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Friday, Sept 13, 2013 -- Leaving the Americas

Posted on September 13, 2013

It’s a good thing my flight doesn’t leave until tomorrow. I’m sure flying on Friday the 13th would be a bad idea. Approximately 1 am, I’ll be boarding a flight here in Mexico City, bound for Montreal. I’ll spend roughly 12 hours on the ground there, then fly to Paris, where I’ll be meeting up with a friend of mine for a 3-week whirlwind tour of France, Germany, Belgium, and England.

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Day 31 - August 12, 2013: How many Mexican highway workers does it take to change a light bulb?

Posted on August 12, 2013

About a week and a half ago, I was driving near Querétaro, when the answer to this riddle became quite apparent: Q: How many Mexican highway workers does it take to change a light bulb? A: 50. One to change the light bulb, and 49 to redirect traffic. Driving along the highway, I saw some orange cones, and a lone man in an orange vest, directing traffic to merge from the left lane into the right.

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Day 26 - August 7, 2013

Posted on August 7, 2013

I don’t have much to write today. But I have a free moment, so I’ll write something. I just walked back from the market, where I bought a liter of fresh carrot and orange juice for MXN$25 (US$1.97), and a mango to put on my steel-cut oats. I’m in Guadalajara this week, staying with some friends, and venturing into the city to visit friends in the evenings after work.

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Day 14 - July 26, 2013: Immigration office

Posted on July 26, 2013

Today I took my second trip to the Mexican Immigration office in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Also my third, fourth, and fifth. In stark contrast to the good experience I had with the Mexican bureaucracy on Day 3, this experience left much to be desired. I showed up about 9:30am yesterday, and was told of the requirements to finish my visa application:

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Day 6 - July 18, 2013: If you're holding a beer, it doesn't count as dancing

Posted on July 20, 2013

Last night I was invited to the Far West Rodeo club in Monterrey, Mexico for some live music. The MXN$150 (~US$12) cover included free drinks, so I had some cheap beer and come cheap pineapple juice with rum. The music varied a little, including some Salsa and Cumbia, but mostly Tejano.

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Day 5 - July 17, 2013: Train-dodging in Monterrey

Posted on July 17, 2013

Yesterday I drove from Reynosa to Monterrey. It would have been about a 2-hour drive, but without a GPS, and Mexico’s lacking road signs, I got lost in Reynosa, and again in Monterrey. But this is part of the adventure, right? Today on my way from the hotel to where I would be working, I saw something new for me.

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The Cultural Experience of Paying a Mexican Electric Bill

Posted on September 20, 2010

I don’t remember exactly which day I received my electric bill, but it was probably early the 2nd week of September. I stashed the electric bill on the shelf in my kitchen, and made a mental note to pay it soon; next time I went by an Oxxo. (Oxxo is a convenience store chain popular in Mexico, and there you can pay your electric bill, water bill or cell phone bill; all while grabbing a magazine and half liter of Coke).

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