Celebrating Candlemas in Tepoztlan

Anita and I went to the “farmers market’ in downtown Tepoztlan, today to get fresh fruit, veggies and our favorite rotisserie chicken, rice and peppers. As we passed the big church, we encountered thousands of Tepoztecans coming away from the church, after having their baby Jesus dolls blessed. As we toured the market, we noticed …

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Comparisons with The Hobbit

The following quote from ‘The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” has been on our mind: “Gandalf: You will have to do without pocket handkerchiefs, and a great many other things, before we reach our journey’s end, Bilbo Baggins. You were born to the rolling hills and little rivers of the Shire, but home is now …

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Arroyo

On my walk, up the mountain, today, I came upon an arroyo near the top. An arroyo is a dry river or stream bed. What made this particular arroyo so striking was the degree of sculpting of the rock. There were several cliffs of 15 feet, with deep pool shapes, gouged- outs below. During a …

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Trip to Top of the World

We took a drive to the top of the second mountain ridge, adjacent to the town of Tepoztlan. The fauna and flora changed dramatically, as we climbed from about 5,000 to 10,000 feet. The view was stunning. We could see the volcano (Mt. Popocatapetl) and several ridge-lines emerging from the mists. Reminded me of the …

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VIP Movie Theater in Cuernavaca

For the same price we used to pay for a regular theater ticket, we received amazing upscale service. The theater was a set of easy chairs (with foot-rests) and glass swing-away tables. A waiter took our order, electronically, at our seats. The cuisine and beverages were also very upscale. I had a shrimp pizza with …

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White Christmas

Well not exactly a white Christmas, here in Tepoztlan. But something almost as unlikely – a lot of heavy rain, almost two months into the dry season. We were enveloped in the same heavy precipitation that was, simultaneously, hitting the entire East Coast of the U.S. I recall reading the rainfall predictions for northern Florida …

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The Dark Virgin

The fireworks renewed (last night and this morning) in a major way. The celebration was for the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe – also known as the Dark Virgin. The background follows. In 1531 – 10 years after the fall of the Aztec empire to Cortes, a singular event marked the abrupt transition in …

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Daily Walk up the mountain

I could see signs that the dry season is well underway. Leaves were drying up and rustling, on the vine and behind me on the road. I always bring my binoculars, now, and I was watching a small raptor – perhaps as Kite – gliding down from the heights. As I was watching, a guy …

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Trip up the Mountain Road

One of our favorite walks is up a mountain road that leads to the rocky outcroppings at the top of the mountain. On an earlier walk, we had stopped after about 40 minutes, near the top of the road. There were workers along the road who told us if we kept walking, for about one …

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Visit to Ahuitlan

We visited Ahuitlan, which is in Cuernavaca. We heard that, years ago, the Barbara Hutton, heiress to the Woolworth fortune and former wife of Cary Grant, commissioned a researcher to find the best climate in the world. Shew was looking for the optimum locale for building her home. The researcher recommended two places – one …

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