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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – The Finale (Mexico 2017)

The Skate Comp So this week I’m going to change it up a little bit and dust off my pretty basic video editing skills (did someone say ‘Windows Movie Maker’? ;P) it seemed like the best way to report on the mini skate competition we had last Saturday.  Like I’ve said before, no one wants to read about skateboarding, you wanna see it!     This competition was a first for me in the fact that I organised the…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter Three (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Ups and downs It’s been an emotional week here at Misión México, amongst the usual ups and downs the kids were finally presented with their new skate shoes, and we also said farewell to our little friend Salvador (not his real name for security reasons).  Due to a change in his family’s circumstances Salv has been able to go and live full-time with his sister. I was quite moved by the palpable emotions on display during the…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter One (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Finishing the grind box build After what seems like an age we finally got around to completing the grind box at Misión México; I must say I’m really happy with the finished product.  There’s a simple joy in creating and building things which I think reflects a deeper truth about what drives us as human beings.  It’s only a bunch of wood bolted together with some blue and green paint slapped on top but there were quite…

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Volunteering with Misión México in Tapachula – Chapter One (Mexico 2017)

  Part 1: Everyday life in Tapachula (just to give you some context) In last week’s blog I described the weather in Tapachula as ‘some sort of tropical oven from hell’…well, on a bad day that’s still a fair description amongst those of us volunteering here, but at least the bad days don’t seem to be as frequent recently, so maybe we are acclimatising? Even when you do get used to the heat and humidity though, the bugs, insects…

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Sayulita to Tapachula (Mexico 2017)

  I’d been getting frustrated that I wouldn’t have time to write this week’s blog with all my new volunteering responsibilities, but I ended up penning most of this on my phone this morning whilst enjoying an air-conditioned coffee in downtown Tapachula…funny how things work out.  Sufficed to say, the first 10 days volunteering at Misión México have been tough, there’s no sugar-coating it; with 23 kids between the ages of 6 and 18, things get hectic that’s for sure. …

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