Return to Pozos

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Today we are going to Muse about the changing of Pozos.   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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 Return to Mineral de Pozos

In 2011 I wrote about the lost mines of Pozos.   Near San Miguel de Allende where we often spend time in the summer is Mineral de Pozos, an old mining town.  It is about thirty miles away.

When we last visited Pozos there were blocks and blocks of abandoned buildings.  The mines had long ago closed and a town that once had several thousand residents was down to a few hundred.  So it was not really a “ghost town”, but it was pretty close.

Pozos side street

Pozos side street

The buildings were in poor repair and people were scarce.

The main attraction to the area was one hotel that was charming and the abandoned silver mines outside of town.

Hacienda

Hacienda

Chemical vats

Chemical vats

The mines had complete ore working facilities.  The ore was mined, smelted and cast in these large factory-complexes called haciendas.

There were about 60 of these abandoned haciendas in the mountains nearby.

Hacienda in the distance

Hacienda in the distance

When the Great Depression of the 30’s took hold, the mines closed.  Soon the mine owners removed the equipment and machinery.  The haciendas sat idle and abandoned and over time people stripped them of anything of value.  Now they are these large ruins that attract tourist interest.

So, when I first wrote about Pozos it didn’t have much going for it.

Well . . . we went back again this last summer and were stunned by the change.  It has reinvented itself as an artist colony.

Pozos streets in good repair

Pozos streets in good repair

The streets were well maintained and the buildings were for the most part occupied and in good repair.  People were going about.

Pozos street corner

Pozos street corner

My favorite lady was enjoying herself.

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Happy visitor

The town plaza was bustling with vendors and tourists.

Pozos plaza

Pozos plaza

Pozos sidewalk cafes

Pozos sidewalk cafe

We read a lot about crime and violence in Mexico.  I am certain it is there but I have never seen it.  Instead I see a country with an expanding middle class.  Where we have been, it is a happy country.

So when you are thinking of travel give the old colonial cities in the mountains of Mexico a consideration,  cities like Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.  They offer hospitality and history and a richness not to be found in the beach resorts that cater only to tourists.

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Random Thoughts

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

Bewilderment

As I get older I am increasingly puzzled or bemused by what we see on television and which we accept  passively without thought.  And, I am not talking about political issues.

For example, think of the many advertisements for medicines that are specific to a medical issue we have never known a person to have, some rare condition.  We are told to “Ask your doctor about – – – – whatever“.  And “don’t take it if you are allergic to it“.  So think about this.  These are products you cannot even buy.  You have to get them prescribed by your doctor.  They are products for a small target population.   So why are the drug companies advertising to the public on expensive television?  You would think they should be directing their message to the medical professionals.  Do you wonder why our medical costs are so high?

Sometimes I do not understand the thought behind the message.  Last night a commercial came on for an arthritis medication.  It reduces joint pain.  At the end of the message there was a scene of a young woman in jeans tossing hay with a pitch fork and then a scene  a couple of men and a boy ice fishing.  Have you ever gone ice fishing?  What percentage of our population would you guess ever has gone ice fishing?  How about hoisting hay with a pitch fork?  Probably more than Ice Fishing, but not many.  So why not use images to which we can relate?  Strange.

And then there was this.  A newscaster promoted his upcoming nightly newscast by announcing “I am Todd Stevens tonight at 11:00.”  I wonder who he is going to be tomorrow.

Exploration

When we were in Mexico this summer we decided to do an overnight trip to Pátzcuaro, about a hundred miles to the south of us.  The town predates the arrival of the Spanish, dating back to the 1300’s.

We hired an English-speaking driver to be our guide.  Unfortunately, I was not clear in explaining that we wanted an English-speaking guide who was familiar with the area.  We learned on the way down that our driver had been to Pátzcuaro once, when he was twelve.  Not so good.

Lake Patzcuaro

Lake Patzcuaro

Near the town is Lake Pátzcuaro.  Around the lake and on some of its islands are small villages which are known for crafts.  There is wool making.  Patzcuaro tends to be damp and cold.  There are ceramics and wood working.  And there is stone carving.  I’ll show you some of that.

The road at one village was lined by stone carvers.

Roadside Stone carving

Roadside Stone carving

Smiling Sun

Smiling Sun

Admiring the carvings

Admiring the carvings

You can tell it was chilly.

Death and St. Francis

Death and St. Francis

There was a carving for everyone.

something for everyone

something for everyone

the mermaid and the warrior

the mermaid and the warrior

Tzintzuntzan

And to our surprise, there was a pyramid.  You can see it above the store.

Tzintzuntzan

Tzintzuntzan

It is quite large, covering the entire crest of the mountain.  We went up and explored a bit.  On top is a large flat field all built up of stone and on this plane are additional structures.

Lake Patzcuaro in the background

Lake Patzcuaro in the background

upper pyramid

upper pyramid

To give you a sense of scale look at the dark tree left of and next to the pyramid.  The little white speck is a person.

