A log of my travels

Mexican SpongeBob Dreidel

Posted by Ariness in Gaming | on 03 3rd, 2010

I kid you not. My little friend Hermando brought a SpongeBob Dreidel in Spanish to the breakfast table yesterday. We played some while I was waiting for my food. It was so crazy that I had to take pictures and post it online. The top had 6 sides. Apparently it is a Mexican version of Dreidel called La Pirinola that they play on Here are photos of the 6 sides of the pirinola we played with…

Pon 1 - Put 1 (Shin)

Pon 2 - Put 2 (Double shin)

Todos Ponen - Put in everything

Toma 1 - Take 1

Toma 2 - Take 2

Toma Todo - Take everything (Gimel)

The parenthesis are for my Jewish friends familiar with Dreidel. My non-jewish friends can learn about Dreidel from Wikipedia.

Here are a few photos of us playing…

I still have many whale photos to post soon and some photos of friends and the upcoming whale festival this weekend. Stay tooned.

Birthday BBQ Photos

Posted by Ariness in Party | on 02 5th, 2010

Here are some photos of me with friends at a little BBQ we had yesterday for my birthday.

Lupita, Ari, and Mis

Lupita (left) is the daytime manager of the cyber cafe. Mis (right) helps me with fixing and maintaining the computers there. He will also be teaching computer classes at the cyber.

Friends chilling

Eddyth is the girl next to me. She runs the cyber in the mornings before Lupita comes in. Gordo, the owner of the cyber and Pax Terra's main local ally is on the right.

Stay tuned for more updates soon. I’m going whale watching tomorrow so I will have more photos and hopefully video from that. I’m also putting together lots of social media for Pax Terra that I will want to show off soon.

My Adventure to Mexico

Posted by Ariness in Pax Terra | on 01 21st, 2010

I will be working in Mexico for the next few months for new job at Pax Terra. Most of my time I will be staying in the little fishing village of Puerto San Carlos.[mappress]

This small town is the primary settlement of Madgalena Bay. There are a few other tiny villages on the nearby islands coastline but San Carlos is the largest. Magdalena Bay has been relatively untouched by civilization and been the migratory home of the Gray Whales for a long time and one of Pax Terra’s goals is to keep it that way.

Harry, picture to the left, is the CEO of Pax Terra. It has been a pleasure and an adventure working with him so far. Business in Mexico can be very interesting to say the least.

Since arriving in Mexico I have also visited La Paz and Cabo San Lucas to meet some people I will be working with. I have been using Google Wave with the translation bot to work live collaboratively with the Mexican designer, video editor, and 3D artist, and other local Mexicans. Google translation tools have been incredibly helpful for basic communication as well as learning Spanish.

I was in La Paz on the same day officials busted a busted a Mexican Drug. That was a unexpected surprise.

The food has been mostly good. Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes. It is especially good on a hot day because it is served cold.

I am still getting settled in the place I will be living. The plumber has been working on installing the hot water heater and the pressurizer in the my new home here for last few days. Hopefully tomorrow it will be working. But the worst part has been the mosquitoes. It has been a constant battle to fight them out of my room.

I will mostly be working in the Magdalena Cyber Cafe in San Carlos. Here visitors can use the computers, take a tour to see the whale (las ballenas), and other eco-tourism activities like kayaking and sport fishing. This photo is a couple months old from before it opened. I’ll post a newer photo soon.

Over the next few weeks and months my goal is to clearly share the story of my adventures with Pax Terra in San Carlos. Stay tuned or subscribe for more updates.

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