Friday, October 20, 2006

Precolumbian art exhibitions in Europe

I'm very glad to see that there is a number of Mesoamerican precolumbian art exhibitions doing the rounds in Europe during the past years. At least there are initiatives to educate them about the existence of ancient civilisations such as the Aztecs or the Mayas.

Masters of Precolumbian Art
In Brussels

Maya Exhibition in Helsinki
In Helsinki

The most amazing exhibition I saw outside of the Americas on this subject was the Aztecs exhibition in Berlin (which was also in London and Tokyo). However, if you are really interested in these two civilizations, there is no better option than going to the National Anthropology Musem in Mexico City for a concise view. You can also visit the different ruins in the country if you want to have a better idea of how did they live, like Chichén Itzá or Teotihuacán.

Pyramid at Chichén Itzá

Globalisation ≠ Americanisation

I have seen that a lot of the debate regarding globalisation as such is that we're all becoming "Americanised". Whilst it is true that many of the global brands are American, and that a sizeable part of the media we consume is also from the U.S, there is a lot of interaction that doesn't involve them, and that would even go against their interests. English, however, is one of the platforms that we use for international communication, like the Latin of old. The problem is that native English speakers have no incentive for learning a foreign language, so their horizons are a little bit more limited in the beginning.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Peter Pan

I saw a programme yesterday on the BBC about Peter Pan, and I have to say I was transported back to my childhood. I was a big fan of the animated movie when I was a small kid, and I have to admit it influenced me a little in the sense that I try to keep a positive approach to life, even though I'm an adult now.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Continuing with the series of posts of Spanish-Language Rock, Caifanes was the band that revived Rock in Mexico in the late 80's. They started as a sort of Mexican The Cure but started bringing in some influences from traditional music, which are noticeable in some of their songs. After a series of hits, they disbanded in 1995 because of some problems between the Saúl Hernández, the lead singer, and Alejandro Marcovich, the lead guitar. However, Hernández continued and created a band called Jaguares. Some videos below:

Afuera (El Nervio del Volcán, 1994) Notice the prehispanic influence in the guitar solo

Mátenme porque me muero (Caifanes, 1988)
La Negra Tomasa (Caifanes, 1988)
La célula que explota (El diablito, 1990) Notice the mix of rock with mariachi
Nubes (El Silencio, 1992)
No dejes que (El Silencio, 1992)
La llorona (El Nervio del Volcán, 1994)
Aquí no es así (El Nervio del Volcán, 1994)
Quisiera ser alcohol (El Nervio del Volcán, 1994)
Dime Jaguar (El Equilibrio de los Jaguares, 1996)
Detrás de los Cerros (El Equilibrio de los Jaguares, 1996)
Fin (Bajo el Azul de tu Misterio, 1999)
(Bajo el Azul de tu Misterio, 1999)
Como Tú (Cuando la Sangre Galopa, 2001)
La Vida no es igual (Cuando la Sangre Galopa, 2001)
Te lo pido por favor (El Primer Instinto, 2002) Originally a ballad by Juan Gabriel

More information here and here.

Monday, October 16, 2006


I don't know about you, but I seriously love food. As long as it is good I'd eat almost anything: Mexican, French, Belgian, Dutch, Brazilian, Argentine, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Greek, Spanish, German... mussels, kangaroo, ant eggs, crickets, beef, salmon, tongue, chicken, liver, turkey, stomach... dessert, entrée, soup, main course, or whichever way...

I have a couple of pictures of food I've eaten in Flickr, where they also have a great pool from different users on this same subject.

Only problem is that I can't eat beans nor germinated wheat, and for example eyes are too gross even for me. Almost everything else is fair game, as long as it is cooked, it's not toxic and tastes good =).