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Hey! Whats cooking?

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Hey! Whats cooking?

When you are in a different place for a couple of months, say like Mexico, what to do? Time on your hands . . .what to do?  Well, . . . get cook’n.  That what we did.

Yes siree, in San Miguel de Allende we went to cooking school, two of them in fact.  It was a lot of fun.

El Buen Cafe

El Buen Cafe

The first school, La Cocina Cooking School was taught by Chef Kristen Rudolph.  For many years she owned and ran El Buen Cafe.  It is now run by her son-in-law I believe.  The school is around the corner from the cafe.

Kris conducts culinary tours in Mexico, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Vienna/Budapest.  If you are ever interested in traveling and taking cooking classes while doing so, you should check out her website, delicious expeditions.com.  It is really interesting.

La Cocina Cooking School

La Cocina Cooking School

Jeanette and I and two women we did not know made up our class.  Kris walked us through the preparation of an entire Mexican meal.  Her kitchen was small and intimate and the setting was casual.

First we made guacamole.  I have my recipe and was pleased to see it was almost identical to the one we used in the class.

Next was the main course Mole Poblano.  This is a rich sauce made with chilies, onions, garlic, sesame seeds, almonds, peanuts, raisins,  tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon, chocolate, sugar, tortilla and probably some things I have forgotten.  It is served over meat or poultry.  As you can imagine it takes a while.  We started it at the beginning of the class and it cooked through the entire three hours.

Next we made Chiles Rellenos de Queso (Poblano Chiles stuffed with cheese)  The main task with this dish is removing the skin of the chiles without tearing the flesh.  Basically the chile is held in a flame and the entire skin is blackened and blistered.  The chilies are then  placed in a plastic bag or a bowl with a lid and left to sweat for about 20 minutes.  At this point the skin will peel off when you rub it.  Once the skin is removed the chile is carefully opened lengthwise and the seeds and the veins are removed.  They are the principal source of the “hotness”.  The chile is then stuffed with cheese and baked until the cheese is melted.  In our class it was served with a topping to tomato purée.

We also learned about nopales, or Prickly Pear Cactus paddles.  I have seen them in our local produce market but never knew what to do with them.  Now I do.  We made a Roasted Cactus Salad.

Our last dish was Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake).

And then we ate dinner!

The recipes for these can be found in one or the other of three cookbooks Kris Rudolf has authored: Recipes and Secrets from El Buen Cafe, Mexican Light and Savoring San Miguel.

Several weeks later, we took a second class when some visiting friends, Brad and Shirley, came down from Florida and stayed with us a week.  The four of us had a private class at the Marilau Mexican Ancestry Cooking School.  You can check out the school on Mexican-cooking-school.com.

We worked in a small kitchen around a central table.  There were pots and cooking vessels everywhere.

Preparing Tortilla soup

Preparing Tortilla soup

You can see some of them hanging on the walls.  In the upper left is a mirror that allowed us to see what Marilau was doing on the stove.  In the plastic pitcher on the table was a drink called “aqua de Jamaica” pronounced “hom A kah”.  It is made by soaking hibiscus flowers in water and is common in Mexico.  It can be quite bitter but with enough sweetener I thought it was very refreshing.  Jeanette had a bad reaction to it, however.

Our class covered Sopa de tortilla which we call tortilla soup or Aztec soup and nopalitos guisados (stewed prickly pear cactus paddles).  Cactus is a very common vegetable in Mexico and apparently a high quality food.  Stewed it was similar to cooked green beans.

Brad and Shirley hard at work

Brad and Shirley hard at work

The main course was Pollo en Chile Ancho y Nuez (Chicken in a sauce made with ancho chile and pecans).

So what did we learn from these classes?  Well, first we had fun and learned to experiment with some things we were not familiar with, some things we might have been a bit afraid of.

And now we know a bit about a Poblano chile

poblano chile

poblano chiles

and a bit about an ancho chile, which is really a dried poblano chile

Ancho Chili

Ancho Chili

a bit about a guajillos chile

Guajillo-Chiles

Guajillo-Chiles

and nopales

nopales

nopales

If you go in our local grocery store you know this is valuable knowledge.

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Haciendas

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 Haciendas

We were reading the Atención, the weekly newspaper in San Miguel de Allende and we came across an announcement of a hacienda tour.  “That sounds interesting“, we thought.  “Lets go.”  And we did.

About twenty of us boarded vans at the Biblioteca at 9 on a Thursday morning and spent the next eight hours with guides learning about haciendas and a bit of Mexican history.  I don’t know what comes to your mind when you hear the word “hacienda”, but I was surprised by what we saw.

I had thought of a hacienda as being a large ranch style residence.  It is much more than that.  It is more like a self-contained community organized around a commercial enterprise like a farm, ranch or mine.  They can be quite large and self-governing.

I had also thought we would visit beautiful well-appointed buildings full of art and antiques.  Again I was surprised.

