Mexico City Friday Night

I arrived in Mexico City.   It was a whirlwind trip, it’s late, I’ve been up forever, and we are meeting at 7am Saturday morning to start shooting!

But I couldn’t wait to post a few pictures and updates.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the night.

French Fry Guy

He’s thrilled about those fries!

The architecture and buildings are old, gorgeous, and amazing.

There are large courtyard-style parks where people stroll…

…and where people of all ages meet up…

To make out!

Because most people live with their parents here until they get married, which could be til they are in their 40s, they take their makeout sessions publicly.  All ages were making out in the courtyards, not just young people, but older couples, too.

This is Penny.  And she said one theme for us this weekend is capturing romance!  Shouldn’t be hard to spot if tonight was any indication.

Here’s our group: Cindy on the left, Susan center with Lesley (our guide and fixer behind her), and Penny on the right.  And then me.  So just five of us!  Lovin’ the small group!

Fried banana & fried sweet potato man

They douse their sweet potatoes with sweetened condensed milk which you can sort of make out in the blurred backgroud of this image.  Sweet, much?

Penny and Lesley savoring the goods and I had a bite too.  Good stuff.

My thoughts so far:

It’s cold here!  Low 60s, damp, rainy, and dreary.  Think San Francisco or Seattle weather.  Was not expecting this!  I have summery clothes, shorts, flip flops.  And one sweater and one pair of Nike running shoes.  <– Good thing I have those last two items!

Penny is amazing.  I am already learning so much!

I love the small group.  Me + 2 other “students” + Lesley our local guide/fixer + Penny = 5

I am super tired and need to sleep and have a 6am wakeup call.  That’s my last thought for now.


1. What are you up to for the weekend?

2. Any romance in your life lately?

Don’t forget about the Two Cookbooks for Two Winners Giveaway and thanks for your comments on my previous posts:

Last Minute Craziness

En Route

I read all your comments with a smile on my face!  Thanks for the support and great comments! 

See you tomorrow!

59 comments on “Mexico City Friday Night”

  1. Wow, great pics and what a whirlwind day! Really fun shots here that capture emotion and energy. And what a fun group, can’t wait to hear more about this adventure.

    1. Going to a tomato fest tonight and just chilling the rest probably.
    2. Sure, plenty. :-)

  2. Love love love the pics—I’m so thrilled for you.
    I’m working all day today.
    My romance is the best—it’s almost our 3rd anniversary (of our first date), and everyday I’m reminded of how lucky I am (and how thankful I am that I did not marry any of my ex-bf’s!).

  3. Looks like you’re having an amazing time already! I love the shots of the happy French fry guy and that cute couple :)
    I’m planning on spending my weekend shopping and exploring Boston some more. I love being in a big new city :)

  4. I did a study abroad program through out mexico, but we stayed in mexico city for about a week, and I recognize all the places where u are! I think there is a cool indoor market thing..Kinda creepy, but definitely something to check out. Beautiful place and beautiful culture! enjoy!! :)

  5. That fry guy looks like he has an awesome personality! lol

    Ah romance is in the air, that’s sort of sweet and sort of creepy all at the same time. My hubby and I aren’t very into PDA, although sometimes you just have to go where the moment takes you. Hope you’re having a great time!

  6. Have a great trip! That sweet potato looks incredible.

    Romance? Bwahahahaha! In my dreams. ;)

  7. Such awesome street food! Your pictures are awesome!! Very cool that its such a small group- I’m sure you will learn a ton. Stay warm!

  8. Wow, this is amazing for you! The pictures you’ve already taken are absolutely gorgeous. I love how you captured the emotions on the faces of your subjects.

    I prefer small groups, too. You get to know everyone better and on a much deeper level than in a larger group.

    Have fun today!

  9. Beautiful photos.
    The best part about being in these types of places, to me, is the character of the people.
    Somehow, in having a lot of *false* security in the States, we lose what is truly important. Places that generally have “less” sometimes have so much more. They see material things come & go and don’t worry about the 401 K because it was either never there or the money was devalued so much overnight, by foreign banks, the IMF, etc….that what they have is lost overnight.
    Kind of cuts to the spiritual chase, as what we all distract ourselves with, pretty things, security, isn’t even an option.
    I always feel grounded when I am surrounded by people “living” and always feel like we are in a total fantasy (one that could totally fall apart anyday, but just doesn’t yet) when I return to the States.

  10. Oh, lucky you! I would love to go to Mexico city too! Enjoy your stay!

    Im going to a party tonight. Actually, Im going in 5 minuts.. eeerr, where did my time go!??

  11. Looks beautiful! Great photos Averie, can’t wait to see the rest! Enjoy it! :) Not many plans for me, again just trying to get a lot of coursework done, and obviously spending waaay too much time reading blogs! ;)

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  13. It’s so amazing to me how much our cultures differ…and the US is so close to Mexico! Looks like you’re in for a fantastic learning experience. I need to get my feet wet and find a photography workshop (that I can afford!)

  14. Love the teal/green color that seems to be everywhere. Beautiful.
    1.) Working half the weekend and hiking the rest.
    2.) Romance? Oh yeah! I’m getting married in August, Hooray!

  15. The first picture of the guy making fries is my favorite! He’s in action, the colors are awesome, and he’s loving life! Averie yours pictures are amazing!

  16. Wow, amazing photos. They’re all so saturated with color and alive.
    How did you get so close to that couple? Did you ask if you could take their photo, or was it more on the sly? I feel so awkward asking strangers if I can take their photo.

    • that particular couple, I asked. They were so in love and so into it, I was pretty sure they’d say yes and they did.

      Other couples, you can just tell they are NOT into it. And I dont even bother asking. And if I don’t ask, I would not take and/or publish making out images of them. Some photographers would and do, but I don’t feel ethical about that! :)

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  18. I would be thrilled about those fries too!!!

    And, I love the making out pics – so sweet!

  19. I’ve never seen such enthusiam over fries! :)

  20. What an AMAZING experience!! I soooo want to do something like this. Penny is seriously one of my favorite photographers out there!

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