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Dispatches From Mexico City: Canadian Head Colds and Mexican Holidays

Author: Ty Trumbull

Dear Canada, thanks for the head cold.

My body-breaking, food coma-inducing, whirlwind three-and-a-half week tour around Southern Ontario has come to a close and I’m now safely back on the ground in Mexico. Thanks to the widely varying temperatures (seriously, jumping from highs of 22°C (71.6°F) to lows of 4°C (39.2°F) is not good for the body!), I am currently holed up in bed.

But the trip itself was well worth the congestion I’m feeling now. I got to see my cousin get married at the beginning of the sojourn and capped my adventures off with the triumphant reunion of a band I used to play in that stopped five years ago. We managed to sell out the first night and reached capacity on the second. In between those milestones, I was able to spend time with friends and family, take in a basement punk show in Ottawa, and enjoy the fine restaurants that Toronto has to offer. Especially Ethiopian food which, if you’ve never tried, should definitely be on the top of your list.

Dia de los Muertos

I left behind the Halloween decorations of Toronto for the Day of the Dead preparations of Mexico. Thanks to a lot of cultural importing, the two celebrations look very similar these days. For some Mexicans that’s a point of consternation. I remember hearing two people arguing about it on the subway during our first year in Mexico City.

That was the same year they filmed the James Bond film here which inaccurately depicted a Day of the Dead parade. Since then, life has begun to imitate art as organizers, in a bid to attract tourists, put together a parade that more closely resembles the hit movie.

I missed this year’s parade, held this past Saturday. The first float of the parade paid tribute to the victims of the recent earthquake. The float was built out of hard hats and pick-axes to resemble a giant fist, paying tribute to the now-iconic hand gesture used to call for silence when listening for survivors. Indeed, the earthquake is sure to weigh heavy on all of the ceremonies this year.

For our part, my girlfriend and I are taking the opportunity (and her week off from school) to get out of the city for a few days. We’re headed to San Miguel de Allende to enjoy some hot springs, hotel pools, and huitlacoche. I’ll have more to say about all of that next week though.


Ty Trumbull, from his base in Mexico City, covers the entrepreneur’s journey and business continuity for ChannelE2E. Each Tuesday or so, he offers views about his adopted hometown — his personal Dispatches from Mexico City. Oh, but sometimes he pops up in his home nation of Canada.

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