Carnaval de Huejotzingo 2016

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Carnaval de Huejotzingo

Es una tradición que viene de 1869 y reconocida internacionalmente. Los habitantes usan atuendos de vistosos colores bordados de lentejuelas y máscaras que representan a los conquistadores españoles, demonios o animales, talladas o adornadas de fibras, palmas o plumas.

La fiesta comienza el sábado anterior al miércoles de ceniza y termina el martes, poniendo en escena tres hechos históricos: la Segunda Intervención Francesa de México (la batalla del 5 de mayo), el rapto de la hija del Corregidor por el legendario ladrón Agustín Lorenzo y el primer casamiento católico de indígenas en toda la América, realizado en Huejotzingo, de cuyos sucesos emanan sus trajes.

La participación en el carnaval, es organizada por comparsas de batallones y de grupos cuyos miembros se visten de una manera estandarizada y cumplen determinados papeles en la celebración de este festival. Participan los batallones y los grupos. Los batallones tienen tintes militares y portan mosquetes, son los Zapadores, Zacapoaxtlas, Indios Serranos, Franceses, Turcos y Zuavos. En los grupos se encuentran los Apaches, el “Casamiento Indígena” y los africanos traídos a la Nueva España en la época Colonial. Al momento de escenificar el rapto, se vive una de la estampas que ofrece la oportunidad única y excitante de sentir ese acto de comunión entre la guerra y el amor.

Todos ellos comandados por el General en Jefe y su Estado Mayor, sin olvidar que la escena relevante del carnaval, la tiene la “dama” y Agustín Lorenzo, acompañado por su gavilla de ladrones. Pero no se le resta importancia a las danzas autóctonas de los negritos, los zapadores, los indios y los serranos, personajes disfrazados que bailan, al compás de la música, desde el mediodía hasta el atardecer, por las principales calles del lugar.

Sea cual fuere el origen de la integración de las tres historias, lo cierto es que generaron una enorme tradición que, con algunos cambios, perdura con mucha fuerza. Tan es así que los Huejotzincas están seguros que su Carnaval nunca morirá, pues ni siquiera en años difíciles, cuando les fue prohibido usar mosquetones, que entonces se sustituyeron con palos, ha desaparecido.

Dependiendo del batallón, el número de sus miembros varía entre 40 y 290 miembros. Los espectadores forman parte importante del elenco de esta escenificación que es una muestra del arte que producen las manos mágicas de los artesanos de Huejotzingo, quienes prácticamente trabajan todo el año para este gran día.

Es meritorio señalar que la gran mayoría de los trajes, son confeccionados por las mujeres huejotzincas. Aunque los costos de la realización de esta festividad corren a cargo de las autoridades locales, los participantes deben invertir en uno de estos trajes, entre 10 y 30 mil pesos y hay quien desea confeccionarlo a detalle con un costo de hasta 50 mil pesos.

Durante la semana del carnaval, este pueblo parece regresar al pasado. Soldados franceses y mexicanos se apoderan de las principales calles del lugar, marchan y danzan al compás de la música de viento, tambores, trompetas y cohetones que anuncian la llegada del enemigo. El último día, se lleva a cabo un desfile con los más de 8 mil 500 danzantes, constituidos en 21 batallones o cuadrillas, quienes con paso firme, marchan, bailan y animan a los asistentes a participar en esta fiesta que transforma la vida cotidiana de sus pobladores.

El cierre del carnaval lo hace la comunidad infantil, con la misma representación que el carnaval mayor.

Conocer mas vista: Carnaval de Huejotzingo

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Mistakes of English Language Speakers When Learning Spanish

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If you are an English language speaker and have recently started learning Spanish, the thought that ‘this isn’t my cup of tea’ might have crossed your mind at least once. It is fairly common for most beginners in this field to leave learning Spanish midway. This happens mainly because of two reasons: lack of determination or frustration when committing mistakes that hinder the overall learning process.

