Colonia del Carmen

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  • Day5

    Im Blauen Haus

    May 28, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Zwei Stunden haben wir angestanden, um in Frida Kahlos Geburtshaus zu kommen. Aber es hat sich gelohnt. Endlich drin, konnten wir einige ihrer Gemälde und Fotografien und auch einige Werke ihres Mannes Diego Rivera bewundern. Und weil wir schon mal im „Vorort“ Coyoacán waren, haben wir da noch einen kleinen Spaziergang gemacht – mexikanisches Kleinstadt-Feeling mit hübschen Plätzen und kleinen bunten Häuschen.Read more

  • Day110

    Coyoacan walking tour

    February 19 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    This morning we took an uber (of course so we could pack and have more sleep lol 😂) to the beautiful Coyoacan neighbourhood, home to the rich and the famous Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Apparently alot of famous stars of Mexican TV live in this area, and so makes since why it would cost around 1.5million dollors to buy just a small place here 😳😱 alot of people that live here though have had the houses in the family for generations, so that's how alot of normal people can afford to here too. The area has a very bohemian atmosphere with lots of small coffee, and cake shops with a beautiful town centre with alot of history around. We also took a visit to some of the gardens, which some are unnone to the mexicans visting the neighbourhood, as most tourist stick to the main centre of the town.Read more

  • Day110

    Frido Khalo musuem & home!

    February 19 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We visited the much famed house of Frida Kahlo in the afternoon, she is such a big figure of influence here in Mexico, know for her amazing paintings, individually in her dress sense, personally and home. She also was a revolutionary woman not scared to explore the new and controversial decisions in her life. Despite her misfortunes in life she was always positive and strong minded throughout (she contracted polio when she was a young child, and this made one of her legs shorter, then while in high school she had a terrible accident involving a train crash where was paralised and bed ridden for 1 year, where she started to paint as a hobby before she could walk again! She later realised in her life because of the accident she could no longer have children and continued to give her pain throughout her whole life) She married the famous painter Diago Rivera who she lived with in the house we visited with its beautiful gardens, colourful and creative interior.Read more

  • Day144

    México con Alain Delon, Super Chingon!

    June 1, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Nach einem 2 mal 6 Stunden Flug von Rio über Lima sind wir in Mexiko Stadt (Ciuadad de México, CDMX) angekommen. Wir wurden wärmstens von Rosita und Alejandro empfangen. Sie sind die Eltern von Jonathan, einem Freund aus Bern, und sie werden für die nächste Woche auch unsere liebevollen und behütsamen (Gast-) Eltern sein. Als erstes werden ein paar Quesadillas verdrückt, danach wurden wir von einem halben dutzend bellenden Bewachhunden in unserem neuen Zuhause in Empfang genommen.
    Die Luft ist auf 2‘300 Metern eher dünn und wegen dem Verkehr und den umliegenden Bergen eher verschmutzt. Das bereitet Moe etwas Mühe, ich hingegen fühle mich pudelwohl und stopfe auch alle möglichen mir noch unbekannten mexikanischen Kulinaritäten teilweise bereits schon zum Frühstück in mich hinein: scharfe Chilaquiles, Gorditas, Carnitas, Pambazo, Mamey, Tunas, natürlich Tacos al Pastor und vorallem mein neues Lieblingsgericht, die spektakuläre Mole mit Reis und Pouletschenkel! Die Mole hat mehr als 35 verschieden Zutaten, unter anderem Chillis, Nüsse und ungesüsste Schokolade, mhhhm , ein Traumessen für mich!
    Neben Essen steht auch viel Kultur auf dem Programm. Beim Centro Historico erfahren wir, wie die aztekische Hochkultur von den spanischen Kolonialherren einfach unterdrückt und überbaut wurde. Auf der Sonnenpyramide von Teotihuacán holen wir uns neue Energie. Wir erfahren wie Leo Trotsky (Neben Lenin ein russischer Revolutionär) im Exil in Mexiko kaltblütig mit einer Axt ermordet wurde. Wir lernen Frida Kahlos Casa Azul kennen und sind von Ihrem Leidensweg, ihrer postiven Lebenseinstellung und ihrer so unglaublich wertvollen Kunst sehr berührt. Ein Spruch von Ihr ist auch immer wieder mein Motto: „Muchas veces me simpatizan más los carpinteros, zapateros, etc, que toda esa manada de estúpidos disque civilizados, habladores, llamados gente culta“. Wir finden also beide die einfachen Arbeiter sympatischer als die Wichtigtuer und Schwätzer.
    Die Musik darf natürlich nicht fehlen. In einer Pulqueria durften wir zu einer Liveband Cumbia und Salsa tanzen und die neusten Pulques und auch Eselfleisch probieren. Beim Willie Colon Konzert durften wir mit tausend Mexikanern im Teatro Metropolitan zu ‚El Cantante‘ und zu ‚El Gran Varon‘‘ mitsingen. Und ich habe mir Aladdin (auf spanisch) zusammen mit Nachos- und Palomitas- (Popcorn) Schmatzern im Kino geschaut, während Moe neue, „tacosfreundliche“ Hosen einkaufte.
    Aber alles Gute hat mal ein (vorläufiges) Ende, und darum haben wir für Montag 12:30 ein Busticket nach Guadalajara gekauft. Schweizerisch pünktlich mittags fragen wir uns beim Terminal, wieso die Fahrt nicht angezeigt wird, bis wir merken das 12:30 A.M. eigentlich 00:30 Morgens heisst und wir den Bus schlafend verpasst haben. Nach einem 50% Zuschlag für ein Billet nachmittags sind wir dann um Mitternacht in Guadalajara angekommen.
    Weitere spannende Abenteuer aus der Studentenstadt Guadalajara folgen bald, und bis dahin: ‚Mantete chingon, Güero‘ (Bleib cool, Ausländer/Blonder)!
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Cayoacan (CDMX)

