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On The Beach ‘La Vida Es Más Sabrosa…’ Or So We’ve Been Told

So we made it!  All the way to Miami Beach from Texas via car!  Yup, you read that right… we drove!  Everyone was so shocked when we told them that.  I was like “ey, we grew up driving to Mexico ese… this is nothing cabrones!”  Okei, so I was nicer.  How could I not be?  The soundtrack in my head the entire time we were there was En El Mar La Vida Es Más Sabrosa

I could not get that song out of my head.

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We had a blast, what else can I say?  That pretty much sums it up.  But we did realize on the way there that this was the first exotic trip we were taking together alone so that made it all the more special.

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The beach was so gorgeous!  I could not get over that either.  ¡Anduve bien anonadado!  So much so that I kept staring at the map on my iPhone to confirm that we had really made it all the way to Miami Beach!  Soy bien naco qué les puedo decir… 

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This was our view from the hotel.

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Even though we were there for the important business of attending Hispanicize 2013 (I was a speaker on a couple of blogger panels as well) I had to drag Anjelica out to the beach first!

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Can you believe it?  We met La Crafty Chica in the flesh!  We were such groupies and followed her around every chance we got. She is SOOOOOOO SWEEEEEET!!

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Ford sponsored our transportation by loaning us a 2013 Ford Edge that was just the right size for all of the luggage we took with us.  En serio we packed like locos.  I think I only left a pair of chones behind just in case I lost all of my luggage on the way there or back, LOL!

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We met some very friendly locals who pointed us in the direction of South Beach to get authentic and very delicious Cuban food.  It was so good we kept going back to the same spot (Puerto Sagua).  Here it was really convenient to have our own vehicle in which to get around.

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One day before we began our drive back we just happened to ride in the same elevator as La Santa Cecilia!  I was like “wait, you’re La Santa Cecilia!”  I think I scared them, jaja!  But it was all in good fun.  This trip was just the refreshment I needed to get my juices flowing again.

Gracias a ustedes por el apoyo siempre and for making opportunities like this one possible for us!

We’re Going To Mi-A-Mi!

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What is it that they say about that place?  The sun.  The sand.  The beautiful blue beaches.  Los Metiches could definitely use a break from the brown and sticky water in our neck of the woods.  This is also the first time we’re traveling to Miami together.  The last time I was in Miami I didn’t even get to step foot on the beach once.

Those people with the beautiful bodies better watch out.  I’m not sure they’re ready for all this jelly.  Let me just say if Real Women Have Curves these rolls I’ve got right here are definitely going to turn a few heads.  ¡Dicho y Hecho!  You just watch!

We’re actually going to Miami to attend Hispanicize 2013.  If you’re not familiar it is the annual Latino trends event scheduled from April 9-13 in Miami Beach.  I’m actually one of the speakers on the Bloggers track.  Kind of excited about that!

Of course we’re making it a Road Trip!  How else would Los Metiches get to Miami from Texas, jajaja?  ¿Cómo que ya nos conocen verdad?  We’ll be driving at least 18 hours y desde luego we’re once again partnering with the Ford Motor Company for this trip.  They are always so great about making our trips as comfortable and stress free as possible.

¿So qué nos recomiendan?  Where should we stop along the way?  What do we absolutely have to see in Miami Beach?  We’re newbies so echenos una manita.  ¡Gracias!   

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This is not a sponsored post.  We are attending #Hispz13 as social media influencers and the Ford Motor Company is providing us a vehicle for this road trip.  To learn more about the Ford Motor Company Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  

Detroit & The Auto Show: Quite The Thrill For This Texano!

You might have noticed the first part of this week I was in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (#FordNAIAS and #FordTX online).  The Ford Motor Company was nice enough to invite me for the second year in a row.  Last year, my first time in Detroit and the auto show, was really quite the experience so of course I was thrilled to go back and check out all of the latest models from vehicle makers the world over, especially from Ford.

Besides what better way to kick off a New Year than with a trip!?

As expected, the trip itself was a lot of fun.  We got to visit Ford’s world headquarters; drive a handful of their new cars and trucks; stop by the Henry Ford Museum; and my personal favorite, talk one on one with the very creative and quirky TechShop team.  That night was especially hands on as we got to sandblast our own beer mugs, silkscreen our own tote bags, and play with a whole bunch of other cool tools that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise ever gotten to touch.  They even had a 3D printer.  That was pretty awesome!

Here’s a quick recap of what we got to experience:

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This was me in Dallas where I had a layover both on my way to Detroit and back to Houston. I got to travel with other Texas bloggers from Dallas.

