Author Archives: Rommel Cesena

Mexican Roundabouts

Mexican Roundabouts

If Chicago is known as the city of wind, and Auckland as the city of sails, then Guadalajara could easily be known as the city of roundabouts. And speed bumps – but trust me, these are nowhere near as interesting as the roundabouts. Don’t understand a roundabout in Mexico. It is even possible that IContinue Reading

Mexico in Murals

Mexico in Murals

Mexico is a funny place. If you study our history you’ll soon learn that the country was unified under an ideology called Mestizaje. According to Mestizaje, people from indigenous, European and African backgrounds could be thrown into a melting pot, given a good stir, and then rebranded as a new, ‘civilised’ and unified Mexican race.Continue Reading

Reggae – music to my Latin American ears

Reggae – music to my Latin American ears

Reading local literature has been a great way for me to understand another country, but it takes valuable time, especially in a society where working a 10 hour day is making a comeback. Most days I come back from work wanting to spend time with my fiancé over dinner and go to bed. I’ve barelyContinue Reading

522 years of rebellion (522 años de rebelion)

522 years of rebellion (522 años de rebelion)

[ENGLISH + ESPAÑOL] For many outsiders, Mexico is the exotic land of their dreams, a paradise where one is surrounded by delicious street food, margaritas and hot salsa dancing. Sure, it has its problems – insecurity, corruption and the drug cartels – but to the western eye, that just makes it even more exhilarating. BeingContinue Reading

Con chile y limon? (with chilli and lime?)

Con chile y limon? (with chilli and lime?)

Last Sunday I was driving home after a long day at work when I noticed my stomach was growling. For some reason I was immediately transported to an alternative reality, back to my life in Mexico, and I said to myself: “It’s a Sunday night – I’ll just stop by the nearest church and grabContinue Reading

Death, a day in Mexico

Death, a day in Mexico

[bilingual article: English + Español] In Mexico, on the 2nd of November, we celebrate el Día De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. It is a beautiful tradition that honours our ancestors, and exemplifies how the clash of two worlds – the white European and the Native American, or ‘Indian’ – can produceContinue Reading

In the mood for tacos

In the mood for tacos

[bilingual article: English – Español] I know that tacos are such a Mexican cliché, but the truth is, we do eat them and we eat them a lot. I’m not going to tell you the right way to eat tacos, or where the best tacos are, or even if you should eat them in softContinue Reading

Sundays, family and revolution

Sundays, family and revolution

[ENGLISH + ESPAÑOL] If you ever find yourself in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on a Sunday afternoon, you might notice there are a lot of families about. Restaurants are full with them, parks are bustling with kids running around and even a few main arteries of the city are closed for the morning, transforming into the “ViaContinue Reading

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