Mexico: Home of “Entrepreneurs” –and “Quotation Marks”

Photo: Laura Martínez. Coatepec, Veracruz. December 2022

Awwww, Mexico… The land of the coc nuts coold and the Special Chapo Coffee, is also ground zero for small businesses –and plenty of quotation marks.

A recent trip to the Mexican states of Hidalgo, Querétaro and Guanajuato just confirmed what this blogger always suspected: My people just looooove quotation marks.

Check out the following gallery (by yours truly) to see only a few examples of our love affair with the ubiquitous comillas.

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Then again… Some small business owners just take the simplest — and yet still adorable — way to peddle their wares, like this clothing store in Pinal de Amoles, Querétaro:




Holy Week in Mexico: Time for Jesus Accidents Nationwide

Photo credit: Pulso DF

You may not know this but Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a very important religious holiday in Mexico, and among the many events that take place during the course of the week, the so-called passion play is one of the most popular — and well-attended. It consists of a representation of the via crucis, and involves everyone, from workers, students and housewives who become actors for one day to play the roles of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Nazarenes, the apostles — and other characters (not all of them strictly Biblical) including a spy, a dog, and a wandering Jew.

In the play, when Christ gets captured, we see him carrying a cross a long way and until he reaches a location that represents Mount Calvary. In the most famous of these representations (the one that takes place in Iztapalapa) we see Christ carrying his cross from the town’s main square to the nearby Cerro de la Estrella in the heart of Mexico City.

Unfortunately, not all Mexican towns and cities have a mountain or even a hill around, so they resort to crucify Jesus on pretty much any location, including an electricity pole. This, as you can imagine, can have bring about some funky accidents.

JUST WATCH. ¡Pobre Jesús!

Ahí Va Romina, Repartiendo Caramelos Desde el Cielo

Romina duerme cuando noche; mecida en la luna y desde allá nos reconoce…

If this song is not about her, I don’t know what is…

Romina viaja tierna y nuevade campo a estrellay va subiendo por las teclasdel piano, escalera.
Romina se ha escapado lejostras de un conejo blancoy aunque sabe que la esperanse va jugando.
Romina lleva caramelosque arroja del cieloy cuando llega el aguaceroson dulces los sueños.
Para Romina entre los astroses un jardín el espacioy mientras viva la alegríasu día es largo.
Romina si tuvieras tiempopiensa en mí.
Romina desde que estás lejosno es sencillo ningún juegode los que aprendípara vivir.
Romina canta cuando bajadel monte a algún ríoy cuando llega la mañanalos ojos le miro.
Para Romina una guitarraresonará por siempremientras viva la esperanza
Romina vuelve.
Romina duerme cuando nochemecida en la lunay desde allá nos reconocenos mira sin duda.
Si cuando el sol que da un domingopromete un bello díaserá seguro que contigoRomina ría.
Hat tip: Carla Raygoza