Querétaro Daily: DIY Demos and Pedaling in Pumps

Pedaling in Pumps

Sunday, March 8th commemorated International Women’s Day. This day has been celebrated since the early 1900’s, in response to working women in the industrialized era that were rallying to end oppression and inequality.

In honor of this empowering day, my friend Doris and I signed up for a bike ride in HIGH HEELS throughout the city of Querétaro. Mujeres en Bici coordinated the event in our city and various other cities throughout Mexico. It was a nationwide bike ride uniting woman for a cause. It sends the powerful message, anything you can do, I can do better. 🙂

For the event, we rented bikes at Rodamoda for around $4. The vintage bikes were pretty stylish, and came with an adorable basket and bell. 🙂IMG_0074Pedaling in pumps…here goes nothing. 😛 IMG_0098We felt like like kids again as we raced down the cobblestone streets and chimed our bells.
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IMG_0080We arrived at Cerro de las Campanas to meet the other ladies and begin our bike ride. 😀
IMG_0083Check out those heels! 🙂
IMG_0091We were both a powerful statement and spectacle as we rode through the city center in our bold outfits and stacked stilettos.
IMG_0096IMG_0101I LOVE this city, and it is even more whimsical on bike. ❤
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IMG_0104IMG_0106After two hours of riding, we gathered together at the arches for a photo shoot and balloon release. Girl power! 🙂
1454641_909497672435351_3592544157973253422_nIMG_0107To treat ourselves after the ride, we stopped by a nearby coffee shop called Charramusca for a cappuccino and pan de queso.
IMG_0112The cafe had a small quartet playing violin and guitar. A lovely end to another beautiful day in Querétaro. 🙂

DIY Demos

To continue with this empowering theme, the past two weeks the 6th graders have been presenting how-to speeches to their classmates. Each student had the opportunity to explain a process of their choosing, whether it be a craft, recipe or skill. The aim of the project was not only to build confidence speaking English in public, but to gain confidence in their abilities and create independence. I want them to learn that they can do anything they set their mind to. 😉

Here are some of their DIY demos, or do-it-yourself demonstrations. See if you want to try a few at home! 😀

Cymatics

The projects started off with a literal bang as one of the kids showed us about cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations.

He was able to demonstrate the different sound waves by placing liquids of various consistencies above a speaker.
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String Lamp

This lamp is created by feeding yarn through glue and wrapping the mixture onto a balloon. Once dried, the balloon is popped and you are left with a dazzling creation.collage1Here is another example I found on Google. The final product can be quite chic. 🙂96bfc8035125fc3f42b00f60545337d6

Rubber Band Bracelet

These bracelets can be made using a Rainbow Loom Rubber Band bracelet set, or by simply using rubber bands and two pencils.
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Homemade Guacamole

This was a combination of avocado, cilantro, diced jalapeno, onion and lime juice. It was served with tortilla chips, and chicharron or pork skin.
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Homemade Pizza Dough

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This turned into dessert pizza topped with Nutella and peach slices.
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Gadi’s Salad

This family recipe was a mixture of spinach, romaine, goat cheese, mango, sliced strawberries, candied walnuts, honey, vinegar, and soy sauce. Yum!
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Again, this class never ceases to amaze me. These creations were both inspiring to their classmates and empowering for themselves. Success!

Out of Commission 

OK, so you may have noticed my post is coming very late this week. :/

Unfortunately, I had an accident and ended up injuring my side and neck, so I’ve been out of commission all week trying to recover.collage2Fortunately, I saw an excellent orthopedic who gave me great advice for physical therapy and pain control.

I had to joke with my mom that I looked like the girl from Sixteen Candles. Hah. Guess I won’t attempt to drink from a bubbler anytime soon. Super sexy. 😛joan-cusack-neck-brace0ae9c3cc-1a97-4f3b-873f-f30dc4d8a57bOn the bright side, after a long week of pain medication and rest, I am back in full swing! 😀

I am headed off to Guadalajara this weekend. Stay tuned to hear more about the trip! Until then. 🙂

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