The first part of our tour took us to the town of San Felipe in the state of Guanajuato.  The guide explained that San Miguel de Allende, where we were staying, and San Felipe were two of the oldest Spanish cities in Mexico.  They were both started in the mid 1500’s as fortified settlements on the road the Spanish called el camino real, the Indian trade route which went north from Mexico City as far as Santa Fé (New Mexico).  The towns were built to protect the owners of the nearby mines and their people from the Indians who were aggressively trying to drive them away.

Our first stop was at the ancient church in San Felipe.

church in San Felipe

church in San Felipe

The church is famous for its bell tower, or lack there of.  Apparently it was without a bell tower for over 300 years because the town was poor.  It has one now and the people are proud.  I thought it was a nice church

inside the church

inside the church

The guide gave special attention to this Christ.  Apparently there is an exact duplicate of it in one of the churches in San Miguel de Allende.  The towns were founded at the same time and equipped the same.

Duplicate Crucifix

Duplicate Crucifix

One of the early priests was murdered by the Indians and the church desecrated, but the crucifix was recovered and restored.

The church is also famous for being the church where Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla served from 1793 to 1803.  He is considered to be the “father of Mexico” because he led the revolution for independence in 1810.  This plaque is in the church and he is listed on the fourth line.

Hidalgo's service

Hidalgo’s service

San Felipe has a rich history.    Benito Juárez, the Mexican President who drove out the French and executed Maximilian, stayed in San Felipe before going north to Texas to procure weapons for his war.  This plaque is on one of the downtown buildings.

Benito Juarez's house

Benito Juarez’s house

First Hacienda

So after this we headed off to our first hacienda.

Hacienda and Chicken coops

Hacienda and Chicken coops

Hacienda

Hacienda

Not exactly what I expected.  What you can’t see is the size of the place which extends to the sides and back quite a ways.  This hacienda is a working farm/ranch.  It is nearly 500 years old and is built without cement or rebar.  A young family lives there.

inside the hacienda

inside the hacienda

After touring the hacienda our group gathered outside its entrance and had some snacks and mezcal and looked at the cactus.

snack time

snack time

cactus

cactus

 

Second Hacienda

Then we were off to the next hacienda.  This one is abandoned.

Abandoned hacienda

Abandoned hacienda

abandoned hacienda

abandoned hacienda

Notice the people in the photo below.  Our group.  It will give you  a sense of the size of this place.

Exploring the ruin

Exploring the ruin

hacienda yard

hacienda yard

Gateway to side yard

Gateway to side yard

Passageway

Passageway

It was interesting to poke around this site which sits out on a hill in the middle of nowhere.  The fact that it is hundreds of years old and has not crumbled away is remarkable.

Third Hacienda

third hacienda

third hacienda

There was not much to see at the third hacienda.  It was more like a village.  This photo was taken from a school yard.  The building behind the hedge is large like the second hacienda but parts of it are still serviceable.  We were ushered into a large cavernous room, which at one time had been a granary, where we had comida (late lunch/early dinner).  The women in the village cooked and served the food.  I am certain the tour guide set this up as a way to bring some income to the hacienda.

So there we have it.  This was not what I expected but it was interesting just the same.

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Return from Mexico

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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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Return from Mexico

For the past two plus months we have been in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Well, except for last week which we spent with a friend in California waiting for the power to come back to our home in Florida following Hurricane Irma.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende

Over the last twelve years we have gone to San Miguel de Allende (SMA) many times.  We now know people and the lay of the town, so it is sort of like a second home.  Being away from my computer pretty much shut down my Musings.  That is why you have not heard much from me.  Now we are back and I will try to catch up.

You may wonder why we are drawn to SMA.  It is a place of wonder, exotic and colorful,  full of strange and captivating people and customs.  Let me take you for a short trip.

SMA Parroquia

SMA Parroquia

In the center of town there is the central plaza called El Jardin.  It is anchored by La Parroquia, a large Gothic style church.  You see here, its spires dominating the skyline.
The church dates to the 1600’s, though the spires were added about a 100 years ago.

The Jardin is a meeting and gathering place full of people and vendors.

Jardin

Jardin

It is festive and colorful

Hat Envy

Hat Envy

Jardin Vendor

Jardin Vendor

and really is the center of town.  Nearby are other churches and parks where people gather.  They can be places of drama.

Nearby church

Nearby church

Near the Jardin

Near the Jardin

Exotic

Exotic

This is a town of narrow streets, built before the advent of the automobile.  The buildings are colorful and several centuries old.

Streets of color

Streets of color

And like any good place there are many things to do:  theater, galleries, restaurants, spas and shopping.  Of course, shopping!

Shopping

Shopping

Off to Town

Off to Town

They even have croquet!

Croquet in SMA

Croquet in SMA

It is a great area.  I’ll tell you more in the coming weeks.

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Have fun.

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Snag

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