Tuesday, September 23, 2014
"Get That Corn Outta My Face!"
Every day I realize more and more that it's going to be really hard for me to leave Mexico. I love the people, language, culture, and FOOD! This past week, with the independence of Mexico, I was thrown even more into the country and it's awesomeness. We had a stake activity Friday. "Noche Mexicana." Basically everything incredible about Mexico wrapped up into a few hours. But before I get ahead of myself, let me say one thing:
I ATE ELOTE!!!
For those who are unfamiliar with the term "elote" let me enlighten you. I'm sure we are all great fans of the joyful movie "Nacho Libre." If you are not, repent. In this knee slapper of a film there are quite a few scenes in which Jack Black and his sidekick are eating corn on a stick. That, my friends, is elote. I have waited 10 months to finally try it, and last week it happened. Quite literally it is boiled corn on a stick, covered in mayonnaise and chili. It's actually pretty good. Mision Mexico Tijuana: Accomplished.
Something you can say about nearly every country except for America is that they can dance well. Mexico is definitely one of those countries and if you want to get a bunch of Mexican Elders trunky, just lock them all together in a room playing really good dancing music. It was hilarious for me to watch how, with every song played, they would simultaneously cry out in desperation. I had to join them too. I've never been a big fan of the classic stake dances of the U.S.. Pretty boring in my opinion. Everyone either jumps up and down, or if the song is slow, shuffle their weight from one foot to another in a very Frankenstein-like manner. This disgust for the "white-girl-dance" is what lead me to enroll in a dance class at BYU. Now I'm finally in a country that likes to dance, and dance WELL, and I can't even join in the fun. That is true torture. The bright side of things is that now I have a handful of Mexican dance-tutors to choose from for after the mish.
While we're on the subject of Mexico and food, I ate bugs last week. Grasshoppers to be specific. It's a Mexican snack more in the southern part of the country. You fry'em, toss a little lemon juice on top and Bon Appétit! Taste just like sunflower seeds.