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Santa Cecilia

Santa Cecilia

On the way into town yesterday, at the bottom of our hill, we ran into a several groups of mariachis singing to a statue of Santa Cecelia, who was resting on a litter, garnished in flowers, carried by two modern young women, chewing bubble gum. […]

Community Altar

Community Altar

There’s too much going on today with getting ready to go up to the States tomorrow for Andreas’ first birthday to write a big post, but here’s a short follow up on the last few days with some photos from  yesterday. I spent most of […]

Six Months Later

Six Months Later

I met up with  Elvia and her four daughters at the cemetery today.  She was late so I waited in front for an hour, arms full of flowers – you know me by now, trying to video people coming in with flowers, buckets, shovels, eating […]

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

The preparations have begun There are flower sellers everywhere. Home altars are being created, Car repair, shoe and small tiendas Have transformed into flower shops. You can’t avoid the papel picado banners or skeletons. Although Monday is officially the day, Families are already in the […]

El Charco del Ingenio

El Charco del Ingenio

On a visit to San Miguel, about four  years ago, we took a tour of El Charco del Ingenio in August after the rains. The preserve and botanical garden was in full bloom. We walked the length, with Mario Mendoza, curator.  The botanical tour was a mix […]

Wedding Getaways

Wedding Getaways

Last Saturday John was walking downtown When he crossed paths with a wedding getaway, A couple on their decked out motorcycle, Four women gathering the bride’s skirt up Tucking her in, and off they went. With a double police escort On motorcycles, of course In […]

United Nations Day

United Nations Day

Every year, San Miguel celebrates United Nations Day with a children’s parade, mostly the kindergarten classes, dressed in costume from all over the world.  It is followed by civic speeches in the Jardin and mothers holding balloons on which flags of the world are tied, […]

Where Did The Last Two Weeks Go?

Where Did The Last Two Weeks Go?

Yikes! all of a sudden two weeks have gone by. I’m working on several posts which if all goes well, Will be up by the end of the week – The final movie of the sunday parade is finished. You can click on the photo […]

Festival of San Miguel Parade

Festival of San Miguel Parade

Sunday morning. 10:30 AM. Since midnight Friday night, the partying has been going on. The parade of the estrellas (stars) at midnight, followed by dancing and events in the Jardin until 4am when las mananitas – happy birthday song to San Miguel, the patron saint […]

Xuchiles

Xuchiles

Beginning in the early hours this morning, this family began making a Xuchile – an altar made from bamboo like strips, lashed to twenty five foot poles, then covered in flowers which are made from the root ball of the agave plant, decorated with juniper […]

Alborada Rehearsal Parade

Alborada Rehearsal Parade

When  you see something like this On a street corner in town You just know there’s going to be a parade Three Mojiganas, bigger than life Two devils and a skeleton Are ready for the alborada ‘rehearsal parade.’ I think this is one of those […]

Accidental Cheesemaker

Accidental Cheesemaker

I’ve been making goat yoghurt lately. Not the old fashioned way Where it sits In a waterbath At an even temperature Overnight Or all day. I make it In a yoghurt maker That I brought back in my suitcase, my last visit up north. Last […]

Ballet Folkorico

Ballet Folkorico

Last night in the Jardin The Independence celebration Began at 8pm. With Ballet folklorico. Dancers from San miguel Age six and up Performed traditional dances From Michoacan, Nayarit, Colima, Sinaloa. The girls, The young women, In colorful circular skirts With ribbons and ruffles, Whipping and […]

Xilitla, Las Pozas

Xilitla, Las Pozas

Xilitla Las Pozas from Suzanne da Rosa on Vimeo. Las Posas – beginning with the trip through the mountains outside of Queretaro and into the tropical green of Xilitla and Las pozas, the sculptures, the labyrinth quality of the sculptures in the jungle, ending with […]

Independencia

Independencia

About four pm today the drumming started. Indio Dancers, loud banging drums, whoops hollers and screaming. It sounded like it was coming right down our street but upon climbing up to the terraza it was obvious that it was about a quarter mile away in […]

More Sounds of Mexico

More Sounds of Mexico

I can never resist getting video of the sounds that people produce here. Whether it’s to announce a service or part of a festival or parade, the heaviest of rains or  to sell cigarettes, cigars and candy Like the man who sells these At his […]

Family Visits

Family Visits

We have visitors! A good excuse to take a little time To go see various places that we normally don’t go see on our own, and to re-visit old favorites which we love to see over and over. This week John’s daughter Sarah is here […]

Festival Atotonilco

Festival Atotonilco

Festival at Atotonilco The 300th birthday Padre Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro Founder of the shrine Of Jesus de Nazareth, Atotonilco A spiritual retreat Visited by 2 million pilgrims annually. With days of celebrations, Culminating in today’s festival With Purepecha dancers, Orations and prayers Huapango […]

IMSS: 2 Hrs. 42 Mins. Done

IMSS: 2 Hrs. 42 Mins. Done

2014 Disclaimer: This reflects the decisions we make in 2009. Anything written here may have changed since then. This is a log of our story and you will want to do your own research as rules/plans change. We are officially insured By the Mexican Social […]

Hugo y Luis – Tequisquiapan

Hugo y Luis – Tequisquiapan

Today, John and I took a day trip to Tequisquiapan The locals call it Tequis. It was there that we encountered Hugo and Luis, The fortune telling canaries! They live in a small wooden cage lovingly painted up like a circus wagon in gloss enamel. […]

Boys Having Fun

Boys Having Fun

Walking into town the other night I stumbled onto this little scene Boys with a four wheeler Plus a hand made roller board If you can call it that, Pulling each other around. Having a great time. Everyone on the street, In their doorways watching. […]

When You Turn three..

When You Turn three..

Yesterday, Esther & Daniel brought an invitation by. Daniel is the nephew of my neighbor Petra. Esther is the daughter of the Norteno band. They play traditional music for dancing and singing at Petra’s parties. It is the third birthday Of their daughter Monserrat. The […]

Our Plumbing is Leaking Next Door!

Our Plumbing is Leaking Next Door!

When you have concrete walls and floors With water pipes buried in dirt beneath the floor And one decides to take a leak (no pun intended) It drains the only direction it can go Which in our case was through our outer wall And into […]

Catching Up

Catching Up

2014 Disclaimer: This reflects the decisions we make in 2009. Anything written here may have changed since then. This is a log of our story and you will want to do your own research as rules/plans change. It seems like every time I travel north […]

Let Go of My US Insurance or Not?

Let Go of My US Insurance or Not?

2014 Disclaimer: This reflects the decisions we make in 2009. Anything written here may have changed since then. This is a log of our story and you will want to do your own research as rules/plans change. We’ve been living here most of the time […]