snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


Giant Hand Jesus
April 14, 2009, 9:47 am
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Overlooking Jamay and Lake Chapala

Overlooking Jamay and Lake Chapala

On one of the hills overlooking Jamay, there is a church, a plaza, and a large Jesus statue.  While it’s hard to appreciate in this picture, the statue’s most striking feature is its grossly oversized blessing hand.  The story I was told was that the statue’s original hand was damaged and fell off, so a local businessman paid to have the replacement made and installed.  Whether the size discrepancy was due to the businessman’s desire to inflate his contribution or just poorly measured sculpting on the artist’s part, the statue now sports a cartoon-like hand larger than its head.  Having said that, the view from the plaza over the town and the lake is amazing.

A few other Jamay highlights:  Delicious fish, climbing through a mango field to a supposedly haunted cave, the traditional Sunday night walk-around-the-plaza (guys clockwise, girls counterclockwise), the massive blue and white monument to Pope Pio IX (my picture sadly didn’t turn out), and of course, a lot of tacos.



Chapala
April 13, 2009, 9:00 am
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Waiting for the Lancha in Jamay

Waiting for the Lancha in Jamay

First stop on last week’s tour of Jalisco:  Jamay, on the shores of Lake Chapala.  Despite being only 20 miles or so along the shore from what is likely the largest American community in Mexico, the town is very traditional and (judging by the curious looks I recieved) rarely, if ever, sees non-Mexicans pass through.

(Note – All these shots are from a $5 camera–film and battery included–that I bought at Bodega Aurrera, and hence aren’t exactly high quality.  Still, I really can’t complain as I figured the camera only had about a 50% chance of working at all.)



One more Michoacan
March 7, 2009, 1:28 pm
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The Janitzio docks at night

The Janitzio docks at night

Back in Chitown for the week, photos will start tomorrow eventually…



Panos from Janitzio
March 5, 2009, 10:13 am
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Southern View

Southern View

North/East view

North/East view

At the peak of Janitzio stands a massive statue of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon; a statue that one ascends though a series of interior stairways until reaching his upheld wrist.  Poking your head out of the small viewing holes, you get quite the panorama of Lake Patzcuaro and the surrounding hills.

See the photos larger here and here.



Lancha on Lake Patzcuaro
March 3, 2009, 8:00 am
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Heading to Janitzio

Heading to Janitzio



Janitzio
March 2, 2009, 10:00 am
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The most famous island-village of Lake Patzcuaro

The most famous island-village of Lake Patzcuaro

A series of coin flips (no, really) brought me here, and boy am I glad…