The Acapulco Insider, Issue #04:
"Weddings and Tigers and Mariachis, Oh My!"

I just saw the "Day After Tomorrow" at the local cinema. If you have seen it you, you may recall the part where US citizens are pouring into Mexico across the Rio Grande. Well, I have never heard so much uproarious laughter in a theater. Now take a moment to reflect on that vision and their reaction. I was relieved that the response was laughter.

As far as recent site developments, I recently started to conduct interviews with local celebrities in Acapulco. I also launched the Travel Acapulco Forum, which will make this site more interactive and will allow you to connect with other visitors and expatriates.

Mariachis and Serenades

Mariachis, Serenade  

Mariachis and serenades are staples of the Mexican culture. One of my good friends surprised his girlfriend at midnight on her birthday with an entourage of mariachis outside her window. If I heard mariachis playing outside my window when I was sleeping, I would probably throw limes and yell at them, but this turned out to be a very romantic moment. Tip: If you invite mariachis into your home, break out you best scotch.

La Tigresa

I recently attended a social event at Villa Vera in honor of the legendary Mexican artist/politician/actress/singer Irma Serrano, better known as "La Tigresa". Appropriately she arrived at the event on a litter carried on the shoulders of painted fire dancers, to the accompaniment of drums and tribal music. I believe that the term "parody of oneself" was specifically created for her. Anyway, it was a fun event, and Casa Lisa (part of Villa Vera) is a great place for a private party.

  La Tigresa, Irma Serrano

This Issue's Random Expedition

Mexican Wedding  

I arrived late to my second Mexican wedding, this time in a small village near Taxco, but at least I made it in time for photos outside the church and of course the fiesta. I learned that around 30% of the village's inhabitants were all from the same extended family, and I think that I met the majority of them. The bus ride to and from Taxco to the village was an event in itself - sixteen people packed in a microbus for one hour through winding mountain roads. Beware of the special Mezcal that they serve at weddings. Combined with no sleep the night before, I found myself ready to crash around 9:00 pm. Unfortunately, my hangover started early and the music (one block from my room) blasted into the wee hours.

You can visit weddings in Acapulco for more details.