Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Guadalajara

Selena and her group travel to Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico. It's often described as the most Mexican city in the country. Welcome to Guadalajara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalajara
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqndi9lv0cM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk61u-YH3Nw

They visit the Catedral
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs8SQMuGQOs
and Plaza Tapatia
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mb1BS6L1gE
 
The Mariachis first appear in Guadalajara
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CJWkffyKXE
and beautiful song with Mariachis
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO2vETJRq5U

and the city gave Mexico the sombrero, the famous wide-brimmed hat
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYwqjCj6kgc

In November/December the city hosts the largest book fair in Latin America
www.fil.com.mx
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EJxnEr5AkM

Not far from Guadalajara they have the plants for making the Tequila
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDAOST4cGVw

Famous bands from Guadalajara are Sandoval
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOBvD161JUA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ut21XzoWNg
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6f0uFeYYwU
and Mana
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyC8dy8qST8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pkWeWDn25I
and the actress and singer Ximena Sarinana
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnCQlCqjvqo
and the rapper C-Kan
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD4zxx-Ep64
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFnmxXa9jx8

The actor Gael Garcia Benel and the film director Guillermo del Toro were born in this city.

From Guadalajara Selena and her group travel east to Leon to attend the annual Balloon Festival
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF_u-HvFCyA

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Manzanillo and Puerta Vallarta

Mexico is famous for its beautiful towns on the Pacific Ocean. On her journey to find love Selena travels to these two resorts.

Welcome to Manzanillo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzanillo,_Colima
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSBO-kfX0VE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0cKNokyGmM
A famous artist from the state of Colima is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYRuEZ6Z9z4


Welcome to Puerto Vallarta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Vallarta
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gq6X9ppmcc
and its Malecon, the boardwalk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFKPBeu4KZU
with the boy on the seahorse statue
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQVRC9ilH90
and the mermaid statue
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN5Vm1IL7Ic



While Selena doesn't visit the state of Sinaloa, Sheyla with her powerful voice is in the story. She is also an actress in Telenovas, that Selena's mother and brother like to watch on TV.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0rHSq4R7Mk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL4XwNP71yc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoU0rGDTov4
She is also an actress in Telenovas (like Rafaela) which Selena's mother and brother like to watch.

Bandas from Sinaloa
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5f59K8R5w
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WHh7gMJqV4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3IOdw5IowM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQWOAjSffHI

Paying tribute to a singer who died too early
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvPd26IACUs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFNmwH93gew
and to the Mexican-American Jenni Rivera
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVcy_lMClA0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAbUnmDKX1o

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Mexico City

Mexico City appears in a few chapters in my novel. Some say it's the biggest city in the world with 30 million people. About a quarter of the people of Mexico live in the capital city of Mexico. It's one of the ancient cities in the world, used to be called Tenochtitlan. Welcome to Mexico City
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_city
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TdbcL_9lk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAK_uw6RCwU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3raj0J6iDJc
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDBKvwaMavc

Selena hopes to study at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), the best university in Latin America
www.unam.mx/acercaunam/en/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA1Le1hjlms
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKDb_vA847Q

She visited the National Museum of Anthropology
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fldeoMd8pCM

and the Palace of Fine Arts & Statue of Independence.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNg2tQS3HA4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcCb0u8tAjs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzHcaNyhV2s

Mexico's tallest building, Torre Mayor & Bolsa Mexicana
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8QNCCgionM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG2k4gTBdZ0

Floating Gardens
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovs-LJTXBTw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJNygP28_0k

Food in Mexico City
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzpGiYAA4oE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5nRMz1pCuE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu6txiOhDb0

She prayed in the famous religious place in northern Mexico City
www.youtube.co/watch?v=gHCNLFr3mpA
and the famous song about it
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt-tVJMx2Gs

Bands and singers from  Mexico City are Zoe, alternative psychedelic band
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJqlA_HTEU8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHev-8Z2nHM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU0LljxpHIk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmiyA5kg6eI

Rio Roma, Latin pop duo who are brothers
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X3PPuF_yOE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jirj0OjI-M

rock bands like Camila, Cafe Tacuba & DLD
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xftFxCYQTdk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=biUYbAk-S1w
www.youtube.com./watch?v=98Akpf1ph2o
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dapgfO59ar8

RBD & their Maite Perroni
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YJcVokANJk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2fU28Pehdc

Hello Seahorse and Danna Paola
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNDlwHW92OY
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgOAfK7RJ20
 
Jesse & Joy, brother and sister pop duo, and Julissa
www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2hM9CLAMu4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftK4NTrSbEw

Thalia and Edith Marquez
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kanyeO5uoNo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0wxSToBznA
Sasha Sokol
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_7lbza6cUA
and Lucero
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO2vETJRq5U
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAGNlkPLGvA

Juan Gabriel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O4CLgXvbjU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPRXDLfzkeg
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga5Bo4YdgH4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Fjtp51kdU

And Jose Jose with his romantic ballads
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRwOqQ6xvsg

Pop bands: Sentidos Opuestos,  OV7, Kabah

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Munich

Munich appears twice in my novel. Both Helga and Petra's friends go to Munich to help Petra. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg,  and the capital and the largest city in the southern state of Bavaria.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX8Bz1lFslI
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H06TFwvBe4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=spcSEizChyE

The world biggest beer festival, with 6 million visitors, is held in Munich every October
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcg0d90Tce0
and its famous beer hall where Helga gets clues about the magical glasses.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfjwdwqAU7Q

Hegla visits Munich's main gathering place, the central Marienplatz
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP2NgoELvg8

and checks out the food in Munich
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0iPhCVSIOY

Munich is the main city for book publishers and one of the world's biggest book publisher, Bertelsmann AG, is located there. They control Penguin Random House.
www.bertelsmann.com

Other famous companies located Munich are BMW and Siemens.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXIlqGMCosY
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAFFfiUZQ0Y

One of Europe's best soccer clubs is Bayern Munich
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHvNyAkijU

One of the most famous castles is located south of Munich. It appears in Disney's movie about Cinderella.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrJyeearNNk

One of Petra's favourite indie rock bands is Sportfruende Stiller from a town near Munich.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4uXGzFZjqw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPZC7JY6ziI
and a wonderful version of their song
www.youtube.com/watch?v=09c5LTo7Iz8

Bettina Monch was born in Munich, now living in Vienna.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqNX635v6y0

And the classical composer Richard Strauss was born in Munich.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rzDXNQxjHs