The Fiery Desert
Just to recap, I’ve been living in central Mexico for around 10 months now. 😀
That being said, I spent the past 26 years living in the Midwest, a climate where winter definitely triumphs over all other seasons. 😛Anyway, when I first moved from the Midwest to central Mexico, I definitely experienced quite the change in climate.
I went from hibernating most days to escape the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, to basking in the glorious desert sun of Querétaro, like a lizard on a rock. 😛
While I used to spend most days bundled up in this full-length parka.I now spend most days flaunting shorts and a tank top, showin’ off some skin. 😛Now I do feel that I may be the minority here in Querétaro, since the majority of locals make every effort possible to escape the strong sun.
Along with sunglasses and sombreros, I have discovered that Queretanas utilize umbrellas as a personal awning and rather chic way of hiding from the sunshine. 🙂In contrast to the locals, I stand in the sun like HALLELUJAH! 😀 I take every moment to soak up the rays and work on my tan.Anyway, now that I have lived here for quite some time, I am learning about the other benefits of desert life.
For starters, I try to eat locally.
In the fiery desert, cacti are literally everywhere, and eating locally means including cactus in your daily diet. 😀As an healthy benefit, cactus or nopal is full of fiber and antioxidants, plus it reduces cholesterol and protects your liver, which is great after one too many shots of tequila. 😛
You can find nopal in many recipes across this region, but I find cactus to be especially tasty when chopped up in salad with tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, or sautéed with garlic and added to a cheesy quesadilla. 😀
Anyway, there is no doubt that Queretanas LOVE their cactus, and they love it so much in fact that they actually stuff their cactus with more cactus! 😛
Case in point, Penca en Nopal.While in some cities, you may get to know your local butcher, here in Querétaro you learn to make friends with the local cacti connoisseur. 😀Meet Rubén. 🙂
He takes these jumbo-sized cacti seriously, and fills them with everything from cactus and onions, to mushrooms and chorizo sausage. I will definitely be ordering one in the near future. They are grilled, sliced, and served in tortillas with homemade spicy salsa. Yum!Now I’m not the only one learning about the benefits of the desert sun. The kids at school have also been learning how to harness the power of these strong rays by creating a solar oven in science class. 🙂
Hot chocolate and grilled weenies anyone? 😛It was such a great project for the students. It’s empowering and I believe it’s also a viable option for conserving on energy in the summer months. Here’s a link if your interested on how to make your own. 🙂
Surprisingly Flammable Desserts
On Saturday night, I met up with a few co-workers at a salsa club called Melao.
I was a little skeptical seeing as the men on the website cover looked like some version of Mexico’s Chippendales. 😛Regardless, my co-workers are a blast so I figured I would give it a chance.Well for starters, we arrived at 11 PM and the band didn’t even start until Midnight.
At least it gave me a chance to survey the crowd and foresee any potential dance partners. 😀
Now although I love to salsa dance, sadly guys my age don’t feel the same way.
I guess a girl can dream. Hah. 😉Anyway, it was an above 40 crowd at minimum and I was not looking to buddy up next to some Mexican sugar daddy with slicked-back hair and a gold chain necklace. Ewwww…no thanks…I’ll pass.Luckily, the others felt the same way and it turned into a fun girls nights, which reminded me a lot of this skit by comedian Dane Cook. 😛
I ❤ Dane Cook.
The girls go. Girls go to DANCE. You get ready with your friends,
“Let’s go dance tonight!
Let’s just stand in a circle around our shoes and our pocketbooks
and lets just dance. And if guys come near us we’ll tazer them. No guys.”
You never hear a guy say to one of his buddies. – Dane Cook
Anyway, midnight finally approached and the men slowly gathered on stage. As the music began and I watched them all up there singing, dancing and more or less undulating on the stage, I couldn’t help but stare in amazement. 😛
It was let alone some type of small miracle that they managed to shimmy into those skinny jeans, they were also all extremely talented performers. 😀
Additionally, the live band was PHENOMENAL and one of my co-workers brought her boyfriend who knows how to dance, so they did a little salsa for you to enjoy.
Now for the granddaddy of them all. Aside from the men on stage, the bartenders showcased some lively entertainment as well. 🙂
This is the Geronimo! A surprisingly flammable dessert cocktail, prepared specially for those birthday boys and girls!
Now I’m not sure if I will be here for my birthday, but I will definitely be recreating this creamy cocktail for myself, which not only looks like a delicious blend of Kahlua and Baileys, but also a pyro-lovers dream! ❤
I believe it’s worth risking any singed eyebrows or hangover involved! Bartender, another round please! 😀
To cap things off, the weekend was quite enjoyable and now I’m back to school, busy grading quizzes and notebooks.
This week we will finish the fourth bimestre and grades are due. Erik Erikson is a great school, because they not only evaluate on academic work, but on social development as well.
This group of students has matured quite a bit since the year began, and I could not be more proud. 😀
That being said, they still haven’t lost their sense of humor and confidence. Just look what I found on one of their quizzes.
They provided a self-assessment of their reading abilities. 😛 Too funny.
Well soon we will begin the fifth and final bimestre of the school year. Time has sure flown by, but I’ve been loving every minute of it. ❤
Can’t wait to tell more about upcoming events in the classroom. Until then. Enjoy the week. 🙂