Party the Mexican Way

A Metrohm-made Gem


In the method development lab at Polaquimia

With our last customer visit on Wednesday at Polaquimia in Tlaxcala, we finished the strenuous part of my visit and, boy, was I ready for it. But I do have to go into this visit briefly. Polaquimia is a producer of various chemicals and has been using Metrohm instruments for many, many years for their pH measurements, titrations and Karl Fischer titrations. With the whole staff being used to the way Metrohm instruments function and always being able to rely on Metrohm Mexico’s good service, they’re not planning on changing this winning horse anytime soon.


This KF Titrino is ca. 27–28 years old.

In the quality control lab at Polaquimia, I found a real gem: a 701 KF Titrino that is about as old as I am, and it still works (whereas I already feel like I’m malfunctioning once in a while …).

Fiesta Mexicana

Thursday and Friday were reserved for some cultural activities like visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum and the pyramids of Teotihuacan (I hope I’ll be able to tell you more about that in another post), and for Metrohm Mexico’s anniversary celebration. Metrohm Mexico isn’t only celebrating Metrohm’s 75th anniversary this year, but also its own 20th anniversary. On Thursday, Metrohm Mexico held a party at its Mexico City premises on the occasion of the double anniversary. Employees and their partners and families as well as customers were invited. The theme was a traditional Mexican party, with music, dancing, a piñata, a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera themed photo booth, and carnival booths where you could win little prizes by, for example, throwing darts at balloons or balls into milk cans. (Unfortunately, I have the worst aim in the history of the human race, so I got slightly jealous of the little boy who got away with walking up to the milk cans and letting the balls fall into them.)

Weird Mexican Party Games

While an open bar, music and dancing, and good food are probably universal ingredients for a good party, there were also some less obvious crowd pleasers: For one, there was the fortune-teller bird, which picked little scraps of paper out of a box for each person reading what the year will bring (in my case, a lot of passion and some traveling as well, so let’s say that at least one of those is true). And then, there was the craziest party game I’ve ever seen: toques. Toques means shocks, and that’s what this game is about—getting electric shocks for fun. To play the game you simply hold on to the two metal bars connected to the «electric shock box» to complete the electrical circuit while the voltage is continuously increased—until you can’t take it anymore. Watch the video for some impressions of the party and Metrohm Mexico in general!



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