A Mexican Sunset, to Relax You (and Me)

Just back from my quick weekend trip to Pie de la Cuesta, a beach about 5 miles north of Acapulco. It’s an authentic Mexican beach town — quiet, cheap and basic. And of course, gorgeous. I plan to blog about Lesley’s and my fun trip through the protected mangrove forest, but first, I want to share with you one of the more charming aspects of Pie (pronounced Pee) — it’s perfect sunset display, night after night…

Beautiful Autumn Sky in Mexico City

The rainy season has been over for about a month or so. Remember these stormy photos?

Fall in Mexico City signals a return to dry air, when ocean moisture no longer carries the same oomph. Most days from now until next May are completely sunny, crisp and cool. Around this time of year, the leaves fall from some of the trees (while the palm trees and jacarandas keep things tropical year-round). It’s not unusual for many weeks to pass without seeings clouds or rain.

Today, however, we woke up to a beautiful cloud-filled sky.

Have Love, Will Travel

All day, I listen online to WFUV.org while I work.

The people at FUV love music, and it shows. At least once a day I hear a new song I adore.

Today’s song seems especially apt for a gal like me:

This is a cover of an old song by Richard Berry, and it’s fabulous. Turn it up, folks. If I had a garage, and an infinite amount of money, I’d hire The Black Keys to play. We’d have a keg, some couches, and a great night in el garaje.

The Black Keys in general, rock my socks and they are an anazing cover band…(and if you’re about to tell me something like “whatever, Joy, they’ve been around forever,” and “what hole have you been hiding in?” My answer: I’ve been living in Mexico, fool. The internets are truly god’s gift to the world, but they don’t overcome all distance barriers).

Another excellent cover:

As soon as I hit publish on this blog post, I’m headed to iTunes to buy one of their album, which I will then load onto my iPod and take with me on my walk tonight to Bistro Arlequin to meet with my writing group, during which I will torture Chilangos peatones with refrains of “Have Love, Will Travel….”

Video: From the Bus in Mexico City

My friend Connie, who recently visited me in Mexico, shared this video she created of some of the video and still images she shot while here. The video combines footage she took from a bus trip from Mexico City to Taxco, and photos from both cities. The song, “Denia” by Manu Chao (an artist I love), is in Arabic. She says “OK, not in Spanish but I thought it fit the imagery well.”

Indeed:

Celebrating Two Years in Mexico with a Giant Photo Fest

This time, instead of the regular Joy interviewing Joy on her time spent in Mexico, El Blog de Joy will celebrate dos anos en Mexico with a photo essay taken by visitors to la casa de Joy y Brendan.

We love visitors — and nothing is more fun than seeing their trip photos!

First, my Minnesota in-laws, Bob and Martie, who were our first visitors way back in March of ’08:

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Martie and Bob, from the Condesa DF Hotel rooftop bar here in my neighborhood.

My favorite photo from their trip.

My favorite photo from their trip. We spotted her at the Carnaval Parade in Xochimilco.

 

Then my parents and best friend Dora came, and while not touring Mexico City,  we were hanging out — literally — over the Pacific Ocean in Acapulco:

The sunset was just a teeny weensy dramatic from the hotel's clifftop view.

The sunset was just a teeny weensy dramatic from the Los Flamingos hotel clifftop view.

My parents are museum buffs, so the fantastic Mexico City anthropology museum made their day.

My parents are museum buffs, so the fantastic Mexico City anthropology museum made their day.

My favorite thing about Acapulco was how it felt like you were floating above the ocean. Photo by my Mom.

My favorite thing about Acapulco was how it felt like you were floating above the ocean. (Fave photo by my Mom.)

Next to visit was my in-laws again, who brought along D.C. friends Laurie and Mark:

We thoroughly enjoyed the food at Las Placeras.

Laurie and Mark, on my right. We thoroughly enjoyed the food at Las Placeras in Malinalco, where we rented a house, played dominoes, drank tequila, swung from the hammock and in general had a fabulous time.

I love this photo because it sums up the best part about Mexico: How unendingly colorful it is.

I love this photo by my father-in-law, Bob, because it shows Martie eating ice cream while drooling over the incredible fresh fruit.

Next was a quick one-night visit from Madeleine and Jason, who road tripped across Mexico.

New Yorkers, I've come to realize, don't bat an eye in Mexico City. They fit right in.

New Yorkers, I've come to realize, don't bat an eye in Mexico City. They fit right in and enjoy the craziness just like the Chilangos. We took them out for some mezcal.

Then a few weeks ago Queens guru Connie, and her man, Hugh, visited us for a week. What a blast!

 I took Connie to El Morral to try my favorite food of all time, chiles en nogada.

I took Connie to El Morral in Coyoacan to try my favorite food of all time, chiles en nogada. And she took a picture of me, reveling in my gluttony.

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Connie, me and Brendan at our favorite restaurant in the city, La Embajada Jarocha. They serve Veracruz seafood, topped with live dancing/music. (A tropical haven in the crazy city.)

Connie and Hugh are both avid photogs, and who can resist taking photos of children this adorable?

Connie and Hugh are both avid photoghapers, and who can resist taking photos of children this adorable? (Photo by Connie.)

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Connie snapped this fantastic photo of Hugh while waiting for the subway to arrive. He's offering some slices of mandarin orange.

And, just a few days after Connie and Hugh se fueron, another darling New Yorker, Chrissy, arrived:

Oh yes, Charlie made a new friend!

Yep, Charlie made a new amiga! We went back to the house in Malinalco.

Chrissy’s photo were pretty amazing, and I haven’t yet blogged about them before, so let’s take a look!

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What we often eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner -- tacos!

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What I WISH I could have for breakfast every day -- a bunch of Mexican pastries right out of the oven!

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A beautiful smiling vendor at the Mercado La Cuidadela

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A quiet street in Malinalco, Mexico.

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The weeks following the rainy season are the most beautiful in Mexico. This is on a tiny highway en el estado de Mexico.

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My new favorite photo of me!

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These crosses are placed on the front entrances to all the homes in Malinalco during their annual festival in September. The flower-cross dries beautifully, no?

Then, just last week, came my Uncle Steven and Aunt Martha from Houston:

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Steven and Martha. We went to Malinalco (again!), and ate (again!) at beautiful Las Placeras.

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I have an upcoming post dedicated just to Martha's great photos, but this gives you an idea. At the mercado de Xochimilco.