However, if you have quit or planning to quit because of the second reason, you may want to take a look at a few mistakes before you make up your mind.

The Dilemma of Pronoun

Sentences like caressed the cat may be considered as incomplete in the English language because it lacks a pronoun. In Spanish though, because the verb conjugates differently for each pronoun it makes perfect sense acaricia al gato. So, even if you ditch the pronoun in Spanish, it is perfectly all right.

Backward Construction of Sentences

Sentences like cold water and friendly pet make perfect sense in the English language but they don’t in Spanish. Sentences in Spanish are constructed in a backward manner and the correct way to say them would be ‘water cold’ (agua fría) and ‘pet friendly’ (mascota amigable).

Confusion over Politeness

The rule of thumb when learning Spanish is to use usted when addressing people who are older or command certain amount of respect; everyone else can be addressed as .

The bottom line here is that learning Spanish isn’t all that difficult; provided, you avoid making some common mistakes. Hopefully, the section above has provided you insight in this regard. There are several Spanish language immersion programs that prove to be a better way of learning Spanish. You may want to get enrolled to learn Spanish quickly.

Spanish Program Lessons

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Few Steps that you can follow

It feels wonderful learning a foreign language. Additionally, as the world is into globalization and new employment is rising, it becomes necessary to learn a new language. Spanish language is extensively used all over the world and consequently learning a language can be rewarding. Learning Spanish language won’t be difficult, as it is very easy and uncomplicated. Today, you can get Spanish program that can offer you great results. One of the best places is online Spanish lessons where you can learn step by step method that will make you a master in this language. Some of the basic rules that you need to follow while learning Spanish language are here:

  • Boost your Vocabulary: Learning any language, the first thing that you need to polish is basic vocabulary and this goes same with Spanish lessons. If you desire to achieve success, start reading books, newspapers and journals. This will help you to learn new language and consecutively spark your knowledge. Words that you can understand write it down and find its meaning. Now, it’s time for you to know the synonyms of words that you have memorized. This will help you to know new words. Flash cards can help you to learn quickly. Flash cards are a great method to learn in a methodical way and at the same time it is very motivating. Talk to people around you, whether it may be in your office or people in the shopping mall and thus you can identify your mistakes and correct them without any glitches.
  • Internet Spanish program courses are best: Practical learning methods and constant practice can help you to achieve success and become a master. This is same when you are learning a new foreign language. Online Spanish lessons can help you in every way possible and at the same time you can communicate with people all around the globe. This can be a great method to increase your vocabulary. Online Spanish programs are better than ready a newspaper or memorizing words from books. The online medium will provide you ease to learn Spanish right from the ease of your home or from anywhere you desire.

Well, there are many other steps that you can follow when learning a foreign language. Make sure that you are focused and follow changes. Learn as much as you can and find new methods that will help you in every way possible. Have a happy Spanish learning!

Spanish Immersion Program

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Write, Speak, and Read Spanish

Learn To Comprehend, Write, Speak, and Read Spanish

Learning Spanish language and its culture is a tough job; more so, when you don’t know where to start from. The first, and probably the most important thing, is to find the best place to study Spanish.

There are four aspects to learning Spanish, as it is with any other language for that matter – listening, reading, writing, and speaking. You need to master all these in order to be able to know the language like a Native Speaker would.

Whether you want to learn Spanish for professional reasons, to travel to different countries or just to add another jewel in your repertoire, Spanish immersion program would do wonders to help you acquire everything the language has to offer. More importantly, an approach that features different levels of teaching for people with different levels of understanding of the Spanish language – starting from a beginner to someone who knows a great deal more would be the best way. Moreover, the program should comply with ACTFL and European Framework of Reference for Languages guidelines.

The curriculum of a Spanish immersion program should be a mix of learning and extra curriculum activities. This will enable the students to grasp and apply everything taught to them with a lot more confidence.

