This is Política
Since my arrival in Puebla a month ago, the campaigns of Tony Gali and Enrique Agüera (the two main candidates) for the seat of ‘Presidente Municipal ‘ (Mayor) of Puebla have been a daily presence. Their adverts are continuously on TV and their presence on the street is remarkable. Each has posters on every corner, lamp-posts, and traffic lights. There are even entire walls painted with their names. They have campaigners handing out posters for your cars and homes at every stop light and I have even encountered rallies for both.
This is Ajedrez
El Parque del Ajedrez is a park funded by BUAP, the largest public university in Puebla. It is named the ‘Chess Park’ as it is one of the facilities offered (free of charge). There is even a chess teacher who gives classes. The park is a large modern space which also includes a children’s playground (the best I have ever seen), and a large number of exercising equipment pieces. There are two big outdoor chess boards (pieces can be borrowed from the office) and there are also numerous chess tables (in the shade) for which you can also borrow boards and the pieces. The park also contains numerous outdoor art pieces and a café. The park is right next to the ‘Complejo Cultural Universitario‘ (also BUAP funded) which is a cultural center. Both are well worth a visit, and offer a very modern mexican feel – a nice change of pace to el centro histórico de Puebla.
This is Breakfast
Breakfast in Mexico is a very important affair. This is a country where breakfast really is the cardinal meal of the day. My spanish teacher joked this week about foreigners who only eat a piece of toast for breakfast. Her mocking of us, really summed up the mexicans’ love for ‘desayuno’. If you go out for breakfast, which a lot of families do at the weekends , or if you are making a big family breakfast, the meal begins with Pan Dulce. Pan Dulce means ‘sweet bread’. They come in many different forms but they are ALL tasty! As a european, they remind me of home, as they taste like patisseries with a mexican twist. As a foreigner, I would be happy just eating pan dulce and stopping there, but this is Mexico, so make sure to save room for the huge amount of food that follows. Pan Dulce are also eaten as a ‘Merienda‘. They can be bought from a lot of tiendas (small grocery shops equivalent to corner shops in the UK) and also bakeries (‘panaderías’).
My favourite Pan Dulce (that I have tried so far) is the Concha, which means ‘shell’. Its soft and light in the middle with a textured shell. It’s crumbly and absolutely delicious.