Sounds of Mexico

Living in the Neighborhoods

Living in the Neighborhoods

I won’t say that wonderful events don’t happen downtown, because they do. But when things happen out in the neighborhoods they have a character all their own, an organic feel to them – like everyone just chipped in whatever they had that day and said […]

Pilgrimage from Atotonilco to San Miguel

Pilgrimage from Atotonilco to San Miguel

Two sunday’s before Easter, Sr. de la Columna, the Virgin of Dolores and San Juan are removed from their places in the santuario, wrapped in silk scarves, covered, then carried in an all night pilgrimage to San Miguel for the upcoming Semana Santa celebrations and […]

Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe

Today is the Virgin of Guadalupe’s day. December 12th. Last night, two streets down, our neighbors held the last novena for the Guadalupe and sang songs to her from 7PM until… well, they are still singing.  I awoke several times during the night to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Years 2010!

New Years 2010!

Last week we found a luchador wrestler pinata and bought it thinking we would have one  for the kids on our street at new years. Yesterday, we went next door and got 10 year old Ariel to come fill the pinata.  When he was done […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More Sounds of Mexico

More Sounds of Mexico

Part of my daily routine Is to video the various sounds here. This time we have: The knife sharpener Who walks around the town Sharpener thrown over his shoulder, With a whistle you can’t miss. But first, here’s a clown on his motorscooter On the […]

How To Throw A Baptism Party

How To Throw A Baptism Party

As you’ve seen from the previous posts, Parties are a really big thing here. Even the 5 month old baptism party Is equal to or greater than all the others. Little Diana was baptized on a Saturday, In Atotonilco, in what they called A very special place […]

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Or body of Christ. The feast day which commemorates The gift of the Eucharist, which occurred During the last supper, The Thursday before Easter. That’s the short version. But here, it is also another day to celebrate By decorating the town in red velvet and gold […]

Up Up and Away and More Sounds

Up Up and Away and More Sounds

Twice this week, While walking down the hill from my swim There have been major events in the Jardin. On Monday, the entire area was covered In big white tarps, shade cloth, A stage and bleachers With go-go dancers on the stage Wearing red and yellow Singing […]

John’s 65th Birthday

John’s 65th Birthday

What else do you do for someone’s 65th birthday Someone who has everything they need Whom I could not think of one present for Except perhaps to be woken up at 7:30 am With a surprise serenade of songs By our local mariachi band Of […]

Valle del Maiz Festival and Parade

Valle del Maiz Festival and Parade

I guess you could say this fits right in With the sounds theme. This weekend has been the festival Of the Valle del Maiz, An annual festival that occurs On the hillside that heads out to Queretaro. It coincides with the festival Santa Cruz Which […]

More Sounds

More Sounds

Following up on the sounds of Mexico #1 Today started out very quietly At 8:15 with our local milk seller Who carried two tin milk cans On either side of his donkey Ladling it  into your own container I’m sure it’s not pasteurized. As he leaves […]

More Sounds and Things

More Sounds and Things

Every time I get a little theme going (…sounds) Something else comes up that doesn’t quite fit But has it’s own merits. This morning, as we were walking out the door, We were greeted by two horses. Now we don’t live in centro, But we […]

Sounds Of Our Neighborhood

Sounds Of Our Neighborhood

I’m always struck By the variety of sounds That permeate the days and nights here. It starts in the early morning, before eight, With the recorded gas truck song, The truck goes so fast down the street You have to run as fast as you […]