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¿No estoy yo aquí que soy tu madre?

Guadalajara, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico; I’ve become recently more and more impressed with Catholicism’s ability to localize itself as it has spread to different countries around the world over the past two millennia. In few places is this better on display than with Mexico’s obsession with the “Virgin Mary.” The Read more…

Reflections

Market Segment: Pieces of Shit

  Hong Kong At the moment, I’m sitting on a curb in Hong Kong eating a McDonalds “signature” crispy chicken jalepeño burger. See, last night I stayed up late in my apartment all alone drinking cheap scotch and arguing with people on Facebook. This morning, I woke up hung over Read more…

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Brand Run-off

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I think it could be argued that the US still leads the world in branding. Those that come from the world of marketing communications, advertising, and design obsess over the stories behind brands pushing them further and further into the philosophical realms to capture as much Read more…

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Blowtorches and Shopping Carts

Mexico City, Mexico Calle Reforma is one of the largest main avenues in Mexico City – the main channel through the city that stretches down from the old Azteca ruins of Tlateloco past the historic Spanish downtown of Zócalo, through the business districts of Juarez to the south and Cuauhtémoc to Read more…

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Dominican fishing poles.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic It was an early morning in April when I wandered down to the beach in Santo Domingo.  I described the morning in my journal as such: This part of the city is my kind of beautiful. The windy streets feel more like Europe than anything else, Read more…

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Pollo Campero

  San Salvador El Salvador; Guatemala City, Guatemala A sense of familiarity can be an odd thing – at times triggered by the inside jokes that we’ve been lucky enough to be included in. I smiled to myself strolling down one of the long hallways in the international terminal of Read more…

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Maximón

Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala   Some trips are well researched and planned ahead of time. Other times, you’re standing on a Panajachel dock gazing out at a beautiful Guatemalan Lago Atitlán wondering how to fill your afternoon with the few Quetzales you still have in your pocket. You might pull out your phone Read more…

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totem

Seattle, The United States Larry sits on a step out in front of Seattle’s pier across the street from the touristy Park Place Market. A pile of wood chips is growing at his feet as he slowly, methodically, chips away at the block of wood in his hands. I ask Larry if he’s always Read more…

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Fast Food

Mexico City, Mexico; Guadalajara, Mexico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Moving to Mexico was really the first time I got to live in a city that one could truly consider “walkable.” Austin, Texas is trying, and making great headway, but it still struggles a bit once you get outside of downtown. Read more…

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Flowers

Mexico City, Mexico This flower cart sits up the street from my apartment in Mexico City. Where I’m from, I’ve only really seen flowers sold at the grocery store. There is a dedicated flower section in most of them in the US middle-country, they always reek of flowers – to Read more…