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1000 Americans: Sr Reyes, Tlachichuca, Mexico

September 20, 2009 by  
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Sr Reyes, Tlachichuca

Don Francisco Reyes is looking at the summit of Pico de Orizaba, from the yard of his mansion, the former soap factory in Tlachichuca.

The family Reyes has been involved with the exploration of Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain of Mexico, for decades and is still offering services for climbers, both commercial as well as rescue services, using their Red-Cross Unimog.

1000 Americans: Hiram in El Balcon, Puebla, Mexico

September 18, 2009 by  
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Hiram, Puebla

Hiram manages the family restaurant, together with his brothers, parents and uncle. ‘El Balcon’ is widely known by the local customers and they line up every weekend, not minding a long wait to be seated.

Hiram also plays guitar in his church and loves to travel, having backpacked through Europe with his friend Leandro. He is a wonderful CouchSurfing host as well :)

1000 Americans: street vendor selling fruit, Puebla, Mexico

September 18, 2009 by  
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Street vendor, Puebla

This woman was sitting on the sidewalk, next to a restaurant, trying to sell the few bags of fruits she brought from the land.

Many poor farmers are trying to make ends meet by selling their goods in the big cities.

1000 Americans: balloon seller, Puebla, Mexico

September 18, 2009 by  
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Balloon guy, Puebla

Armed with a huge smile, this friendly fellow sells all kinds of balloons to Mexican tourists, visiting the Zocalo of Puebla.

He enjoys the city and is already looking forward to the independence celebrations that are scheduled for next year, the public clock behind his mobile shop is counting down the days.

1000 Americans: Samuel & Emilia, Puebla, Mexico

September 18, 2009 by  
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Hiram's parents, Puebla

Samuel & Emilia have build up a popular family restaurant in Puebla, which is now mainly run by their sons. They had invited us into their home and made sure we were well taken care of.

They were worried about our trip and when we left Puebla, they hugged us close and shed some tears when praying for our safe journey. We are not religious ourselves, but the care and love of people that were strangers 3 days before keeps on surprising and warming us. So maybe the prayers do help as we will take care, so we can meet more great people like them and maybe one day return the favour.

1000 Americans: Roadside Ice cream maker, Mexico City

September 16, 2009 by  
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Roadside handmade icemaker, Mexico DF

On the South Eastern outskirts of Mexico City, an area is known for the many ice cream makers.

They serve delicious handmade icecream, prepared and cooled by turning a metal bucket inside a wooden bucket filled with ice.

You want chile or tequila on your coconut ice cream? No problema…

1000 Americans: Generations: Ulises & Jaime, Mexico City

September 16, 2009 by  
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Ulises and Jaime

Ulises and his father Jaime live in the Southern part of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world: Mexico City.

Jaime teaches at the university, Ulises is still studying, finishing his thesis about the causes effects of the ‘sinking buildings’ in the City. Together they know more about the history and culture of the area than Encyclopedia Brittanica :)

1000 Americans: Yolanda & Monica, Morelia, Mexico

September 14, 2009 by  
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Two generations, Yolanda and Monica.

Actually the photo above is taken in Patzcuaro, but Yolanda & Monica live in Morelia. Monica is studying art and will be off to finish her studies elsewhere soon, either elsewhere in Mexico, or in the US or Europe.

Her mother Yolanda use to have a computer shop with her husband Juan. Now she gives courses for future moms as well as nutritional education to schools, and practices her knowledge by creating healthy and tasty food for her family and friends.

1000 Americans: Roberto and family, Metepec, Mexico

September 14, 2009 by  
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Beto, Laura and Roberto

Roberto, his wife Laura and son Beto (Roberto) live in Metepec, a small place under the smoke of bigger cities Toluca and Mexico City. Roberto has worked for the government for several decades, riding 2 buses every day to get to work.

They sold part of the family land, thus creating a new modern ‘barrio’, a neighbourhood, but they still enjoy their vegetable garden in the back of the house.

1000 Americans: Family Mendez, Uruapan

September 12, 2009 by  
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Our hosts in Uruapan

This friendly couple sells fertilizer for the many avocado farmers in Uruapan, Mexico. The area is the ‘aguacate’ capital of the world: the fruits -known as ‘a(d)vocado’ or ‘palta’ elsewhere- grow on all the hills, timed to perfection when all the other avocado producers in the world have no fruit to sell.

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