We just celebrated Halloween at my school today, but it’s also Day of the Dead! Technically the dates are Oct. 28th, 31st, Nov. 1st and 2nd. So get your calavera (candy skull), your hojaldra (sweet bread with a “skull and bones” on top), and a candle and some cempasúchil (marigolds, which guide the spirits), and you’re ready. If you want to go all out, head to Huaquechula in Puebla state to see how it’s done.
Go to Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. You can see the two mountains everyday from afar, but they’re even more beautiful up close. Izta has lots of camping spots, hiking trails, and pristine waterfalls, while Popo can only be observed, not hiked (due to the fact that he’s quite an active volcano). There used to be a little hotel up there, but you can’t go that far up anymore without special permission from the Army. And anyway, when you see some of the smoky plumes and ash clouds that Popo spits out, you probably won’t want to get much closer!
On Facebook, the Mexican sushi chain Sushi Itto is home to a new campaign: “Mexicanize a Japanese person.” I understand that cultural differences can be funny and awe-inspiring, and people seem to really be enjoying this publicity stunt.
The Japanese contestants completed “challenges” like eating spicy salsa in order to garner votes and a ticket to Mexico, while the participants here gave suggestions for “mexicanizing” each Japanese competitor, in order to win their own ticket to Japan.
Now that the chain has chosen a Japanese winner, Miyigawa, everyone is invited to meet him at one of their branches or, failing that, saythat they are his friends in order to get a discount.
From the Facebook page: “Sólo di “soy amigo de Miyigawa” en estas unidades y horarios, ¡y obtendrán un descuento en tu consumo! Los primeros 5 en llegar y mencionar “soy amigo de Miyigawa”, obtendrán 25% de descuento; los siguientes obtendrán 10%. ¿Qué tal? ¡Los esperamos!”
Personally, I think that this campaign is promoting stereotyping of other cultures (as seen in the challenges– Japanese people can’t pronounce Spanish, Japanese people can’t eat spicy food…etc) and using Miyigawa to promote their business. I mean, now you can even get a discount on your food just by saying, most likely falsely, that you’re his friend?
What do you guys think? Fun campaign, or has Sushi Itto crossed a line?
Find a town in the Sierra Norte and go spend a day there. The most famous is Cuetzalan, with its cobbled streets, wet fog, and icy waterfalls, but you can find the same in Xochitlán, just with the added bonus of sunset mountain views. Or go to Zacatlán to eat apples, tlacoyos, and salsa chiltepin. On the way there, you can stop by Chignahuapan to visit the lake, buy some blown-glass Christmas ornaments, and get into the stinky sulfur hot springs. Wherever you choose, you’re sure to encounter gorgeous natural landmarks and have an incredible experience!
Cholula: Two small towns (San Pedro and San Andrés Cholula), two town squares, 365 churches (according to legend), 1 enormous pyramid, and endless bars and clubs. Spend the day walking or biking around the relatively quiet streets, climb the pyramid and check out the view from the top, explore the dark, cool tunnels that traverse the pyramid from within, then get fancy and go out for drinks and dancing.