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On our first full day, we visited the VIRTTEX Driving Simulator at Ford headquarters.  Basically real people drive a vehicle inside that big bubble looking thing and the techs on the other side simulate different environments for the driver.  You can watch it all, including the driver’s reactions, on TV screens in the tech room.  The goal is to implement new safety features to Ford vehicles like what this driver was testing – a way to tug at the steering wheel when the driver is driving outside of their lane.

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Then it was time for us to test drive some of Ford’s latest models at their Product Review Center.  We didn’t get to do this last year, and boy was it a lot of fun.  I wanted to race on the test track.  We couldn’t though.  They had radios in our cars to tell us if we were going too fast or too slow.  It’s kind of lame, but I made the below video anyway to show you some of the drive. 

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These are all the cars I got to test drive.

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As you can understand, after all that driving we were pretty hungry.  For lunch on this date we were treated to a step back in time.  To January 14, 1850 to be exact at the very fun Eagle Tavern at Greenfield Village.  The food was delicious. The presentation and delivery pretty spot on.  I was ready for a siesta after lunch.

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The following morning was Ford’s big press conference at the Auto Show where among other vehicles they got unveil this beauty of a pickup, the brand new Atlas. I am so in love with this truck already.  Check out the actual full unveiling of the Atlas at the press conference in the video below.

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Back on the showroom floor, Ford had both old and new models on display. The auto maker is actually celebrating 150 years of making vehicles this year.  Not too shabby, eh?

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I did wonder off at one point to check out all of the other cool models on the floor. This little number was my absolute favorite!  It’s a concept car called the i8. ¡Ay, yo lo quiero!

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What do you all think?  Pretty snazzy no? I think this car suits me.

Bueno, there was so much more we got to experience, but this kind of gives you an idea of what I got to see, hear and touch in Detroit.  I hope you like the pictures!

I was a guest of the Ford Motor Company for their Digital Summit at NAIAS. All opinions are strictly my own.

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Test Driving Ford’s Focus in the Lone Star State

Last week, my friends at Ford had somewhat of a little surprise for me.  For Easter weekend they wanted me to test drive one of their vehicles.  Now, as you all already know, I’m no stranger to test driving Ford cars and trucks for the Ford Motor Company.  Last year, I was one of their contestants in the nationwide F-150 EcoBoost Challenge.  That experience was a real pleasure.  I had a lot of fun representing my state, Texas in the competition.  So, of course, it was very easy to say yes to taking the Ford Focus for a spin this past weekend.

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I had heard a lot about the Ford Focus from television commercials, and others who own this make and model, but I’ve never really been a fan of small cars… so cómo qué no sabía if it was really going to be a good connection between me and the car, LOL!

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As usual in these situations - ay, “as usual,” listen to me! – Ford delivered a brand new vehicle all the way from their headquarters in the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan.  The shiny red color was already a good introduction for us.

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Now there is a story behind this little photo collage.  Before picking up the Focus, we had attended a luncheon here in Houston where my little carrito was on display.  In order to get it out of the luncheon, which was held inside of a hotel, we had to drive it through the ballroom hallways, slightly into the ballroom, through the hotel kitchen, and into the freight elevator.  It was quite the adventure, jajaja!  I was so excited to have the car in the kitchen that I took like 20 pictures!

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Once we got the car out of the hotel it was time to take this baby for a spin!  Of course, we also had to take the obligatory picture together to commemorate our outing.  We chose to do this in Houston’s East End near some random graffiti art along the side of the road.  I had been wanting to visit this site for a while.  Not too shabby, eh?

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Then, we went to the park since I was not working on Good Friday and Edgar had been insisting we take him somewhere for the holiday.  We spotted a bunch of quinceañeras having their pictures taken at Hermann Park – this is the “it” spot for having bride and quince photo shoots – and decided we should have one of them take a picture with our car since by this time I was already in love with the speed and ease of mobility of the Ford Focus.

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Bueno, it was me who insisted.  Anjelica and Edgar were ready to go and they weren’t really in the mood to sit around waiting for the “right quinceañera” to show up.  This beautiful young lady showed up with her parents and I knew she was the right quinceañera for our photo.  I went up to her father and asked him for the shot.  He graciously agreed and asked me if I was from El Salvador as well.  I told him no, and we continued chatting while Anjelica snapped these pictures.

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Later that day, we stopped at another park just to hangout.  Edgar was monkeying around and Anjelica was immediately inspired.  She drove the car over and parked it right there while Edgar continued to play.  This is my favorite picture from this weekend.  It just looks so awesome!

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Right now I’m still driving the Ford Focus around.  They have not asked for it back and shhh… I’m keeping mum about it too!  Cómo qué ya me gusto la idea de mi jefita, “¡mejor diles que te regalen un carrito mijo!”  What do you say Ford?  I’d be mighty grateful, LOL!

