Festivalito multi-treque “la paloma”

in Mexico City

Tonight the clouds are shades of blue resting in pockets of silver and gold. Tonight the evening feels hesitant, unlike most days in the city where the hot afternoon sun shoots through the pollution fiery rays. We are heading into the rainy season and the whole city is softer, fading just a little into the […]

Chocolate Cimarrones

in Mexico City

Not many people know that the word chocolate has its roots in nahuatl. Chocolate comes from xococ (agrio) and alt (agua). Originally, the chocolate drink was fermented and sour (until the Spanish came and with them slaves and with them sugar). The name the cooperative “Cimarronez” has chosen is powerful as well. Cimarrón has two […]

Thoughts on migration, plan frontera sur and honduras…

in Mexico City

I have not yet written a blog post about immigration and it is a long time coming.  The reason I have not written about it is that the topic feels too big, too complicated politically, it contains too many real people I have encountered this past year. I have been struggling to give voice to […]

These layers of concrete are not everything

in Mexico City

I love plants. They force me to take notice of the small things. I grow plants because I love how slowly they change. It helps me to slow down too. To appreciate the way the sun comes out each day and every time the clouds open and give back the water they were holding. Growing plants in this city is like breathing, […]

Bagel workshop! YUMMMM

in Mexico City

Our lovely volunteer Solomon led his second food-related workshop on Thursday evening! BAGELS! THE BEST BREAD IN THE WORLD! Fifteen of us crowded in the guest kitchen and learned about the elaborate bagel making process. Water, honey, yeast, eggs, flour, rise, roll, shape, rise, boil, dry, dip, oil, bake, eat. I felt like the workshop […]

Feria del Maíz: La Resistencia!

in Mexico City
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Last weekend we traveled to the farming community of Vicente Guerrero in the state of Tlaxcala, the smallest state in Mexico, for the 18th annual Feria del Maíz! Vicente Guerrero is one of the campesino communities in Tlaxcala leading the fight to maintain native seeds and traditional sustainable farming methods and to eradicate GMO seeds […]

The Casa is an Experiment

in Mexico City

Casa de los Amigos is an experiment with the possibility of creating of an international center for peace. It is the Casa’s priority to bring together people from all over the world, from entirely different contexts and cultures, and create a space where these realities can coexist respectfully, thus building mutual understanding. It is no […]

BIKES=RESISTANCE

in Mexico City

BIKES! I LOVE BIKES! They come in all different shapes and sizes Breaks and no breaks. Gears and no gears. Purple, tandem, red, black n gold. Mine happens to be a green 80s cruiser. On my street I see fruit on bikes, mattresses on bikes, bikes carrying big jugs of water, tamales and trash. BABIES […]