Why so many churches?

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WHY SO MANY CHURCHES?

In the mountains to the north and west of Mexico City is San Miguel de Allende, an old town.  It was founded in the mid 1500’s.  The streets are narrow and some are very steep.

Narrow steep road

Narrow steep road

They are lined with homes built like row houses with no space between them, forming a continuous wall from one end of the block to the other, punctuated only by windows and doors.  Today many of the homes are shops and hotels, but in days past they were residences.  Some were quite large and grand, others more modest.

In the center of the town is the principal plaza, called the Jardin.  At one corner of the plaza is the Parroquia.

San Miguel de Allende Parroquia

San Miguel de Allende Parroquia

It’s spires dominate the skyline.  A block away is another magnificent church.  Two blocks further there is another.  In the opposite direction taking up an entire city block was a large and beautiful convent.  Today it is a cultural center.

This is in the old town center . . . Five large churches and a convent.  In the nearby neighborhoods there are more churches and another large convent.

Here is San Miguel de Allende today.  The city extends in all directions.

panoramic view of Centro

panoramic view of Centro

Here is SMA eighty years ago.  It was a small town.  But look at the number of churches.  I count five plus the convent on the left.  What is not seen are other churches and a convent to the right and left of the photograph.

San Miguel de Allende 1932

We know the Catholic Church was central to Mexican history but even so this is unusual. Other towns had their churches of course and some were magnificent.  But given San Miguel de Allende’s small size the number is noteworthy.  Why so many churches?

It was explained to me that SMA has always been a wealthy town.  In the surrounding mountains there are mines, many mines.  The mine owners did not want to live near the mines and many settled in SMA.  These were very wealthy people.

In these times it was common for at least one daughter in an upper class Spanish family to become a nun, a bride of Christ.  However, becoming a nun required a gift to the Church, a dowry.

SMA had a number of families who were the centers of society, people of great wealth and status.  At some point when the daughter of one of these families became a nun, the family decided to make an impressive gift by   building  another church.  This led other families to make a similar gift.  To maintain their social standing these families of wealth did not want to be outdone.

And now  SMA has many stunning churches and at least two large convents.

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The Joy of International Travel

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The Joy of International Travel

Our Mexican get away

We have arrived.  As we have many times in the last fifteen years, we have come back to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  This year we flew.  I’ll tell you about it.

Our itinerary had us flying out of West Palm Beach with our dog, Teddy, at 7:30 in the morning to Dallas.  After an hour and a half layover we were to fly on to Leon, Mexico where a driver would meet us to drive us to SMA.  Expected arrival time . . . 2:30 PM mountain time.   That was the plan.

Now what really happened.

Adding Teddy to our itinerary added an extra degree of complexity.  First we had to reserve his place on the plane.  When one flys with a pet they cannot check in on-line; they must check in at the ticket counter.  And they must allow extra time to process the pet.

We needed to be certain we had all the necessary papers for Teddy.  We had to get the rabies shot, but not within 15 days of departure.  And we needed an international health certificate.

On the Monday before our Saturday flight, Teddy had runny bloody diarrhea.  Oh No!  I worried he could not get the health certificate.  I rushed him off to the veterinarian.  She said if we kept him quiet, on medication, with bland prescription dog food by the end of the week he might be OK to travel.

“Bring him back Friday and we will see if he is OK.  And do not feed him anything from the table.” (That is what created the problem apparently).

The week inched along and Teddy got better.  By Friday he looked fit to me.  I called the animal hospital and asked what time I should bring him in.  They said, “We are all full up today, completely booked.  Bring him in Monday”  Well, I not going to repeat our conversation, but it was sufficient for time to be made for Teddy.  He got his health certificate and was ready to go.

The next morning we were leaving.  Since the flight was early and we had to check in in person and allow more time than normal for the process because of Teddy, we set the alarm for 4:30AM.  That was enough time for us to shower and get ready for a 5:30AM taxi.  And, that is what happened.  We were up, ready and the cab picked us up right on time.  Off we went to the Palm Beach International Airport.

About half way there Jeanette said, “I forgot my phone”.

Back we went to the house.

It worked out OK.  Fortunately we live close to the airport.  We checked in, made the flight,  and flew to Dallas.  Teddy was perfect.  He didn’t make a sound.

Jeanette was concerned about making the connection in Dallas.  There wasn’t a great deal of time and the flight to Leon left from a different terminal than we were to land in.

During our flight to Dallas I asked the flight attendant if she had gate information for flights departing Dallas.  She did and she looked up our flight.  “You are flying out of gate D20.  It says the flight is delayed”.

So the good news was we did not need to worry about our tight connection.  We had plenty of time.  The departure was scheduled to leave three hours late.

It did.  Eventually we were on our way.  The flight was uneventful.

As we landed I said to Jeanette, “That is strange.  Usually they give you immigration forms to fill out before you land.  We did not get any”.

The passengers streamed out of the plane with carry-one and personal items working their way to the Immigration officers.  Teddy was in his Sherpa bag.  At Immigration all the Mexican nationals were directed through the lines.  The non-citizens like us were held until Immigration forms could be procured and completed.  We were there about thirty minutes before we had the forms.