To understand a language in its true grandeur, it is vital that basics are given importance. Whether it is the spoken, written, or comprehension part of the Spanish language, you have to understand the basic structure of the language and how every aspect of it is different from the other; and then bring every bit of what is being taught to you together to express yourself in whatever manner you intend to.

The best thing about the Spanish immersion program is that you can join it from any level, depending on where you stand in the understanding and usage of the language.

Spanish Program Lessons Online

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Spanish Lessons Online

 

What is the best method to have a grasp over the language? Get combined with Spanish speakers near your locality who can encourage you to learn the language profoundly. You can easily get Spanish learning books in the market or your nearest library or you can borrow one from your friend, if he or she has one. Though, language is never a barrier unless you become a barrier. One of the best medium to learn Spanish language quickly and easily is on the internet medium. The online medium is packed with thousands of Spanish program. You can get e-book stores from where you can buy learning Spanish books in an affordable price or you can download free.

Today, many individuals who are crazy about learning a foreign language are using the internet medium. The online medium is the easiest and fastest mode to get you educated on certain thing; whether it may be learning a language. You should have the zeal and never ending passion inside when learning a foreign language and rest you will learn automatically. Spanish lessons online could help you in every way possible. Just you need to find out the right and perfect school online. Many native English speaker, feel disheartened while learning this language. The main reason is Spanish words that don’t feet English words ideally. Learning Spanish can be hard to understand, as you will come across different alphabet. But putting little bit effort will offer great results and slowly you will learn Spanish without any hassles.

Online language courses are affordable and easy to learn. As you all know that in this age, the World Wide Web is playing a great role to enhance your Spanish immersion and boost your dialect. Visit a Spanish program course tutorial online that are free. Registered yourself to one such website with your email and on a daily basis you will get email related to Spanish language learning. Carefully following the steps suggested in the email sent by the service provider will enhance your language ability. For a local English speaker, speaking in Spanish could be a difficult task. But as globalization tend is increasing and people are becoming more social, it becomes necessary to learn Spanish. In order to keep Spanish immersion, you need first to understand the language and its difficulties. Spanish language is extensively used all over the world and consequently learning a language can be rewarding. Learning Spanish language won’t be difficult, as it is very easy and uncomplicated.

Speak Spanish Fluently

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Speak Spanish Fluently

The Best Way To Learn To Speak Spanish Fluently

As per Wikipedia, the United States is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, trailing behind Mexico. According to the 2012 American Community Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, Spanish is primarily spoken at home by 38.3 million people, aged five or older, one figure that is more than double that of 1990. It is a clear indication that Hispanic population is growing rapidly in the United States.

An increasing number of the Hispanic population in the US and a worldwide need to speak Spanish  as created a growing demand of people who can speak Spanish fluently. This has led to mushrooming of institutes that claim for ‘learn to speak Spanish in three weeks or one month’. Can You learn to speak Spanish fluently in three weeks or one month? No, you can’t. In fact, no one can. It is nothing but a marketing gimmick. And you should not fall for it.

The best way to learn Spanish or any other language is to focus on all four areas of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Without having a good command on each of them, you cannot master Spanish. Therefore, you should try to find an institute that lays emphasis on all these four areas. Also, choose an institute that stresses on Spanish conversation. This will help you develop conversation skills quickly.

The Spanish Institute of Puebla is a reputed Spanish Language School with 30 years of experience. It offers a proven methodology and a great atmosphere for learning Spanish. The institute has a focus on all four areas of communication. You will have up to 16 hours a day exposure of Spanish language and culture.

