Travels & Stories

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 […]

Brunch, Hotel Villa Santa Monica

Brunch, Hotel Villa Santa Monica

During the tourist season You can have Sunday brunch At the Hotel Antigua Villa Santa Monica Whose entrance is at the back end of Parque Juarez. They serve a combination of fruits and cereals, Pancakes, bacon, queso fundido with goat cheese, Refried beans, chilaquiles, enchiladas, […]

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 […]

Baby Bird

Baby Bird

Ok, this is one you kind of had to be there for – We have a tile roof that houses Three to four nests of baby finches each year . Last month, you could see the parents Crawling in and out of the downspout, Going […]

Flip Video Ultra HD – the new toy

Flip Video Ultra HD – the new toy

I’m up in the states again The land of shopping for things That you can’t find in Mexico. Usually, for me, this means things like Yogi licorice tea, Costco photo paper, 150 sheets in a box For about the price of 25 sheets in Mexico. […]

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. […]

What $7.32 Buys at the Market

What $7.32 Buys at the Market

Today, I went to the Monday market In the Colonia Aurora. It is held out behind the plaza, Behind the IMSS building. I was actually there for another reason But the market was there and everything Looked so fresh and perfectly ripe That I couldn’t […]

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 […]

Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Recipe

Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Recipe

Chipotle chiles en adobo. Usually bought in a can, Made with tomato sauce, You’ll never buy it again If you try this recipe. CHIPOTLE CHILIS EN ADOBO Ingredients: 4 oz chipotle mora chiles, or dry chipotle chiles 3 ancho chiles, remove seeds and veins 1.5 […]

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 […]

Salmonella Typhi – Not Simple Food Poisoning.

Salmonella Typhi – Not Simple Food Poisoning.

Salmonella Typhi – first, my story I have been seeing a naturopathic doctor, Not because anything is wrong, But to do my annual checkups, blood work etc., Plus to see what kind of herbal tune-ups would be good For a person my age (58). One […]

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 […]