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  • Day4

    Veracruz, Windstärke 5

    November 12, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    Der Weg nach Veracruz ist lang, die Busfahrt dauert etwa 6 Stunden ohne Pause mit Klimaanlage auf höchster Stufe 🏔❄️ Dazu Monitore mit spanischen Filmen, die so laut laufen, dass die eigenen Kopfhörer kaum dagegen ankommen 😅

    Ich werde krank, aber der Bus ist bequem.

    Bei der Ankunft weht es uns fast von der Straße. Windgeschwindigkeit laut Google 37 km/h.
    Ist für die Zeit hier normal, macht aber einen Spaziergang an der Promenade nahezu unmöglich, weil die Wellen meterweit über den Strand hinweg auf die Straßen und Gehwege spülen.

    Kleiner Abendspaziergang mit Guide:
    Es gibt 86 offizielle Sprachen in Mexiko.
    Gerade in Veracruz herrscht ein großer afrikanischer Einfluss. Denn die Spanier haben mit ihren eingeschleppten Keimen soviele Indigene ausgerottet, deren Immunsystem darauf nicht reagieren konnte, dass sie neue Arbeiter brauchten, um ihre Städte zu errichten.
    Also afrikanische Sklaven, die gehen immer. 🤨
    Die Region ist reich an Phosphor, Zucker, Kakao und Vanille.

    Die Stadt ist wirklich hübsch, auch wenn der Wind einem immer wieder Sand in die Augen treibt und der Blick verschwimmt.

    Vorbei an einer schönen alten Festung geht es durch die Straße La Huaca, was Tod bedeuten soll.
    Hier haben früher die afrikanischen Sklaven gelebt, außerhalb der geschützten Stadtmauern, daher der Name. Sie besteht aus vielen kleinen bunten Holzhäusern, bei denen ich mir nicht vorstellen kann, wie sie den Sturm überstehen.

    Die Gehwege sind zum Teil mit tollen Mosaiken verziert und auf dem Zócalo singen hunderte Vögel wie verrückt in den Baumkronen.

    Auf dem Rückweg dann doch noch mal schnell an den unterspülten Strand für einen Panoramablick auf die beleuchtete Skyline der Stadt.
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  • Day5

    Wildwasserrafting und Ziplining

    November 13, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die besten Ideen sind nicht immer die klügsten.

    Wie zum Beispiel Wildwasserrafting und Ziplining mit Rachenentzündung und aufkommender Erkältung 😅

    Aber bevor ich mich in Veracruz wegwehen lasse, um ein paar spanische Monumente zu begutachten... Was soll's, war super 😬

  • Day27

    Veracruz - Ary my Couchsurfer host

    February 10 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    The weekend has been intense. My host Art in Veracruz went far and beyond to make me feel comfortable, show me as much as possible and answer all me questions.
    This is the main reason why a travel and who’s I stay or meet with couchserver’s. Learn about the everyday live from individuals in different cultures, the values, norms, tradition and challenges.
    Let’s start with Ary, 27, a free and talented woman, traveler, big heart, communicate, smart, educated and street smart - one of kind. In her CS profile she describes her self as;

    “Mujer soñadora, poeta reprimida, amante leal del mar, luchadora de los derechos de las mujeres, niñas, comunidad LGTB y perrunos. Toastmaster por elección, Abogada postulante”.

    She is a practicing lawyer specialized in family law. She is in practice with Angel. Here is a little story.

    When I arrived in Veracruz on Friday Angel and Ary picked me up from the airport. She said she would take me to work because they still had stuff to do. I thought of an office.
    What they actually did was do drive to a clients husband (domestic violence and divorce) to bribe him into leave the house as soon as possible. Money was given, an agreement was struck that he would be leaving by Monday. Easy right?

    Sometimes she is tired of fighting. She is good with clients. She doesn’t ask for payment for the first appointment. Because she feels sorry for them..... She is not good in asking money, her partner does that. Often when they need favors from court Angel goes. Because of his gender he get’s more stuff done with the male dominated judiciary system. I guess it is better to pursue another career:-). She has dreams!
    She lives and loves intensively. I can tell from how we spent the weekend:-). She has a really good taste in food - of course I welcome that! She knows the history of her town and country.

