snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


Last Zacatecas, at least for a while
January 21, 2009, 10:58 am
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Columns dedicated to the founding conquistadors

Columns dedicated to the founding conquistadors

Will get out my camera and start getting new shots again…



Obama! Obama!
January 20, 2009, 6:26 pm
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Pancho!

Pancho!

Oh, wait, no;  it’s a statue of Pancho Villa.  Happy Inauguration Day anyway!



Battle on the Bufa
January 19, 2009, 12:08 pm
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On the Bufa

Chapel on the Bufa

One of the major turning points in the Mexican revolution was Pancho Villa’s victory at the “Taking of Zacatecas”, culminating by his improbable capture of La Bufa, the giant hill overlooking the center of town.  The chapel and monastery on the site are now a museum dedicated to the battle, and giant statues of Villa and two of his captains look over the site.



Zacatecas Pano
January 18, 2009, 9:00 am
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From the town side of the teleferico

"It looks like Guanajuato"

Annie: "It looks like Guanajuato"



God: Thou shalt not hoard
January 17, 2009, 9:00 am
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Throughout much of Mexico’s history, Zacatecas was a source of unfathomable riches thanks to its prodigious mines.  Also throughout Mexico’s history, these riches attracted daring and ruthless bandits willing to risk their lives for the precious metals extracted from the city’s mountains.  Finally, once again throughout much of Mexico’s history, the Catholic Church was the largest, richest, and most powerful institution in the country.  Put these together and what do you get?   A very very wealthy, very very nervous clergy in the Silver City.

In the town there was a large, incredibly wealthy monastery (what ever happened to vows of poverty?).  The monks who lived there were scared that they would be robbed and their vast collection of gold and silver would be stolen, so they hid it away, keeping its location a secret among themselves.  Perhaps they should have used some of this money on building maintenance as one day the roof of the monastery collapsed, killing every last one and leaving the treasure lost forever.

The ghosts of these monks still haunt Zacatecas, encouraging young Zacatecanos to search for their riches, but instead luring them to their deaths.

So to recap, greedy paranoid monks are haunting and killing people hundreds of years after their untimely deaths.  Not the Church’s finest bunch…

Remains of the collapsed monastery

Remains of the collapsed monastery



La Quinta Real
January 16, 2009, 1:05 pm
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Q:  What should do you do with an old, unused bullring in the middle of your city?

A:  Turn it into an amazing five star hotel, complete with this bar under the stadium in what was once the bull holding area.

Just like the bullring days, except totally different

Just like the bullring days, except totally different



Zach-atecas
January 15, 2009, 1:04 am
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Sweet scarf, bro

Sweet scarf, bro

Zach, fellow Fulbrighter and gracious host, in the Centro Historico of Zacatecas.