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Imagined Mexico City as an incredibly busy city scarred by violence and fear - your photos make it look fantastic!
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It actually has some pretty nice, safe areas! I am lucky to be with my friend Dani and his family, who know the city well.

AUG. 31st Update: Wow! I have been featured in the website "Drive the Americas"!
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The long-waited second half of my Mexico City journal. Two police encounters, a sculpture that resembles Humphrey Bogart, and even more traditional delights are part of this week's update!

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: Oh, On to Oaxaca!



On a separate note, I took a stab at automotive journalism and wrote an article on 10 great coupes for college. Check it out!
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The road from Mexico City on to my month-long stay in Oaxaca. Ancient pyramids, apocalyptic landscapes, steep mountain roads and an unexpected job offer are all part of this post full of adventures and good luck beyond belief!

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: The Road of Good Intentions

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There will be an update to the blog very soon. I just opened the Export section for those who would like me to send them some stuff along the way, anything from coffee to car parts. I would like to raise as much money as possible to fund a trip to Cuba and take a look at their classic jalopies, including a mysterious 300SL Gullwing that lies somewhere in the Eastern part of the island...


ThHIS EUROPEAN LIFE: Exports



This may actually turn into a very serious business trip. If I manage to find a buyer (do you know anyone?), I may be able to save it and get it out with enough persistence and maybe some bribes. This thing just cannot sit there and rust to death. There are other treasures that I will document as well, but, for now, I estimate I will need $400-$500 to hop over and stay for enough time and run all over looking for automotive curiosities.
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Despite having access to fast internet, I haven't written for a while on my blog, so I have added a new submission to the "articles" section on my top ten regrets about my USA experience and opened the "Export" tab on the site. Not much has been happening in these last weeks other than the fact that life is relaxed and comfortable. This post narrates my daily life living and volunteering in Oaxaca, and it involves CUPCAKES and a BABY.

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: My Life as an Oaxaca Receptionist

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200K USD tuition? OUCH!! Gotta love the almost free educational system in my part of the world.

Every trip into the world is also a trip into oneself. Your blog is the proof of it. Thanks for sharing and best wishes for a happy fulfilled future!
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Thank you! And yes, I know! It is too bad that such expensive tuition did not guarantee a job in the industry... *sigh* However, I could not be happier with the total record of my life. I wonder what will happen in the next 10 years!!

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Long time since the last post! This entry is one I meant to write a long, long way ago; I have been keeping the pictures for the last month and a half, before crossing the Mexican border. Automotive enthusiasts, feast!

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: Deaming of Home

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New update! Every week I go to the local food market to get a very special drink unique to Oaxaca, and try some of the local specialties, including fried grasshoppers. Care to know more? Click and read on!

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: 60 Minutes at the Food Market

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Alright! Long time since the last post; not much has been happening here at the hostel. I am pretty much confined to the place and I do not have much time to explore around. That will soon change next weekend, as I will take off to continue the route! Expect a special on the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) very soon...

...and talking of the dead, well, in today's post I adventure into a notoriously dangerous place where people have been killed at the hands of criminals. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Mercado de Abastos.

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE
ABASTOS: BOCA DEL LOBO

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I got those pesky springs changed at the Mercedes truck dealership! I thought they would be the only ones with the right tools. Amazing low rates, too. The old springs, unfortunately, were from a 280E and left the nose way too low. Ride height is tall enough to go on rural roads. I got the oil changed and the brake pads changed while they were at it, and I will swap the cruise control unit, the emergency brake light sensor, and the exhaust hangers right on the street. Should not be any problem at all!



There is Livingstone, up in a "pedestal" for proud display to customers.
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Now, this is a question for everybody following the adventure: would anyone be interested on buying something from Oaxaca before I leave? Especially now in the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) before it ends! I have fulfilled about three orders so far and have one week left...





Here are some things you may like: ceramic skulls, black Oaxacan pottery, folkloric dresses, dried (edible) grasshoppers, marzipans, skull candy, chocolate, dried fruit candies, antiques, figurines...

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I finally got around to writing the entry for the glorious Day of the Dead. Much against what we Westerners do, it's a day full of celebration, joy, food and music! I really makes you rethink how one should approach our own traditions.

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: Dia de Muertos

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...and now for some shameless self-promotion...

I actually shot a little video today in the food market I like to go to. It's 37 seconds long but it has some cool goodies!

Please take a minute to subscribe/like my facebook page, as it seems to be the only medium where low-quality videos (need to be small!) can be posted without looking out of place!

Departing tomorrow for Chiapas and Yucatán!!!
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I am currently writing from a hostel from the overly humid town of Cancún. Today concludes my visit to the Yucatán Peninsula, so I will start writing an article very soon on that. However, for now, I shall narrate the events as they happened on my departure from my two-month work experience in Oaxaca. The trip is alive and well, folks!

THIS EUROPEAN LIFE: The Wonders of Chiapas

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