Published: December 28th 2009October 19th 2009
It has been long since we last posted something here. There is a reason for this: The brothers are not on the road any more, but it doesn't mean we don't travel at all! So let's go for one more trip!
Since we split in Berlin, October 2008, Claudio has been in Puebla, Mexico. He moved in with his girl friend, studied spanish, started to work as a math teacher and study a master course on business administration at the same time.
Fernando went to Brazil for a few months to fix some papers and moved to Stockholm with his girl friend. He started to learn his 5th language moved to a small apartment, worked as a dog watcher, painter, waiter, construction worker, photo model, applied for his dream job and now will start another university degree.
One month, two months, three months and the traveling bug started to bite Fernando again! It was precisely at this moment that for his luck the biggest news ever pop up at Facebook! (always the Facebook, there is nothing you can hide anymore in the Facebook era) Claudio and Lili are engaged and will marry in october! The whole family will meet
Tourist Standard Picture
From Brasil came our parents, our older brother Chico with his wife Alice and 3 kids. Fernando and Malin came from Sweden. To the wedding came also Rick from Alaska (we met in pakistan remember?), Marghe from Italy (she was studyng Arabic with us in Yemen and acctualy was her who introduced Claudio to Lili)!
All of us stayed at Claudio and Lili's place, exept for my parents who got a hotel next by!
Everyday in the morning we would wake up, prepare the biggest breakfast ever, with mexican tortillas, brazilian fruits smothie, swedish kaviar and everything else you can imagine. We would eat for hours and hours, chatting, telling stories and gossiping about everyones live!
Such great times! For the first time in the last six years the three brothers were sitting together at the same table.
For this week Claudio has prepared some activities for us, it starts in Cholula with the first pyramid. This pyramid contrary to the ones in Egypt are build of soil, covered with stones. Few years before the spanish conquered that area a earthquaque broke the edges of the piramid making it look more like a hill. When
Hey, nice sombrero!
Mariatis singing Mexican folk songs
the spanish arrived there they saw what seems to be the only hill on a vast flat area and buildt a church on top, without realising they were on top of the pyramid!
Next day we whent for other piramids, more famous and in a better shape. Just a few kilometers outside Mexico city. The piramid of the sun, standing just next to hte pyramid of the moon. It must have been inpressive the times when people still lived there!!
Third day Fernando and Malin took a bus to Mexico city. Since ever Malin had a admiration for Frida Kahlo and her art. This trip was a great oportunity for her to visit the Blue House (where she grew up) and Frida and Diego Riviera's atelier (the one with the bridge!)
Back to Puebla, is day for a BBQ, Mexican style. In Brasil we BBQ beef, pork, chicken and sometimes some potatoes or onions but in Mexico there is a wide variety of items on the grill. Besides the meat comes carots, spring onions and even some sort of cactus! Everything washed down with a nice and ice cold Indio beer!
The bachelor party was in a
Frida Kahlo Museum
Malin whish for the Mexican trip
“Cantina”, a traditional mexican bar/restaurant. The kind that has the swing doors, pictures from pin up girls, Marlyn Monroe and old beer posters on the walls. There was even a man singing traditional songs from Mexico. If it would be during the day I'm sure we would have seen guys with sombreros taking a nap by the door! There Fernando discover his new favorite drink. Clamatos, a kind of mexican-spicy vegetable juice with the Clamato sauce, ice and the traditional pepery salt at the border. You just add a shot of tequila, vodka or beer. If you didn't learn it before, it's time to do it now: Arriba, abaho, al centro, a dentro!
Today is the big day, Claudio explained how the alcoholic experience... I mean, the wedding will be: First part is a bus tour around the city to visit where the new couple live, go shopping, study, and of course the tourist sights from Puebla. For the trip we will have a 50L barrel of beer. The bus ride will end at the garden where the ceremony will be held, and for our arrival, margaritas! Lime, Mango and tamarindo. For the dinner, wine and beer and of
one more for Fenando's Collection
course as many shots of tequila we wanted! Poor our livers!!
The ceremony was just perfect. As soon the guests arrived, we all gathered at the garden to witness Claudio and Lili's union, blessed by the priest. (none of our families are very religious so it wasn't a "proper" wedding but a celebration of their union with a blessing from the priest)
After the ceremony we had a wonderfull late lunch, with simple but very tasty Mexican food. After lunch was time to party! the just marryed couple started at the dancing floor for the traditional valsa and afterwards everybody joined them!
The big surprise was still to come, half way trought the party arrived, as if taken from a Walt Disney cartoon, a group of mariatis - traditional Mexican musicians. Wearing the biggest sombrero
we ever seen they sang folk songs and drag happy tears out of the half drunk guests.
All this exitement made Lili grab the microfone and sing aswell!
By 11pm we were all done, drunk, exausted. We hop on a taxi van and drove safelly home.
Such a great party!
Exact one week after arriving, Fernando and Malin flew back to Sweden. Chico and
from the snake temple
his family left on the next day.
It was nice to be together again.
There are more photos below