Jeremy Seick, Zack Williams, and Renee Arnold from Surfing The Nations are here in Mexico City recruiting. We are being hosted by the amazing Maria “Nana” and Paola in one of the craziest cities we’ve ever been in. Here are some highlights from our first couple days. One of our first stops was Maria and her brother Rodrigo’s school Beraca, in Saint Jeronimo. We chatted it up with passionate young people, one of our favorite being Emilio who gave Zack a tech deck to “remember him” by.
Then it was off to Transformacion Urbana located in Chimalhuacan, 2 hours away from our home base but amazingly still within Mexico City (this place is massive). After being led through at least an hour of shanty homes and towns we reached the organization, and were given a tour of their programs. Transformation Urbana is an organization that equips and educates people in low-income communities. This education spans from local government to healthy eating and living through Zumba and soy supplement cooking classes. Oh and for lunch Zack and I got the pleasure of eating breaded pigs feet.
More of our adventures have included 2 AM taco runs with the whole family, mariachi sessions, dogs with dreadlocks, eating ram, cactus, pigs womb, horchata, and socially acceptable pork rinds. Probably the highlight spontaneous moment of the trip happened during a quick lunch stop at Arroyo. While looking for the mens room Jeremy stumbled upon a bull fighting arena. While watching for just a moment he saw what was a young boy no older than 10 fighting a massive bull. During a maneuver the bull’s horn lifted him up and threw him to the ground Hulk Hogan style, leaving the boy frozen on the ground bleeding. Jeremy ran back to find us and we returned to witness this young boy return to the ring after being bandaged, and having lost the use of one arm, to dominate this beast. He returned with dignity, passion, and confidence like none I’ve seen. He commanded the mariachi’s “Musica!” and defeated the massive bull to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.
The founder of Surfing the Nations, Tom Bauer, loves to collect old surf photographs. There is a great sense of mystery in old photographs that draws in its observers; it beckons us to hear the secrets it may have to tell, to be part of a memory that no one is around to remember anymore. You don’t have to be an antique collector or avid garage saler to enjoy this stuff when a fascinating, addicting website like Retronaut is around. Retronaut is full of literally centuries of images from the the 1800s to the 2000s. It is packed with variety from moving photos, humorous old advertisements to pop culture and much more.In this day and age, where we are always looking for the newest thing, why not give the past a chance to let its richness inspire and enlighten you.
With our annual trip to the Middle East coming up in November, we are particularly stoked on these photos from Egypt in the 1920s.
Enjoy your trip through the past!
Photo: Opening the Mona Lisa at the end of WWII, 1945 from retronaut.co