Mexican Challenges + Simple Salsa Recipe

I may have written before that whilst I’m here in México, I keep in contact with a few classes at a high school back in Wales – I’m SO glad I opted to take part in the scheme, it gives me a chance to try and get them interested in languages and in México, and maybe encourage them to take a path similar to mine – going to Uni wasn’t something I was sure about, nor was studying Spanish, but it turned out to be the best decision of my life and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing.  Needless to say, I also wouldn’t be in México – another thing I wasn’t sure about until it was nearly time to apply for places – but that also turned out to be the best thing for me by far, so if I can get others to see what great opportunities studying languages offers, mission accomplished!

Anyway, I stole an idea from a friend who is doing the same thing but with a different school, and asked the classes to make me a list of challenges to complete whilst I’m here.  Here goes:

  1. Eat a ghost chilli and film it (this probably won’t happen – ghost chillis are so hot it’s actually quite dangerous (plus they’re from India, not México – a valid excuse I think!))
  2. Go to a bull fight/meet a bull
  3. Make a hot salsa and share it with friends
  4. Wear a Mexican hat/sombrero for a whole day, and take photos
  5. Take a photo at a Mexican festival
  6. Learn a tune on a Mexican instrument
  7. Play street football with the locals and photograph
  8. Do an ice bucket challenge
  9. Take a shot of tequila with salt and lime and film

The subject of my post today is the hot salsa – when we was horse riding in Puerto Vallarta, Josh and I were given a little lesson in making tortillas and different salsas, one of which was particularly easy, so here it is.

Ingredients: tomato, onion, cucumber, chilli, coriander, lime.

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Directions: Cut everything up, squeeze the lime, and eat with tortillas.  Could it be any easier?

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All colours of the Mexican flag!

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¡Buen provecho!

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February Photo Challenge

Surprise! It’s nearly February.

Anyone who knows me knows I am addicted to Pinterest (follow me here: https://www.pinterest.com/marycatherinex/), and something that pops up quite a lot that I always think I’m going to try are month-long photo challenges; just taking a photo every day for a month of the given theme.  So, if like me one of your resolutions for 2015 was to be more creative (and if like me, yours hasn’t really taken off yet) maybe this will help –  I decided to start by designing my own challenge.

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(I’m certainly no graphic designer)

Have fun!

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(I made a signature as well)