Eat, Design and Carry On

As I have told you (yes, you, my five readers), I’ve returned to Mexico. In this slow process of re-adaptation, I’ve been inspired by several people, whom have followed their dreams and materialized their projects. Two of them have inspired me to write this post.

Inspired by the movie Sidewalls (Medianeras), set in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Florencia Gaffner; a gorgeous Argentinian girl with an amazing sense of humour and the most entertaining way to tell stories. Flor (as we call her, which means “flower” by the way) is a graphic designer and a film lover as she describes herself every time she introduces herself. Following her dreams she dared to share with the world beautiful patterns. Opy’s Patterns Project is an outstanding and enjoyable blog. Here, she explains briefly (however, with literary grace) what influences her to design each new pattern. Zoe Walker, writer for VIVA Magazine NZ “loved it”, and believe me, someone like her can’t be wrong.

Melissa Suki is a great chef with an awesome vibe, and just like my

“Because a morning without coffee is something without something”

other mate, she isn’t afraid of following her dreams. She opened her own business “Cafe de Papel” (or “Paper Coffee”), a great combination of a coffee place, a dinning and a casual library. Suki has combined her cooking skills with her love for culture and art (she proclaims herself a “hipster”, but she is cool, don’t you worry). Great ambiance, lovely furnished place and glorious food (actually, one of the few places in Mexico where you can find decent coffee).

The moral of these stories is simple, follow your dreams, don’t take crap from anybody, keep calm, carry on, materialize your fantasies, don’t fear success and take the leap.

Ps 1. Follow Florencia here: http://opyspatternproject.blogspot.mx/

Ps2. Follow Cafe de Papel over here: https://twitter.com/CafeDePapel and here: www.facebook.com/CafeDePapel. This place is located in Monterrey (Filosofos 207, close to Tec de Monterrey)

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Get to Know Your Human Rights

That white pigeon is f***ing tough, and will defend your goddamn rights!

When the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December the 10th of 1948, these rights were granted formality and universal recognition. This measure was taken after WWII. The Declaration was considered a great achievement by the international community, especially at this time in history, when the world was driven by two “opposite” forces.

Most of the countries in the world have ratified these rights, so don’t you worry (but if you are wondering if your country has ratified and signed all the treaties and covenants in order to protect these rights, check here).

Ps1: Some fundamental rights: “life, liberty and security of person; the right to an adequate standard of living; the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution; the right to own property; the right to freedom of opinion and

If you are lucky, there might be a link to the Amnesty Internationa site here.

expression; the right to education; the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and the right to freedom from torture and degrading treatment, among others“. (Human Rights for All, Resources for Speakers on Global Issues – http://www.un.org)

Ps2. In the name of freedom and security, some rights are suppressed by some countries (or like China says: “social stability maintenance”). Not only the United States, China or Iran (countries that haven’t ratified most of the treaties and covenants) suppressed human rights, also those countries that were the first to ratify the covenants violate their citizens rights within their borders.

Ps3. In some developing countries, citizens are still irresponsible and ignorant towards their rights, electing those who aren’t really concerned about Human Rights; Mexico is a good example of this.

O Canada (O Poutine)

Canada-eh

Oooooo Canada

“O Canada, Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!”

The True North, strong and free. Yes, that’s in the lyrics of the Canadian anthem. Canada is one of my favourite countries for many good reasons: I have very good friends there, I have some family there (legal residents, in case you were wondering), amazing landscapes and lots of fresh air. Canadians are, by far, the nicest and most polite people in the world; plus, they have Tim Hortons, and they invented poutine.

Canadians have mastered many things throughout their history: the awesome uniform their Royal Canadian Mounted Police wears, tolerance to extreme Winters, lacrosse, multicultural society, the art of sticking together (yeps, I’m talking to you Quebec), gravy and poutine.

Oh yeah, that's the stuff

Oh yeah, that’s the stuff

I first discovered poutine in 2001, when we went to a regular fast food restaurant in Montreal. A Mexican friend, living there at the time, ordered it for us. Oh poutine, when it arrived it looked just like fries covered with brown gravy and curd cheese. The combination of perfectly fried potatoes, brown creamy gravy and melting curd cheese was outstanding. It was love at first bite.

“dreams are made possible if you try” – Terry Fox

“dreams are made possible if you try” – Terry Fox

There’re different stories on how this Canadian dish was invented, my favourite is the following: Fernand Lachance (Warwick, Quebec) claims he invented poutine in 1957, while making it he said: ça va faire une maudite poutine (“it will make a damn mess”), et voila! Poutine is freaking delicious (although, not that nutritious), it’s a ‘must eat’ when you stop by the up north.

Ps. Another important thing Canada has given us is Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981). He was a Canadian humanitarian activist for cancer research. Terry Fox, with an amputated leg, started a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. If you click on the picture to your right it will take you to a wonderful written post on how Terry Fox has influenced positively Canadians through his example and remembered every year at the Terry Fox Run.

Ps2. mmmmm Poutine!