Exploring Mexico

Images of Mexico Part III

Photographs and Text by John Todd, Jr.

Mexico is a Big Country
It can only be described as a sensual mosaic of different scenes of people and landscapes.

Soft pastels and hard colors are seen and felt in the emotions of the people. Beautiful as the soft music of a romantic trio in the evening or a hard ranchera. The laughter of a people who love their children and celebrate life in the streets and their homes.

If you look at a map of Mexico and the US, you might describe the US as the mind and logic, and Mexico is the heart.

ChurchMan
Man is Very Small
Puebla de los Angeles
Man is Insignificant in Comparison
Early in the mornings around corner from the hotel where I am staying is the Cathedral in Puebla, the City of the Angels.

The people of Puebla are very religious and many people go to church early in the morning, like almost before dawn.

The statues of the saints are large, and the wooden doors are giants in comparison to the man who now attends church.
Coffee
Mountain Grown Coffee
El Lencero, Veracruz
Mountain Grown Coffee
These are coffee beans, two to a pod.

I found these growing along the road outside the main gates at the Hacienda El Lencero, just outside Xalapa.

After harvesting, the are soaked in a special solution, then laid out to dry in the sun for several days until the husk loosens the two beans inside.

Then they are selected and stored in "costales"or coffee bags prior to roasting.

Hmmm...
Kids
A Field Trip to the City
Puebla de los Angeles
Field Trip
These kids from a private school in Puebla.

Puebla is an educational center.

There are several very expensive schools originally were founded to educate the children of the owners of the nearby haciendas since Spanish colonial times.
Pedicab
Pedicab
Otatitlán, Veracruz
Pedicab
In the flat coastal towns, pedicabs are frequently used for short trips, much like a taxi.

They are cheap transportation.

The church in the background is the shrine of the Black Christ in Otatitlán, Veracruz, and was built in the 17th Century.

Otatitlán is a small river town located in the upper Papaloapan river basin, near Tuxtepec, Oaxaca.
Glorias
Glorias y Raspados
Veracruz, Veracruz
Glorias y Raspados
"Glorias" and "Raspados" are unique old traditions on the Malecón in the port of Veracruz.

A Raspado is a Snow Cone on fresh shaved ice. Some have chile powder, if you ask for it.

In the north around Monterrey, they sell glorias, too, but they are more like praline candies made from goats milk.
Uniformed Girls
School Uniforms
Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla
School Uniforms
Every school has it´s own school uniform. Even the public schools.
Lines
A Study of Lines
Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla
A Study of Lines
Early one morning I got up early and the morning light seemed just right.

My hotel used to be the main post office in Puebla in colonial times, and the new owners did a complete redo.

It´s called the Hotel Plaza Puebla, and is downtown, a half block from the downtown cathedral.
GreenPark
El Zócalo
Puebla de los Angeles, Puebla
"El Zócalo"
The main plaza of most of the towns in Mexico is called El Zócalo.

Originally called La Plaza de Armas the Zocalo in Veracruz is now called La Plaza de la Constitución.

The Plaza in Puebla with the fountain in the center and the well groomed trees is a place where people come to unwind.
malecon
El Malecón
Veracruz, Veracruz
El Malecón
The Malecón in Veracruz is a great gathering place for tourists from all over to browse for trinkets and to watch ships from all over the world.
The Baby Sitter
The Baby Sitter
Aguascalientes, Ags.
The Baby Sitter
One evening we were invited to a presentation by the State of Aguascalientes Orchestra.

They gave a stunning performance.
Clown Kid
Blind Man´s Bluff
Acayucan, Veracruz
Blind Man´s Bluff
There´s nothing like a party with a clown and to play the fun traditional games.
icecream
Ice Cream
Misantla, Veracruz
Ice Cream
Let´s get some ice cream made with fresh strawberries from Michoacan!

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