Bumfuzzle https://www.bumfuzzle.com Live Small, Venture Wide Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:57:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Frida https://www.bumfuzzle.com/frida-2/ https://www.bumfuzzle.com/frida-2/#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:49:06 +0000 https://www.bumfuzzle.com/?p=26654 Our favorite Mexican in history, Frida Kahlo. No Mexico City stay of ours is complete without a visit to Frida’s house, Casa Azul. And, obviously, we’re not alone. Fortunately, we bought tickets in advance. When trying to teach a young girl to be strong, smart, independent, unique, creative, and self-confident, ... Read More

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Our favorite Mexican in history, Frida Kahlo. No Mexico City stay of ours is complete without a visit to Frida’s house, Casa Azul. And, obviously, we’re not alone. Fortunately, we bought tickets in advance.

When trying to teach a young girl to be strong, smart, independent, unique, creative, and self-confident, there is no better example. Ouest loves Frida.

There is simply no better tortilla than a blue corn tortilla. You can throw absolutely anything inside one of those and it’ll taste fantastic.

Diego Rivera was a huge collector of Aztec artifacts. He built a huge monument/castle/tomb/pyramid/I-don’t-know-what-it-is structure to house it all. It’s way out in the middle of some residential neighborhood, completely out of place. Walking around in there, as well as Casa Azul, made me wonder if a single day went by in Diego and Frida’s life together that they didn’t buy some piece of art.


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Around DF https://www.bumfuzzle.com/around-df/ https://www.bumfuzzle.com/around-df/#comments Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:29:41 +0000 https://www.bumfuzzle.com/?p=26608 Police are everywhere in Mexico City (DF), all the time, and every once in a while you walk along into a scene like this. Not having a clue what is going on, we tend to simply turn around and find a different way to get where we’re going. Despite, or ... Read More

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Police are everywhere in Mexico City (DF), all the time, and every once in a while you walk along into a scene like this. Not having a clue what is going on, we tend to simply turn around and find a different way to get where we’re going. Despite, or maybe because of, the strong police presence, the city always feels totally safe. The scene gets rougher the further you walk in any direction from the center of the Centro Historico area, just like in any major city, but unless you’re an idiot, it is pretty obvious when you’ve gone too far and it is time to turn back in the direction you came from.

You’d think they were preparing to control a riot, but this is just normal, everyday hanging out, on the corner in the Centro Historico.

The kids wanted a top, and everyone was happy to show them how to work them.

The city is putting in all new paving stones on the Zócalo in front of the Cathedral, which meant that the whole area was under construction during our visit. Kind of a bummer, as the view from any corner of the Zócalo is beautiful without walls everywhere.

Our little one-bedroom condo. Even when we’re out of the Airstream we all end up sleeping in the same room.

Word is passing up and down the street that the cops are coming to shut down the street hawkers. Grab the ropes, throw the bag over a shoulder, and move along.

Nobody is safe when it comes to parking illegally. I love watching the Transit Police sneak up behind cars—even armored trucks—and slap on a boot. This would be the best way to rob an armored truck: get a Transit Police uniform and a tire boot, then nail the driver as he immediately abandons his post and opens his door to argue with you.

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Cops and Hawkers https://www.bumfuzzle.com/cops-and-hawkers/ https://www.bumfuzzle.com/cops-and-hawkers/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 02:03:16 +0000 https://www.bumfuzzle.com/?p=26584 About two blocks west of the Zocalo in the Centro Historic neighborhood of Mexico City the sidewalk markets start up. Somehow, these are totally illegal, but they run all day long despite cops being all over the place. Kids with walkie-talkies stand on street corners, some up in the air ... Read More

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About two blocks west of the Zocalo in the Centro Historic neighborhood of Mexico City the sidewalk markets start up. Somehow, these are totally illegal, but they run all day long despite cops being all over the place. Kids with walkie-talkies stand on street corners, some up in the air on ladders, watching for some particular type of cop (I never could figure out the difference), and when a group of them are spotted the whistling begins. The heads of all the street hawkers turn in that direction and they begin to gather in their wares. You can see in the pics below how they lay all of their stuff out on these large bags/tarps, and if you look closely you can see the ropes on the corners that they use to quickly snatch the whole lot up in one movement. Every time we’re here we witness the swift cleanup and disappearance of a hundred hawkers in seconds. It’s quite a sight.

Today as we walked along we spotted a big group of police, maybe twenty of them, with some street sellers in the mix, yelling at each other. As we were walking past we suddenly saw punches thrown, billy clubs come out, and bottles fly through the air. Whoops! We high-tailed it in the opposite direction with the kids, and managed to avoid getting caught up in the brawl. For the next few minutes dozens of cops came running down the roads from every direction.

We’ve had to have some interesting conversations with the kids lately.

Elote—cooked to perfection, with lime, chile, and salt.

More illegal street market sellers. These guys roll through the city very slowly, then jump out, make a bunch of sales of some very fresh and inexpensive fruit, then roll on down to the next block. Scored some sweet deals on cherries, blueberries, and raspberries with this one.

We appreciate how much street art there is in Mexico City, and also how little of it gets defaced by graffiti. The taggers seem to know their place.


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