Only in Mexico

Jose Refugio

Jose Refugio

For those of you following the stories of our neighborhood, on July 2, our neighbor Petra’s husband Jose died.  He would have turned 69 on July 4th, the day he was buried.  His death was not unexpected, but in some ways a great relief to […]

Street Musicians (2)

Street Musicians (2)

Back on the subject of street musicians, The city of Guanajuato has a wonderful minstrels Who pass the day serenading those in outdoor cafes, Singing while you sit in the shade having a cool drink. He’s my favorite – maybe it’s the blue guitar, Or […]

Mexico Lindo

Mexico Lindo

Just outside the city limits, on the way to Dolores Hidalgo, there’s a roadside attraction – a mini theme park of sorts called Mexico Lindo.  Enter at your own risk beneath a large, sun-bleached cow skull, facing Christo Rey who resides as a centerpiece in […]

Man and His Magic Wand

Man and His Magic Wand

A few weeks ago we were in Mexico City at the San Angel Market. This entertaining man, not one bit shy about his toothless grin, and totally into the music, captured our attention and imagination, performing with his magic wand in the plaza while young […]

Street Musicians

Street Musicians

Mexico is a wonderland of visual and auditory treats. There seems to be no end to the number of people entertaining, festivals and personal acts of faith enacted in the streets here.  With all the big events here, it’s easy to overlook some of the […]

Semana Santa 2010

Semana Santa 2010

Semana Santa is the ultimate act of faith, Performed by the community in public, A series of one costumed re-enactment after another Depicting each aspect of the last week of Jesus’ life. At the Iglesia de San Antonio, On the Thursday of the siete casas, […]

Suculencia – Cacti Transformed

Suculencia – Cacti Transformed

Kate McKenna, photographer and friend, has a show at the Oasis Boutique Hotel. She photographs cactus, large and close-up then works them into prints on canvas. The process of blowing these up life size causes them to mature and transform into a completely new work. […]

Spring Must Be Here

Spring Must Be Here

Last night at 11pm, our local norteno band showed up to play outside at our neighbor’s house.  Spring must be here as we haven’t had a late night music visit in quite a few months.  This is just one of the many things I love […]

Mega Bombas!

Mega Bombas!

They call them Mega Bombas And there’s a bunch on this video – Along with the firing of the canons, The men battling, Exploding sledgehammers, and a few photos. 2011 Sledgehammer Fireworks from Suzanne da Rosa on Vimeo. 2011 Sledgehammer Fireworks Festival from Suzanne da […]

Sledgehammer Fireworks

Sledgehammer Fireworks

You hear the din of battle next to the church, the sound of rockets booming and you feel the ground shaking from five blocks away. Each Carnaval, in the tiny town of San Juan de la Vega Mexico, there is a re-enactment of a 400+ year […]

Carnaval San Miguel Style

Carnaval San Miguel Style

There’s not much going on here for Carnaval, but in the Jardin, you can buy gorgeous hand made paper flowers, accordion legged ‘payasitos’ – little clowns – paper masks and confetti filled eggs – cascarones – which the children run around with – war style […]

Candelaria

Candelaria

February 2 – the candlemas, groundhog day in the United States, a cross quarter celebration world-wide, is known here in Mexico as the candelaria, celebrated the 40th day after Christ’s birth, the day Jesus was presented to the temple.  Never mind that the reason it […]

The Little Tin Candle Boat

The Little Tin Candle Boat

I’ve recently begun work on a documentary of the tin artistans of Mexico.  Today, I interviewed one of the older families and they showed me this wonderful little tin boat which is powered by a candle.  It actually putt putts around and just makes you […]

Casa Azul, Frida’s House

Casa Azul, Frida’s House

The Frida Kahlo Museum and the house that she grew up in, the house she was nursed back to health in after her tragic accident, the house she learned to paint in. This was her family home, which after one of her break ups with […]

Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day

As a follow up to the Queretaro Nacimientos – the seven deadly sins post and their fabulous three kings display, here in San Miguel, the day before Three Kings Day, a market is set up along Calzada Guadalupe which runs about a half mile.  All […]

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

It is not exaggerating one bit to say that there is a larger than life fascination with fireworks here in Mexico. At three A.M. on almost any day of the week, you are likely to be woken up with a loud kaboom! followed by about […]

Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins

In Queretaro, there is a nacimiento in the main plaza – four blocks filled with larger than life Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the three kings bearing gifts, walking along with their elephant and white horse. There’s the annunciation, with Mary and the Archangel Gabriel, a menagerie of animals […]

Buenos días, Paloma Blanca

Buenos días, Paloma Blanca

Thursday night, near the mercado Ignacio Ramirez, the final event of the celebration of the Virgen de Guadalupe was held. Vendors food booths and people filled the streets. The Virgin’s altar was in full bloom, the procession of women carrying a wood nicho on a […]

Nacimiento Babes

Nacimiento Babes

Every Christmas, Markets are set up all over town, Hundreds of stalls selling Cactus, Heno, Tree bark, Fir boughs, Painted clay figures, Glittery things, Lights, Nino Jesus dolls – the Santo Nino Along with elaborate hand made clothing To dress him in, for his birth […]

Virgen de Guadalupe

Virgen de Guadalupe

I think the saying goes ‘Let me count the ways’ And today, the multitude of ways they honor the Guadalupe, Lupe, Lupita, beginning at midnight with fireworks and a mariachi mass. At 7am there is a rosary at the altar down the street, with singing, praying, tamales […]

Singing in Spanish #5

Singing in Spanish #5

Today’s song, Nuestro Juramento (Our Vow) (Listen while you read this post) Was composed by Puerto Rican Composer Benito de Jesús of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, But it’s fame is attributed to Julio Juramillo Of Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1935 – 1978. His rendition and recording of the song […]

Singing in Spanish #4

Singing in Spanish #4

Today’s song – Mucho Corazon Is a Bolero written and popularized by Benny Moore, Go here for the video to listen to while you read this post There is a general consensus That the first Latin American Bolero Was popularized in 1895 By Cuban troubador […]

Singing in Spanish #2

Singing in Spanish #2

Here’s the second post In the series of Singing in Spanish, Musica Romantica, Translated from Spanish to English below. Sung my neighbor Lorenzo and his quartet, On stage last night here in San Miguel. The link below has a movie of their performance Singing  Si […]

Singing in Spanish #1

Singing in Spanish #1

Last night at the Feria de Lana y Laton I went by the stage which is set up in the Jardin to see what music was playing. I wanted to try out my new High definition video camera, which in almost every review, said the quality […]

Peña de Bernal

Peña de Bernal

Is considered the third largest monolith in the world following the Rock of Gibraltar and Sugarloaf in Brazil. In mass, it is second to Ayers Rock in Australia and towers at a height of about 450 feet. San Sebastián Bernal sits at the bottom of the […]