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I created this blog years ago to write about my personal quirky observations, opinions and writings of life of as a Latino from Dallas, Texas now living in México City; in the heart of the city, En El Centro. But I have found that quick short posts are an easier to read especially for peoples...
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CLASSICAL STREET MUSICIANS

One of the things many things I like about living in Mexico City’s El Centro Historico district is hearing all the street musicians, especially those that play to the crowds at the bars and cafe’s downstairs from my apartment building....
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Javier Marín – Sculptor: Mexico City

I had heard about Javier Marín’s sculpture and seen some pics of his recent works on FaceBook too. So I had to go see for myself: went to see his works at Palacio de Culture – Banamex and Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. I was totally taken aback by the size of works. His bio reads:...
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Baby Jesus – Niño Jesus: market – Mexico City

Though people in the U.S. are glad the holiday festivities are over after the New Year’s Eve party, the festivities in México continues: REALLY! After the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities in México City, comes January 6, Dia de los Reyes [Epiphany]: The day that the Three Wise Men brought gifts to...
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Dr. Atl art exhibit is a must see while in Mexico City

On Thursday, January 26, 2012, I went to see the Dr. Alt exhibit at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco in México City’s Tlatelolco hood, not too far from where I live. I went with some American friends that are now living in México City:  Jim Johnson, Nicholas Gillman and Brad Conrad. I had heard about...
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Xochimilco trip in January 2012

I went to Xochimilco the other day with Michael William Parker Stainback and his out of town guest.  Every time we (México City residents) have visitors come in from out of town, we go to Xochimilco, an area best known for its canals; left over from the Aztec period.  When I take my Dallas guests to...
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My first soirée 2012 in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

On the evening of January 21st I had my first party in my apartment in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera.  It was a small intimate one – a time to say hello and to see old friends.  It was great and fun.  Michael William Parker Stainback, Mexico City’s glamorous party boy from El Centro Historico...
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I am back in México City’s Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

I know I wrote where I had moved back to Dallas in September 2010.  Knowing that Dallas can be hot in the summer, I went to stay in México City during the summer of 2011.  I stayed with friends, but this proved difficult. Seeing the 110º summer weather in Dallas I knew I had made...
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Quartz Crystal Ring – Cracks FACE!

Ever since an elderly gentleman gave me a quartz crystal stone at the Zocalo in México City because as he said, it gives energy, I have carried one in my pocket....
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Old ride found in Col. San Rafael

I ran across this old car the other day, walking from Paseo de la Reforma through Col. San Rafael on my way to Col. Santa Maria la Ribera.  Does anyone know the make, model and most especially the year? I loved seeing this old car parked on the street, obviously being driven today.   Was it...
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OUT, PROUD and LOUD – San Luis de la Paz, GTO

Anyone that has ever traveled to México knows that silence is golden:  Welcome to México – Silence is Prohibited. You get loud peseros (small buses) with their glass pipe mufflers, a loud bell for the trash pick up, a whistle from the man that sharpens knives, a guy selling rico tamales oaxacaños and then the...
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A Haitian restaurant in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

Life in México City has been an adventure and enjoyable.  I have been having so much fun, I hadn’t blogged since my first full day.  So I will be trying to catch up. So here goes:  I have most enjoyed the positive changes in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera; the park, Alameda Santa Maria la...
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First Stop: Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

After breakfast with Mary my host, I ventured out.   I took the Metro Bus to the Buenavista stop, just had to see how my old neighborhood, Col. Santa Maria la Ribera, had changed, if at all. I just had to see what I had been missing for the last nine months that I have been...
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I am now back in Mexico City.

I left México City nine months ago, to return to Dallas, a city where I was born and raised.  Getting back into the swing of things was easy, especially after living in such a mega city.   Being in Dallas was good; it was a learning experience where I closed some chapters in my life that...
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Will be returning soon to Mexico City

I guess it wasn’t Adios after all!!  LOL The last time I posted here was in September 2010 having left Mexico City’s Col. Santa Maria la Ribera for Dallas, Texas.  After arriving in Dallas, I was asked to return to Dallas’ Community radio station KNON 89.3 FM – The Voice of the People.  I served...
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Adios to living in México City

My tour in México City (DF) has been fantastic and enlightening – and I can sincerely say it was one hell of a FIESTA and sometimes one big CRUDA. I moved to DF where I got more cultured in the Mexican way of life, where I learned that being Texican, Tex-Mex, is NOT Mexican at...
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I found a lovely Japanese café in my Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

In my neighborhood I have found several eating places that have never been mentioned in books or reviewed and this evening, I went to one of those not mentioned before:  A Japanese café called Café King: Anime, Manga, Musica, juguetes y MAS! Far away from México City’s China town in El Centro Historico and Korea...
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Life in México City: Nothing surprises me anymore

Yesterday I woke up and walked outside on to the balcony, something I normally do every morning:  Greeting the morning and trying to get a feel for the day. Well this morning I looked out and saw a pair of pants right in the middle of the street, having been pressed by the morning traffic....
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My house contains a soccer field – no kidding.

