|A street vendor selling corn. Sketched from a restaurant on a second floor, and waiting for Bob to finish his meal.|
|Walking around the property were I'm staying, I went to see the farm animals. The hungry sheep, a territorial rooster, the shy but loud peacocks. I decided to sketch the sheep. I was taking my tools out of the bag and all of sudden all of them came to me, I swear it looked and felt like an stampede of horses coming towards me! Scary........really!! I don't know what did they think I was going to do, sure they thought I was going to feed them. Beee, beee (translation: feed me). Sorry guys...I don't have any food...but I'll make a portrait of you! Interested? They stared at me for quite a long time, expectant of what I was going to do, or hoping I was going to feed them. Finally, realizing I was only another moron teasing them, they lost interest on me and showed me their rear. Got you! I can sketch your rear! Now who's the moron?...that didn't sound good....after all who sketches rears?... oh yes...morons.|
|Over 400 years old, this temple is located 14 miles out of the city of San Luis Potosi. We went there to "air" ourselves, escape from the traffic and noise of the city. I sat on my pocket chair for the first time and I loved the height. It was a quick sketch, Bob and mom were waiting for me, I finished it at home. The local woman next to us who had a street food stand, invited us to come inside the temple, she told us the temple hasn't been remodeled or changed since the founder of the city built it. By the way this is the back of the temple, you can see here the "bones". The front side has been painted over the years. I found the back side more appealing. I love the result.|
|It's hard to quit the controversial coffee. You hear is too acid, that is not good for you, and then the contradictory effects of caffeine consumption. Yet I enjoy it in the mornings wherever I am. Bob and I have similar taste, we agree in many things, one of them is the quality of coffee. This time I'd like to share that in the last 10 years, I've found coffee shops where coffee is OUTSTANDING. Sorry to say it's not Starbucks, coffee there is expensive and overrated, I rarely go there. I'll mention 3 of my favorite coffee (and Bob backs me up), in the order we discovered them, there is no first, second or third place, because all of them are delicious. Life is full of surprises and you can find treasures in places where you least expect.|
1. Perfect Cup in Matlacha, Forida, USA. Coffee grains are from around world. They grind the coffee there. We enjoyed it with any of the wonderful breakfast meals they served there. Coffee and breakfast are so good and so popular that they can afford to close early evening and still make a profit.
2. La Charamusca, in Tequisquiapan, Mexico. They have an old coffee roaster, still working, so old it takes longer to roast the coffee, I was told. By the way if you visit here take a hot air balloon ride, weather is so perfect that it is almost guaranteed there won't be cancellations.
3. Punta del Cielo Premiun (brewed at home) in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The coffee is cultivated in Veracruz Mexico, but canned by a local company in San Luis Potosi. For being canned coffee, I was surprised how good it is. The instructions in the label suggests you to punch the center of the can to smell the immediate aroma exploding and coming out of the can before you open the can.
I have intentions to bring with me as many cans as I can back to the United States. I think I'll remained addicted to coffee.
|I went downtown San Luis Potosi city yesterday. To the left is La Compañia church which was build in 1675. To the right is the headquarters building of the biggest public University in the city. I remember I visited this square when I was a child, There was a big round water fountain in the center. My uncle allowed me throw a coin to ask for a wish. I don't remember if the wish was granted or not. The benches weren't there either, now they are all over downtown, they are nice and comfortable. I'm a witness of changes in the city, that means I'm getting old, just like these buildings.....shocking!|
Plaza Milenio San Luis Potosi city, Mexico. 22 09 03.08 N, 100 58 55.82 W.
This city is no different than any other in the world. Traffic, traffic, traffic. While driving to Plaza Milenio in downtown I was listening to the radio. Free radio. I tuned many different stations and I listened only commercials or talk shows in ALL of them. Where are the songs? Radio stations don't promote songs of singers as hard as they used to. I could hear the same song 20 times in a day. Not anymore. Broadcasting commercials is a way to survive for the radio, clients who actually pay and talk shows are a way to speak freely about what's going on in this country, it's less controlled than TV. For that reason radio have found a way to make people still listen to the radio, is just that we have to deal with sponsors. Radio is not dying, it's changing.....is evolving...adapting....like all of us.
I went to the theater to watch the movie 47 Ronin 3D yesterday; my comment is not about the movie, but what I saw in the theater. I was surprised to see a family of Indians from a Mexican tribe called Huichol. These people are very elusive and it is extremely rare to find Huicholes in the city, much less in theaters of this kind. These VIP theaters have only 28 wide recliners, waiter service to your seat, kind of fancy and not cheap, something you don’t expect humble people like Huicholes can afford. Huicholes usually pilgrimage from little coastal towns in the Pacific Ocean to Central Mexico to perform holy ceremonies, where they find and consume peyote, which is a small hallucinogenic cactus protected by the government. It is illegal to collect by civilians but it is allowed to collect and use by Huicholes because of their beliefs. Anyway, going back to my experience with Huicholes, my first attempt to take a photo was 20 years ago or so; it was a man. He saw my intentions and dignifiedly stood up and walked away fast. I was told that they believe that if you are photographed your spirit will be trap in the photo. I cannot say that is true nowadays because of what happened last year. This time I asked permission to a woman to take her photo in a small town called Real de Catorce, she shyly accepted. This is the image I drew from that photo and I’m showing here. My conclusion to all this is that Huicholes are not afraid of technology any more, they seem to understand, enjoy and even afford this kind of luxury..….who knows….. it’s just my opinion.