After Immigration we went to the baggage claim area.  One of the carousels was churning out luggage.  The sign indicating the flight was some plane out of Chicago.  Where  was our luggage?  After all this delay I would have thought it would have been out.  Then on the Chicago carousel I saw one of Jeanette’s suitcases.  So Chicago Dallas same same.

With our luggage we headed for customs, but not before we saw the animal agent.  Proudly I handed him Teddy’s records, shot record, rabies certificate and international health form, smug with the knowledge they were up to date and complete.  He frowned. He parsed his lips.  He said, “Señor, You cannot bring your dog into the country.”  WHAT!

We went back and forth.  I showed him all the different inoculations and the rabies certificate and the international health certificate.  I don’t think he could read them.

He said, “It doesn’t say he is treated for parasites”.
“Parasites?”
” Yes, ticks and fleas”.
“We do that ourselves.  We give him Revolution every month”.
 Pointing to the papers he said, “It doesn’t say that”.
“Of course not.  We do it ourselves.”

I don’t know what was the deciding factor, but eventually he relented “just this one time”.

Exhausted and tired we went over to customs.  In Mexico they do random inspections.  The traveler is asked to press a button which turns on a green or red light.  Most of the time it comes up green.  If so, they look at your declaration and let you pass on.  If by chance it comes up red they open and manually inspect every item you are bringing.

I pressed the button.  It came up Red.

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Getting ready to leave

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Today we are going to Muse about San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Getting Ready to Leave

We are going to head out for Mexico soon.  This time we are flying and taking Teddy, our dog.  Several times in the past we have driven  down  but that is a long trip.  We go to San Miguel de Allende.  Driving, it takes five days going down and four to return. That is a long trip, so we are flying.

City View

City View

San Miguel de Allende is  a small picturesque city in the central mountains north of Mexico City.  It dates back to the 1400’s.

Today it is a world heritage site, home to art galleries, tiendas, theaters, fine restaurants and much history.  It was one of the three cities in which the Mexican Revolution for independence from Spain started in 1810.  Originally it was known as San Miguel el Grande but the name was changed after the revolution.  The military commander who led the insurrection was from San Miguel.  His name was Ignatio Allende.  He did not survive the conflict, but he is a hero to the nation.

Ignacio Allende

Statue of Ignacio Allende

In the center of the old town is the Jardin, or park.

Central Jardin

Central Jardin

And at one end of the square is Allende’s house, now a museum, Museo Casa de Allende.  It is the building on the left.

Home of Ignacio Allende

Home of Ignacio Allende

You can’t see here, but the building is an entire city block.  This was built before 1800!  Many of the buildings in San Miguel de Allende would have eclipsed those of our country at the time.  An interesting bit of trivia:  In 1810, at the start of the Mexican Revolution, San Miguel de Allende was bigger than New York City.

Street scene in San Miguel de Allende

typical San Miguel de Allende street

So we are heading down as we have many times before.  We now know people so it is a time of catching up.  They even have croquet.  To my knowledge it is the only place in latin America that does.

Croquet Club de San Miguel de Allende

Croquet Club de San Miguel de Allende

They also have ruins.

To study the stars

To study the stars

Community dances

dancers

dancers

And hot springs

La Gruta hot springs

La Gruta hot springs

So when you are thinking of somewhere to which you can escape, you might consider San Miguel de Allende in the mountains of Mexico.  It is a special place.

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Wanna have some Fun?

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Wanna have some Fun?

A friend of mine, Bob Chilton, is a wonderful photographer.  You can google him and see some of his work.  He also offers workshops and a video on how to create interesting photographs with your cell phone or tablet.  Thats what I am musing about today.

Bob introduced me to a free app called

Snapseed

Snapseed_Icon

Snapseed_Icon

This is a photo editing program you can download to your phone or tablet.  It allows you to change and enhance your photographs.

Recently I was in New York and I amused myself by playing around with my I-phone, using Snapseed to edit my pictures.

I’ll show you a few examples.

This was a pretty uninteresting shot of a street ahead.

street scene

street scene

I cropped it and intensified the color and created this.

Yellow Taxi and bike

Yellow Taxi and bike

In another picture I started with this:

original photo

original photo

I decided to lighten the image

lightened image

lightened image

And to add some drama.

Creating drama

Creating drama

I put in some grunge.

A bit of grunge

A bit of grunge

And I cropped the scene.

Final scene

Final scene

I don’t know about you, but I think the last picture is much more interesting than the one from which it came.

Here is another example.  This woman walked past me engrossed in a conversation on her cell phone.

original photo

original photo

I darkened the picture and added a grainy film treatment and got this:

Darkened and grainy texture

Darkened and grainy texture

And then I cropped it.

Final iteration

Final iteration  Reflection in the window

The original picture was pretty boring.  I think this one is interesting.

And, you can do it on your phone . . . with Snapseed.  Try it.  You will have fun.

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Rainy Day Blues

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Rainy Day Blues

To the south of us things are happening.  Weather is on the way, moving in our direction.

Weather map. We are the red star

Weather map. We are the red star

So the clouds and moisture fill our sky.

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

angry sky

angry sky

Jeanette is not happy.  She was looking forward to her walk.  It is keeping me indoors as well.

 Bummer!

There is one guy who is pretty happy, though.

Standing in the rain

Standing in the rain

Teddy likes the rain.

Teddy likes the rain

Teddy likes the rain

More to come.

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