Life in my neighbor, Col. Santa Maria la Ribera, never seizes to amaze me; well really life in México:  The real and surreal often side by side and inside one another. Everyone knows that this county is just obsessed with soccer.   I sit on my balcony and watch the park across the street, full of...
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Taking ones home with you

Homelessness is all around me in México City, this is something I have blogged about before.  But this morning I see a homeless guy that got my attention.  This  guy was across the street from my house, at the park across the street, like at 9:15 AM.  I was on my way to get a...
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Marlboro Man delivering milk in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

The other morning I was again having breakfast at a café down the street from my apartment, in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera. I always like to sit up front of the café to people watch, people that are always in a hurry to get to work. Well, the other morning I saw what looked...
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Tres Piezas para Barrenderos

The other day I got an e-mail from a lady friend of mine:  I love getting those melodious invitations in the mail,  “This is an invitation to you if you’re free” she wrote.  My friend and her husband live in El Centro Historico here in México City.  In fact on the new groovy street in...
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My hood: Col. Santa Maria la Ribera, Mexico City

I am pleased to announce that, Nicholas Gilman visited Col. Santa Maria la Ribera.  Gilman is a food critic, editor and photographer for the book “Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler”, and in 2007 published “Good Food in Mexico City: A Guide to Food Stalls, Fondas and Fine Dining,” which won the...
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Postópolis! DF

Went to Postópolis! DF last night, June 8, 2010, and it was great.  I most enjoyed hearing and learning about the other bloggers.  Some bloggers I was not even aware of:  Ten of the best bloggers.  If you are a blogger and want to stay informed or get inspired then attend Postópolis! DF, through June 12,...
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The most dangerous thing in México City – SIDEWALKS

I know, I know, I already posted on this subject but I was doing some editing of my blog and I deleted the post by accident – so here I go again.  But scroll down to the bottom too for an update. Yes an update! The other day I started a FaceBook page titled, “Surviving...
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Laundry cleaned the old fashioned way

My life in Mexico City is always interesting, and sometimes unexpected:  A friend of mine, Emilo, came over last Friday, with his clothing, and worldly possessions, because he needed a place to stay – we agreed on one week. Once Emilo got settled into my place he said he had to do laundry.  I told...
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Homeless lady and her Stuff in La Zona Rosa

In Dallas, they remove people collecting stuff in front of empty business storefronts. But not here in México City, well at least not in México City’s – La Zona Rosa.  What I have seen about México City life is:  If a homeless person is not molesting anyone, they leave them alone.  These pictures I took...
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The new El Chopo Museum – Mexico City

El Museo Universitario del Chopo, known as El Chopo The history of El Museo Universitario del Chopo, known as El Chopo, is an interesting one.   The building, which holds the museum, was built in 1902 for the Exhibition of Industrial Art of Düsselorf in Germany. That same year the building was transported by sea to...
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Sofa Surfing in Dallas Texas

I know this blog is about my life in Mexico City, but I have not posted because I was in Dallas, my home town, and then have been busy while back home in Mexico City.  But anyway – here goes: Sofa Surfing in Dallas Sorry for not posting lately but I was visiting my old...
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Just who is buried in the Isadora Duncan crypt in the San Fernando cemetery?

On Palm Sunday, I found myself near the Panteon (Cemetery) San Fernando, which is near Alameda Park, so I walked in.  This cemetery is old and contains the remains of some of México’s most important people, like President Benito Juarez’ whose mausoleum was inaugurated by Porfirio Díaz in 1880: The remains of Ignacio Zaragoza are...
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Palm Sunday 2010 in México City

Well, Palm Sunday was yesterday, March 28, 2010, and I most like being here during this religious day because of all the religious palm artisans that converge at all the churches in México City. I got up early in my neighborhood in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera.  As I walked to a Catholic Church that...
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Is that a chicken foot in my soup or did ET lose a body part?

Well the other day I got real sick from too much drinking and then not eating well.  After getting sick, I  had not eaten in three days when the the cleaning lady was to come over and clean my house.  Being that I don’t think I could stand the smell of cleaning materials I called...
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Art Find in La Zona Rosa

I usually don’t go to La Zona Rosa in Mexico City anymore because I now have a café downstairs in the building I live in.  But today, I had business near La Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) so as I walked to my favorite coffee place in la Zona, I see artist setting their works up...
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I bought a new lamp – a Bird Cage Lamp!