Catedral de Puebla / El Zócalo

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This is El Centro

View of the Cathedral from El Zocalo

Puebla Cathedral is located in the Centro Histórico de Puebla which is basically downtown Puebla, where you will find most of the old colonial buildings, museums and many other places of cultural interest. At the heart of every mexican city is ‘el zócalo’ which means the main plaza or square of the city/town. The Cathedral is right next to the Zocalo where there are a number of restaurants and cafés. There are always a lot of big balloons for sale (‘globos’), young couples (PDA is very much the norm in Mexico) and kids playing in the fountains. If you sit down for a drink you will be welcomed by shoe shiners , caricature artists and many other people trying to sell you stuff. This isn’t just because you are a tourist, this is how things are done in Mexico. Wherever you go in Mexico there are always little tiendas (stores) , people on bikes or just people walking around selling stuff. And I mean anything from food to pencils to jewellery. If you are not interested just say ‘no gracias’ and they will leave you alone. Don’t forget el zócalo is one of the more touristy areas in Puebla so you will most likely be paying more than the usual price for your average chela (beer) or meal.

Inside the Cathedral

Cathedral Blue Skies

La Poblanita

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This is Street Food

La Poblanita , located right near the Catedral de Puebla (in the historical center), is a street food vendor which sells antojitos. If you were to ask me what I think of when I think of Mexico, one of the first things I would say is ‘antojitos’. Antojitos means ‘little cravings’ and are the street foods of Mexico. Street foods in Mexico mostly include corn as their main ingredient. Here are just to name a few: tacos, tamales, memelas, gorditas, quesadillas, tortas, cemitas, chalupas, elotes, taquitos dorados, tostadas and molotes! Antojitos are sold EVERYWHERE, and I mean everywhere. You can always find something to eat in Mexico, day or night. You can’t go a block without antojitos being sold. And just because they are off the street doesn’t mean they are not safe to eat. I have never gotten food poisoning from street food, so don’t be scared to be adventurous. Try something new and be a real Mexican. Because real mexicans love their antojitos. Antojitos are sold by a lot of places during the day and generally close up shop by early evening, but at night a whole new set of vendors appear whether its in an actual building or being sold on the side of a street. I plan to make a lot of posts about different antojitos, so do not fret if you are puzzled as to what many of them are.

This post is about Molotes. Molotes are deep fried corn tortillas which have an oval shape. They are filled with the filling of your choice such as quesillo (my favourite) , mushrooms or many meat options. Aside: quesillo is a cheese from Oaxaca generally used in quesadillas and lots of antojitos. For vegetarians its a very tasty option. Anyway back to Molotes, once they are filled, they are deep fried, and served with salsa (rojo or verde) and sour cream. They are really really delicious- crunchy on the outside and the salsa and cream take it to the next level.

La Poblanita which is very well known in Puebla has been around for about 30 years. The weird thing is that they sell molotes throughout the day whereas usually molotes are mostly sold as a night street food. It’s cheating a bit eating them during the day, but they taste so good I don’t really care if it’s not the proper way! I guess eating a molote during the day is a bit like having a cappuccino after 11am in Italy.

Señoritas de la Poblanita

Here are some tips for ordering antojitos in Mexico:

  • Its not really in the mexican culture for them to ask you what you want to eat. To get the vendors attention you need to say either ‘señorita/señora’ for women and for men you say ‘joven’ which means young man (usually you will only find men selling tacos).
  • You should then ask for what you want and ask how much it costs (‘cuanto cuesta?’). A molote at La Poblanita costs about 16 pesos. If you want a soda with it I recommend Mexican Coca Cola (in the glass bottle). Mexican Coca-Cola is the best coke in the world so don’t pass up on the opportunity to try it. Often the soda will cost more than the antojito (usually 10-12 pesos). Its also absolutely fine to ask for whatever you want even if its not necessarily on the menu. For example if you want mushrooms and quesillo, then go for it. Mexicans are very accommodating. Same goes with if you don’t want the salsa (though I think that would be a fatal mistake).
  • At La Poblanita they will give you your antojito on a plate and along with everyone else you should stand and eat your food. This is very normal in Mexico. Even if there are no chairs, people will stand by the vendor and eat their food. There is often a little sideboard to place your dish on as you can see in the picture below. At night if you are driving around you will see people standing outside vendors eating, just like I have described.

