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I have a facebook friend insisting on talking about travel portraits. I don’t agree about the premise – You don’t have to travel to take a portrait. It is like going to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and think you see Mexico.
The neighborhood I live in is like Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho all in one, I just need to take a walk around the block to find a piquant face for a picture.

For a portrait people stop with what ever they are doing and look in to the camera – You loose the atmosphere that caught your eye at the first glance.

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This year we went north for Christmas. To the town of Sundsvall in the middle of Sweden. With a population of 51 000, just shy of 100 000 in the whole municipal area I would describe it as a small town, but for Sweden it is a mid-size city. Although being a university city the population fluctuate considerable between semesters and school breaks.

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Staying in the Hidalgo and the Huasca area we visit San Miguel Regla.
A trip to this old hacienda was not planned but we decided for a little sidetrip before we went home.
Built in the 18th century this is one of the oldest, still remaining, haciendas in the area. Original constructed for refining silver from the nearby mines it gradually was abandon when new system for refining gold and silver developed.


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Outside of Huasca we find Los prismas basalticos de Santa María Regla or short the The basaltic prisms.
Formed by cooling lava millions of years ago these hexagonal stone pillars raise up to 50 meters making the walls of the canyon Alcholoya an art of nature.
Water from the San Antonio Dam creates beautiful waterfalls and attracts Mexicans looking for a short get-away all year around.


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On a trip to the state of Hidalgo we stumbled upon the small village of Huasca.
OK, Huasca, or Huasca de Ocampo, is not a village you stumble upon. Located in a valley in the mountain range Sierra de Pachuca you first have to go up mountains reaching nearly 3000 meters (9840 feet) and then down again. But we were in the area and in search for a hotel we found Huasca.
We also found a time machine

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I went on a trip to an old convent outside of Mexico city, Ex. Convento Desierto De Los Leones. The surroundings has become a beautiful recreational park and the convent itself is known for, among other things, its catacomb.
Unfortunately I forgot a flashlight.

Only thing I had to lighten up my path was the flash metering on my camera.
A few shots in the dark, this is what I ended up with.


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A week ago, January 22, around 12 000 activist in Guatemala tried set a world record in forming the longest human chain while climbing the volcano Agua.
The climbing of the 3760 meter (12336 feet) extinct volcano was only an attempt for a world record, the real cause for the event was to raise awareness of, and protest against, domestic violence.
According to official numbers over 1000 women have been killed the last two years of which nearly a third is domestic violence. The Guatemalan justice system do very little to prevent it, less than 5% of the crimes end is successful convictions and when they do the penalty rarely fits the crime.

Among the participants in ‘subida por la vida’ was the new president Otto Perez, members of the congress, artists and diplomats.
Among the foreign guest British ambassador Julie Chappell was seen.

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One of my most disturbing childhood memories are the oatmeal porridge, some brownish grayish tasteless muck with glue like consistency.
Today we had the opportunity to have it for breakfast, needless to say I passed, but I did get Miss Z to have a bowl. She wasn’t totally against it, but there were something missing.

I remember by friend Jonky, food-blogger, having an ongoing project, “Make disgusting food good”, gåshud (Swedish) and I came up with the idea of Mexicanize this childhood pain. As an added bonus I know Jonky love oatmeal porridge – even have it for dinner sometimes.

Challenge accepted! Off to the supermarket to buy some ingredients.

We start with a ordinary bowl of oatmeal porridge and milk;

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Now this really doesn’t look appetizing, so we ad some apple;

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This pearl in in the south of Estado de Mexico is truly magical.

Malicalco

Photo: Dan Freed

We are about to see a very interesting piece of Mexican history.
First, to little surprise, there is stairs. Everything you want to see in Mexico is up, you have to walk up high mountains, volcanoes or, as in this case, steep stairs. 358 stairs to be exact. But it is well worth it.


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Malmö Unga, Malmö Youth, is an association for youngsters between 13 and 25 in my hometown Malmö. It was founded on initiative of the young to bring the youth closer to politicians.
Today, October 3, the association organized a charity race for The Horn of Africa, Run for Humanity.
When I see young people do these kind of things I feel a ray of hope for mankind.

It was a threat of rain hanging in the air, but in one of this citys beautiful parks 70 brave souls gathered a Monday afternoon. With all the rain we have had this year the grass is still green and the organizers had chosen a scenic place for the race.

run

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Before the race there were a little show and a joint warm-up.
warm_up

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Everyone was invited to participate, also mans best friend.
dog

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younster

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Even the youngest people participated.

Being a charity we are all winners and there were all happy faces at the finish line.

finish_line

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I don’t know the final amount raised, but they got a small contribution for The Red Cross. Personally I don’t think that much of the money even if it help is needed. I think more of the people, the youth, who cares enough to organize these things. Our future…

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