Monthly Archives: April 2013

Birds, Bells, Bangs, and Barking

There is nothing nicer than to go onto the roof and sit under the Palapa as the sun comes up. Birds of all inclinations are twittering for attention, including the finches nesting in our bamboo; the bells of the surrounding … Continue reading

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Rancheras For Rancheros

Yesterday evening in the Jardin, with very few people around, a group of Rancheros (or possibly just some locals with enough money to own horses) came past the Parochia, and happened upon a group of Mariachis  who were there and … Continue reading

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Egg Bonking Again

I had intended posting this at the beginning of February, but better late than never. Every year, for a couple of days before Lent, folks in San Miguel go nuts smashing confetti or ash-filled colored eggs, known as cascarones, on the heads … Continue reading

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Also Floating Around

Most mornings early, while the air is still cool, one hears the whoosh of the kerosine burner of a hot air balloon lofting intrepid visitors gently over the rooftops of El Centro. Seen here against the corner of our Palapa, … Continue reading

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Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, It’s a Helicam

This creepy little camcopter was floating around over us during our usual sojourn in the Jardin at dusk. Remote controlled and carrying its own lighting, it was filming the crowds milling around during Semana Santa.

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Carrying Your Own Weight

Burros weigh in at around 500 pounds and can comfortably carry about 250 pounds, the weight of the average gringo. But here in San Miguel, they are often seen carrying much greater loads without apparently getting too pissed off about it. Here, … Continue reading

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Flamethrower Pork

On Good Friday here in San Miguel the local streets are closed to traffic and all the foodsellers, and even many householders, put out stalls selling all kinds of great Mexican street food. Still one of our favorites however is … Continue reading

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Seven Dead in Uruapan

Last weekend we spent a couple of days in Uruapan, home of the annual Michoacan crafts festival. Just a few hours after I took this photo of a Federale on guard outside the hotel in the main square, seven bodies … Continue reading

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