Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just Dip It

 Yesterday I let Rocky use the camera to take pictures of the things she thought were cool.  Most all of them turned out badly but this one shows our 'pool'.  While it appears that at one point it was a pool with a great slide it is now empty and dangerous.  The whole thing is concrete steep and both kids have bruised bodies from falling already.  They are still fascinated though so I think there will be more bruising in the future.

I took some photos of how they are keeping themselves entertained.  We have heard sounds of other children here, but still have yet to actually see any of them, with the exception of some teenagers that like to yell, "Hey!!!  How ard jew?"  Which I can only assume is their best attempt at English.
 There are these little orange seeds that they collect and here they are playing like they are ninjas in another pool that we found. 
 This is the view of the street in front that we walk wherever we need to go.  You can see one of the bazillion campaign posters hanging.  It has been interesting to note that different neighborhoods are supporting different candidates. 
 This is the parking lot and the outside of our place.  It is called Colonia Andalucia and all the different sections are named after places in Spain.  We live in Cordoba.  We are on the third floor but here the third floor is considered the second. 

 This is our water that we put in the hand washing station because we are the spoiled brats that get our own machine.  You can see the clothes hanging.  The water has a pump on it that can be changed with the new bottle which makes it really convenient.  The guy comes by every couple of days around nap time and yells aGUA, aGUA.  The girls think it is really funny and they like to yell it, especially when they are supposed to be resting.
 Brandon found this amazing piñata store.  They had all kinds of different characters.  They even had an Ironman Mr. Potato Head pinata.  They were all bigger than Rocky.  The store also sells all the candy and toys to fill it with.  This was one of three other huge sections.  Our little piñata girl was in complete awe and started trying to convince me that we needed to get one for her birthday.  I'm not sure it would fit in my carry-on.  We'd probably have to buy it it's own seat.
 This is the view from the mausoleum of La Corregidora. 
 La Corregidora was a woman who was the wife of the magistrate (el corregidor) before the revolution.  Her real name is Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez and she was like a secret agent.  When King Ferdinand VII of Spain was overthrown it gave the Mexican people their opening to declare independence.  The rebels had a plan in place and Mrs. Magistrate was having secret meetings and stockpiling weapons.  The Spanish got wind of it and decided on a raid and so her husband locked her in a room so she couldn't tell.  The word around here is that she slipped a message through the keyhole to a neighbor and thus became the Paul Revere of Querétero.  I think the story is pretty cool...oh, and she had 14 kids.  So, basically, she was pretty much the bomb.
 From this view you can see the aqueduct that still runs through the city.
After doing a little sight-seeing we stopped to get tacos and had to sample the al pastor.  Our friends in Eugene are the local al pastor experts  so we know when it is good, and this was good.  It is a pork that is marinated in spices and pineapple and then roasted on a spit and it is tasty.  They serve it in burritos or on tacos with chunks of pineapple and if you haven't tried it you are missing out.  If you aren't planning on being in Mexico anytime soon you could check out El Pato Verde on 13th in Eugene and get a little taste of what we're experiencing.  
 Daisy scarfed hers down and Rocky did too, once we ordered her one without any onions. 
They are zoned out right now watching cartoons.  I feel kind of bad letting them watch so much of the old boob-tube, but at least they are hopefully getting some vocab.  It will probably be the only time in their childhoods that they will ever have cable so we had better take advantage.
 Rocky did show that she has a little latina in her when we tried this new snack.  The bag of apples came with little dip packets.  I wasn't sure how well it would go over because the ingredients on the back said that it was made with sugar, chili powder, and salt, but they loved it.  I have heard Mexicans say that Americans are crazy about dipping things and I guess this is proof.  It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it is dip (and not guacamole.)


jillian said...

I'll have to start on the Christmas pinata today if I hope to impress Rocky.

I'm jealous.

Rusten and Karen said...

I love your girls!! (and you)