    December 22, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    🚇 Bella’s Artes —> 🚇General Anaya (quartiere Coyoacan)
    🌮 LUNCH: Chilaquiles in Mercado de Coyoacan (25$-35$) ☕️Cafe El Jarocho
    📍Walking around the district: Frida Kalo Museum, Plaza Hidalgo, Fuente de Coyotes, Parroquia San Juan BatistaRead more

  • Day17


    December 29, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    After consuming a copious brunch at Vegamo, we hopped on the Metro to set off exploring the Coyoacán neighborhood, located about 7 kilometers south of us.

    Just a quick word about public transit here in Mexico City. In a nutshell, there is no better way to get around. Once you've paid your 5 peso fare, you can stay on as long as you like. Yes. That's right, 5 pesos, the equivalent of about $0.35 CDN. The only negative about the Mexico City subway is the abundance of stairs and lack of functional escalators. On the plus side, I've been hitting my daily stair climbing goals since we got here.

    This neighborhood is one of Mexico City's oldest and was once home to artist Frida Kahlo and Marxist Leon Trotsky. Columbian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez now calls it home.

    On the way to our first stop, we stumbled across a very modern structure that is surrounded by a fence adorned with old French movie posters. Our curiosity got the best of us so we wandered in and learned it is the Cineteta Nacional de Mexico. It celebrates movie culture, has a film archive and video library and has ten theaters where you can watch a movie for 30 to 50 pesos, depending on the day of the week. At the moment, there is a European film festival underway with films being screened in their original language with Spanish subtitles.

    We then headed to our intended first stop, the Frida Kahlo Museum, but got no further than its general vicinity as the crowds were lined up around the corner to gain entrance. She is one of Mexico's most celebrated and recognizable artists whose face can be found on everything from t-shirts to coffee cups in souvenir shops and markets everywhere. The museum is actually housed in the home where she was born and died and contains many of her works and personal objects, including her bed with a mirror above it that she used for producing her self portraits. Rumour has it that beneath the bed still lie the eyebrow tweezers she lost as a teenager.

