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Mexico City redux

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

After a full month in Mexico and Central America, we are outta’ here — heading even further south, on to the other side of the equator and Buenos Aires, Argentina, via a 12 hour layover in Mexico City. See how things have changed in just a month at Mexico City in today’s photo gallery.

Last meal in Mexico: Chinese food.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Ok we’ll admit – the steady diet of tacos has gotten to us. During a layover in our 20-hour trek to Guatemala by bus, we were tempted, seduced and succumbed to the sight of Hong Kong restaurant. Salty, greasy and probably laced with MSG, the meal hit the spot as our last meal in Mexico. Get your dinner and fortune cookie with today’s photo gallery…

Lazy beach day

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Cliche. Absolutely. We took it easy today and headed to the beach to catch the sunset and take a gander at the Gulf of Mexico. Oil rigs and coconut trees abound in today’s beach side photo gallery.

The recovering city of Villahermosa

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

A 13 hour bus drive leaves us in the formerly flood ravaged city of Villahermosa near the Gulf Coast. Certainly off the beaten path, we got to take a look at how this city is recovering from what locals called the “Mexican Katrina,” which affected more than 300,000 locals. See how the recovery effort is progressing in today’s photos.

Life at the Zocalo

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The Zocalos found in most Mexican cities are more than just the town’s main square, it’s a vibrant hub where everyone socializes, conducts business and simply lay about to watch the world go by.  In our travels through three Central Mexico cities, we’ve constantly gravitated to each city’s Zocalo, and our last day in Oaxaca is no different.  See and be seen at the Zocalo in Oaxaca with today’s photos.

Sips and Snacks in Oaxaca

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

The relaxing town of Oaxaca, about 165 miles southeast of Puebla, has an eclectic mix of local culinary treats. With only two days to spend in this vibrant city, we went on a local food binge that filled our stomachs to the brim. From grasshoppers to chocolate to mezcal, give your taste buds a lickin’ with these photos…

Our decision to visit Oaxaca was not by coincidence; its reputation preceded it. I had grown up knowing only the name of this place thanks to a poster in my friend’s living room. I spent many a bleary-eyed morning, after a late night Sega Genisis filled sleepover, trying to imagine how to pronounce that first syllable—O-a…x? (”wah,” as it turns out)  More recently it was the teacher protests and subsequent shutdown of the city in 2006 that brought the town to my attention. And then I heard about the culinary treats that one might find on the quiet streets of this town. Since our arrival 24-hours ago, Thushan and I have spent as much time as possible eating, tasting, and sipping our way from one end of town to the other.

On to Oaxaca

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Our near smooth trip hit its first snag today – fortunately it was minor. Making it to the bus station for our trip to Oaxaca with barely a couple minutes to spare, we were oblivious to the signs pointing to departures. Instead we bullheadedly ran to the area where we arrived in Puebla. No dice – departures left from a different area of the station. By the time we made it to the right gate, we had already missed the bus… Catch your bus to Oaxaca in today’s photo gallery.

A shave and a haircut

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

After more than a week on the road, the grizzled look we’ve grown has got to go. On our rest day, we take a visit to a peluqueria (barber shop). Get a close shave with today’s photo gallery detailing a haircut in Mexico.

Fight night – Lucha Libre wrestling

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Luche Libre wrestling

What happens when you combine a circus, a soap opera and dirty punches? You get this: Lucha Libre (free fight). Mexico’s rough and tumble, no holds bar form of wrestling ranges from roll on the floor hilarious, to mouth covering cringes between fighters named El Tigre Rojo (The Red Tiger), Mr. Aguila (Mr. Eagle) and Rey Bucanero (The Pirate King). Pick a fighter and see how they fare, with photos from the fight, or wander around some of the 365 churches of Cholula.

What does it sound like? Click to hear to the boom of the anouncer, or here for the cheering crowd.

Exploring Puebla

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Pueblans have a reputation for being a bit uptight, and their affinity for massive cathedrals doesn’t exactly lighten the mood, but we managed to catch some locals enjoying themselves. We arrived on a bus just as the day was beginning to heat up and immediately took to the streets to get a glimpse of how locals celebrate Three Kings Day. See how Spanish, German, and Lebanese heritage make for a vibrant, eclectic cityscape that shan’t be missed…

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Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.