The other day I went to Bazar Fusion at Parque Mexico in Mexico City’s Col. Condesa.  And there I found my lamp, a lamp made from a bird cage for my balcony.  I love my bird cage lamp that was designed by Lubel, a company of female visual art designers living in Mexico City. Here...
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Stuff I saw while running around Mexico City

There is always something to see while running around this big city.  Here are some of my gems for the week. At Arena Coliseo in El Centro Historico I ran into this teenage boy selling clay Lucha Libre wrestler dolls he had made.  They were such detailed and thought this guy had put a lot of...
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a portrait of Misael Rodriguez, artist, in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera

I like living in México City’s Col. Santa Maria la Ribera and meeting the various people that live in this not so fashionable bohemian neighborhood. The other day I posted a note about on one of Col. Santa Maria la Ribera’s legendary folk artist passing away – a tribute toHumberto Martinez.   Well that posting generated a...
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Mexico City: Día de la Candelaria – February 2nd

Día de la Candelaria or dressing Niño Jesus as I call it, is celebrated on February 2nd of each year.  I took pictures of a market in Mexico City’s Centro Historico District. click picture of photo below for a slide show Here is some information I got from the Internet, About.com – Mexico Travel: Candlemas in...
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Dr. Atl art book makes full circle

There are various places around México City to shop for antiques and secondhand item.  On Saturday’s it’s going to the Plaza del Angel located, in México City’s La Zona Rosa.  Though I find this market a little more expensive than others I often go because I can find some real unusual and elegant items. Last...
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A great artist in Col. Santa Maria la Ribera – GONE!

When I first moved to Col. Santa Maria la Ribera in December 15, 2009, I not only loved the neighborhood but meeting an 81-year old artist, Humberto Martinez. Mr. Martinez sketched everyday Monday through Saturday at the Café Alameda on Salvador Diaz Miron and on Sunday, he was at the Café Santa Maria on Dr....
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A great way to start 2010: Dia de los Reyes party

The new year has been a slow go here because it has been too cold and rainy; not like the USA but cold to México City standards.   We are in the dry season here in Mexico when it doesn’t rain from November – May of each year, but for the last three days it has...
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Feliz Navidad y Happy New Year!

WOW:  Well I have not posted since November 28, 2009!  Well that is because I have been busy running around, I mean this is the holiday season so it is hard for me to sit still and blog.  My holiday season started the first week in December too :-) In short: I went to San...
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Bad vibes left at the door & not on me or my home

I have always felt that México was enchanted:  Full of card and palm readers,  Curanderos (healers) and witches.  A Mexican friend of mine that now lives in Dallas says that all this is “nonsense.”  But after she says that she also adds, BUT you now live in México and strange things happen there.  So here...
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Catching up on my blog: Fun Week last week.

Busy week this week with Juan Herrera visiting me from Dallas – will be getting out of the house more:  But here is a bit of what happened last week: Went to a closing art reception at the Galeria Pecaninson to see art works by Hector de Anda.  Hector’s work is OK, being mixed media...
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Opening art reception at the Naxica Galería de Arte – Mexico City

On Thursday evening, November 12, 2009, I went to the opening reception held at the Naxica Galería de Arte, located on Antonio Caso No. 192 in Colonia Tabacalera.  I liked how the Naxica gallery is not located in the Col. Condesa or Col. Polanco and that it is located off Paseo de la Reforma and...
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Birthday happenings: Friday November 6, 2009, Mexico City

My friend and landlady, Imelda Lopez Orozco, Mely, took me to have breakfast for my birthday to the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México.  Though I had stepped into this magnificent hotel before, I had never eaten there: I was excited. As we got close to the hotel, we passed it, making the rounds around the...
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I survived Day of the Dead in México City

Trying to catch up with my blogging so here goes. I did make it to a Day of the Dead event near Mexico City proper, in Mixquic.  At first I thought I was not going to make a real event because I was not sure how to get to Mixquic.  But then I get an...
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Hanging out on calle Regina in DF’s Centro Historico

The other day I mentioned I went to an art exhibit on calle Regina by artist  Roberto Valle, whose art works are currently up at the Pitahaya.  Well I just had to post this picture of a mural for you to enjoy.  The mural is located at the Al An Dar which is a small...
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Feast Day to San Judas Tadeo – Mexico City

Every 28th of the month there is a BIG religious ceremony to St. Jude (San Judas Tadeo) at his church in Centro Historico; across from the Alameda Park. I have gone to look around on a 28th of the month before BUT on October 28th is the birthday feast day to San Judas and I...
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Dead of the Dead Art — Mail Art — Women as Art

I attended three art exhibits this week and the week is not even over yet:  YEA First art exhibit is titled Ladrando a la muerte, by self taught artist Marysole Worner Baz. An artist friend of mine invited me to see Baz’s art that coincides with the Day of the Dead.  The paintings and installation...
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Getting ready for Day of the Dead – Mexico City 2009

The city seems to be all a glow in orange with the marigold flowers used in the Day of Dead rituals – .. “marigolds called “cempasúchitl” (originally named cempoalxochitl, Nahuatl for “twenty (i.e., many) flowers”), see Day of the Dead.  All along el Paseo de la Reforma,especially near Chapultapec Park are 1000’s of marigolds.  Marigolds...
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