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Day of the Dead Merida style

Last night was Halloween, we went to the Day of the Dead celebration. Tonight, on the Day of the Dead, I’m going to a Halloween carnival.  In Mexico, you just have to go with the flow. The city closes several streets for Hanal Pixan, the Mayan version of the Day of the Dead celebration.We showed up at 6pm, which was nice. No big crowds, the stage was bare and most of the chairs were empty. By 6:30, half an hour after the official start time, we decided not to hang around any more waiting for the Botanical garden to open or the music to start. Time is a variable thing in Mexico after all.   Our group wandered south Calle 66 towards the cemetery, admiring altars, declining offers to purchase  tamales, mini-pibes, or Day of the Dead bread.  The smell of copal hanging heavy in the air, making my nose sting. Later I realized it was the underlying scent of ...

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A tale of two tailors

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. BK and I planned our costumes well in advance of the second annual IWC Halloween party. Rightly or wrongly, we feel we have reputations to uphold after last year. That and we just really like to dress up. Our costume criteria this year was to use as much stuff that we had on hand as possible,the costume needed to be cool, comfortable and quickly constructed. I also wanted a costume that didn’t require hair (i.e. a wig). Also, while BK’s husband is less introverted than Husband, we had guidelines for his costume too, comfort being a priority. After discussing it and looking at the fabric stash, we decided to go with Cleopatra and Marc Anthony for BK and JK, a classic couple’s costume if there ever was one. I went as Nefertiti. Sometime last year, in a fit of misguided enthusiasm, BK and I had gone in on some knit fabrics.Lured by the ...

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