    We then made a quick visit to the local mercado which is by far the most claustrophobia inducing building I've ever been in. The stalls are strung together with a very narrow aisle running between them. All the vendors, save those selling food, seem to be selling the same tourist trap dust collecting souvenirs, which are busting from each stall. Clothing is hung over the passageways at a height suitable to the average Mexican, not a 6'3" Canadian. The cacaphony of bright Mexican colours adorning the wares is enough to trigger epileptic seizures. Needless to say, I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

    As a respite from the crowded marketplace, we next grabbed a bench at El Jardin Centenario, the entrance to which is through a 16th century double archway. We spent a little time people watching before continuing our exploration.

    Immediately adjacent to Jardin Centenario is Plaza Hidalgo and both venues were teeming with people on this cool Sunday afternoon. There were mimes, musicians and jugglers entertaining the crowds. There were organ grinders, candy sellers and even a couple of people trying to sell dogs. If we'd have been in Canada, I fear Brenda would have brought home a tiny Yorkshire Terrier puppy. I must admit, it was awfully cute.

    We popped into the 16th century Baroque style church, but didn't take any photos as there was a mass in progress at the time.

    After that we took a long leisurely stroll down the cobblestone-lined Francisco Sosa Street, one of the oldest in the city. As we made our way back towards the Metro, we admired the many 18th century colonial houses and mansions that lined the route.

    After we got off the Metro in our Roma neighborhood, we spotted people ice skating in a nearby park! Outdoors! In the sunshine! In Mexico City! OK, the ice didn’t look to be in the best of shape, and I didn’t see any future Sidney Crosby’s, but ya gotta love the effort and the novelty this must offer the locals. Pretty cool. Sorry, bad pun.
    The more time I spend in Mexico City, the more I like it!
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  • Day313

    Mexico City Part 2

    June 7, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    After a week at the beach, we flew from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City so that we could meet up with our friend, Julie, who had travelled from Australia to Mexico to visit us. The hour-and-a-half flight got us into Mexico City airport with enough time to collect our bags and catch the train to the other terminal to meet Julie. We had made signs to hold as she exited immigration but her flight was early and she appeared before we could pull out the signs. Welcome to Mexico Aunty Julie!

    We spent the next two days in Mexico City exploring the nearby area and the Frida Kahlo house-cum-museum. The museum, also known as the Blue House, is dedicated to the Mexican artist and avant garde fashion icon, who was famous for her self-portraits (and her unique fashion) that combined popular culture with indigenous and folk styles. The museum included not only her artwork and photos but personal items that provided an insight into her lifestyle. Frida had contracted polio as a child which left her disabled and then was injured when she was involved in a bus accident when she was eighteen, which affected her for the rest of her life. Due to her injuries, she needed to wear corset-like garments to support her frail body, which she incorporated into her fashion. Apparently children would call out to her in the streets and ask her “where is the circus?”. To call it Fridamania would be an understatement. Frida's everywhere, including on the 500 peso note.

    We also meet a Venezuelan PhD student, Gerardo, studying in Mexico, who helped us practise our Spanish, although the conversations tended to be more Spanglish, a mix of Spanish and English whenever we were unable to find the vocabulary to express ourselves. However, we did prove to ourselves that we are able to make small talk (really small talk). Maybe we can continue our conversation when we return. Our time in Mexico City was only brief but we will be back to spend more time in the megacity upon our return from our next destination.

    Next stop: Cancun.
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  • Day11


    December 25, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Our second Uber driver also got lost - this time with a great result passing by a musical instrument market by the roadside. Mitch was beside himself and our driver kindly agreed to stop so Mitch could have a look at the second-hand guitars. He didn’t buy any but was in heaven just looking.

    Then onwards to the colonial town of Coyoacan - previously the external capital of Spain following its colonisation.

    Charming and busy - the central plaza which boasts a public garden teeming with families enjoying the Christmas Day sunshine.

    We were hungry and wanted to eat sitting down- the only restaurant that fit the brief (in a town surrounded by street-food carts) was an Italian place.

    After lunch we wandered the square and explored the local artisanal market before heading back to Mexico City.

