MCM Project Update: The Third Quarter

Before I get into the the summary of the eventful third quarter of the project I’d like to present this video that I found by chance scrolling through the vast web.  Santiago Arau has done an exceptional job in condensing the flavour of the metro system into a one minute time-lapse video.  Check it out!

Ok.  Cool, eh?  As I mentioned in the last post, Line 12 still hasn’t opened so with 111 stations visited the MCM Project has reached the end of the third quarter.  These were some of the highlights.

I kicked the third quarter off by visiting San Antonio where I was equally impressed by the dexterity of the pelota players and the engineering ingenuity of the towering ‘second level’.

I was shocked to witness self-harm in a plea for pesos while riding out to Impulsora, got some impromptu photographic tips from a five year old at Copilco and had a pertinently reflective visit to Tlatelolco, the site of an atrocious massacre in 1968.

Helpful and knowledgeable readers educated me about ‘Santa Muerte’ after the visit to Canal Del Norte, I experienced the diverse guises of Eugenia and met some lovely photogenic señoras in the vicinity of Revolución.

Oceania, my continental home station, provided street music and fraternal banter, at Ferrería I had a close encounter with a skinned and beheaded cabrito (baby goat) and at Barranca Del Muerto a cry of güero for the umpeenth time led to a photo shoot of a man and his bundle.

Charanda swigging at Juanacatlan, flirting with danger (apparently) at Tepito, an alebrije master class around Viveros, following the footprints of Beat Generation luminaries around Insurgentes and finally reaching the one hundreth visit at Bellas Artes.

Strewth!

Homage was paid to the wheel at Balderas, in the visit to Chapultepec I featured in a clown show and to round out the third quarter I got caught up in the vibrancy of the streets surrounding Lagunilla.

All that and much, much more in the third quarter of the MCM Project!

Back to the streets tomorrow for the start of the home stretch but for now I will leave you with another metro inspired piece of art.  This time a song ‘El Metro’ by Mexican band Café Tacuba.  The start of the track contains an only too familiar sound!  Thanks to a friend for putting me on to this one.  Enjoy!

Les recomiendo ver el video en la parte superior de la pagina que encontré por casualidad.  El sabor del metro está presentado en una forma condensada en este video excelente de Santiago Arau.

Chido, no?

Como mencioné en la última entrada, la linea 12 todavía no se ha abierto así que con la visita a la estación 111 el MCM Project ha terminado su tercer cuarto.  Lo siguiente incluye algunos de los momentos más interesantes.

Empecé el tercer cuarto con una visita a San Antonio  donde me impresionaron la destreza de los jugadores de fronton y el ingenio ingeniería del segundo piso.

Me soprendió ser testigo de auto daño en una súplica desesperada por pesos mientras viajaba a Impulsora, recibí unos consejos de fotografía de un niño de cinco años en Copilco y pasé una visita reflexiva a Tlatelolco, el sitio de una matanza atroz en 1968.

Lectores entendidos me educaron sobre ‘Santa Muerte’ después la visita a Canal Del Norte, experimenté las apariencias diversas de  Eugenia y conocí a unas señoras simpaticas y fotogénicas en las cercanías de Revolución.

Oceania, mi estación del hogar continental, proporcionó música callejera y una charla fraterna, por Ferrería  tuve un encuentro cercano con un cabrito despellejado y decapitado y por Barranca Del Muerto  un grito de güero llevó a una sesión fotográfica de un hombre con su fajo.

Tragos de charanda en Juanacatlan, coqueteando con peligro (supuestamente) en Tepito, un ‘master class’ de cómo hacer un alebrije alrededor de Viveros, seguiendo las huellas de Kerouac y Burroughs por Insurgentes y finalmente alcancé a la visita numero 100 en Bellas Artes.

Homenaje a la rueda en Balderas, en la visita a Chapultepec aparecí en un espectáculo de un payaso y para terminar el tercer cuarto me entré a la viveza de las calles de Lagunilla.

Todo eso y mucho, mucho más en el tercer cuarto del MCM Project!

Mañana de vuelta a las calles para empezar la última parte del proyecto pero ahora te dejo con otra obra de arte que toma su inspiración del metro.  Una canción ‘El Metro’ por grupo mexicano Café Tacuba.  El principio de la canción (versión arriba) contiene un sonido bastante familiar!  Gracias a una amiga por enseñarme esta.  Disfrute!

10 thoughts on “MCM Project Update: The Third Quarter

  1. The surprising thing is that you went for so long without encountering the self-mutilation for the first time. Those guys are everywhere on the Metro…anything for a peso, I guess…

    • Well, the occasion that I referred to on the way out to Impulsora was the third time. After reading your message today I was just thinking that I hadn’t seen any of these guys for a while and then lo and behold and unfortunately one appeared.

  2. The MCM Project is going on so fast! I have to tell you that I also had to look up for the meaning of Strewth. I’m learning a lot of new words applied to one of my favorite cities thanks to you!
    The Santiago Arau’s video is really cool! Never seen it before.

    • Ha! Strewth is Australian slang so you probably won’t be hearing it too much around Austin! So fast? I have actually slowed down quite a bit from the first half of the project!! Glad that you are learning some new vocab.! one of your favourite cities, not your favourite?? Where’s your patriotism??

  3. Haha… I haven’t heard anyone say strewth for many years except Alf on Home and Away!

    Congrats on your project so far- I love seeing all the colourful photos. Mexico photographs really well. Keep having fun!🙂

    • Alf used to throw it into his verbal repertoire quite a bit! Strewth and Flamin’ Mongrel! It just popped into my mind as the appropriate exclamation at the time, struggled to translate that to spanish and probably left non Australian English speakers a tad bewildered! Thanks for the comment!

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