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Patricia Sardeson speaks . . . .

It occurred to me as we went walking in downtown Tlaxcala that much of what we see is like it was when I was a child and went downtown in our small Wisconsin city so many years ago.  It was the thing to do on a Saturday morning, to go downtown, get a coke and French fries, see friends, and possibly a movie as well. 

            As were were walking we noticed the vast amounts of large shoe stores.  Many were next door to each other creating much competition for each other.  There were so many styles, sizes, colors and infinite varieties of shoes it was just mind boggling to think of which one to choose.   We haven’t seen this on main street USA in many years.  I remember the “Red Goose” and “Poll Parrot” shoe stores of my youth.  As a young women, I would look in the window and think how cute they were and want the latest styles. Many times, they didn’t have them in my size.   Here they have every size from infant to Large in the window.  It is kind of fun to look ,see, and laugh at how impossible it must be to walk in some of those.   The colors are also fun.  Shoes for men in bright Blue, Pink, Red and whatever you have the nerve to wear.  Women’s shoes that are so high that you are literally walking on your toes. I personally can’t see how the women walk on these cobblestone streets and uneven sidewalks in them, but they do and don’t seem to trip as frequently as I do in my “sensible” shoes.
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Texolo Cascada

In February 2008, we made a trip to Xico near Xalapa to see the waterfall used as a backdrop in the film “Romancing the Stone.” While the waterfall was impressive, we also found a second waterfall nearby to also be interesting. Anyone visiting the area should check out both of them. Our traveling campanion, Marie, wrote a nice article about our day trip on her blog which you can read at —

http://roadtoveracruz.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/the-texolo-waterfall/

I also made a video of our day trip and posted it on YOUTUBE which can be seen at —

Stephen, Genuine-Tourist, reporting from Baraboo, WI, USA

Santa Anna’s main home seems to have been just outside of Xalapa and is a wonderful place to visit when in the area.  Unfortunately, the chapel was closed for restoration work when we visited last February, but the main house and the grounds were lovely.  Now we were told the house was fairly sparsely furnished when Santa Anna was in residence, probably because he “partied” everything away and “gambled” heavily (all with other people’s money), but the view from the house was marvelous.  However, I thought you readers might be interested in the view of the BACK of the house.

Lencero -- Santa Anna's Millpond

Lencero -- Santa Anna

 Now, I know this post is filed under “One photo/video,” but I thought I would substitute a photo for “the video” and show you the unique post of his original front gate which you can see here.

Front Gate Post of Lencero

Front Gate Post of Lencero

 For more delightful information about Santa Anna AND his connection to Illinois, USA, go to the following links —

http://mexico-mystic.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/18808

Stephen — http://www.Genuine-Tourist.com— reporting from Baraboo, WI, USA

 

 

NEW Zocáloa Yet?

When we were in Coyolillo this past Spring, the govenor of Xalapa literally fly into the mountain village of Coyolillo on a shiny, high tech, red helicopter and persent a scale model of a new zocálo to the “royal court” of the “Fat Tuesday.”  See photo —

We wonder if it is now under construction?  finished? ready for carnival next February?

Promised Zocálo
Promised Zocálo

 Does anyone have any photos of it?

The village of Coyolillo did a great job with carnival.  Here is a video of two their young people “polka” dancing🙂

Stephen — http://www.Genuine-Tourist.com — reporting from Baraboo, WI, USA

We mentioned that we saw the musical group, the “Sones de Veracruz,” perform twice while in Xalapa this past Spring.  The second time was at a private home where they were putting on a performance for a tour group from New Mexico, USA.  The group was a “Gastronomic Adventure” tour by Daniel Hoyer.  He is a “culinary writer” about foods in Mexico (and the world) and can be accessed through —

http://www.welleatenpath.com   It was a delightful evening, and we got some nice video because we were in a private residence with nice lighting.

Why don’t you take a peek into the house with me and catch a few pieces of their fine performance.

And here is another look.

We enjoyed the evening immensely and, of course, bought their CD entitled, “Viva Veracruz.” 

The Group Sones de Veracruz

The Group Sones de Veracruz

David Rubio Glavan, an artist of Jarocho music and center is the above photo, can be contacted at — davidrubio33@hotmail.com.   

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Thanks for checking in on this blog,

Stephen, Genuine-Tourist.com, reporting from Baraboo, USA,

 

 

 

While visiting Xalapa for several weeks this past Spring, we had an opportunity to be entertained on two occasions by a musical group known as the “Sones de Veracruz” who appears to be lead by David Rubio Galvan (davidrubio33@hotmail.com).  The group seems to have a “gig” every Friday (or Saturday?) night at La Consa Beatrice Restaurante, just a few blocks from the zocálo in Xalapa.  Here are some photos of Rubio and some of his fellow musicians.

Rubio (center) with Group Members

Rubio (center) with Group Members

Quite a Player of the Spoons

Quite a Player of the Spoons

See them perform in a video just a click away — click here

We Return To Mexico

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way . . .  to Tlaxcala, Xalapa, and Veracruz  ;-)  .”

Yes, we are returning to Tlaxcala and Veracruz between January 22nd and April 30th.  We plan to start by getting a brief two day tour of Mexico City by our esteemed guide, Robert Cox, the Mexico-Mystic,  —

 

 http://mexico-mystic.blogspot.com/2008/09/mexico-mystic.html

 

Then we will travel to Tlaxcala for several weeks/months stay.  At some point, we will visit the beaches north of Veracruz and travel through Xalapa one or two times on route, I figure. 

We had planned to be in Tlaxcala this October and November (right now ;-(   However, air plane tickets were toooo high, so we stayed home and spent the alleged money on a new roof for our house and some carpet for our basement.  Since then, the price of plane tickets have dropped, so we booked flights on Northwest Airlines via Detroit to Mexico City. 

Now, we booked on Northwest at some peril to ourselves because one of my relatives is a former striking mechanic with Northwest Airlines and all family members are supposed to avoid flying with them.  We are not only supposed to refrain from flying with Northwest, out of respect for his lost job, but also because he doesn’t think the planes will stay in the air with only 300 mechanics instead of the usual 3,000!.

Oh well, I guess the pocketbook always gets one’s vote, and they were the cheapest.  And, yesterday, gas went below $3.00 a gallon in southern Wisconsin, although it is still higher in our town than other places.

I am trying to decide whether to bring my computer with me on the trip.  When I bring it, I am able to post on blogs directly “from the field,” but it is a heavy load, and I hear now about some possible problems at the border with laptops.  Last time my individual total luggage weighed almost 100 lbs ;-(    This time I would like to keep it under 50 lbs total, BUT my packed laptop alone is almost 20 labs ;-(

If you haven’t notice, I have posted a LOT of video about southern Mexico on YouTube.  You can see it (and even ME) by going to — 

http://ca.youtube.com/results?search_query=Silversard&search_type=&aq=f

So, even In the “best of times and the worst of times” we plan to follow our “addiction” cravings and return to Mexico this winter.  We did purchase round trip tickets so we can get back to USA even if the economy further melts down, but then I don’t think I would mind being stranded in Mexico either😉

Stephen, Genuine-Tourist, reporting from Baraboo, WI, USA

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