Mexico is probably the best place in the world to eat after a night out or if you are craving a midnight snack.

  • Now if you want to be really Mexican here’s the way to do it: when you get your food or if there are people around you eating, you always say ” ¡Provecho! (short for buen provecho), and when you leave , if people are still eating then you also say ¡Provecho!

I have met a lot of foreigners in Puebla who are a bit wary of eating street food. Don’t be. It’s one of the things that makes Mexico so great.

¡Provecho!

Un Molote de Quesillo con Salsa Verde y Crema

Sopa Azteca

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This is Sopa

Like a lot of dishes in Mexico, Sopa Azteca also commonly referred to as Sopa de Tortilla contains corn tortillas as its main ingredient. The soup is a classic mexican dish, often served in multiple course meals and my favourite soup to date. It’s made up of fried strips of corn tortilla submerged in a tomato soup cooked with garlic and onion, seasoned with parsley and chile and served with avocado, sour cream and little chunks of cheese. Meat is often added to the soup such as pork. But again, a good one for veggies!

¡Provecho!

Aztec Soup

Vamos a AFRICAM

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This is Africam Safari

Africam Safari is a drive-thru zoological park about 30 minutes outside of the city of Puebla in the municipality of Tecali de Herrera. Africam is a fantastic zoo, and in fact the first to be accredited in Latin America by theAssociation of Zoos and Aquariums. It has very high standards of animal care, and protects numerous endangered species. Recently the park has welcomed 9 new elephants, which were rescued from Africa. Thousands of animals are able to roam freely without being confined to cages. The drive-thru enables you to get really close to the animals (with windows down depending on the area). If you don’t have a car, the park offers a guided bus tour around the park which leaves every 15 minutes or so. The bus company Estrella Roja, offers an all inclusive deal which includes bus tickets there and back and the entrance fee to the park (this only costs about 30 pesos more than the entrance ticket so is a very good deal). Check out costs at the bottom of the post!

Mr Camel

As you drive through the park, you enter different sections according to the animals and the danger they pose. There is only one section where you have to wait to be let in, which is for the white tigers that are absolutely stunning, if you are lucky you will get to see them moving around, but often they are snoozing (though still incredible to look at!).

About half way through, there is a rest area, where there is a souvenir store, and also places to buy refreshments (including beer) and snacks/fast food. This area also offers restrooms/toilets. In addition there are also boat tours available on the nearby lake. Once you continue on the safari, there are two subsequent walking areas, where you can park your car and walk around. The first is where the lions, monkeys, hyenas, turtles and hippos live, and the second is the ‘adventure zone’, which is more like a traditional zoo where you can get close to animals in more confined areas, these include reptiles like crocodiles and snakes, kangaroos and many more. This zone is also where you can pay for additional activities such as a zip-line, and also where they offer an animal show. The shows are free and start at 2.00pm and 4.00pm. This is the last stop before you leave the park, so if you want to buy any gifts or souvenirs this is the place to do it.

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I suggest getting to the park nice and early when the park opens at 10 am, which gives you loads of time to really enjoy the whole place. The park stops entrances at 5pm, and closes completely at 6pm, so don’t leave it too late in the day to get there.

The list of animals in Africam Safari is very long, so don’t worry, all the ones you will be hoping to see will be there. Personally, this is the best safari/zoo I have ever been to, and exceeded my expectations completely (and they were pretty high given all the great stuff I had heard about it). Even if you aren’t a huge animal lover, you will still have a really fantastic day out, and its a great one for families and children.

Don’t miss out on visiting this fantastic place, and if you needed another reason to go to Puebla, this is most definitely it!

Hey Zebra!

Cost (all prices are in Mexican Pesos):

Entrance to the Park : Adults- $232 ; Children $225

Estrella Roja Bus Deal [to and from the park from CAPU (11.00am) or el Zocalo (11.30am)] with entrance included:

Adults- $290 ; Children-$260

Giraffes

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