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something better than a dance flashmob // plus star wars!

Just wanted to take a quick second to show you this awesome video I found while in Facebook! It’s of a town in Mexico that borders where I live.

The city’s youth orchestra surprised the public in a shopping mall with a flashmob, only that this wasn’t a dance! (I’m tired of those, aren’t you?) In lieu of its soon release (6 days to be precise!) they played the Star Wars theme song. HYPE!!

Click here to see the video in Facebook!

(I tried to embed it but wordpress didn’t let me. Sorry folks. You can still watch it even if you don’t have a Facebook. But I’m pretty sure everyone has now nowadays. Wait, my mom doesn’t have one.. Ok, maybe not everyone! But yeah!)

That video made me so happy! It helps as a distraction for those having a bad day and it is something different for our community that promotes a wonderful thing: MUSIC! And let’s not forget, Star Wars!! (Sorry, I’m just so excited with all of the promotions for this movie).

Enjoy!

–diana

comics, hot dogs, burgers, and a retro restaurant

hey friends! I feel I haven’t been on here for a bit. I’ve been missing out on reading your blogs! How’ve you been?! Anything new?

the other day david and i took his brother to the comic book store.

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meet diego! a badass and a star wars lover.

after picking up some comics, we sat in the car thinking of where to eat. i was craving a hot dog so bad. thanks to siri and google, we discovered that a retro diner that was near us carried hot dogs, so we went.

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probably one of the coolest restaurants in our town…

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i know some of you might not care, but excuse my hair. i had just gotten out of school. i was also too lazy to put on makeup. i’m glad david loves me regardless of how i look.

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this was david’s bacon and blue cheese burger. i ordered a chili cheese hot dog, which was delicious and just the perfect meal to end this day. sorry for the lack of picture. i was too excited that when it got to the table the first thing i did was take a bite! can you blame me?

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happy diego, proud of only eating tater tots that evening, haha

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an afternoon with these two is always fun.

How’s your tuesday so far, dear reader? Are you having fun? What’s the coolest themed restaurant you’ve ever been to? Do you have a retro one in your town? Let me know, I like reading your comments and stories. :)

–diana

día de los muertos

in mexico on november 1st and 2nd, people honor their loved ones that have passed on by remembering and celebrating them with different traditions and many festivities. this year my family and I went to a cemetery in mexico to take flowers to those we have buried there.

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we take fake flowers, so they last more. but many people purchase real ones. there are many vendors outside the cemetery in case you want to buy some.

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if you’re from the u.s. you know that the majority of cemeteries don’t look anything like this. they’re mostly just grass with a plaque on the floor or a cross. I personally like how the ones in mexico look; big cement tombstones where you walk around and not step on. however, as you can see in the photos above, they might break after years. and since this is an old cemetery, the tombs are really close to one another too. still like it though.

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to conserve the tombstones clean, from both weeds growing and dirt getting on them, men or kids offer you their services to clean them. some people just do it themselves.

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musicians also offer to play your loved ones’ favorite songs.

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my mom tells me, and I also have very faint memories of when I was younger, that in years before this area would get so full of people and merchants. now they built a bridge that makes it harder to navigate around, and also the violence here got worse that many people moved out and are scared to visit.

since my grandmother’s house is a few blocks straight from this cemetery, mom and her siblings would offer their house’s front ward to park cars. it’s was like a mexican version of a lemonade stand to make money, haha.

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the best part about being mexican: FOOD!

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the white and chocolate bread are called conchas– delicious by the way! and the bread next to them is the pan de muerto, the traditional bread.

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delicious pastor above // the making of enchiladas below

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how mexican housewives become immune to the heat of a stove and oil is beyond me! I can’t even flip a tortilla without it hurting..

IMAG0292 my breakfast: tamales made by abuela.

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If you read my blog, you know I always say this, but I’m gonna say it again:

I love Mexico.

I do. The people, the culture, the places, the food. <3

Nothing other like it.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and that if maybe you’ve always wondered how people in mexico celebrate day of the dead, this helped you visualize it a little more. of course there are way more traditions that people do, but this is what we do in our little town :)

Have a good week, dear readers.

–diana

fotos análogas de una feria mexicana

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

Analog photos of a carnival in Mexico.

I finally got some film developed. One of the rolls included these pictures I took in september when my family, David, and I drove to our neighboring town in Mexico and to their feria. A mexican feria is almost the same concept as an american carnival– lots of lights and rides, games to be played and prices waiting to be won, filled with delicious food, both local and from out of town. You can also listen to bands play or admire cattle. They, however, don’t compare when talking about the experience. In my opinion, ferias are more fun and since the moment you walk in, you get an adrenaline thrill.

I know carnivals vary from town to town but something I haven’t seen in our local carnival, besides food and candies being entirely mexican, is that ferias have vendors selling multiple things like bedlinen, dinnerware, decorations for the home, jewelry, bags, and other handmade accessories. Did I also mention there are indigenous men throwing themselves from an almost 100 ft pole and flying?

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 Sorry about the bad quality, but this is what the bedlinen stands look like. The seller is up there with a microphone talking like an auctioneer would. He gathers different products and sells them to you. You cannot go to the feria without hearing these men making deals; it’s almost like a tradition, really.

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Not my photo. The Voladores de Papantla doing their traditional dance/ritual. There are 5 men; 4 jump and one stays on top playing the flute. It’s mesmerizing. Total respect for these men who do it continuously.

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a few analog photos from our time there:

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grandma went too and she was telling us stories about how she, her friends, and sisters would go to the feria before getting married. she said they would all make deals where they all had get on every ride and no one could say no. she also remembers going to the feria with my grandpa. the first time they went together on a date was my grandfathers first time ever on a ride. oh how I wish I could see how this town looked like in the 60s in person..

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picture by my little sister: david and I

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we must get a corn every chance we get. family rule!

Photos taken with a Minolta XG7 in Kodak Portra 400 film. I’m still practicing film photography. I thought these weren’t going to come out good since I was having trouble with this camera. But no, once I got my hands on these pictures I was happy. I am in love with my minolta and this film. Always room for improvement though. I just wanted to document this day.

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I hope you have a nice tuesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this post!

–diana :)

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p.s. – in february david and I went to the carnival. you can check out that post here.
p.s.s. – (just in case you noticed) I had published this post before, but look it down because of some technical problems.