Author: Paul

Tequila, beer, flowers, band music, mariachis – what do all of these things have in common? All could be found around the graves of loved ones passed. At any given moment in this particular graveyard in SMA there were mariachi bands playing classic tunes, other bands containing drums, tubas, accordions, and trumpets – to name a few instruments – this mix of music could be heard drifting across the cemetery. There were people praying, a priest giving mass, kids trying…

I suppose since the Jardin is the center of town, if you know someone who lives in town, you’re bound to run into them from time to time – and so it was, Halloween night. I was walking around, looking at all of the goings on in San Miguel as they geared up for the next two days of festivities. I was taking photos here and there when I noticed a gentleman walk by. Oddly, the hat looked familiar because…

One evening I was in the Jardin, taking pictures of this and that. Suddenly, I heard some old-school hip hop being played and noticed some youngsters doing a bit of break-dancing in the gazebo at the center of the Jardin (garden). I followed the beat and began taking photos. I had a good time. It wasn’t until I arrived home that I noticed a couple of familiar faces in the frame. In the background, watching the dancers, were Grace and…

I’ve two hours to go before the shuttle picks me up for my return trip home. It’s been a very fun, educational, and profound view into a bit of Mexican culture. I got out of it what I had hoped to, a bit of an inside view. I loved my morning conversations with Marina, my house mother, if you will. She told me, from her view, about life as a Mexican living in San Miguel. ¡San Miguel – Más bonita…

Throughout my life there have been a few teachers that have left an indelible mark on my life. The first was my 9th grade math teacher, Mr. Mousetis. He was a former marine drill sergeant and to no crap from anyone. I credit him with my math skills to this day. He drilled us relentlessly throughout the year on simple addition and multiplication all the way from 0+0 to 100+100 and multiplication, as well. We took timed tests several times…

While I was standing around in the jardin, talking with a couple of my classmates/new friends, Willie and Karen, I noticed, first, the arrival of an older Mexican gentleman moving very slowly, deliberately with a cane. I took a shot from the waist. A few moments later, he made it where he wanted to sit down. I continued my conversation with Willie and Karen, had another look in that direction, and there were two. I hadn’t seen the arrival of…

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