- I’m a little late with this one, but I am still working on my resolutions for 2013. I feel like taking extra time to really think through what is achievable and prioritize is better than a laundry list, so stay tuned for resolutions in the next week.
- Ever since we returned to Mexico City last week I have been missing Tulum something fierce. While we were enjoying New Year’s Eve dinner at everyone’s favorite restaurant in Tulum, Posada Margherita, we learned about their new outpost in NYC called Circolo. It gives me something to look forward to when we return to the East Coast and visit friends in the city, and if you are lucky enough to be in NYC this weekend, you should definitely cheke lo.
- On a sadder note, all week my twitter feed has been full of stories about alleged wild dog maulings in a Mexico City park. I am just as confused as everyone else about whether or not a bunch of strays could have killed 5 people, but I do know that the pictures of the street dogs the police have rounded up in response all remind me of my sweet little Mexican street dog Mila.
- 2013 brings with it much change in my life, including my departure from Mexico this summer after almost three years [sniff, sniff]. I’ve been pretty sad about the idea of leaving Mexico for a while now, but am trying to channel that into something productive and am working on my Mexico bucket list. So I am asking for your help - expats and Mexico lovers, what should I be sure not to miss before I leave?
- Did I mention I miss Tulum?
Posts tagged five things.
- I’m seeing more and more Dia de los Muertos stuff in DC this year, like this festive window display at Paper Source in Georgetown. Although I must say, trendy sugar skulls and papel picado are MUCH more expensive in the US than the real deal in Mexico.
- I am such a sucker for cute dog costumes this time of year - look at these amazing bulldog lions!
- Alcohol sales are now banned in Plaza Garibaldi - I read this article in disbelief! I understand the rationale, but I can’t imagine going to Plaza Garibaldi without buying a giant michelada and walking around the square.
- I am headed home to Mexico a day early to avoid the Frankenstorm on the East Coast and to start my preparations for Dia de Lost Muertos. We have everything ready for our altar and I’m really looking forward to setting it up - are you making an altar? What else should I be sure not to miss in Mexico City during Day of the Dead?
- Finally - I voted early in DC this week and it was such a great experience. The poll workers who devote their time to making sure the process is easy and fair are saints and should all get medals. I hope that everyone - whether in the US or an expat abroad - remembers to VOTE!
- I was interested to see an article in the Washington Post this week on swimming with whale sharks all over the world. I was especially interested in this letter that talks about the different experiences one couple had in Cancun and Isla Holbox [albeit years apart]. Our experience was much more like the one described in the letter in Holbox, but I can certainly see how without proper regulation it can quickly get out of control. Hand feeding the sharks in the Philippines and some of the other activities described in the article are sad to read about and I hope that in Mexico and elsewhere making and enforcing regulations will be a priority.
- If you’ve ever spent any time in Mexico City you’ll know the sound of every tamale vendor rolling down the street -"hay tamales oaxaqueños, tamales calientitos!" We’ve long wondered about where the tape that all tamale vendors play comes from, and this week I came across the answer! The interview is pretty priceless.
- Can you believe this picture of Cancun in 1969? I’ve seen so many of these old photos and they always blow my mind.
- This fictionalized account of Frida’s life was released for sale on Tuesday. I’ve really enjoyed reading about the cover design process, a collaboration between Anna Dorfman and Lisa Congdon, on Anna’s blog Door Sixteen [one of my favorites] and am thinking of ordering the book before my next plane ride.
- I think we are planning on a slow weekend - going to the tianguis for my favorite guacamole and maybe a trip to Xochimilco - what are you up to?
- How do you like the new look of This Gringo Honeymoon? I am so excited to have a fresh new blog design, thanks to the wonderful and talented Alyssa! I love what she came up with and can’t wait to get back to posting about our adventures in Mexico. I am still cleaning up categories and a few other things, so give us some time, but for now at least we are looking fresh and clean!
- I read about this Austin jog a dog program in Runner’s World last week and thought it was such a great idea. If you’ve ever run with a dog you know just how happy they are to stretch their legs, and shelter dogs could certainly use those endorphins. I love this idea so much - I would really like to be part of something like it in Mexico City or DC.
- With Independence Day behind us, I am already looking forward to Dia de los Muertos and had my first pan de muerto of the season this morning for breakfast. A bit early, I know, but I couldn’t help it when I saw them at the bakery last night.
- I know I am probably late to the game with this one because I don’t watch much TV, but this Volkswagen bulldog commercial is the best! I have watched it at least 15 times.
- Finally, I have a question for other expats in Mexico. I am looking to take some intensive Spanish lessons in October and November to get ready for the holiday party season. I am willing to dedicate a good amount of time to this, but need to be flexible around work and travel schedules. What have people with decent Spanish looking to improve fluency had success with? Private tutors? Berlitz? If you have any good suggestions let me know in the comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org - Thanks!
- It’s been a sad week full of distressing news for diplomats around the world. No matter what your politics, religion or nationality, it is a scary thing to turn on the news to see embassies and international schools under attack. This is what has been at the forefront of my mind for the past several days, and now that I am in DC the flags at half-staff are a constant reminder of the diplomats who gave their lives in service of their country this week.
- The New Diplomat’s wife has a fitting post today given all that is happening - as diplomats sometimes we like to think that we transplant all the trappings of “home” everywhere we go and can pick up and leave just as easily. In reality, our lives are totally intertwined with the people around us and the countries we live in. Picking up and leaving is not so easy.
- I am looking forward to seeing this new documentary on the Monarch migration, either in Chapultepec Park or at the Smithsonian in DC. It reminds me of one of our first adventures in Mexico, when we went to see the butterflies.
- To follow up on one of my things from last week, I got my chiles en nogada fix at Izote before we left Mexico, and it was both pretty and delicious.
- We are in DC this weekend and missing all the Independence Day celebrations in Mexico, but here is my post from last year. Hope everyone in Mexico City has a great time. Viva!
iphone photo from my run on the mall this morning
I’ve been thinking for a while that I don’t post anymore about the random things that I like on the blog. And wouldn’t everyone like to see a few more instagrams of my idiot dogs? Sure! Why not?
Am disciplined enough to post five things every Friday? Let’s find out! Here is my first Friday iteration of five things:
- I missed getting a Starbucks pumpkin scone when I was in the US last weekend by just ONE day. I have been thinking about them ever since so I’m going to try to make my own this weekend. I will tweet the results.
- Speaking of which, do you follow me on twitter? If you don’t, you should. I am a much better tweeter than I am blogger.
- This gif of Sasha Obama last night during her dad’s speech has had me laughing all day.
- I know people are going with darker plummy lips for fall, but I am still loving bright coral lips and this FACE Stockholm chili flake color for J.Crew is just as good as MAC Lady Danger.
- Since we won’t be in Mexico for Independence Day next weekend, I am really looking forward to eating chiles en nogada this weekend to celebrate early - but I will be eating them in a restaurant, not making my own like this chica.