    It’s our last night here - a very early start tomorrow to head to the airport to start our Cuban adventure.
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  • Day2

    A meeting with Frida and Diego

    February 24, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Fully satiated with breakfast and with the guide book already consulted, we ventured onto Mexico City's public transport network to visit the Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's home, now a museum to both of them and a place we weren't going to be visiting as part of our tour.

    Despite the usual mishaps of almost mistaking the Metrobus for the Metro (which, truth be told is reminiscent of the NY subway in that it's efficient but a bit grotty and not somewhere you'd want to be late at night) and getting slighty lost on the way there, we arrived to find a huge queue. Normally we would have turned around and left but as this is in the Top 5 of the city's attractions, we bore out the 90 minute wait to get inside.

    Once though the turnstile, we entered into Frida and Diego's world. This was the house where she was born, lived and died, although it had been altered when she took full control on the death of her parents. The grounds were an oasis of tropical plants, sculptures and fountains. However, it was on entering the two exhibitions, one permanent and one seasonal, that we discovered Frida as person and artist. I had been aware of her and the style of her work but it was a passing acquaintance.

    The temporary exhibit was a display of her clothes, medical corsets and prostheses. I didn't know that her right leg had been withered by polio at the age of 6 and that she had suffered serious injuries in a bus accident at 18 years old that had required her to have 22 operations in her life. Rather than be bowed or cowed by her disabilities, she turned them into strengths often turning her corsets into works of art. She also adopted indiginous style dress called Tehuana - her mother was half Zapotec. These dresses involved a highly decorative and embroidered top half and a dark, long and flowing skirt. For Frida this dress drew attention away from her disabilities, allowing her to accentuate her positive features and appear taller. She eventually had her leg amputated in 1953 after which she coined her most famous phrase, 'Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly!'

    Frida, the artist, was equally as interesting. She painted in both surreal and magical realist styles that highlighted the real and the absurd in life; the magical and the political. She was a follower of communist theory and actually gave refuge to Trotsky and his wife for two years following his exile from the Soviet Union. There are 3 examples of her work in the photos, ones which I found particularly notable. She also engaged in photography and made commentary of issues important to her by cutting portions of the photos out, sometimes leaving the spaces blank and sometimes transposing bits.

    All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience although I would say go early if you were going or attempt to prebook tickets that, in theory, allow you to jump the queue. That being said, the website seemed to be as abstract as her paintings and those who were queuing in the prebooked line were not moving much faster than us!
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  • Day48

    Ciudad de México - semana III

    July 21, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Die Routine vom morgendlichen Unterricht bleibt uns auch in dieser Woche erhalten.
    Wir halten telefonischen Kontakt zu Familie und Freunden... Schön, dass es allen gut geht.
    Ansonsten besuchen wir diese Woche das Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo, was jetzt nicht ganz so super war 🙃 und die Ausgrabungen des Templo Mayor, sehr interessant!

    Zwei Highlights haben wir diese Woche:
    Zum einen erfahren wir durch Zufall, dass Patrick (ein alter Bekannter aus meiner Heimat) mittlerweile seit 3 Jahren in CDMX lebt. Kurz Kontakt aufgenommen und zwei Tage später sitzen wir bei enchiladas und cervezas zusammen und freuen uns über das Treffen, was wir in den nächsten Tagen sicher wiederholen werden.

    'chile en nogada' heißt das Zweite.
    Wir sind von unserer Gastfamilie in Puebla über's Wochenende eingeladen, nochmals bei ihnen zu übernachten und mit der ganzen Familie diese saisonale und lokale Spezialitäten zu kochen.
    Hierzu werden Chiles geröstet, gehäutet, mit einer Mischung aus Früchten und Fleisch gefüllt und mit einer Eierpanade (für die österreichischen Leser 'Eierpanier' 😄) angebraten. Kalt serviert mit einer Walnuss-Milch-Salsa... super lecker😋
    Der ganze Spaß dauert allerdings Stunden und die Mithilfe von x Personen ist notwendig. Aber den abendlichen Gästen und uns hat's geschmeckt und somit war's die Mühe wert.
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