Recuerdos de Mi Mexico

“Hola” from Taxco

Minnesota was a frozen tundra nearly every winter when I was growing up there. One frigid morning in February, my dad packed up our car and drove my mom and me to Mexico. We got there in three days(!), spending time in Mexico City, Taxco and Acapulco. (He and my mom had done this before.) To my eight-year-old self, it was a (warm!) and wondrous experience. And so began my lifelong love of Mexico, its people, culture, language, and food.

In college I studied in Mexico City during my junior year. Over the years I traveled back as often as possible, and even worked there for a short while. I have taught Spanish and worked for Spanish-speaking companies in the U.S. Spanish was an asset when I spent a few years teaching English to ESOL students. My husband had never been south of the border, but since I introduced him to this marvelous country he is now a big fan, and has written articles on our travels there that are posted on this website.

Below are photos that I have taken in various parts of the country over the years. They are some of my favorites because they show just what there is to love about Mexico – the people, their deep spirituality, their food, traditions, the history and architecture. Emphatically, their vibrant culture.

ZACATECAS

The state of Zacatecas is the northernmost part of the central highlands. The city of the same name, spectacularly situated between two arid hills at an altitude of 8,200 feet, is known as The Pink City because of the stone that makes up many of its elegant buildings. Its wealth was created by the Spanish in the 16th century when huge silver deposits were discovered in the hills. Stone and silver aside, Zacatecas has treasures galore, far off the beaten path of most tourist destinations.

The pink stones of the Aqueduct and Cathedral
View of City from atop Cerro de la Bufa
Santo Domingo Church with the cable car that goes from the silver mine to Cerro de la Bufa

Next door to the church is a 17th-century monastery that is now the Museo Pedro Coronel with art and artifacts from all over the world, including this self portrait by Coronel.

Pedro’s brother, Rafael, also donated his own vast collection of masks and puppets to his namesake museum located in the Convento de San Francisco.

The grounds of the Convento are a perfect location for a photo shoot of the young woman about to celebrate her Quinceanera.
Brother and sister get ready to sell their natural herbs at the city market.
A warm restaurant welcome
Uphill to home after a day of selling soft drinks
Outside the Cathedral during the annual International Folklore Festival
Mexican Old Men Dancers at the Festival
Medieval musicians from Italy entertain at the closing ceremony
Slavic Dancers at the parade finale
Snack Vendor
Many colors and layers of Zacatecas to explore and savor