Memories of Mexico 9:53 p.m. 2003-09-03

Current Listening: My Life on a Plate by India Knight
Current Reading:Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana by Isadora Tattlin
Recipe of the Day: Chilaquiles with Chicken and Cheese, Nopales in Chipotle Sauce, Dulce de Leche (Crockpot Recipe)

Here are some pictures from our trip to Mexico:

First, we went to Atlixco. Here is a picture of Dad, Pablo, and me. This was taken when Pablo picked us up at the bus station in Puebla. Atlixco is about 20 - 30 minutes from Puebla.

Here is a picture of Lisette, in front of her historical marker. San Mateo, their ex-hacienda, was even featured in a French series on haciendas in Mexico.

Here is the outside of San Mateo, after you enter the gates. There is a little man stationed at all times within honking distance, and he opens the gate, night or day. We stayed in a bedroom off of this side.

One morning, we woke up and climbed on the roof to see the volcano Popocatepetl. To our surprise, it was smoking! We could also see Ixtaccihuatl, his companion volcano. Pablo said that he has climbed Popo when he was a young boy. It is forbidden to climb Popo now, because of the volcanic activity.

While we were there, we were invited to a shabbat at the monastery that Lisette is helping to restore. Here we are with Father Martin, from Peru.

The next stop was Oaxaca. I have more pictures that I may share later, but here is one of me in the mercado with a woman selling chapulines, or grasshoppers. I had already tried them at a restaurant the night before, so she had a hard time accepting that we were paying her for a picture, and not for a taste of grasshopper!

While were were in the Morelia area, we took a trip to Patzcuaro. From there, we took a day trip to Paracho, so that my husband could shop for stringed instruments. He purchased a lute and a vijuela. Here is is with his vijuela - I chose the more ornate one!

On our last night in Morelia, we ate at a roof-top restaurant. It wasn't that high up, but we had a good view of the square. It was raining, so we didn't peep out of the tarp covering the patio - at least not often. But, just before we left, with his last shot, my husband captured this rainbow over he cathedral of Morelia. It's the best picture he's ever taken, he says!

Ah, memories!

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