Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Additonal info and pictures regarding Talavera can be found on these websites if interested….
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We had a long travel day getting to SMA but it’s great to be back in this beautiful city. Brian’s Aunt Mary moved here in the 1950s and he has been coming here since the ‘70s. Lots of changes but still a fascinating place to be.Gil Gutierrez and Pedro Cartas are working hard to keep Doc young (Doc will be 83 in July and still has the chops). Gil on guitar and Cartas on violin. There is also a percussionist named Miguel Favero and bassist Gilberto Gonzalez. All very talented musicians – and that is an understatement. These guys just floored us. Make no mistake, Doc may be the name celebrity in the group but these guys would be worth it even if Doc were not there. One of the best nights of music ever. Their sound is unique. It could be worth a trip to San Miguel just to get to see them. But it you live in MN you won’t have to as they will be there in February.
We spent a few days in Zacatecas, which was once the world’s largest silver producing city. There are still many working mines and the city is built on and among the mountains containing the mines. We were both surprised at how large the city is.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
After a few delays we crossed the border in Palomas, Mexico without incident. We had a very smooth trip from there to Nuevo Casas Grandes, our first stop. We were able to boondock at Pistoleros which is a restaurant/rodeo grounds/old hacienda. Very safe there and all the owners asked was that we have a meal or two at their restaurant which was easy to do and the food was good. We made a day trip down to Mata Ortiz which is famous for its pottery. Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz is very well known for his art and has involved the village in producing some very unique pottery. Here is a link to Juan Quezada http://www.mataortiz.com/mata/mata10.htm
Monday, January 11, 2010
We're getting started later than we had hoped this year so we've been able to experience a bit of deep freeze along with the rest of the U.S. Definitely a motivating factor to head south. This year we hope to explore colonial Mexico. Our intent is to cross at Palomas, Mexico and work our way towards Guadalajara and then over to the west coast. We're excited to get started and will update the blog when we have wifi.