly fake and exaggerated that it becomes annoying, but also sometimes very helpful and proactive)….

The ‘Malinchism’ love for strangers, and job prospects

Hi everyone, I know my blogposts have been long. And apparently I have been doing it all wrong. Lucky for you though, I will keep a more pleasant-to-read layout.

Today I would like to write about jobs. Again. In the life of a (previously) unemployed, non-beneficiary of social services, that just remains important. Are the extranjeros, the gringos, really held in such high regard? Or is it all just a scheme to attract foreign investment – which is arguably not at all such a good thing on the road to independence & to prevent pillaging of the country. So is it?

After some months here, I am sure. Yes.