Celebrating the culture of Mexico as it’s represented around the world is our main focus, but every once in a while we look at recent news around the globe and decide it’s time to share our reaction.
The start of 2021 has been exciting so far, with interesting stone masonry projects, family time, holidays and the end of a crazy USA election. In Canada, we’ve had immense snow. Texas was out of power for 3 days. And a lot across the Atlantic Ocean has been going on.
When it comes to world news, it’s impossible to keep up to date with every little detail, so we rely on news broadcasting networks like CNN to tell us the truth. Lately, our biggest reaction to news has been us unable to trust news information. It’s sad because we’ve always been able to trust the news before, or at least that’s what we thought. With the divide in American schools of thought right now, it’s so easy to see how the media is lying to our faces.
That’s why Mexicotime.net will continue to stay alert. Check back for more interesting content as we celebrate Mexican culture one blog post at a time.
In Winnipeg MB, Canada, there’s some exciting stuff going on when it comes to celebrating Mexican culture. In a quaint backyard, a kind man with big ambitions is building a miniature Aztec ruin. He’s hired a professional stone masonry company to do it, however, and they couldn’t be more pleased to assist in this fascinating project.
As you can see from the photos supplied here, the ancient Aztecs in Central Mexico had very unique architecture. Their stonework has lasted over hundreds of years to be impressive structures to this present day. We can only hope that our modern houses and buildings will last half as long. We’re truly impressed by the ancient Aztec stone masons, and now we can be impressed by their dearest students–a masonry Winnipeg company and their most recent project.
As introduced above, the miniature Aztec ruin being built in the backyard of one Winnipeg man by a local stone masonry company is a celebration of Mexican culture. The interesting thing is that the model will not be a replica of any real ruin but a creation using different aspects of Aztec stonework and brickwork.
In a previous post, we listed some of our favorite Mexican ruins to explore. Now you can explore them with a newfound appreciation for stone masonry. Seeing the structures alone is wonderful, but to think of how they stacked each stone on top of the other with their ancient technology is dumbfounding. The masonry experts in Winnipeg are finding a solution to that problem by simply building on a smaller scale using miniature bricks. When the project is finished the hope is that the ruins will blend in with the entire landscape of the backyard to make it look like an aerial photograph of ancient South America.
I’m truly amazed by this project and I can’t wait to see some pictures when it’s fully underway.
Going to Mexico as simple get away from the hustle and bustle of American life is fine and all, and many people go there just to party and have a good time. But here’s another great reason why you should go there.
Mexico is a host of many ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Aztec and Mayan ruins or so great to explore, especially when you have a good guide who also knows the history of these ruins.
Here’s list of my 7 favorite ruins to visit in Mexico:
- Monte Alban
- Ek Balam
You’ll find many, many more ruins than just 7. For all we know there could be dozens we haven’t discovered yet, perhaps by civilizations still unknown to modern historians and scientists. So go exploring through the great historical sites of Mexico and have a good time!
Visiting my aunt in Vancouver BC has been a blessing. She’s not as passionate about mexican lifestyle as I am but she does like to nap during the day and eat tacos. I convinced her to have a taco party and we invited the neighbors over. After the party my aunt was so pleased with the results that she agreed to decorate her kitchen into a Mexican theme.
We got green, white and red bunting for the corners of the ceiling and a pinata to hang above the doorway. Little plastic tropical trees for the windowsill and a little plastic mexican man winking with a huge smile on his face. Of course it’s nothing super authentic but my aunt loves it.
Part of the reason she agreed to renew her kitchen was she also had a bunch of important chores to do. We needed to replace the microwave, buy a new toaster and fix the fridge. The oven needed cleaning and the floor needed mopping. The ceiling had some cobwebs and so did the pantry. I’m not sure if my aunt let me decorate her kitchen just because she wanted me to do all this work for her, but I trust her joy at seeing all the Mexican culture was authentic.
We celebrated by having tacos. And then we went to the dollar store to find some more mexican nick nacks. We got mini little Mexican music instruments to put on top of the fixed fridge, a poster of a Mexican beach and a painting with a Spanish quote on it that translated says “Work hard, Play hard, Sleep even harder.”
We also got a few small cacti for the corner and some fake colored corn on the cob to display on a dish beside the new toaster. Overall it looks really great!
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get photos for you guys as I didn’t start writing this until I got home and my aunt isn’t too savvy with taking pictures herself and sending them through email. She insisted on printing out her photos and sending them via real mail at the post office (that’s how old she is). I kindly said she doesn’t have to do that. My readers can suffer without looking at pictures of Mexican decorations above our fixed fridge.
I’m going to visit her again next year so maybe I’ll make a part 2 and see if she kept my decorations around. There’s a good chance she’ll need me to do some cleaning again so I’ll take that opportunity to make the kitchen even more Mexican themed.
Before my aunt and I departed we went to this fabulous Mexican restaurant that’s quite popular in Vancouver BC. It’s called Patron Tacos & Cantina. It was quite good but nothing like actually going to Mexico.
Thanks for reading and chat soon!
Perhaps you love rambling about Canadian and American misconceptions about what life in Mexico is really like as much as we do, and have some writing you’d like to submit. We’re looking specifically for material that shows Americans and Canadians celebrating Mexican culture within Canada and America, whether it’s in the way you run your roof cleaning business or the way you run your cherry farm. Thanks to the media and politics, especially Donald Trump’s opinions, their is a negative view attached to Mexican lifestyles in Canada and America and we seek to share writing that eliminates those prejudices.
For example one of the posts we’re working on is a funny short story about a man from India who moves to Canada wearing a Mexican sombrero, and it’s funny because of the rude reactions people give him. It’s based on a true story, and ten years ago I myself was one of those rude reactors. I’ve since come to regret the way I reacted to this man, and his choices, which I once though were strange, are now inspiring me to write, write and write!
Another post we’re planning in the near future is a reason why Taco Tuesday should be kept as an American tradition. Taco Tuesdays are loved by people all around the world, not just America. People in Japan and Korea are now enjoying tacos with their family on Tuesdays and we think that’s absolutely wonderful!
So now you have a decent idea of what this blog will be up to, and so by your preferences can choose to follow us or not. Since the authors aren’t experts in Mexican life, as we live throughout North America, you shan’t expect many detailed tips and advice on what to do when visiting Mexico, but rather how we can celebrate Mexican culture here in our homeland. Enjoy!
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