Travels & Stories

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 […]

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 […]

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 #3

Singing in Spanish #3

Perfume de Gardenias, There’s an incredibly rich story behind this song, Or more accurately stated, by it’s composer, Rafael Hernández Marín of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 1892 – 1965. I suggest going to the song to listen while you read this post.   At age 12 Rafael […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chile Güero

Chile Güero

Chile Güero A recipe that was given to us By Mexico Bob and his wife Gina And this post is for them. The movie is by us, starring us. These are what the fresh chiles look like They are also known as yellow wax chiles […]

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 […]

Dori Locos

Dori Locos

Sometimes You just have to go for it. I mean street food. In this case, We have Dori Locos, The recipe As well as the video We’ve only seen these In Guanajuato But I’m pretty sure You can find them In other Mexican cities With […]

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 […]