    I was really lucky to have met her!
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  • Day25

    Veracruz - Angel Duarte and his GGGGG

    February 8 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Angel is Ary’s partner in crime. 34, married, no kids. Lover of languages, museums and history. While we were waiting in the car for Ary to come back from her bribery activities we had a interesting chat. I’d like to point out one story.
    Angel likes to search for his roots. Like most Mexican he doesn’t really know where he comes from because the continuous mixing of races.
    He was lucky enough to go back as far as to his great-great-great-great-grandfather (!).
    HIs GGGGG (will call him this now) was a slave from a Portuguese invader and major landowner. His last name was Duarte. At the time the name of the owner of the slaves was given to their slaves. Because once the slaves were sold their name was annihilated.
    So Angel today has the same last name as the owner of his GGGGG who was a slave.

    How..... odd is that? Can’t find words. Same happened to the black slaves imported from Africa.
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  • Day26

    Veracruz - Naya y Estaban, Vaisnavismo

    February 9 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Naya is Ary‘s flatmate. She is also a lawyer, studied with Ary and works with her dad who is also a lawyer. Esteban her boyfriend.
    Esteban is from Colombia. He grew up with the religion Vaisnavismo His mom practiced the religion. Since more than a year he lives in Veracruz with his community.
    Naya ha rough teenager/adolescent years. She come from middle/upper class family. She has been introduced to the religion by a someone she met accidentally. Sit years ago. She said she wasn’t ready then.
    A year ago she gave up her privileges, started to practice the religion and now lives a simple life to serve her god and the community. Gos as in a supreme being, whatever you like him/her to be.

    What I like about the community from what she told is the simplicity. Only four (not 10!) rules they need to follow. And to follow them is seen as a process. You are not a sinner if you don‘t follow the rules, it is recognized that you try as much you are able to in your own time.
    The community gives a sense of purpose in live like many religions. But it‘s tolerant and openminded.
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  • Day27

    Veracruz - Mujer

    February 10 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    While we were leisurely walking in Boca del Rio where the river joins the sea, we encounter a fotoshooting.
    Ary comments that most probably she is a call-girl and she is doing the portfolio for her customers.
    Ary says that many girls here grow up with the idea that the only thing in her life they can accomplish is to become a prostitute. Since they grow up with the idea they are somehow blocked to think of other options. Living in a Port city might
    They might do it to survive but also to have a better live, not “really needing” to do it from a financial perspective.
    Mexico is a very Machismo culture where a lot of abuse and violence occur against woman.
    Equality is still a somewhat unknown term.
    It reminds me of an article I read about Swiss students in Zürich who prostitute themselves to by brand goods.
    I put the pic on private so only”followers” can see it.
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  • Day25

    Boca del Río, VER, Mexico

    February 8 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Boca del Rio is the new part of Veracruz. Mostly residential area for the wealthy people.
    Wee took a walk along the river which joins the ocean. The women in the colorful dresses are from Chappas (if I remember well). Ary recognized them from the broidery. One dress costs 20’000 pesos. This is worth one month rents of a lush apartment.
    The dresses and the women are beautiful.
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  • Day26

    Veracruz - Beto

    February 9 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    And there is Alberto alias Beto. I would say a crazy guy in the best of ways. Smart, funny, kind, spiritual. We had an immediate connection.
    He is an engineer, was a pilot, has read 180 books of music and is developing an a one of a kind app where everybody can learn music. Did not understand too much but it seems he developed a technique which is a first. He also is writing two books and of course works. And I guess he does a million more things I don’t know of. He hopes to become rich! I sure wish him so!

    He is single which does not wonder one because the guy has no time for relationship!
    I think he is one of those guys who unexpectedly meets the love of his live and she will become his priority!
    Side note to Beto; it WILL NOT be my daughter😜😬🤨!
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  • Day3


    October 17, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Irgendwann werde ich mich evtl. zum Beginn meines Sabbaticals "zurückarbeiten", bis dahin der etwas willkürliche Beginn jetzt und hier.

  • Day36


    November 4, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Heute haben wir Veracruz erkundet. Besonders im Bezug auf die spanische Eroberung ist die Golfküste interessant, da Hernán Cortés hier zum ersten Mal amerikanischen Boden betrat.
    Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück im "traditionsreichsten Café von Veracruz" haben wir den Plaza de la República, den Zócalo und den Hafen mit seinem Leuchtturm besucht. Anschließend haben wir das Castillo de San Juan de Ulúa besichtigt. Da die Gewässer vor Veracruz Ziel vieler Piraten waren, wurde hier von den Spaniern eine Festung errichtet. Zum Abschluss des Tages gab es die veracruzanische Spezialität, gratiniert Austern 😊Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Veracruz-Llave, Veracruz, VER, Veracruz-Llave

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