El Jardín Botánico de la UNAM

by Benetton Blogger on: Septiembre 20th, 2012

Al parecer, en las guías de turistas -y entre los turistas- hay confusión entre el Jardín Botánico y el Invernadero, ambos de la UNAM y ambos en Ciudad Universitaria. Así que para empezar claramente este post diremos que estamos refiriéndonos al Jardín Botánico Exterior, junto al Instituto de Biología, en el cual hay una zona de cactáceas, un arboretum, una colección de plantas medicinales, un invernadero techado y una tienda llamada Tigridia.



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 El DF en bicicleta

by Benetton Blogger on: Abril 17th, 2012

La Ciudad de México se vive diferente según qué elijas para moverte. Nosotros, como entusiastas de la bicicleta, disfrutamos salir y hacer largos recorridos.

Hoy preparamos un post visual así que ya no escribimos más. La historia se las cuenta Héctor Barrera con sus fotografías, su bicicleta y la ciudad.



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 Tacos, easy, tasty, cheap

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 12th, 2010

What is a taco? It’s a tortilla, folded or rolled, filled with… anythingIt’s that “anything” what allows their infinite variety: from those prepared for parties to those ones you eat at home any given day, escaping to the kitchen during a commercial break on television and taking a tortilla, adding just salt, rolling it and… that’s it, mouth at work. There is only one rule regarding the tacos: they must be eaten without cutlery, just with your hands. But apart from that, everything is allowed.

There are tacos usually served at night, like the tacos al pastor. They are prepared with pork meat – marinated in vinegar and with a variety of species – placed in a “trompo” (see picture below). Expert taqueros cut slices of the cooked meat and put it on the tortilla, then they throw coriander, onion and pineapple and a spicy sauce on top. Usually, people eat tacos al pastor with friends after a concert or after the disco and maybe that’s why many foreigners visitors associate the tacos al pastor with the party time in Mexico.

The secret of any taqueria is its spicy sauces. Served at the table are three or five sauces with different colors and flavors, but all spicy. The better the sauces, the greater the tacos.

There are other tacos served at lunch (in Mexico, at 2 or 3 pm) such as tacos de
, which are a simplified version of a real meal. Tacos de guisados are often served on places in the street where you can eat standing up and move on. While the logistics are easier than in a restaurant, the filling of those tacos can be anything you would eat on a plate and sitting at the table. It is common to find in those places people who work in banks or offices and are making a quickly lunch. You know, sauce is enemy number one of ties (because of the stains) so the office workers hide theirs into the shirt or thrown them to their
backs but they are never really safe from the stain-in-the-tie mark.

There are also the tacos most commonly eaten in college (or at least in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM, where I studied): tacos de canasta. They’re filled with bean, potato or marinated meat, they’re prepared in hundreds and placed in huge baskets.
Because they are all stacked, they keep warm for a long time. Vendors place the basket on a bicycle and go through the whole university. These tacos are cheap and very tasty, so they’re really popular among students. I still love them.



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 University. A time, a space, a living

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 3rd, 2010

The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) is the main institution of higher
education in my country. It is also the leading generator of scientific research
and the second largest producer of public theater. In 2007 UNESCO declared
Ciudad Universitaria (such is the name of the UNAM
main campus) a World Heritage Site. In 2009 the UNAM won
the Prince of Asturias Prize for Communications and Humanities.

The Main Library

But beyond the big things (and I’m also speaking of open spaces and large
buildings) the Universidad is for me and for many students an accumulation of
little things. I’m pretty sure that any student can say the same about his own
university or college.

Rectorate building

One of my favorite places in Ciudad Universitaria is the sculptural space, a place where theater students go to do vocal training practices because the acoustics of the site is very peculiar. The sculptural space is also a place to go at sunset when the temperature drops, you
can sit there with your friends and drink beer or play the guitar.

Espacio escultorico

Very near the rectorate building and the main library (know as Biblioteca Central)
is the green area called “the islands” which is always alive. In the islands there
are football games, people walking their dogs, medical students in white coats
going on bike and on weekends families go for a walk or skate.

And nearby there is the stadium, home of the Pumas, my favorite soccer team. In
the Olympic stadium had occurred some of the competitions of the l968
Olympics and from then it has hosted major sport events (and millions of
little personal moments).

Olimpic stadium

When you spend most of your time at school, suddenly you discover
the best places to eat quesadillas (in the psychology department) or where to
find the most abundant and cheap salads (in architecture). Soon you know you
can fill the idle hours between classes in a dance performance, cinema
projection, learning Swedish or Korean at language center or even taking salsa

As stated in the Pumas supporters song: ¡Cómo no te voy a querer! (how could I not love you?).



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