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Dia del Muerte
Hope ya'll all had nice halloweens.



I write to you from a hotel in Mexico City. Last week I was told that I would be here for work. I am here. The equipment I am here to install is in customs. Tomorrow is Dia del Muerte which is such a major holiday in Mexico that the customs clearance office closed early today so I have little to do until Monday. Plus my cell phone doesn't work so they can't easily reach me for me to give tech support to customers in the US and Canada. Que lastima!


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I post that picture taken on my taxi ride from the airport because I like the color theme going between the car and the building wall.

I'm in a hotel down the block from the US embassy so they are plenty used to gringos here. So used to gringos that at the Sanborn's department store next door they tried to short change me 20 pesos by giving me a bunch of coins assuming I wouldn't/couldn't count it all. Unfortunately for the cashier lady I had just done a count-the-change drill trying to figure out the value of the coins so I could properly tip for the meal I had just had. When I pointed out the error she came up with 20 peso bills instead of coins she had given me at first.

It was all to the advantage of the indio nina (I know, I am too lazy/incompetent to figure out how to do the accents and enyes) who has been begging all day near the hotel since I split the amount I recouped from the cashier with her.

The beggars I've seen around here so far are all children and little indio mamas and grand mamas. Today most of the children have plastic jack o lanterns so they are like dirty disheveled trick or treaters. The mamas and the ninos are a pretty sad looking bunch.

The meal I had was so so at a place called Nueva Cuba. The food was not at all Cuban except sorta the mojita I had. I ate tacos and flautas because I decided against one of the large seafood dinners. The place sports the name Nueva Cuba not because of the food but because of the music. I was there for the early set, a loose rambling selection of cha cha chas and sons that carried the mood. As I was leaving I saw a chalk board on the side walk touting the grupos, a different band every two hours, scheduled for the night. There was a dance floor where 20 or so couples could cha cha cha or do whatever danzon is done to the son. It was moderately full while I was there and the energy level was building as I left at about 8pm. Since tomorrow is a holiday I guess people were in weekend/festival mode or the place could be hopping every night for all I know.

I have only been here one full day so far and I am hoping to enjoy some good food. It will have to be serious good since back home in Queens just a couple of blocks from my apartment I can get this:

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The most silly part of me trying to communicate here is that I keep slipping in Japanese words and bowing and saying HAI! instead of si. My brain just isn't wired very well for learning different languages. See how far I have yet to go to become effective communicating in English.

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helima From: helima Date: November 2nd, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that last meal looks divine.
Hope you get settled in proper though
and take more pictures!
:)
From: wrayb Date: November 2nd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

soy una turista

In Japan taking pictures was not such a problem. Every one takes pictures all the time. Turisting is a honorable and expected thing to do. Having lived in Texas for the first 25 years of my life anytime I was anywhere near the border of Mexico I did all I could to not seem like a turist. With your note of encouragement I will try to overcome my adversion to seeming so like the turist that I am.

al_zorra From: al_zorra Date: November 2nd, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
"el Mojito ..." like el Rhon ...."

Nice Photo, yes!

One of the very best Mexican meals we've ever had -- meaning MEXICAN, not New Mexican, Southern CA Mexican, etc. -- was in Boston, in a restaurant locally own by Mexicans, called ¡Olé!. Their chef was Filippino, who trained in Oxaca -- which was the branch of Mexican cuisine served -- one of the great world cuisines.

Love, C.
From: wrayb Date: November 3rd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, i keep hearing about the food of Oxaca. The closest I've come to Oxacan food is the local tamale vender at Roosevelt and 61st in Woodside. Some day.
helima From: helima Date: November 13th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Are you still in Mexico City?

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From: wrayb Date: November 14th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Are you still in Mexico City?

Back home this weekend. Catching up with bills and laundry and sundry.

Hope to catch up with the online world this coming weekend.

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