Guadalajara Travel Guide
Yesterday we were making our way out of Guadalajara and decided to hit up the bathrooms at the airport right before boarding our plane. Having just finished some enchiladas at the Wings restaurant (we passed on the Chili's chain), our breath was feeling less than fresh which is why we were pleased to see this vending machine inside the ladies bathroom.
For diez pesos, which is something like 75 cents, you can buy a Brushito, an "On the Go" toothbrush set complete with a fold-up toothbrush, a flosser and a mini, mini-tube of toothpaste. (If Barbie bought Costco-sized toothpaste, it would look like this.) And it even comes in little plastic balls, like the ones you used to lust after as a kid. You know, at the grocery store where, for 25 cents you'd get one of these plastic balls that held either a spider ring or a wash-off mermaid tattoo.
Even though we had packed a toothbrush and toothpaste in our carry-on, we couldn't resist buying our very own toothbrush ball, despite the unfortunate name of Brushito. Yet we sort of think all restaurant and airport bathrooms should have these. Fresh breath for all!
· It's Hard to Sign On at Guadalajara Airport [Jaunted]
UPDATE: We were able to find Free WiFi in the departures terminal where Mexicana is located. Chili's has a free WiFi network. We also found out that Boingo Hotspot (which was still incredibly slow to load) was $7.95 USD per day.)
Yesterday, we landed at Aeropuerto Internacionale de Guadalajara in Mexico. While waiting for our transportation to our hotel, we sat down in front of the Starbucks just outside the baggage claim. There were plenty of seats and it was right across from a Burger King. The Whopper Doble con queso y tocino was might tempting at this point.
However, we were focused on what the internet offerings were like in the airport. We selected the network Prodigy Movil from our network options and we were taken to a page that allowed Infinitum users to connect for free. All they have to do is sign in with their username and password. But we don't have an account so we selected the Hotspot directory to see what our options were.
Celeb Travel / Award Shows / MTV / Katy Perry / Rihanna / Tokio Hotel / → All Tags
Singer Katy Perry attacks a pastry the way she assaulted our ears last summer with her number-one hit at the Premios MTV Latinoamérica last Thursday night.
Perry didn't win any trophies at the seventh annual edition of these video music awards, but she did celebrate the end of her set by jumping into the giant cake. It was probably a rehearsal for the MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, which she's hosting. Yes, even in Liverpool girls kiss girls and like it.
Big winners of the night were Medillin, Colombia singer Juanes (4 awards), German pop outfit Tokio Hotel (3 awards including best ringtone) and Rihanna, who was garlanded best female fashionista.
[Photo: Socialite Life]
Beer / Beer Travel / Crime / Drugs / → All Tags
A brewery in Guadalajara, Mexico has caused a bit of a stir over a new beer named for the patron saint of drug traffickers. The Minerva Brewery says that its Malverde Beer simply honors the Mexican legend of Jesús Malverde, a Robin Hood-type figure believed to have robbed from the rich and partied with the poor in the late 1800's. The only problem: drug smugglers in the western State of Sinaloa claim him as an inspiration - and vindication - of their violent narco-culture.
Of course, that's hardly a problem for its brewers, who have parlayed the manufactured controversy into worldwide awareness of a once minuscule brand. While the morally righteous retail giant Wal-Mart refuses to stock the stuff, it's widely available at convenience stores and upscale bars like the Red Pub in Guadalajara, and there are plans to export the European-style Pilsner to the United States as well.
Vicious narco-traffickers are a nasty bunch, and we're loathe to see their images elevated to an undeserved heroic status, but also don't see the point in banning sales of a beer named after someone who might not have ever actually existed. Where do you draw the line? If society didn't crumble after the Scarface and Godfather movies, we think polite beer-drinking folks in Mexico and beyond will see this for what it is as well: a publicity stunt.
· Beer's Outlaw Image Leaves Bad Taste in Critics' Mouths [USA Today]
· Cerveceria Minerva [Official Site]
· Beer Travel Coverage [Jaunted]