Generally, my writing is influenced by living, by absorbing everything that happens to me and my actions — Graham Nash
The last ten days —this excludes travelling time — I did a lot of absorbing. Like a sponge. No, I’m not talking about alcohol or anything illicit in nature. I’m talking about knowledge (although it could be considered illicit depending where you come from). Learning new things and letting that knowledge slowly and positively manifests its way into my life and into my writing. I’m excited to see what my imagination conjures up.
I met new people and strengthened bonds with new friends. Overall, it was a positive experience. It was something I needed for my creative health and inspiration. I am inspired and I can’t wait to start writing again and working extensively and intensely with my two lead fictional characters — the pair I affectionately refer to as ‘my two boys.’ I might refer to them by name one day, but I can’t see any justification to do so. Not until I’m ready to unleash them out into the world.
There is so much to say about the trip but I need to collect my thoughts. There are some things I may discuss in future posts… like far-into-the-future posts.
What I can say, coherently, is that if I had to eat Mexican cuisine for the rest of my life, I would happily do so. I have yet to experience the Mexican version of horchata but I have discovered a drink called atole. My taste buds give it an enthusiastic two-thumbs up. Me encanta! It is made with corn masa, unrefined sugar cane or piloncillo, cinnamon, and vanilla. It is sold as street food. Atole is the drink of choice if you are going to eat a tamale. It is a popular drink for breakfast, or any time of the day, I would guess. And it’s great for the holidays like El Día de Los Muertos and Christmas. I’ve found a couple of recipes to try and as soon as I figure which one I like better, it’ll become a staple in my home.
I’m not much of a coffee drinker these days simply because my body doesn’t get along with caffeine all that well anymore. But during a food tour, I had a sip of Mexican style coffee from one of my fellow tour foodies because they were just surprised by the taste and couldn’t get enough of it. Well, I had to agree with them. Muy rico. No need to put in milk or cream into this coffee.
If I remember the method correctly, the coffee is made with coarse coffee beans cooked in a sauce pan with water, molasses, piloncillo or dark brown sugar, and cinnamon. It can be made with cardamon instead of cinnamon for an Arabic-style coffee. The brew is poured into cups through a fine-mesh strainer. It really is a good way to start off the day.
The Mexicans are really lovely people. Yes, there is a huge gap between rich and poor but they do seem to remain, fundamentally good people, kind people and generous people. And they love Canadians. I learned a lot about Mexico’s social history during my field research. I’m not a history buff, per se, but understanding the history of a country and its people in the context of my research has been fascinating. I think the only way you could get me interested in history is to give me a present-day social issue to look back to its origins and see how it arrived to where it is now.
There is so much to say and so much I still need to let sink into my bones. It has a been a great trip. It promises to yield so much in the future.