Wednesday, 26 August 2009
It's the anniversary of the Casa on the 30th of August. Our childrens class is making a giant poster full of all sorts of English words that they've learnt and cut out with paper, pictures they've drawn and photos of everybody in the class to show off at the event.
La Casa de Cultura is La Punta's recycling point, and they help promote the 'idea' of recycling around the village.
sounds dull, but there were some amazing old versions with very symbolic illustrations. I liked this one in particular from 1937.
one of the daily street parades, with full brass band, crowds in tradional dress. We were given flags to wave and the children were given sweets.
seed pods at el arbol del tule.
paper mache artist:
prepares the 9 foot manequins for the street parade later that day. Giant traditional dresses are sewn too. His workshop was full of giant shoes and armless hands.
The seven year old girl selling them had no idea how they became so colourful!
The tequila plant. Really strange things, so solid and a bit creepy.
Ed's been very patient.
Watch out visitors, you'll be my new subjects for a while.
Toma el sol 07/09
La Punta 08/09
´Busy´ reading 08/09
My first attempt was a portrait of Ed... we decided later perhaps it's a stroppy David Bowie rather than Ed. It was fun and frustrating and the result a bit scarey, but it won't stop me trying again.
Ed's portrait of me however is pretty accurate!
Of course it isn't meant to be me.
The two heads have been staring each other out ever since.
My next attempt was to copy a Monet from an issue of National Geographic. It was originally a portrait of Madame Monet and her son. I gave up with the son, I couldn't get the little ****** to look right. Still only working on scraps of cardboard.
I'll have to try something of my own next.
We met Lola the pig, we'd seen her a few times on the beach going for walks with Tomo's many dogs:
Normally she's in her pen with all the ducks and rabbits, she needs to be reminded every now and then that the small rabbits are not there for her to eat!:
We also met Maria the parrot, she usually spoke to us from her cage next to the cafe, but she'd venture out at other times to find a more interesting perch:
The cats had to be kept an eye on too, this one had just been caught out trying to get into Maria's cage:
We served crepes, juices and milkshakes and the very popular cafe mezcal (coffee mezcal with ice and milk... mmm). It was good fun learning how to use a crepe hot plate, and testing the results!
It was a pretty chilled few days:
This was our view... not a bad days work really:
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
I can’t say I felt calm when I was holding it though, the little wriggly thing was strong and well it could draw blood if it wanted!
Margarito’s dream is to live on the laguna, he already sleeps there sometimes in his hammock hanging from the trees. Having had an eventful, traumatic and pretty hedonistic life he now appreciates fully the tranquillity of the lake, in his 50s he’s super fit, drinking 9 litres of water a day and not eating meat. This is how he makes a living, taking people out on his boat, teaching them about the nature of the lake, it’s crazy trees, plants and creatures.
Carl, from Northhampton, long term traveller and musician now mainly settled in Copenhagen, is here on a two month surf trip and seeing his friend Chris. Chris is from Oz and lives in Puerto (at La Punta) with his wife Rosella from Mexico and their daughter Valentina in their hotel with the most amazing views of all of Puerto. Carl was staying at the hotel and introduced us to Chris, we came to see the views and the lovely place, there’s a cottage, some air-con apartments and some shaded apartments all next to a big pool, which is under renovation at the moment. All the guests this month have cancelled due to the swine flu! So he’s given us a very good price for the month, and as the main pool is out of use (although we can use his own at the house or the neighbours hotel who have no guests at the moment). It’s pretty far away from everything that we were really close to before. But the trade off is the stunning area, very chilled and luxurious accommodation.
Also it gives us the chance to find a house to rent in La Punta which was an area we fancied living in. It’s quiet, a bit hippy, lots of families both Mexican and expat, the difference with the expats in this area is that they don’t all congregate or isolate themselves, it’s all pretty mingled. From here we’re really close to the community centre and the kids classes. We may be able to use the place for our other lessons too.
Here were a couple of options we really liked on our house hunt:
Thursday, 26 March 2009
This week has been fun, as the final English classes are going by we've been having fun with lots of 'review' games, an excuse to play around with some (organised) chaos. The final ninos class resulted in 12 children (and Ed) hopping around on one leg with hands on their heads shouting 'dice 'd' por favor, por favor!!!' 'say 'd' please, please!!' because if I called their fourth and final letter it would be their turn to crawl through the giant rainbow tunnel!! When we planned the game we imagined some giggles or maybe even a complete flop... we never imagined the hysteria and excitement that we ended up with! Brilliant! Video posted here, pretty poor quality but you'll get the gist.
Luckily the ninos enjoyed the game too and it's become a favourite!