Where I’m Living: Puebla and Cholula

So I moved to Puebla a couple of weeks ago – my new home for the next nine or so months! Puebla is the name of the state and the capital, and it’s 2 or 3 hours from Mexico City by bus (…traffic dependent).
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Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico. It’s quite traditionally Catholic, it has lots of beautiful colonial architecture (see below) and it’s BIG claim to fame is it was the site of the battle of ‘Cinco de Mayo’. Continue reading “Where I’m Living: Puebla and Cholula”

Exploring Coyoacán, Mexico City

3rd August 2016–
We spent most of this day exploring the area of Coyoacán. I had been really looking forward to this day. Frida Kahlo was born, lived and died in Coyoacán and I had dreamt about visiting La Casa Azul, her house turned museum, since reading about it in a book about her life.

Coyoacán, in the south of the city, was once a separate village but, with the ever-increasing expansion of CDMX, it has now been consumed in and expanded beyond. We met up with a family friend, Ben, who’s been living in Mexico for the past 10 years and he took us to the Zocalo/main square of Coyoacán to have a look around. It is a truly beautiful area and, once you move away from the motorway, you can really tell it once stood apart.

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Moving to Mexico – The Arrival

I left London feeling excited, tired and with a sneaking suspicion I might be coming down with a cold. Sure enough, half way through the 11 hour flight, I could not stop sniffling! Seems like bad luck to feel ill before you even land but, then again, I did get tonsillitis on my birthday so I guess my body just does not rate me.

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Neck pillow and tissues #flyingright #airplaneswag ✈️

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Another EU opinion piece

The EU referendum has completely taken over UK media recently. Commentators and politicians have come down hard on one side or the other but I can’t help but feel that by doing this – by taking such definitive stances and by claiming the other side’s view as “wrong” – they’re skirting around the underlying issues.

Although I’m voting Remain in the European referendum, I’m not sure anybody can confidently predict what either outcome will mean for Britain. With positives and negatives on both sides, I think a lot of it comes down to ‘feeling’. It’s the kind of feeling that although unquantifiable, affects the hearts and minds of all.

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Chicks in flicks: Women in film worldwide

I’ve watched a few films recently and it occurred to me that most of them have shown women’s stories from around the globe. Recent studies about gender inequality in film imply this was not fate, and perhaps I’ve just been more drawn to female-led movies lately. Nonetheless, I’ve really enjoyed them and thought I’d share!

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Securitization – How political rhetoric affects what we fear

I recently watched a BBC documentary on the Black Liberation Movement. One activist, La’Shadion Anthony, discussed why he doesn’t trust the police saying: “the police have more murders in the U.S. than ISIS and than all the other terrorist groups alone this year.” With the number of Americans killed by the police recorded at 1,000 for 2015, and 24 Americans killed by terrorist attacks in 2014, La’Shadion clearly had a point. Continue reading “Securitization – How political rhetoric affects what we fear”

“In 1979 a revolution took place. It was later called The Islamic Revolution.”

The title here comes from the graphic novel, Persepolis. Later turned into a film, it details the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl growing up in Iran under both secular and Islamic governments. Having recently taken a course on Middle Eastern history, Iran really struck a chord with me.

I got to know a number of Iranians through the charity Migrant Help and found them to be some of the kindest, funniest people I have ever met. Learning about the revolution, I was also struck by the misconceptions I had about it. Although it was later called an Islamic revolution, it was at its inception a revolution against an illegitimate and autocratic government.

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A movie poster for Persepolis. I highly reccommend watching this!

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