Chaneke Story

One of the fun things about living in Tepoztlan is being immersed in the remnants of a culture that is over 2000 years old. The Tepoztecans settled, here, about then. And when the Spanish replaced the hegemony of the Aztecs (over this area) with there own, much of the culture was preserved – assimilated into …

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Encountering New Animals

I have been working on my situation awareness – recognizing animals that may be camouflaged or otherwise configured to avoid notice. Whi walking down the mountain, the other day, I saw what could have looked like a stick in the road. As i approached, I forced myself to open my perspective to consider it may …

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Discovering the Pine Forest in the Hidden Valley

Every day, I walk up the mountain, near our house, following a road that ends at an Arroyo – an empty stream bed – near the top of the mountain. Last week, i found a path that followed along the Arroyo, and was fascinated to see how the environment shifted so dramatically. For starters, the …

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Fender Bender – Mexican Style

We were driving into Cuernavaca, in heavy traffic. We bumped the car in front, Carlos pulled the car over, behind the other car and they both looked at the damage. Luckily the only damage was that the other car’s license plate was slightly bent at the edge. So Carlos and the other driver said the …

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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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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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