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How about Oaxacan traditional Tamales (chicken or pork in tortilla) wrapped in banana leaves. #Mexico #7MML
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#7MML Enjoying Oaxacan #StreetFood full of spice and flavors. #AroundTheWorld #Mexico
The question is: Should we taste it or not?
There are several types of insects consumed in Mexico, such as grasshoppers, ants or grubs from maguey plants.
Each of Mexican regions seems to have some typical fermented drink.
From the most famous ones known also in Europe, such as Tequila, Sangria
or Cerveza Beer, to more local drinks like for example Bacamora, Caxtila,
Charape, or Colonche.
Before you taste it, do not forget, that acceptable limit of blood alcohol content is 0.08% in Mexico and foreigners with drunk-driving criminal convictions are generally refused entry at the border.
Here we are: Guatemala
And finally, here we are. Arrive at customs, passports, stamps, permissions and documents in the hand. First step, disinfestation. With us onboard (luckily he only checked out and not inside). Second step, the stamp that leaves us free to travel on bumpy roads of Guatemala.
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Now, perhaps, that moment has arrived. The moment of "Welcome to Guatemala." #7MML
Dinner in Guatemala City
On the street there is a hotel, have dinner with a papaya in six, at nine thirty in the evening we are in bed. We stress levels that not even the final Italy-Germany.
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These are days of miles and miles, no wifi, the countdown to the arrival to Panama. #7MML
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#7MML from the car. Enjoying the countryside passing fast around us. #AroundTheWorld
We come from a seed of corn
Corn plays an important role in Guatemalan cuisine. It’s cooked and served
in many different ways.
The corn flour is also very
popular. Locals use it not only to make tortillas and bread, but also for a kind of corn hot
If we look even deeper to the corn tradition, according to Mayan mythology, God created man and woman from a seed of corn.
beans, rice and chili, these are the main ingredients of the traditional
local cuisine influenced mainly by Mayans and Spanish, but always more and more
also by Chinese.
Besides Tamales, Enchiladas or Caldos one of the popular dishes are soups.
You only have to choose: chicken, beef or the seafood one?
What are the people like
About 50% are “Indigena” - the descendants of the original inhabitants. Those living in a traditional way in the hills are a bit distrustful of strangers. Educated higher-class people living in the city, called “Ladinos”, look down on the Indigena poorer class. The Indigena women use to marry when they are 11 – 13 years old. When they are 20 they look like 50 because of the hard working life. The man has the dominant position. Generally speaking, they are very earthy. Oh, and one more thing, In Nicaragua, everyone greets each other, even strangers. So, Buenas tardes!
Wilma Resinelli - Driver
Wilma will take care of the steering wheel of Alaska to Guatemala Expedition Team. She was born in Italy in Born in Italy 1959. As well as the other team members, she has an artistic background. Recently she lives and works in Brescia.
Alice Cristiano - Journalist
Alice was born in Verona in 1982. She is graduated from law. In 2001 she started to work as press officer for the Integrated University hospital Company. In 2008 she became a collaborator of TV broadcaster Telenuovo. Recently she work as TV & Events presenter in Verona and it’s province, she moderates political discussions and writes her personal blog.
Valeria Lo Meo - Driver
Valeria comes from the beautiful city of Palermo. She studied International Political Science and she currently lives and works in Verona. In 2006 she decided to turn her passion into a profession and became freelance video director and editor. She is the author of the video for the project 13 Coins, which kept her busy for 6 years when she was traveling around several countries such as Brazil, Philippines, Greenland, Belarus, Mali, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Uganda and Amazon. In 2011 she won the 1st place at the FEP (Federation of European Photographers) Awards for the best photographic reportage book of the previous 3 years. She is also the prizewinner of the Media Stars Award (greatest Italian prize in advertising) for the best direction and editing of 2012.
Rafaella Braga - Photographer
Photographer Natalia was born in Brescia in 1968. She graduated in photography at the European Institute of Design in Milan. She works as referent for volunteers in Brescia in the NGO COOPI International Cooperation. After having collected the photos from the responsible tourism trip of COOPI she published her book Color Africa. She loves animals, the sea and the wind!
Tiziana Arici - Photographer
Tiziana comes from Brescia, as well as some of her team colleagues (Anna and Wilma). She got impressed by photography already in her youth. After the first experience in the world of advertising, she decided to focus on the Architecture & Interior sector. In 1986 she started to collaborate with some important publishing houses such as Mondadori or Institute of Geography De Agostini. She has published her works in several Italian magazines like for example Casaviva, Case & Country, Food & Wine or Natural style. Tiziana has a passion for light in photography and likes experimenting also with video-performances and exhibitions.
Anna Astori - Videomaker
Anna was born in Brescia in 1965. After graduating from the European Institute of Design in photography, she became a founding member and executive producer in AlbatrosFilm. She is a prizewinner of numerous awards for director of photography. She has also participated in many important festivals in the area such as Trento Mountain Film Festival, Rimini Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Cuban Film Festival.