Seriously though, I am a little surprised by just how in love with this car I am now!  Not only is it compact, very maneuverable, easy on the wallet with the great fuel efficiency, very comfortable for our small family of three, but it is also so tech savvy as well!!  Everything can be done via voice command or through the touch screen on the dashboard.  In case you can’t tell from the photo above, we’ve kind of been using the heck out of the touch screen.  At one point this weekend I told Anjelica “man, driving this phone is really convenient!”  She laughed and reminded me I was not driving a phone.  “Well you know what I mean,” I responded, LOL!

When I’m ready to buy a new car I actually already know which one I want.  This one!  Although, I will still gladly take a free one también.

This is not a sponsored post.  The Ford Motor Company made the Ford Focus available for me to test drive.  I was not compensated for this review and was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Odds & Ends From Detroit

Home sweet home!  I’m back in Texas now and still reveling from all of the excitement of the last couple of days.  I didn’t know whether I should post another blog about my trip or not (you know, me constantly over thinking everything again), but I decided to go ahead and do so because there were a couple of cool little things I didn’t get to show you before.  Plus it would give our trip together a conclusion :-)

So here we go:

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This is how cold it was in Detroit. The sewers were smoking.

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One of the few decent shots of downtown I was able to snap in between all of the craziness.

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Someone was nice enough to take this picture. Thank you sir!

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We didn't get to see any of these dummies crash, but they are still pretty awesome.

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Tan sufrido! I sent this pic to Anjelica to make her jealous, lol! She didn't find it as amusing as me for some reason.

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Can I say Ford's World Headquarters were pretty impressive. So many buildings. It's like a city within a city.

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The company uses natural products like hemp - yes I said hemp - to experiment with sustainable auto parts. But don't go tearing your car apart just yet, lol... most of these products are still prototypes.

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The Human Occupant Package Simulator (HOPS), one of the most interesting things we got to see at Ford's research labs. They use the same type of CG technology the film industry uses to make movies like Avatar to make decisions about driver saftey and comfort. I wanted to wear those sensors!

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And finally, everything comes together in simulated experiences like this one. We didn't have time to ride the thing otherwise I'd be in the picture luego, luego!

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At last, the sad moment came where our Ford Fantasy Camp was over. Everyone on the shuttle was exhausted, but we were very happy for the experience.

Y'all know me, if there is one thing I am, it's "bien codo", jaja! These are the tees I bought Edgar and Anjelica. Seventy five percent off! Anjelica was like "good job babe!"

Thank you to the folks at Ford for making this experience such a wonderful and exciting one for me and all of the other bloggers in Detroit the last three days.  It was really cool hanging out with people from literally every corner of the world!  Para ustedes, I hope I did a decent job of taking you all along for the adventure.  It was very fun sharing this experience with you.

My Favorites So Far at the Detroit Auto Show!

Let me get right to the point.  There are literally hundreds of cars… beautiful cars!  And even more hundreds of people from across the world.  Todavía ni recorro la mitad de este auto show and already I am overwhelmed and tired.  Me hubiera traido un par de chanclas, jajaja… ¿se imaginan?  Anyway, here are my favorites so far!  Hope you all like the pictures.

It was a little crazy after the big Ford reveal this morning!

Everyone wanted an up close view of the new Ford Fusion.

Yo estaba en relax mode... divirtiendome con la locura.

Here's a closer look at the actual model. It is actually a very nice car!

Since I'm here, pense, might as well look at other cars too... eh? This one you might recognize from the commercials with one, JLO... La Lopez, lol!

Hmm, now if I were carrying JLO out of this car, what would be the best method?

I am in LOVE with this car! So beautiful!!

Though I could also learn to live with this one...

Y yo con la carcacha que tengo en casa. I think that Selena song could now officially be about me! Look at this beauty!

Edgar would have LOVED this one. The Hot Wheels Camaro in real life!

He would have also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the KIA hamsters in actual size.

I really got a kick out of this new prototype by Toyota. It takes Facebook status updates to a whole new level. You can change it's outer appearance based on your mood... much like a wallpaper. Wow!

Equally impressive, this prototype by Chevy. Think of it as a mix between a car and a moped that opens from the front. Max speed I think is between 25 and 35 mph.

If you're more into class and elegance, this Bentley Mulsanne might be more up your alley. Gorgeous, every single last detail of this car!

I'm just digging all of the muscle cars! ¿No me regalaran uno?

Totally unrelated... this local reporter was trying to say her lines while riding this simulator and it was hilarious to watch her mess up, over and over again!

And finally, this button that I made for Edgar at the Chevy button-making booth. Very cool! Gotta go make more!

Look over there, that's Canada on the other side!

 

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